Arctic C1 Mobile Solar Charger Review

By on March 20, 2011
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Small, yet effective.

Good: Fast recharging of devices, Small size, Can be charged via sun or USB
Bad: Takes a long time to charge via solar energy
Price: AED 80
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

I’ve always been fascinated by solar powered and self-charging devices. While I haven’t seen many examples of the former tech, the latter is all abundant in kinetic watches that power themselves up. Arctic Cooling is renowned for their CPU and graphics card coolers, not to mention their thermal pastes, the recent MX-4 which I use on all of our CPUs. So the entire Tbreak office was surprised to see the small solar powered mobile charger with the Arctic Cooling badge on it. This was definitely going to be interesting.

The Arctic C1 Mobile is diminutive in stature, measuring a mere 110x43x12 mm and weighing 110 grams. The entire front side is taken over by the solar panel, with three LED indicators at the bottom. At the top there’s a handle of sorts, effective for tying it up with a small rope or string while camping out. The bottom houses the mini-USB (input) and regular USB (output) ports. Encased in the 12mm thick body is the 4440 mWh rechargeable Li-Ion battery.

The Arctic C1 Mobile can be charged via solar energy, which takes roughly 6 hours, while plugging in a mini-USB cable from your PC or any other plug that has a USB out. This form of charging the Arctic C1 can take anywhere between 1 to 3 hours depending on the output current from your motherboard’s USB port.

The three LED’s at the bottom are very important to read. From left to right, the LED’s are indicated as A, B and C. While charging through the mini-USB port, LED A (left) light up. On solar charge, LED C (right) lights up. When charging a device via the Arctic C1, all three LEDs should light up, indicating a 70% to 100% charge. Two LEDs indicate a 30% to 70% charge while a single LED indicates under 30% charge left.

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