When it comes to total coolness, the Solio Bolt Solar Charger from The Ultimate Green Store scores off the charts. It is probably one of the coolest gadgets I’ve gotten to use in awhile, and that’s pretty impressive considering that it only does one thing – it charges. Whether it’s your cell phone, your iPad or even your digital camera, the Solio Bolt Solar Charger can charge them all using the power of the sun.
About the Solio Bolt Solar Charger
I could hardly wait to test out the Solio Bolt. Before I even got inside the house, the package had been opened and I was ooh-ing and aah-ing at the solar wonder that is the Solio Bolt. Along with the Solio Bolt, the box also contains a Micro-USB cable, which is used for charging, and a pencil which you can use to prop up the Bolt towards the sun for optimal solar charging.
To charge the Solio Bolt, you can either plug it into a power source via USB (such as a laptop or your computer) or you can charge it using the sun via their two high-efficiency solar panels. It’s been a little cloudy around here, so we plugged it into the laptop for charging. The light turns red so you know that it’s charging up. The Solio Bolt reached full charge very quickly (I think it was just a few hours if I recall correctly) and then it was ready for use. Before you start charging, you can see how much charge is on your Solio Bolt by pressing the power button. 5 flashes of green and you have more than 80% charge; 1 flash and you have just over 1% charge.
Once you’ve confirmed that you have power, simply plug in your electronic device for charging. You can use their included Micro-USB cable or you can use your own USB charging cable (such as that white iPod cable that plugs into the iPod and into the USB port on your computer.) Once everything is connected, you hit the Start Button and the Solio will start to charge. The light will blink green to let you know that it is charging. You’ll also see the charging symbol appear on your device (just so you know the Solio isn’t faking.)
I was completely impressed that the Solio Bolt was able to fully charge my iPod touch in less than an hour and still had enough juice to charge up my cell phone. This is a great gadget for people who are on the go and often find themselves needing an electronic “charge.” Whether it’s out hiking (where there are no outlets) or maybe you’re stuck in traffic (without a charger), you can easily charge your device with the Solio Bolt.
By far, the best thing is that you can charge the Solio using solar power. I’ve experienced more than enough power outtages to know that you can’t always count on wall outlets to keep your electronics charged. I remember a snow storm not too far back where people were without power for days. If they’d had the Solio Bolt, at least they could have charged up some of their portable electronics for entertainment and music.
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Disclaimer: This post consists of my (and/or fellow tester) opinions only. Your experiences may be different. No compensation was given for this review/giveaway. I did receive a free product from the manufacturer or their representing PR agency to use and test for the purposes of this review. This did not affect the outcome of this review.