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Subject: General Tech | August 9, 2013 - 12:28 PM |
Tagged: solar power, SolarFocus, battery charger, Solar Mio Pro

The unfortunately named Solar Mio Pro does have something to do with juice but nothing to do with coloured water.  It is a series of solar panels measuring 18.1" x 8.7" unfurled, 8.7" x 3.3" x 1.4" when rolled up; which charges a 3.1" x 3.4" x 0.6" battery that can then recharge any device which can be charged via USB.  The whole package weighs less than a pound which makes it perfect for camping and backpacking.  The battery is a 3.7V lithium-polymer battery rated for 2650 mAh and provides 5V output at up to 1A which was enough to charge the Nexus 7 and iPad which The Tech Report tested, though not up to a full charge as the battery was exhausted before that.  There are some small disadvantages to this $125 charger which are revealed during the journey down the Pacific Rim.

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"Mobile devices like smartphones and tablets are handy accessories in the wilderness, but charging them can be challenging. We look at the Solar Mio Pro USB charger to see if the sun can be of some assistance."

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