Product: PowerKeep 36

It was nuts in Kona, but I was able to enjoy some extra power on race day with this device during the Ironman World Championships this October.

The one thing I wasn’t able to do was drain all of the power and fully recharge the unit, thus testing the time it took to do so. I left it in the sun, plugged in, but have no idea how much of a charge was regained.

Initial thoughts:
For anyone who’s used a charging block or external battery, this product is intuitive. The plugs, ports, and instructions are very straightforward and familiar. The overall unit is super lightweight. I worried about damaging the solar panel on the go, so I kept it in the box in my bag – which wasn’t ideal. I didn’t find any warnings or instructions on how to transport it and pack it. Also, once it was unfolded, it didn’t obviously fold back in a particular direction (like a map) – I worried I was bending it the wrong way.

There was also intermittent light rain and sunshine on race day, and I wasn’t sure if it is waterproof. Not being sure, I didn’t take it out of its box.

The enclosed instructions for use (IFU) were super basic – after I got home, I found the FAQs online to be super helpful – a suggestion on the printed IFU to check out the website would be good.

Charging block had a yellow plastic cover on one of the “output” ports that wound around – is that just an extra connection option? At first, I wasn’t sure I should pull on it to unplug it – not being familiar with solar devices but having an impression that they are fragile made me tentative. The purpose of the yellow cord was not clear in the instructions… (after I read online, I realized this unit allowed for the charging of multiple devices – cool!)

Wow, this is a trending item! It was very popular and received lots of comments about walking around with a solar panel – media crews were especially interested – always hunger for a recharge as photo apps drain batteries quickly.

Photographers wished for a regular plug in to recharge camera battery packs…

This will make an awesome Christmas gift.

Dana W – Kona, HI