A while back I got the test the PowerTraveller PowerMonkey Adventurer. A basic bottom of the range solar panel and power bank built into one. Its big brother and my new ‘always ready for an adventure’ piece of gear the PowerTraveller PowerMonkey Extreme is pretty … extreme. I like to think of it as the version up from the Adventurer. Instead of a combined single piece of gear, the extreme consist of a solar panel which can charge a device on its own and a 9000mAh battery which can charge even more devices when needed. The product comes as a package deal; the idea is to charge the powerbank using the sun and then charge your devices.
The solar panel has a clam shell design device that offers 3 Watt max output, allowing ‘full recharge of the PowerMonkey extreme within 18-22 hours in optimum light conditions. The PowerMonkey extreme also has a solar energy detection feature which activates the incorporated state-of-the-art MPPT (maximum power point tracker) technology, allowing the solar panel to charge the PowerMonkey unit more efficiently in low light conditions. Users can also simultaneously use the solar panel to charge the PowerMonkey Extreme whilst it is charging their device.’
I found the Extreme solar panel to be incredible well built. Just based on the panel, you can see you are getting a premium product.
The 9000mAh lithium polymer battery power bank can charge just about anything. I used it in the Magaliesberg to charge my camera, ambit 3 peak and a few other toys. The battery lasts for quite some time given the strain I put it under. It’s a great device to pair with the SpiderMonkey as a main source of power. Not only does the battery look tough but it is also waterproof for up to 30min under 1m of water. I never tested it but I did splash water on it while walking across a river. It features a well design touch pad which I think is aimed at saving battery. A wipe across the touchpad turns on, while on you can single tap or double tap to adjust setting and then swipe again to turn it off.
The full product comes in a neat pouch which is great for when you chuck it into your hiking bag or camera case. Along with a host of device connectors you also get a branded carabiner to attach the solar panel to just about anything. You may also want to consider the aquastrap - a clever accessory designed specifically for the PowerMonkey extreme to keep it watertight whilst it charges your devices!
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