SunTastics is a relatively new company to the scene even though they have been in business for nearly 3 years. In business terms that is short, in tech terms they are 65 already. One thing I really like about them is they are a US based company and their product is built-in the US through FastTrak. Their goal was to bring a solar charger to market that could charge your device directly and quickly just like if it was plugged into a wall outlet. That is where the sCharger-5 comes in. Built using the latest in mono crystalline solar cells like the ones used in industrial grade solar systems. The unit provides a 5 watt output from a direct plug-and-play USB port located on the device. Making it as easy to use as it is functional. The sCharger-5 is capable of charging your device even while you are talking on it with the panel open to the suns rays.
- Standard USB “A” connector
- USB output: 5 volts, 1 Amp (1000mA)
- Open size: 6-1/8″ x 11.5″ / 15.5 x 29.2 cm
- Folded size: 6-1/8″ x 5-3/4″ / 15.5 x 14.6 cm
- Indicator LED, surface mount circuitry
- State of the art flex circuits
- Weight: 7-8 oz / 200 g
- Handles temps up to 160F
- Water and weather resistant
- Patent Pending
According to their site, the sCharger-5 can charge up a dead iPhone in as little as 2 hours. Which is a 1420 mAh battery if I am not mistaken. With tests proving it able to add around 1% a minute to your device’s battery. Testing it against an iPad and iPad 2, they were able to measure a charge rate of 10 to 12% per hour. That is pretty impressive in my book.
The sCharger-5′s unique design makes it small, portable and extremely efficient. Easily fitting inside a CD wallet or sliding into your bag makes taking with you easy.
On a side note, because I know it will come up. no one recommends you leave your phone or other electronic device sitting in the sun for extended periods of time. That is why there are longer USB cables. Placing it outside the tent and charging inside or placing something over your phone would be a good idea.
Personally I think it looks like an amazing product that everyone should own. You never know when a situation might arise that will make it the best purchase of your life. For more information about SunTastics and the sCharger-5, head over to their official website. If you have heard and seen enough to get an order placed now, hit up the Amazon link below to get your order placed. I know I will be doing so shortly. Can’t wait to take it camping this year.