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Review: Logic 3 Solar Charger for PSP, DS & SP
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Written by Danrok   
Friday, 11 November 2005 10:02
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Review: Logic 3 Solar Charger for PSP, DS & SP
Cables and connections
Hands-on and conclusion
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Need to recharge your Sony PlayStation Portable or Nintendo DS on the move with no obvious power source? Solar power is the answer! A solar charger can come in very handy when travelling to countries where the mains voltage does match your mains charger's input voltage. No need for adaptors if you have a solar charger.







Review: Logic 3 Solar Charger for PSP, DS & SP

Introduction

I bought my Logic 3 Solar Charger online for about £25. These are available from many online shops and regular shops. I'll be using it to recharge the battery in my Sony PSP.

The photo below shows the package and contents.

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Open it up

In the photo below you can see what the device looks like when it is folded open to reveal two small solar panels. It looks a bit like a tiny laptop computer and you can adjust the angle of the top panel. Although, I found that mine didn't want to stay put at certain angles. The hinge could do with being a bit stiffer. The two panels don't lock together when closed up. It would have been good if there was some kind of catch to prevent it from opening up when dropped. That way the panels would be better protected. Still, it does appear to be fairly robust.

Photo of charger
Supplied cables

The charger is supplied with two different cables. One of them is of no use to me, since it must be for connecting to a Nintendo DS, the other will fit my Sony PSP. The cables are short in length and therefore ideal for carrying around, perhaps in a coat pocket. There is no way of stowing a cable inside the charger which would have been better than having the risk of two items becoming seperated.

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Power outlet, switch and LED

The photo below shows the power outlet which provides DC at 5.2 volts. Next to it is an on/off switch. The solar panels own internal battery charges up from a light source with the switch in the "off" position. The green LED next to it will glow to show that the panels are collecting energy.

The solar panels will collect energy from not just the sun, but artifical light sources. So, you could place the panels underneath a bedside lamp in a hotel room at night time. Of course, it will take much longer to charge up in lower light levels. The shortest charging period you can expect is 8 hours when the unit is placed in strong direct sunlight.

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Power Inlet

There is a power input socket, on the other side, for charging the internal battery using the PSP's mains charger. This comes in handy if you simply want to use the unit as a spare battery or for giving it a full charge when at home before going on your travels.

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Hands-on

Size wise, the Logic 3 Solar Charger will fit in to a pocket and isn't so heavy, about the same weight as the average mobile phone. Operation is all very straight forward. When the charged-up device is attached to the Sony PSP, the PSP will act in exactly the same way as it does when it is connected to a mains adaptor.

In the photo below you can see that it is about half the size of a PSP when closed up.

Logic 3 Solar Charger and Sony PlayStation Portable

In the photo below the charger is having a light lunch sitting on a window sill.

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Conclusion

The solar charger does its job as you would expect. It is ideal for anyone who wants to carry their PSP, DS or GBA-SP with them when traveling or perhaps back-packing and camping. It can also come in handy if you just need some form of back-up battery power, just in case.

It is let down a little by the case which is not of a high quality. My main concern is that the case doesn't lock shut, leaving the panels prone to damage in some situations. One fix for that would be to wrap a rubber band around it before chucking it in to a bag. A compartment of some kind for storing the cable would be helpful.

Overall I can recommend it.

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