ReVIVE ReStore RA4 Universal 14-watt Folding Solar Charger Dual USB Ports review

Review-ReVIVE ReStore RA4 14-watt Folding Solar Charger

Revive ReStore 14 watt charger is steal deal for the price tag of $50. The charger comes with excellent specifications. The charger does a good job charging USB gadgets, highly useful for charging devices during camping , hiking, backpacking and outdoor activities due to the compact size of the gear.

RATING: 4.3/5

PRICE: $ 49.99

In the box

A Revive Restore 14W solar panel, a rain cover, an adjustable strap.

Compatibility

ReVIVE ReStore RA4 Universal can charge wide variety of gadgets requiring DC 5V, 1A or 2.1A output. The devices can range from smartphones, tablets, mp3 players to GPS units. The charger is compatible with the following devices:

Samsung Galaxy S5 , S4 , Note 3.
Apple: iPhone 5 , 5S , 5C.
HTC One Max.
Motorola Droid Moto E , X , G.
LG G3 , G Flex , G Pro 2.
Sony Xperia Z3 , Z2 , M2.
Tablets:  Acer Iconia, Apple iPad, Asus Vivotab, Dell Venue, Google Nexus 7, LG G Pad, Microsoft Surface Pro 3, Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, Sony Xperia.
MP3: Apple iPod, SanDisk Sansa, Samsung Galaxy Player, Sony Walkman, Zune HD, Beats Music, PONO.

Product specifications

Solar power input: 14 Watts
USB output: DC 5V 1A and 2.1A
Size: 2.63” x 10.63” x8.25”
Weight: 1.9 pounds

Features

The solar charger is lightweight, rugged and charges devices quickly.

It has a multipurpose strap and 8 Nos. of nylon loops for attaching the solar panel to any support such as backpack or any equipment or for hanging it on wall for sun exposure. Has an adjustable strap of length 24” to 48”.Unfolded size is 2.8ft length whereas the folded size is 10.63” x 8.25” x 2.63”.

The solar charger has 2 USB ports. One of the ports has a 1A output current rating and the other has a 2.1A output current rating. The 1A port can charge small battery devices such as iPhone and other smartphones. The 2.1A is the exact current output match for any tablet device and should be able to charge the tablet devices at the rate of wall outlets.

The drawstring weather cover which comes with the product is very thoughtful. When you are camping and suddenly the weather goes wild and it starts raining cats and dogs, you can use the cover to protect the solar panel and the devices from the rain and dust.

ReVIVE ReStore RA4 Universal 14-watt review

Power rating

It is rated to deliver a maximum power of 14 Watts. Certain charging cables may give different power output. Before connecting the device for charging, allow 30 seconds exposure to the direct sunrays for steady state attainment.

Device charging time

The charger would take between 7 and 9 hours to fully charge a 10″ (or so) tablet. It would charge an iPhone 4S completely in about 2-3 hours.

Caution

Make sure you prevent the USB devices from overheating. If overheating occurs then the charging of the device stops immediately. As the carry case has provision for storing other accessories, it should not be overloaded in order to avoid damage to the solar panels.

Warranty

The product comes with a 3 years limited warranty.

Pros

  • Great price tag for 14W panel.
  • Dual charging option to charge 2 devices at a time.
  • The rain cover is a great add-on.
  • A 3 year limited warranty is a long duration for a solar charger in this price range.

Cons

  • The 1A and 2.1A output ports are not marked. Hence identifying the respective ports is going to be a headache.