‘Monday Morning Must Have’ Bushnell Solar Wrap Mini Review

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Overland Park, KS. –-(Ammoland.com)- I’m sure you’ve been hunting, camping, hiking or somewhere you have forgotten your charger, and chances are your phone or other small electronic device has run out of battery life. A dead phone makes it frustrating when you are killing time playing Candy Crush. More importantly, dead electronics can turn into a safety hazard when you can’t get a hold of anyone and can’t find your way out. To keep your small electronics powered up in the field, Bushnell has introduced the PowerSync Solar Wrap Mini Solar Charger.

At first glance the Solar Wrap Mini isn’t that impressive looking if you are used to other portable solar chargers, but don’t let looks deceive you. The Bushnell Solar Wrap Mini has some great features and good performance from such a small unit.

The Solar Wrap Mini features act as a portable battery charger with the on board Li Ion battery. The on board battery allows users to charge a device day or night. Using the included USB cable, the Solar Wrap Mini can be pre charged at home or in you car in 4 hours.

What helps the Solar Wrap Mini stand out over other portable chargers is the flexible solar panel that rolls around the unit. Traditionally solar charges are made with rigid crystalline panels. A couple problems with these panels are that they can easily be broken and if the solar panel isn’t in full sunlight the panel performance diminishes.

The PowerSync line feature amorphous silicon thin film solar technology. Basically it’s a better solar panel that allows it to be flexible and have a lot less weight. The new solar panels also have redundant wiring throughout the solar panels so each cell can collect energy on its own, which allows the Solar Wrap Mini to still collect energy efficiently if the entire panel isn’t in direct sunlight.

If charging the Solar Wrap Mini by just using  the solar panel it will take about 10 hours to fully charge the internal battery.

The PowerSync Mini can charge most devices that use a USB Cable to charge it. Bushnell says that on one charge the Solar Wrap Mini can charge a camera or GPS two and a half times, a MP3 player twice or a smart phone one time.

I charged up a few of my devices to check the charging ability. For my iPhone 5 I was able to charge it up fully from being dead. I also was able to charge up my iPad to about 27%. The Solar Wrap Mini Is also capable of charging my Go Pro Camera.

With the solar panel rolled out you can easily hang the Solar Wrap mini to charge with a small clip or string. You can also hang it from your backpack and charge on the go while you are hiking.

Bushnell makes several other chargers in their PowerSync line that are much larger than the Solar Wrap Mini. At first I thought the small size would be a big constraint on the charging performance. After using it I was very pleased with how it charged all of my small electronics. The small size is also an advantage because it fits easily into a pack.  The Solar Wrap Mini is a great product to add to any emergency preparation kit and can be stored away in your cars glove compartment so you can always charge a device no matter where you are.

Bushnell lists this for sale on their website at $89.99. For the size of the unit and capabilities of the unit this is a Must Have product for anyone the needs power while off the grid.

Quality:  The Solar Wrap Mini is well made and comes with durable rubber end caps to protect the unit and cover the USB ports.  The advanced solar panel sets this unit apart from other portable chargers.

Reliability: I have been very pleased with the performance of the Solar Wrap Mini. Being able to charge a device when I need to adds a level of comfort to me next time head to the woods. 

Price/Value:  At $89.99 this is a great price for the versatility of the unit and how well it performs.

Referability:  If you are ever out in the wilderness or have any type of disaster preparation kit, the Bushnell PowerSync Solar Wrap Mini would be a good product to own.

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