One thing that I'm a huge fan of is anything that's green. Obviously green technology doesn't always make sense, because it can have some steep prices at times, but honestly, it's a great move for a number of reasons. Today I'll be taking a look at the JOOS Orange Solar Charger. The JOOS Orange is a portable solar charger with its own internal battery, so you should be able to get the most use out of this one.
Unboxing the JOOS Orange
The JOOS Orange arrived packaged pretty well packaged. Inside you have the charger, instructions, and a number of connectors. The JOOS Orange is able to hit a really universal note on charging because it has a charging cable with an interchangeable head, allowing it to charge a range of USB items, iphones, ipads, and a bit more.
My First Hand Experience
So the biggest bummer about this was the first week I had this unit, there was almost no sunlight out. Between getting hammered by 8 inches of snow then what felt like never ending rain, it made giving this a try a real challenge, but finally, we had some sun. I left it out to charge for the day, just sitting on the window sill. Once the sun went down, I was able to start testing it. It gave about two full phone recharges. One another test day we were able to get around 3/4 of a charge to our iPad.
The JOOS Orange feels like it's built well. The plastic is very strong feeling, and would probably handle well for some of the rougher off the grid activities. It also has a hole in the top to make it easier to attach to anything, or if you're somewhere stationary, there are feet that come out to stand it up to the best position for charging. It has an internal batter, to let you get the most out of it, but the weight doesn't feel too significant, weighing in at only 24 ounces. After some hunting around, I was even able to find a video from JOOS where they shot their charger five times with a .22, and were still able to use it for charging.
Finally, one thing I love, is the ability to plug it into a computer. If you want to see how effective your charging is, you can download myJOOS, a real time health monitor.
If you're going to be doing anything off the grid, camping, hiking, whatever, the JOOS Orange is worth it. It doesn't weight much and is built tough. Having the ability to stay connected, especially off the grid can make an incredible difference, possibly keeping trouble from becoming an emergency. In all honestly, there's a hard argument against something that produces electricity for free.