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Endless Sun Solar Apollo 6 Solar Charger

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For years my eye has been on a solar charger for my electronics in the wilderness. Between weekend camping trips, all day adventures and more sometimes having a backup is a necessity when navigating terrain or wanting to snap some video, photos or above all having an emergency device to call for help. A couple months ago Endless Sun Solar sent me their Apollo 6 Solar Charger to give a test in the element.

IMG_1203The Apollo 6 Solar Charger is lightweight portable charger that allows you to harness the power of the sun to charge electronic devices. It is perfect for recharging an iPhone while out on a backpacking camping trip or mountain bike trip. The solar panels are rugged and able to pack away in a backpack without the fear of them breaking. The charging stick the features a built in flash light that is powerful enough for you to find your way around camp on the darkest of nights.

 

In the Field: 

Over the last couple of months I have given this product a test run in a variety of situations from backpack camping in the high mountains to a mountain bike trip in the late winter desert as well as testing it in the backyard for an everyday backup when I forget to charge my devices.

IMG_0368The first impression is the rugged design. By accident I left it out in the rain only to come back and find it did not hurt the product at all. It also continues to charge devices in the shade! I have hooked my phone directly to the panels as well as charged a powerstick then plugged it into my phone. I found the best use of the panels was to charge the stick while out doing activities then charge the phone when back from a mini adventure with the stick. The powerstick will give my phone over a full charge without the extra battery pack I have one it and with the extra battery pack it charges both almost full. The lightweight design has been a real selling point, it’s easy to pack away and doesn’t take up much room in my pack.

For me, I have only used it while at camp but the double eyelets on the charging bank allow you to hang it from your pack as you hike. For me it’s been a nice piece of mind to have an extra battery out in the wilderness in case of an emergency. The desert digital color of the charging cells helps to hide it a bit when we left camp but wanted the stick to be charged when we got back from a mountain bike ride. We were able to safely hid it at camp while at the same time allow it to continue to charge.

 

Tech Specs:

IMG_1207Solar Cell Type: Copper Indium Gallium di-Selenide (CIGS) encapsulated in Super Barrier Film

Solar Cell Efficiency: 15%

Dimensions: 49x20cm (unfolded) – 20×13.5×2.5cm (folded)

Weight: 250g (~8.8oz)

Max Voltage at STC: 6v

Nominal Voltage: 5v

Amperage at STC: 1

Total Wattage at STC: 6

Reverse Flow Protection: Yes

Overcharge Protection: Yes

Standard Test Conditions: 1000 W/Sq. M, Cell Temperature of 25C, 1.5 Airmass.

Overall: 

The Endless Sun Solar Apollo 6 USB Charger retails for $124.95 and is worth every penny when you need some juice out in the wilderness. It can charge an iPhone, reader, GoPro, and more when out away from the world. It’s a great backup and has been a great piece of mind when out for a weekend away from any power source.

 


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received Endless Sun Solar Apollo 6 USB Charger for free from Endless Sun Solar as coordinated by Outdoor PR in consideration for review publication. All views are those of the reviewer.


 

Margaret Schlachter

About Margaret Schlachter

Margaret Schlachter is Founder of DirtinYourSkirt.com. She has been part of the OCR Community since 2010. When not working on the next article she can be found running from race-to-race. She is Editor-in-Chief of MudRunGuide.com. She authored the book Obstacle Race Training.
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