Brunton Restore Portable Power

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Brunton Restore Portable Power - Brunton Restore Solar Portable Power - The Restore Solar Portable Power by Brunton is the most efficient, integrated compact power pack available. It has an internal battery that keeps extra energy at hand.Twin solar panels keep the battery at peak capacity in less time. The Restore is ideal for charging personal devices like iPods and smart phones. Advanced polycrystaline solar technology gathers maximum energy per inch for maximum efficiency. The Restore Solar Portable Power by Brunton has a power storage capacity of 2,200 mAh and 1,000 mAh output.

Fabric:

  • Water-resistant construction and rubberized shell stands up to life in the field

Features:

  • Two 100 mA polycrystalline solar panels harvest energy from the sun when they have access to light
  • 5.5 L x 3 W x 1.25 inches D
  • Compatible with Brunton Sync Tech-enabled headlamps and task lights
  • Power gauge and auto shut-off lets you keep tabs on your energy use
  • 1,000 mA / 5V mini-USB output
  • Internal rechargable lithium ion battery features a storage capacity of 2,200 mAh
Backcountry.com
If you rely on your portable electronics, you need a reliable way to charge them up when you're off the grid. The Brunton Restore Portable Power Pack gives you a fast, easy way to harness the power of the sun to charge your MP3s, smartphone, digital cameras, and more. Inside the durable, water-resistant clamshell, you'll find two highly efficient 100 mA polycrystalline solar panels that boast an impressive 90% power capture rate to deliver more juice to your devices.

Northern River Supply
Brunton, the pioneers of portable solar power, bring you the most efficient and compact integrated solar charger available. The new Restore recharges iPods™, smart phones, digital cameras and more.
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This has been a very handy unit thus far. Charge it up before you go, toss it in your pack, and if you need some extra juice for your gadgets it'll be ready and willing. Ability to strap it on to the top of a pack is key, and in my mind sets it apart from the competition. My Restore reliably holds a full charge for weeks and feels very durable. I now pack only USB-rechargeable gadgets knowing I won't need extra batteries and can rely on the Restore to keep them going.
Don't think, however, that two little solar panels like this will keep you super-juiced all the time. I always charge mine at home and use solar just to supplement while I'm out and about. I take a 3GS iPhone into the backcountry as GPS / nerd toy, and after 4-5 hours of direct sunlight the Restore will only boost the 3GS by 10-20%. Fully charge it at home, on the other hand, and it will deliver 1.75 full charges to the iPhone (w/o solar exposure). So don't take it into the backcountry empty if you intend to rely on its power. Small solar panels like this will take days of full sunlight to fully charge the Restore, but will help extend its ability an awfully long time if you charge it at home first. (And never, ever rely solely on electronics! Always take a paper map too, just in case...)
I'm also a bit disappointed in the durability of the plastic covering the solar panels -- hence 4 stars instead of 5. I've had my Restore for all of three months, have only taken it on a half-dozen trips, and it was never dropped or saw any nasty conditions or abuse. And yet, some major scratches have already formed on the plastic over both panels. Luckily the scratches aren't directly over the solar panels -- yet -- and now that I know I'm careful to wipe off debris before I fold them onto each other. I'll probably take a little piece of felt or something along in the future that can sandwich between the panels and keep them safe, but a little rubber molding around them to keep them slightly elevated from each other would clearly have gone a long way. So, Brunton, for your next revision, figure out a way to keep that soft plastic from rubbing against itself -- it's too scratch-prone!
Overall, though, I'm very happy with this little device.

seventysut922415 at Backcountry.com on 06/14/2012

Not many choices to have a battery pack that has a built in solar charger. The battery does what it should though for its size I would think it could hold more charge. Have not has a great chance to test the solar aspect of it. I got it primarily as an emergency back up, you know so you could potentially charge a phone long enough to make a call if needed. Size and weight seems like it could be much better if updated with newer tech. 4 stars for this reason.

Event Horizon at Backcountry.com on 07/27/2012

Would recommend this item for anyone that travels or works in the outdoors. I pack it daily and use it at least 2-3 times per week. Great way to capture solar power. It charges quickly via the sun, a USB port, or a cigarette lighter. I usually can get two full charges to my G'z One Verizon phone. Definitely worth the money. Compact, durable, water-resistant, etc. Well built.

John Pitto at Backcountry.com on 05/02/2011
Great way to charge iPods and iPhones. It serves me as mainly a backup battery when I am out camping, and doesn't take all that long to charge. You can also charge it from a computer! Unfortunately it probably won't charge your iPad, but it's perfect for iPhones and iPods.
Kalon Cheung at OutdoorPlay.com on 03/13/2012