Full Powertraveller Range of Portable Chargers Review

Portable Chargers Review


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Overall, I would say that Powertraveller units are all good value for money, particularly the Powermonkey range. For £49.99 you can charge your gadgets without the need of being near any mains! I am going to be investing in the Explorer and the Powergorilla. I am going to be using the Powergorilla for work, where I can charge my laptop and phone at the same time. I am going to be using the explorer for general purposes including charging my phone and PSP when I am away from the house.
Full Powertraveller Range
The boys at Lemon Digital have again supplied us with some goods for us to review. I gave them a call last week and they told me about this Powertraveller Range. Apparently, the next must have thing! I may be looking at taking one or two of these for myself after I have reviewed each of them.
I have Listed the Range that I have been given to review:
Powermonkey Classic
Powermonkey Explorer
Powermonkey ExTreme
Powergorilla
Solargorilla
Minigorilla

There are a host of other products from Powertraveller that I have not been given to review, these include the:
Startmonkey
Motormonkey
Solarmonkey
Powerchimp
Maybe these are old units now? If I do manage to get hold of some of these I will include a review about them. If you do require a review for one of the listed, then feel free to contact me and Ill see what I can come up with!
Price for these systems range from £14.99 (Motormonkey) to £169.99 (Powergorilla).
Who are Powertraveller and What do they do?
Powertraveller manufacturers portable power chargers and solar chargers for mobile and cell phones, iPods, PDAs, Laptops, Netbooks and more devices. Not enough for you? How about the feature of actually starting your car with one?
Designed to military specification, Powertraveller portable chargers can stand up to the toughest conditions to deliver dependable and long-lasting power when you go off the grid. Named after various primates, the diverse Powertraveller range will meet all your wilderness power needs. Ranging from the Powermonkey Classic! to the Powergorilla! These really are worth taking a look at.
Powertraveller Powermonkey Review
Powertraveller Powermonkey Classic – “The next generation of charger”

Okay, so the first Powertraveller that I am going to review is the Powermonkey Classic! This is from what I can see, the entry level portable charger. designed for those who need a quick charge for their mobile phones, PSP’s and other smaller gadgets.
What’s in the Box
The box contains:-
Powermonkey Classic
1 x Universal Mains Charger including interchangeable heads for the UK, Europe, Australia and the States
1 x Travel Pouch to protect the unit
Tips Included: Nokia and Mini Nokia, Micro USB, Samsung G600, LG Chocolate, Sony Ericsson Wide Connector, Mini USB, Female USB Charging Tip, iPod/iPhone Tip, DC 4.0 for Sony PSP, USB retractable cable
So quite a lot considering the price ranges from £29.99 to £37.99. The device itself came in black, however, there are five different colours to choose from:-
Purple
White
Silver
Blue
Black
Thankfully, unlike most gadgets, sat nav’s, mobile phones etc… when you get them they need a long pre charge! This Powertraveller Classic actually comes 60% charged! I am not 100% sure why it has this amount of charge as oppose to a full charge… The powermonkey classic portable charger can be recharged either by the included universal mains charger or via the retractable USB cable in the kit.
Specifications
Capacity: 2200mAh
Input Interface: DC3.5 x 1.1
Input Voltage: 5v 500mAh
Output Interface: DC3.5 x 1.1
Output Voltage: 4.5~5.5v
Output Max Current: 1.2A
Weight 70g
Dimensions: 88 x 39 x 37 mm
Maximum Reserve Power:
All iPods – 40 hours
Mobile Phones – 96 hours
Digital Cameras – 1600 pictures
Two way Radios – 24 hours
Sony PSPs – 5 hours
MP3 / MP4s – 6 hours
PDAs – 48 hours
For the price, I think this is a very good deal. I personally wouldn’t consider buying one of these as I have my eye on one of the others. The Powertraveller Classic looks to be aimed at the younger generation who are constantly on their iPhones, Blackberry’s, PSP’s etc… So if your kid keeps complaining about running out of juice for their gadgets when your at the airport, on a trip… then invest in one of these! A full charge is capable of charging 3 mobile phones!
Powertraveller Powermonkey Explorer

Next up we have the Powermonkey Explorer! This is the same as the Powermonkey Classic apart from it comes with the Soalrmonkey as well and the unit itself has a screen indicating how much charge it has left. Again, this unit comes with the 60% pre charge, so you can use it straight out of the box! My trusted iPhone seemed a little low on the gas so I gave it a shot with the explorer:

It worked a treat and it’s very surprising how fast it actually charges! I didn’t have a chance to test out the Solarmonkey that came with it due to the poor weather here in England! I am sure it would work very well and I will try it next times there’s a little sun out.
What’s in the Box
The box contains:-
Powermonkey Explorer
Solarmonkey Portable Solar Charger
1 x Universal Mains Charger including interchangeable heads for over 150 countries!
Tips Included: Nokia and Mini Nokia, Micro USB, Samsung G600, LG Chocolate, Sony Ericsson Wide Connector, Mini USB, Female USB Charging Tip, iPod/iPhone Tip, DC 4.0 for Sony PSP, USB retractable cable
USB cable, Velcro strap and Pouch

There are 4 different colours to choose from this time:
Grey
Yellow
Blue (Id say this is the best looking colour for Powertraveller’s Powermonkey range)
Pink

Specifications
Capacity: 2200mAh
Input Interface: DC3.5 x 1.1
Input Voltage: 5v 600mAh
Output Interface: DC3.5 x 1.1
Output Voltage: 4.5~5.5v
Output Max Current: 700mA
Maximum Reserve Power:
All iPods – 40 hours
Mobile Phones – 96 hours
Digital Cameras – 1600 pictures
Two way Radios – 24 hours
Sony PSPs – 5 hours
MP3 / MP4s – 6 hours
PDAs – 48 hours
Not much of a summary for this device as it is obviously the same as the Powermonkey Classic, however, it does come with a Solarmonkey. The price varies from £52.99 to £74.99. I think this would be a good investment for those of you who go to events such as Glastonbury! The Solarmonkey would be the perfect addition to the Classic if you are going to these events in the Summer!
Powertraveller Powermonkey Extreme – “Taking it to the Extreme”

Finally in the Powermonkey range, and the latest edition to the family, we have the Powermonkey Extreme! Having used this and compared it to the other two devices, there really is no contest! This bad boy can charge your phone up to 12 times on a single charge without the Solar Panel even being plugged in! I also enjoyed the little touch pad to turn it on and off.
What’s in the Box
The box contains:-
High Performance Solar Panel
9000mAh Lithium Polymer Battery Unit
International Mains Charger for UK, USA, Europe and Australia
8 Mobile Device Tips
Travel Case
Velcro Strap
iPad DC Connector Cable
Tip Storage Pouch
USB Charging Cable

I particularly liked the case with this one, the others come with just a neoprene case with no protection at all… This extreme however, comes with a hard durable case to prevent scrapes, dinks and possibly ruining the look of the device.

Features
Shockproof and Waterproof Design
Standard USB and DC Port Outputs
One Touch Friction Swipe Pad
Auto Shut Off
Solar Technology
Low Static Wastage! 75% of charge retained after a year!
Advanced safety features
3 way charging options
Specifications
Capacity: 9000mAh
Solar Panel 3
Input: 5V 600mAh
Output USB Port: 5V 700mAh and DC Port 2.1A
When you start looking at the figures of what this can actually do with a single charge you will be shocked. For example, a single charge can power:
iPad/Media Player – 1-2 Times
iPhone/Smartphone – 4-6 Times
GPS – 4-6 Times
Mobile Phones – 8-12 Times!
Overall, to suit my needs I think that the Powermonkey Extreme wins hands down! Every single day I have to fully charge my iPhone and it always seems to run out of juice before I enter a meeting or really need to use it! With the Extreme I no longer need to worry! I have also started using the Extreme as the main charger for my sat nav, meaning there will be less stress on my car battery!
However, If I were a younger/more active person I don’t think I would spend £119.99 on one as I would probably only need it for my phone. If you do need one just to power your phone then I would recommend the Explorer.
Powertraveller Minigorilla – “Roam wild go mini”

Onto the Powermonkey’s more powerful cousin, the Gorilla. The Powertraveller Gorilla range is used primarily for the more powerful Gadgets, Including Laptops, Smartphones and Cameras. Whilst charging your laptop you can even charge a smartphone at the same time! Whilst writing this review I have been powering my Laptop with the Powergorilla and it seems to be doing the job just fine!
What’s in the Box
The box contains:-
The Minigorilla Unit
Neoprene Case
11 Laptop tips including:
L01D for ASUS/Compaq/HP
L51D for ASUS/Winbook
L52D for ASUS/Compaq/HP
L53D for ASUS/Compaq/HP/Gateway/IBM/Lenovo/Fujitsu/NEC/Olivetti/Toshiba
L54D for Fujitsu/Panasonic/Samsung/Sony
L55D for Toshiba
L61D for Dell (power only)
L72D for HP/LED monitor/Scanner
L73D for Samsung/Sony
L74D for HP/ GPS Navigator
L75D for ASUS/Lenovo/BenQ
9 Mobile and Handheld device tips including:
Mini USB
Micro USB
Retractable USB cable with DC3.5 x 1.1
Samsung G600
LG Chocolate
DC 2.0 (mini Nokia)
DC 4.0 for Sony PSP
Sony-Ericsson K750i
Nintendo DS Lite
DC extension cable (80cm)
Universal Mains Charger

Features
The Minigorilla will give up to 6 hours on a Sony Vaio P-Series netbook at 10.5 volt setting. Minigorilla will give up to 2 hours on other netbooks set at 19 volts.
Minigorilla features an LCD screen which indicates battery capacity status and level of charge left in the Minigorilla, and the blue backlight will automatically turn off after 5 seconds to save power.
The Minigorilla portable charger has the same finish as the brilliant Powermonkey Explorer charger for phones and handheld devices, with a laser etched rubber coating, meaning it`s tough and durable. Supplied with a universal AC travel charger that works in over 150 countries around the world, a neoprene carry case and a whole host of Monkey nuts to allow connectivity to the most popular of electronic products.
Specifications
Input: AC 140~240V, 50~60Hz
Output: USB (5V)
Output: 8.4V, 9.5V, 10.5v, 12V, 19V, 6000mAh Maximum Capacity
Average Netbook Power, 4,800mAh – 4hours Battery
Compatible with the New Range of Sony VAIO Netbooks
Dimensions: 150 x 83 x 14 mm
Weight 265g
All in all I would say that for £79.99 – £99.99 these are quite expensive and maybe not worth the money. I wouldn’t use them to power my laptop as much as I would use a powermonkey to power my phone. I don’t think the battery life on these are amazing. The Minigorilla will fully charge a Laptop from dead so they’re not all that bad. I am looking forward to reviewing its big brother, the Powergorilla. All the Minigorilla lacks is its power, but maybe that’s why its called the Minigorilla?
Powertraveller Powergorilla – “Roam wild – Stay wired to the world”

Here’s the one that we’ve all been waiting for. The Powertraveller Powergorilla! Since I started the review, I have had a Powergorilla powering my Laptop. So far it seems to be doing the job just fine, I can only imagine how useful its going to be when I go on holiday!
What’s in the Box
The box contains:-
Powergorilla
Neoprene Zip Case
Car Charger Socket
Worldwide A/C Adaptor with Interchangeable Heads
2 x Connector Packs
User Guide, Warranty Card and Compatibility Chart

I wrote earlier in the review that it would be better if all of the Powertraveller range had the hard durable case, however, after going through all of the products my opinion has changed. The slim neoprene case (more like a sleeve) does the job just fine. These units don’t really need protecting, they are already as robust as they can possibly be.

Features
Charges: Laptops, Netbooks, Sat Nav’s, Mobiles, PDAs, iPods/MP3/MP4, PSP/Handheld games consoles, e-readers.
Portable charger for laptops including MacBook’s.
Up to 6 hours of extra power.
Multi voltage functionality.
5v USB for charging smaller devices simultaneously.
Safety features protect you and your devices.
Specifications
High Density Lithium Polymer Rechargeable Battery.
Capacity: 6 x 3500mAh Polymer Batteries.
Aluminium casing with shock resistant rubber protection strips.
LCD screen indicates 8.4v, 9.5v, 12v, 16v, 19v and 24v options. 5v output from USB socket.
Can be charged and charge other devices simultaneously.
I have been using this Powergorilla since I started the review more than 4 hours ago, I have a fully charged Laptop and a fully charged phone. Not only has it fully charged both of these devices, but it has charged them both at the same time! Imagine going into an important meeting with a dead phone and a dead laptop. That should never be the case if you have a Powergorilla. I am definitely going to be keeping this for my own personal use.
The price for a Powertraveller Powergorilla seems to vary from £122.99 to £169.99! Amazon seems like a good place to pick one up, along with Lemon Digital.
Powertraveller Solargorilla – “Roam wild – Go solar” (Winner of the Outdoor Industry Award)

What’s in the Box
The box contains:-
Solargorilla Portable Charger
8 x Gorilla Male Straight Tips
L01D, L51D, L52D, L53D, L54D, L55D, L61D, L73D
8 x Mobile Devices Tips
DC2.0
Micro USB
Mini USB
Samsung G600
LG Chocolate
Sony Ericsson Wide Connector
DC4.0 for Sony PSP
Nintendo DS Lite
Other Accessories
DC Extension Cable
USB Extension Cable
Zipped Case
Velcro Strap

Finally, I have reviewed all but one of the Powertraveller range, the last being the Powertraveller Solargorilla. Looking at the Solargorilla I cant see myself using it as a stand alone charger as the weather here in the UK is far too unreliable. You can use this Solargorilla even if its raining due to the fact it just uses the light to power it. However, the sunnier it is, the more efficient the Solargorilla will perform.
You can however, use it to power the Minigorilla and the Powergorilla. A little bit like the little panels that come with the Powermonkey Explorer and the Extreme. I can imagine a lot of people will go with this option. If you have the Powergorilla and the Solargorilla working together, I can only assume that you wont ever need to plug your laptop, gadget into the mains ever again?

The Solar Panel itself is very big! maybe 4/5 times the size of the panel that is provided with the Explorer and the Extreme. I can imagine this can take a lot of power compared to the other two! The following image shows the Solarmonkey when open fully, taking up half of the desk!

Features
Charges Laptops, Netbooks, Sat Nav’s, Mobiles, PDAs, iPods/MP3/MP4, PSP/Hand-held games consoles, e-readers.
Award Winning Solarpanel for laptops including MacBooks
Mains Free Power.
Also use to recharge Powergorilla and Minigorilla.
Adaptors supplied for all major laptop and mobile brands
5v USB for Charging Smaller Devices.
Clam Shell design.
Rubberised casing and toughened glass panels.
Robust and water resistant.
The price for one of these Powertraveller Solargorillas range from £114.99 – £139.99. I think this would be a good buy if you were an eco friendly family, you already have a Powergorilla or Minigorilla or if you take a lot of vacations. In which case this would be perfect and should power all of your gadgets without the use of the mains!
Summary
After finally reviewing the full Powertraveller range, I can safely say which ones are my favourites and which ones are worth the money.
Overall, I would say that Powertraveller units are all good value for money, particularly the Powermonkey range. For £49.99 you can charge your gadgets without the need of being near any mains! I am going to be investing in the Explorer and the Powergorilla. I am going to be using the Powergorilla for work, where I can charge my laptop and phone at the same time. I am going to be using the explorer for general purposes including charging my phone and PSP when I am away from the house.
Rumour has it that Powertraveller will be releasing a new edition in Autumn 2011. The Powertraveller Discovery. I cannot wait to get my hands on one of these and inform you guys on how I feel about it and whether or not its a hit!
The best places to buy any of the Powertraveller range are the usual suspects: