Imagine it...free power anywhere...
In the desert, on safari, up a mountain or simply on the move, the solargorilla portable solar charger gives your powergorilla juice anywhere under the sun. solargorilla is also a viable charging option for laptops under 40 watts and it can even charge your mobile phone, iPod, handheld games consoles and many more devices from the 5V USB output.
solargorilla works via two PV (photovoltaic) solar panels, which generate electric current when they are exposed to sunlight. The solar panels are made of glass which greatly improves the performance of the solargorilla as well as making the aesthetics of the unit better.
The Red LED on the solargorilla indicates the strength of charge - the more UV intensity - the better it will work! The technically advanced solar panels ensure superb power and reliable performance, all housed in a tough outer casing.
- tough, rubberised casing
- portable, fold-up design protects your solar panels when stored
- water resistant design
- slot to allow solargorilla to be suspended on vehicle or tent for outdoor use
- 20V power socket out and standard 5v USB socket
- red LED charging indicator
- dimensions: 264 x 200 x 19mm
- weight: 820g
The solargorilla kit includes tips/adaptors for most common devices - to find out what tip your device uses, please use the
'tip finder' on powertraveller's website
. If your tip is not included in the list below, it can usually be purchased separately.
- 1 x solargorilla portable solar charger
8 x Gorilla Male straight tips:
8 x mobile devices tips:
- DC2.0 (mini Nokia)
- Micro USB
- Mini USB
- Samsung G600
- LG Chocolate
- Sony Ericsson wide connector
- DC4.0 for Sony PSP
- Nintendo DS Lite
4 x Accessories:
- DC extension cable (2m)
- USB extension cable (2m)
- zipped case
- Velcro strap
Note: solargorilla is a charging option. It is primarily designed to be used in conjunction with the powergorilla (sold separately) and may not work with some laptops over 40 watts directly. It relies on the UV intensity of the sun. Therefore, at certain times of the year it may not be suitable for use in the Northern Hemisphere unless combined with the powergorilla.
The solargorilla solar charger has been trialled successfully in the Southern Hemisphere by aid agencies, emergency services, the military and adventure travellers, where power is a crucial element of their communications strategy. The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation suffered communications problems in the past and the products have been hugely acclaimed as being a long overdue solution to power issues.
Apple Macbook Compatibility:
To use with Macbook Pro, Macbook Air and Macbook you will need an optional Apple MagSafe Airline Adaptor and an optional DC car socket adaptor.
Please note, the MagSafe cable is only suitable for Apple Macs incorporating the MagSafe style of connector.
iPhone 5 Capability
The full Powertraveller portable charger range is now compatible with all Apple iPhone 5's.
Apple have released a USB to lightning adaptor that can be attached to the Powertraveller USB to micro USB monkeytail, which in turn is connected to your Powertraveller portable charger.
The Apple USB to lightning adaptor is available to purchase directly from Apple.com.
Alternatively, customers can use their white Apple sync/charge cable to charge their iPhone 5 by plugging it into the USB ports of the powermonkey discovery, extreme, minigorilla, powergorilla and solargorilla.
Simply attach the included female USB tip onto the tail of the monkey and then connect your iPhone 5 via the white sync/charge cable.
Please note, this is a solution whilst the iPhone 5 lightning connector is being developed in accordance with Apple requirements.
If you are unsure if your Mac uses Magsafe, please email us - you may require the L77D tip for the older Mac laptops (such as Powerbook.). Note, The MagSafe Airline adaptor cable will only POWER laptops, not charge them.
MacBooks requiring over 40 watts (such as MacBook Pro), will require a powergorilla (sold separately) - the powergorilla kit includes a DC car/lighter socket adaptor.
(Product images featuring iphones, PSP's etc are for display purposes only - the 'connector tips' for these devices are included in this Solar Gorilla kit.)
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Can I use my solargorilla through a glass window or under a light bulb?
A: No, the solargorilla needs to be outside in bright sunshine.
Q: I have an Apple Mac using the MagSafe type connector. Can I charge this from a solargorilla?
A: The solargorilla is compatible with Apple Mac laptops using the MagSafe type connector. You will need to purchase the Apple MagSafe Airline Adaptor, however this will only allow your Mac to be powered from the solargorilla - this is a limitation with the Apple cable, not the solargorilla. Notebooks consuming over 40 watts will also require the powergorilla.
Q: The LED on my solargorilla is RED and not GREEN, why is it not working?
A: The LED on the solargorilla has been temporarily changed to RED so we can distinguish between the Version 1 and Version 2 (glass panels) units. The latter have RED LEDs - this will not turn to green and signifies the panel is working correctly.
Q: Can I leave my solargorilla outside?
A: Yes, you can leave the solargorilla outside. However, although the solargorilla is water resistant, it is not waterproof. To protect it if it begins raining, please bring the solargorilla inside as the ports are not water resistant and may become damaged if soaked.
Q: I have plugged my solargorilla into my laptop but nothing's happening?
A:Please follow these tips to see if you can get the solargorilla to charge your device:
- Ensure the solar panel is in direct sunlight (glass will not allow the solar panel to work efficiently)
- Allow the solar panel 5 minutes to soak up the sun before plugging it into your device
- Make sure the solar panels are clean and free from any dust or dirt
- Make sure the solar panel is perpendicular to the sun and rotate the panels as the sun moves through the sky during the day
- Please do not expect the solar panel to work on overcast days or when the solar strength is not at the recommended level
- Please ensure that you have selected the correct connector tip from the pack for your device
Q: Does the solargorilla store power?
A: The solargorilla does not store any power. If you require a gadget to store the power generated by your solargorilla, please consider the powergorilla.
Q: How do I know the solargorilla's output voltage is correct for my laptop?
A: The solargorilla has just one output voltage, this is >20v. The solargorilla will not damage your device as it can only output up to 10 watts max.
Q: What are the solar panels made of?
A: The solar panel is made from polycrystalline which gives it a distinctive look, sometimes mistaken for cracks in the panel. The solar panels are then sealed with a special glue which can give a slightly uneven surface to the panel.
Q: What will my solargorilla charge?
A: Your solargorilla will charge most handheld devices via the USB port, such as mobile phones, iPods/MP3 players, Sat Navs, PDAs and handheld gaming devices. The solargorilla will also charge laptops. However, if the laptop is in use while the solargorilla is connected, it will only slow down the depreciation of your battery, it will not run or charge your laptop unless your laptop is off.
Q: Can I use my USB charging port while charging another device from the main output?
A: You can only charge one device at a time from the solargorilla.
Q: How can I connect my solargorilla to my powergorilla?
A: Simply attach them using the 2m extension cable and the L52D tip.
Q: I can't find the correct tip for my laptop
A: The powergorilla kit includes tips/adaptors for most common devices - to find out what tip your device uses, please use the 'tip finder' on powertraveller's website. If your tip is not included, it can usually be purchased separately.
Q: How can I get the best performance from my solargorilla?
A: You should ensure that your solargorilla is outside in direct sunlight, glass will greatly reduce the performance of the solargorilla. You will also need to ensure that the panel is perpendicular to the sun and that the panel surfaces are clean. It is also worth letting the solar panel "warm up" by leaving it in the sun for 10 minutes prior to connecting a device.