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    Chad Reports On The Anker 21 Watt Solar Charger. 

    There's a very moving story about this device. A few months ago a viewer in Puerto Rico said he was without power for a very long time. Then he was able to find a fast food restaurant that had power and Internet. He said the 1st thing he did was download two Giz Wiz episodes so he could stay in touch with us. Chad & I were almost moved to tears. Then a viewer sent in a contribution for the show from him and his mother, along with an unusual request. He asked us to review the Anker 21W Dual USB Solar Charger and then sent it to our fan in Puerto Rico. We didn't want our fan in Puerto Rico to wait until we could do a review, so Chad sent him one right away. And now we do have time for a review which Chad did since he has ton more sun in Dallas than I do in NY. First, here's some info the device from Anker on their Amazon page:

    The Anker Advantage: PowerIQ delivers the fastest possible charging speed up to 2.4 amps per port or 3 amps overall under direct sunlight. 21 watt SunPower solar array is 21.5-23.5% efficient, providing enough power to charge two devices simultaneously. Industrial-strength PET polymer faced solar panels sewn into a rugged polyester canvas offer weather-resistant outdoor durability. Compact size (11.1 × 6.3in folded or 26.4 × 11.1in opened) and stainless-steel eye-holes on each corner allow easy attachment to backpacks, trees, or tents. 14.7 oz and ultra-thin: 1.1in folded or 0.2in opened. Under $62.00 as of 11/30/17.


    And Chad's report: Chad thought this device was pretty impressive. In about 30 minutes it boosted the power in the external battery pack he plugged in to the charger by about 25%. The Anker Solar Charger does not come in with a battery pack since you can charge devices directly if you want. But keeping an external battery charging all the time is a great use for this device. Chad liked the grommets built into the device but wished they had two more at the very top. He added that it's compact and rugged. And at good deal at about $62.00. $61.99 as of 12/1/17) Be sure to watch this week's show to see Chad's full video.


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