The Poweradd apollo 2 is the 2nd higher-level version of the Apollo series of 3 different rated solar chargers. The predecessor being the Apollo 7200 mAh version and successor being Apollo Pro 23000 mAh.
Update: The Apollo solar charger is better off working as a battery pack rather than a solar charger, because of it’s average solar capability.
One mistake in the Amazon listing for Poweradd Apollo solar chargers is that all three chargers- 7200mAh, 10000mAh and 23000mAh have only one product page. Different products need to be listed in different pages, the same page listing is allowed when a product has different color variations.
Due which all of the 3 chargers have the same review ratings, which is very very misleading. When I went through every review and separated the ratings for each charger, surprisingly 10,000mAh performed very poor with a rating of around 2.5 on 5.
The first 66 reviews had the following distribution
- 1 star-29
- 2 star -11
- 3 star -6
- 4 star -6
- 5 star -14
PRICE : $ 45.99
RATING : 2.47 / 5
In the box
Poweradd solar external battery (1 No), Micro USB cable (1 No.), Connector (connector – 3 Nos.), User manual (1 No.), Carabiner (1 No.).
Battery: Build-in Lithium polymer battery with solar charger, light weight, portable, reliable and anti-explosion.
Solar Charger: 5V / 200mAh
Input: Micro USB 5V / 1.5A
Capacity: 10000mAh/ 37Wh
Dual-port Output: USB1: 5V / 1A (for cellphones) and USB 2 : 5V/2.1A (for tablets)
Size: 6.0 x 0.7 x 3 inches;
Weight: 9.4 ounces
Colors : black, white, rose red.
A 5V solar panel and the energy efficient lithium polymer battery, can charge 2 devices simultaneously with its dual port output. With white colour and a contrasting orange button and orange circumferential strip, the charger also looks like a fashion statement.
It has LED charge indicators, a power switch in the front side of the charger. The contrast of the white and orange colour gives an attractive look for the charger. The USB ports are provided in the front side of charger.
The solar panel is of monocrystalline type which is by far the most efficient panel in the market. The panel takes over 24 hours to fully charge the external battery.
The solar charger has a built-in Lithium Polymer battery that has an enormous (10000mAh) charge capacity.The battery charger on complete charge could charge an iPhone 3 to 4 times, a Galaxy S4 2 to 2.5 times, an iPad 1 to 2 times. The battery is lightweight and is explosion proof.
The one huge downside is that, the battery efficiency is around 68% which is very low for any charger. Providing that the best non-solar battery charger have a charging efficiency ranging from 80-90%, this charger could have been forgiven if it had battery efficiency of around 75%.
The battery has a long lifetime of charging of about 500 cycles. The battery can also be charged using the USB input.
- One of the few chargers with monocrystalline solar panel for the price.
- Charges fairly good on cloudy days.
- 12 months worry-free product guarantee from the manufacturer.
- Very good customer service throughout the year.
- Portable, light weight, sleek and has a powerful and efficient lithium-polymer battery
- Average battery charging efficiency of 68%, you can expect to use 6800mAh capacity of charge out of 10000mAh.
- Poor product quality management(you can expect a to receive a defective product with high probability).
- Doesn’t come with a carry case.
I have listed the best chargers in the market which perform promising well and are really portable in the article best portable charger for iPhone. The article is good for non-Apple smartphone devices too.