I was given a power monkey – explorer kit a couple of months ago which I was thrilled about receiving. I reckon this is the quintessential tool for any mobile user in Africa as yesterday proved to demonstrate how effective this little device is.
Eskom with their newly renewed vigour to clamp down on outstanding payments decided that being 30 days late on a payment warranted switching off our electricity. This left me stranded for about 4 hours whilst I negotiated, pleaded and explained that the bill had been paid – they had just not accounted for it. Be that as it may in this time my phone and laptop ran dry of battery juice.
Ah ha time to test the new Power monkey I thought to myself ... and to my pleasant surprise it works. Well the battery pack recharged my device and the solar unit – well that was a little ineffective but I’m pegging that as a direct result of the weather which was overcast, wet and cold and on top of that it was late in the afternoon.
I have decided to give the tool a full test this morning and although I cannot use the Solar panel (as a result of the weather) the battery pack has proved to be exceptionally useful.
The pack comes with the following;
A battery pack (powermonkey-eXplorer unit)
Solar panel (slave)
Universal mains charger (which works in over 150 countries and has interchangeable heads for UK, USA, Japan, China, Australia and Europe.
Connecters for Nokia, Mini Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, LG, Sony Ericsson, Blackberry, iPod, Sony PSP, USB connectivity, mini USB connectivity, female USB connectivity for smartphones, MP3 players, blue tooth headsets and Digital camera’s. Quite significant coverage!
The battery pack and solar power units are water resistant and the battery pack has an LCD display that displays the battery capacity and level of charge in the powermonkey.
It also caters for short circuit protection, over charging protection and over discharging protection.
All of this is packaged very well and can easily fit into my laptop bag... I’m pretty stoked that I have one of these in my arsenal of techno toys.
The good news is that they are pretty well priced so even in this “recession” of ours it’s not going to make too much of a dent.