Review: Innoo Tech 10,000mAh Solar Portable Charger

Innoo Tech 10,000mAh Solar Charger

7.5

Power

5.5/10

Design

9.0/10

Build

7.5/10

Reliability

8.0/10

Pros

  • Has Enough power capacity to charge a single smartphone about 3 times or more. Tablets can possibly charge 1 full time.
  • You can attach a Carabiner to it
  • Solid build that makes it shock and water resistant

Cons

  • It can't be immersed into water
  • Slow charging speeds if you're charging 2 devices at once
  • Solar recharging is VERY SLOW

Solar power banks are just your plain old power banks and the only difference is that they have a solar panel installed within them so you charge the power bank via solar panels.

That’s really it. The thing that most people don’t understand is that a solar panel actually doesn’t charge that quickly with its solar recharging power, and you’re most likely going to be recharging it through the Micro-USB Input port that you use with most other portable chargers.

With that said, the solar charging isn’t the only valuable asset that Solar power banks take advantage of and they can be very useful in a lot of ways that more conventional chargers can’t be. This is the Innoo Tech solar charger, read on in this Charger Harbor Review to learn more about it.

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Power

Power Capacity:

Starting with the power capacity, it does pretty well.

You’re starting off with an initial power capacity of 10,000mAh and with conversion during charging that’s knocked down to about 8,000mAh.

The solar power bank doesn’t take advantage of any special hardware like Pansonic battery cells or any other tech that is able to improve conversion during charging.

With that said, we gotta say that the conversion rate is actually pretty good and this is mostly because of its charging speed having a max Output of only 2.1A.

With a power capacity of 8,000mAh, the power bank does a great job at being able to charge most smartphones 4 times or more.

Although if you’re charging something like the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, then it’s going to fair a bit lower and being able to give about 2.5 full charges.

As for tablets, this charger can do well but only if you’re charging a tablet alone. This is because power capacity won’t be split and all the power capacity will be focused only on a single device.

It doesn’t have the highest power capacity, but it will be able to last you for a few days, and we think that it’s a perfect amount of power capacity for hiking, camping or a simple outdoor venturing for either a few hours or days. So long as you’re charging devices that are within the portable charger’s capabilities of charging.

  Innoo Tech 10,000mAh Solar Portable Charger
(Output Power Capacity = 8,000mAh)
Phone Capacity Innoo Tech 10,000mAh Solar Portable Charger Left Over Capacity after One Charge

Number of Full Charges for the Device
iPhone SE8,000mAh1,624mAh6,376mAh Left Over

4.9 Full Charges
iPhone 68,000mAh1,810mAh6,190mAh Left Over

4.4 Full Charges
iPhone 6 Plus8,000mAh2,915mAh5,085mAh Left Over

2.7 Full Charges
iPhone 6s8,000mAh1,715mAh6,285mAh Left Over

4.6 Full Charges
iPhone 6s Plus8,000mAh2,750mAh5,250mAh Left Over

2.9 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S68,000mAh2,550mAh5,450mAh Left Over

3.1 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge8,000mAh2,600mAh5,400mAh Left Over

3.0 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S78,000mAh3,000mAh5,000mAh Left Over

2.6 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge8,000mAh3,600mAh4,400mAh Left Over

2.2 Full Charges
Apple iPad Mini 28,000mAh6,470mAh1,530mAh Left Over

1.2 Full Charges
Apple iPad Mini 48,000mAh5,124mAh2,876mAh Left Over

1.5 Full Charges

Output Charging: Max Output: 2.1 Amps    Per Port: 5V/1.0A

The charging speed could use some work. There is 2 Output charging ports and each of them is only capable of charging at 1 Amp.

You’re not going to be getting very fast charging for most of the devices that you plan on charging. This goes for most smartphones and definitely for tablets like iPads that have a max charging rate of 2.4 Amps.

However, the charging speed is actually quite good in a way, when you’re charging a device alone. This is because charging speed is shared through the charging ports.

So if you’re charging only a single device at any one time, then that device can potentially receive a max charging rate of 2.1 Amps. This is great for higher Amperage charging devices like tablets, and even for smartphones since they can charge beyond a 1 Amp rate as well.

So if you’re using both Output ports then charging speeds can be quite limiting as the power bank is splitting a source of power that is only 2.1 Amps.

Input Charging:    Solar Charging: 5.5V/250mAh      Micro-USB: 5V/1.0A

The main attraction for this power bank is the solar recharging aspect and as we said before at the beginning of this review is that recharging with solar isn’t anything special. The same stands here.

What we mean by that is that the recharging speed through the solar panel is the only 5.5V/250mA. So if you’re recharging it through ONLY the solar panels then it can take up to 40 hours for the power bank to fully recharge.

Although that’s not really happening unless you’re constantly keeping it under solar rays. Also, Innoo Tech recommends that you do not leave it under sunlight for very long periods of time because it can actually overheat and get damaged.

So if you think that you’re going to be able to recharge it as a respectable charging speed through solar power, then you’re wrong.

Then there’s the traditional way of recharging the power bank which is through a Micro-USB Input port. if you’re using the Micro-USB Input to recharge the solar power bank, then it will take about 6-7 hours to fully recharge.

It doesn’t matter what wall charger you use since the Input recharge is only 5V/1.0A.

Design

Size and Weight

It’s quite a large power bank, Innoo Tech states that you can place it into your pocket and although that might slightly be possible, we don’t feel like it’s a comfortable possibility.

The length is 6.1 inches, it has a width of 3.1 inches and a 1.6 inch in thickness. It also has a heavyweight of 10.4 ounces. So now we hope you know what mean when we say that we simply don’t think it’s possible to comfortably place it into a pocket.

With that said, though we do think that it’s possible to either carry it around, but even then the weight of it can weigh you down. So it’s best to just use a carabiner on the latch that the power bank has and connect it to a back-pack. This way, you can hopefully get some recharge done if you’re walking outside on a sunny day.

Functional Components

Since the power bank has an IPX5 waterproof rating, the charging ports are covered by a flap and under the flap is where you can the 2 USB Output ports and the Micro-USB Input port.

On the side of the charger is where you find the power button and on top is where there are 5 LED Power capacity indicators.

Charging automatically begins once you get a device to the charger and this leaves the power button to either check the power capacity that’s left or to turn on the flashlight.

Also, one bizarre thing we just mentioned is that there are 5 Power capacity indicators, and here’s why.

1st Indicator: Green: The charger is being charged by sunlight / Blue: 20% Power

2nd Indicator: Blue: 40% Power

3rd Indicator: Blue: 60% Power

4th Indicator: Blue: 80% Power

5th Indicator: Blue: 100% Power

This isn’t to say that solar charging stops when you reach a power capacity of 20%, it’s just that the LED light displays Blue when it reaches 20% of power capacity and Green when it’s recharging to 20%.

One portable side that we mentioned of how portable it is. There’s a latch on the bag where you can hook a carabiner and place it in a backpack. If you want to hold onto the power bank it does have some grooves and indentations that make it comfortable to hold.

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Build

Structure and Material

This can basically consider a rugged power bank and this mainly because it’s not only waterproof but also because the build is really solid.

On the outside, it’s mostly made of plastic and has rubber in various places and this is mainly so that it withstands shock damage in the event of a fall.

Another thing is that the siding that you see aren’t exactly parts of the charger because most or at least all the circuitry is in the center and safe from the environmental effects.

Then there’s the waterproof part. Okay, so the first thing you should know is that the power bank is only waterproof when you have the Output ports covered with the flap.

When the charging ports are covered then it has an IPX5 water resistant rating. This means that it can withstand water jets in any directions, and it also means it can withstand rain. However, it CANNOT withstand immersion into water.

Tech

On the tech side, there’s nothing out of the ordinary as the power bank has the basic safety tech to keep you and your devices safe during charging.

With that said, it can still overheat and get damaged if you leave it in the sun for too long. Also, don’t charge your devices while it’s being charged from the sun as that will increase heat.

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Reliability

For the most part, this solar power bank is reliable.

With that said, it’s the solar part that makes it not so reliable for the main feature it was made for.

We really think that charging electronic companies should come out with a solar power bank that is able to charge just as fast through its solar panels as it does with its Input ports.

This is because recharging speed that is done through the solar panels is not very fast or realistic to even use because of how slow the charging speed is.

Another thing about this power bank is the Output charging speed. It does well if you’re only charging 1 device but if you’re charging 2 devices at once then the 2.1 Amps of power being split up isn’t going to provide a fast charging speed at all.

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Summary

Power:

The power capacity is really the only impressive thing when it comes to its powering capabilities. The Max Output of only 2.1 Amps isn’t very versatile.

The recharging that is done through the solar panel is VERY slow and most of the time you’ll find yourself using the Micro-USB Input port.

Design:

It’s quite a large power bank and a heavy one at that too. It’s fairly easy to use and can even use a carabiner with it so you can latch it onto a backpack.

Build:

The build quality is good if we’re talking about the structure and material with it being IPX5 water resistant and it can survive falls. Other than that, the tech side could use some improvements with faster charging.

Reliability:

It’s a reliable enough power bank that does well when you’re using it like just any other portable charger. When it comes to actually using the solar part of it, that when it is very unreliable.

Specs of the Innoo Tech 10,000mAh Solar Charger:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 10,000mAh            Output Capacity: 8,000mAh
  • Output:

Max Output: 2.1 Amps

Per Port: 5V/1.0A

  • Input:     Solar Charging: 5.5V/250mAh      Micro-USB: 5V/1.0A
  • LED Power Indicators: 5 LED Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 6.1 x 3.1 x 1.6 inches
  • Weight: 10.4 Ounces

Conclusion:

Solar power banks, we feel, just aren’t there yet. Or at least this one isn’t. It does a pretty good job at being a base power bank, but when you consider what the solar part of it has to offer, it doesn’t deliver a strong package.

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