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.

To really test the Arctic C1 Mobile I used it the way it was meant to be used. On a camping trip out in the desert this weekend, I strapped the Arctic C1 on the driver’s side sun visor, letting it soak in all the energy it needed like Superman. Come night time, my iPhone 4′s battery was at roughly 12% after multiple calls, streaming music over 3G and playing a little bit of Infinity Blade. So I plug in the iPhone 4′s charge cable into the Arctic C1 which drains the C1 and charges the iPhone 4 up to 86% in under an hour. As it was charging, I made a 12 minute Skype call to my sister in Canada. Yes, I was getting 3G in (sort of) the middle of the desert, so why not?!

Once I came back from the trip I decided to charge the Arctic C1 Mobile through my PC, which took just over an hour through my Gigabyte X58A-UD3R thanks to a much touted feature on Gigabyte’s recent motherboards which provide extra voltage to charge devices through USB. Anyways, once again I let my iPhone 4′s battery go down to 11%, hooked it up to the Arctic C1 and let it charge until all three LEDs extinguished. At this point the iPhone 4 was up to 91% charge as I didn’t use it during the charge process.

The Arctic C1 definitely proved its worth on my camping trip, providing sufficient charge for my iPhone 4. Likewise the Arctic C1 is capable of charging any mobile device that allows for charge via USB, which basically covers all Android phones and iPhones & iPods. Unfortunately I didn’t have a DS, PSP or iPad on hand to really stress test the Arctic C1, but as far as mobile phones are concerned, the Arctic C1 has it well covered. Yes, there are a handful of adapters provided as well for those still on Nokia, Sony Ericsson or Motorola phones. At $25, the Arctic C1 Mobile is a worthwhile expense if you’re planning on having a trip outdoors, or just to have a spare 4440mWh lithium-ion rechargeable battery.

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