I think it is safe to assume that people are relying on their mobile devices more and more nowadays. Whether they be mobile phones, tablets, even MP3 players, they aren’t much use without any charge left in the battery. Anything that helps keep your devices juiced and ready to use is always a plus to me, and hopefully the MSC MP-S6000 6000 mAh Solar Travel Charger will be up to the job! A full list of features and specifications can be found at the end of this review.
The Traveler itself comes in a packaging that is easy on the eye. You have see-through plastic that enables you to get a good view of the black and orange coloured device, as well as information such as the high 6,000 mAh capacity, the dual USB output, and the smart LED indicator that tells you how much battery life is left. It also states that the charger is suitable for use with tablets, smartphones, Mp3/MP4 players, and portable game systems such as the NDS and PSP. Removing the unit from the packaging, I was greeted with the device itself, user manual, and the charger cable. The good thing about this charger cable is that it is an elasticated rubber material, and it also comes with all of the adapters you could want or need (aside from the lightning adapter used on the newer Apple devices – you can purchase these separately though). The front of the charger itself has a large solar panel, four power LED indicators to let you know how much charge is remaining, a power button, and two smaller LED solar indicators that give you a rough idea how much solar charge is remaining. Lastly, along the bottom of the charger is a MicroUSB port that you can use to charge the unit via a wall socket of PC, etc, and also two USB output ports that you use to hook up the devices that you would like to charge. The USB port on the left is suitable for the iPad, and the one on the right is suitable for the Samsung Galaxy tablet. I had no issues with my HTC One or Nexus 7 tablet when using either of the ports.
It’s recommended that you fully charge the Traveler prior to first using it, so that’s what I did. However, when I got everything unpacked and ready to charge, the LED lights indicated that everything was fully charged and ready to go – bargain! I used the charger to charge my devices constantly to see how long I could get out of it. Because of the nice weather we have had over the past week, I have not encountered an empty device at all, and the 75% LED indicator is the one that is illuminated. This is after using the charger for around 7 days with my phone and tablet while sitting both, inside and outside. Without the lovely weather, you could get around 3 charges before needing to recharge the unit – that is pretty good in my opinion. You could quite easily go off on your travels and use this handy little device to keep your gadgets charged. Once the charger has a full charge, it apparently holds that charge for months – obviously, something I have been unable to check myself as yet, but I’ll definitely give it a go and see.
Considering the size of the MSC Traveler, I am impressed with how it has performed so far. It is around the size of most smartphones nowadays, and if charging via USB cable, it fully charges in around the same time as a smartphone, which is handy. You can get three, maybe four, full charges from it when not in direct sunlight, again, handy. For the price you pay (around £35 GBP) I think it is well worth the money. Not only does it provide on the go charging, it also provides peace of mind as far as not being caught with a flat battery, if and when it is really needed. As far as I am concerned, this can stay in my personal collection and it will be with me when out and about for hours at a time.
Solar energy transfer efficiency: 17% Solar panel 5v/90mA
Polymer Lithium-ion Battery
Capacity 6000mAh /22.2 wh
Input : Micro micro usb DC5v/1000mA
Output 2x USB 5V/2100mA
Working Temperature -10C to + 55C
Charging time about 5 hours via USB mains
Charging time from solar about 45 hours
Cycle Life >500 cycles
Dimensions 130 x 76 x 16mm
Compatible with most popular mobile phones, iPhone, Blackberry™, Nokia™, iPad, Digital Cameras, PSP, ND, PDA, Mp3/Mp 4 player, GPS, Bluetooth etc
High Capacity 6000mah Lithium-Polymer battery
Multi-charging capabilities: Mains, car charger, USB or Solar
Compatible with most popular mobile phones, iPhone, Blackberry™, Nokia™, iPad, Digital Cameras, PSP, ND, PDA, Mp3/Mp 4 player, GPS, Bluetooth headsets etc.
Robust and stylish rubberised case design
Single Reversable charge/discharge bungy lead.
10 detachable charging tips for the most popular devices
Simple one button operation
DC Input Port
Dual USB Output Ports
Remaining power leds
Solar charging led
Multiple protection charge/discharge and overcharge/undercharge