Mobile/smart phones, tablets, digital cameras (non SLR), GPS devices, MP3 players and other USB devices. To charge laptops and devices with different voltages such as 9V, 12V, 16V, you are advised to use mPowerpack laptop charger.
The speed of charging largely depends on the intensity of the sun’s rays. Hence the chargers require bright sunlight to charge at optimum rates. However they will continue to charge under cloudy weather conditions although the speed of charging will be slower.
This happens when there is insufficient power in the solar charger to charge devices or the device’s USB cable is faulty. Recharge the charger under the sun or from the wall socket or change the USB cable. Some of the newer smartphones such as iPhone 6 may show ‘not charging’ even though they may continue to charge. This is due to the manufacturer’s software design.
A standard USB-to-micro-USB cable is provided in the box – this can be connected with any standard USB adaptor. For best results, purchase the power adaptor from Third Wave Power, or a good quality adaptor with a 5V/2A output specification.
A notebook computer typically requires a higher voltage and current – more than what mPowerpad solar chargers are designed to provide. We recommend that you purchase the mPowerpack laptop charger instead.
The battery level indicator for each product and reading instructions are provided in the respective user guides. The battery indicator is accurate in most situations. However, when a device such as a phone, tablet or mPowerpack battery pack is plugged into or removed from mPowerpad solar charger, the sudden load increase/decrease can result in fluctuations in the battery level indicator.
Under normal conditions – and when fully charged – the internal batteries will self- discharge completely between 60–180 days depending on the mPowerpad model. However, we recommend that you charge the product under the sun or from the wall socket once every 30-45 days so as to maintain the batteries in good condition and to ensure that there is power when you need it.
All solar chargers from Third Wave Power are designed to be water- and dust-resistant. Under light rain, the rubber/plastic grommets will help prevent water from seeping into the device. However if the solar chargers get submerged in water during a heavy downpour, there is a risk of damaging the device.
The batteries used in the solar chargers are lithium polymer batteries with an effective operating temperature range of 0–60°C (or 32–140°F). The solar charger can be stored in temperatures ranging from 0–45°C (or 32–113°F) when not in use.
These solar chargers automatically start charging when placed in the sun or plugged into the wall or USB. They will also automatically start charging a device once it is connected. When there is no activity, the solar chargers go into sleep mode so there’s no need to manually switch them off.
Specific to mPowerpad 2 Lite, Xplore and Pro solar chargers
It can certainly be left to charge under direct sunlight while on the car dashboard. Its polycarbonate casing is designed to withstand high temperature environments. Due to the greenhouse effect, temperatures within an enclosed, stationary car can rise to very high levels. As the solar charger uses intelligent algorithms to optimise charging based on a range of factors (temperature included), this enables it to charge at maximum speeds where possible, while remaining safe to use. Keeping the solar chargers continuously on the car dashboard can also create white patches due to air bubbles within the panel.
The solar kit is designed to be resistant to light rain and dust. However, to protect it from exposed to the elements, do zip up the compartment containing mPowerpack laptop charger while charging. Also please do not submerge the solar panels in water.
The mPowercard comes with a micro USB cable/connector to charge Android smartphones and a lightning connector to charge iPhones. For best results, please purchase an MFI certified connector separately.
A standard-USB-to-micro-USB cable has been provided in the box – this can be connected with any standard USB adaptor. For best results, purchase the power adaptor from Third Wave Power, or a good quality adaptor with a 5.3V/2A output specification.
mPowerpack can be docked into mPowerpad 2 Lite, Xplore and Pro solar charger (available separately) and get charged from the sun, wall or computer. When there is no sunlight, with DarkCharge, mPowerpack will get charged by mPowerpad 2’s internal batteries. While charging, both mPowerpack and mPowerpad 2 need to be switched on.
mPowerpack laptop chargers can charge any device with discrete voltages as indicated in the technical specifications, as long as the currents needed at these voltages are within the limits provided by the product. Voltage and amp output combinations vary depending on the devices connected.
Adaptor heads are provided for almost all the laptops/ devices that mPowerpack laptop charger charges. Try getting a DC adaptor pin from the store or the manufacturer and use that to charge your device from mPowerpack laptop charger.