Up for review today is a solar-powered charging solution for smartphones and other portable electronics. Called the iLAND FLY, it’s a light yet rugged (water and dust resistant) option for those who spend a lot of time on the go. An ideal product for campers, hikers, and mountain climbers, it’s also great for the average user type.
The kit we tested, which is the same you’ll get as a retail customer, includes the following:
- Foldable FLY w/USB Connector
- FLY Battery Pack
- Various USB Connectors & USB Cable
- Hanging system
- Storage Bag
Charging, like others we’ve used in this space, depends on what sort of weather conditions you experience. Suffice it to say, cloudy and overcast days don’t quite work as quickly as it would on a bright sunny day.
It takes an average of around 3-4 hours to charge your smartphone from completely depleted to full. We find that this sort of device works well if you charge your phone overnight and then set it out in the sun by day. You can also carry the charger on your backpack or hang it on a tent with its included clip.
The battery is listed at 2100mAh which should fit most smartphones on the market today. This should also do the trick for most GPS devices, cameras, portable gaming devices, etc.
We appreciate the portability of the iLAND FLY in that it folds up nicely and goes into a bag rather easily. Not only does it go in a backpack without any trouble but it takes up very little space in suitcases, duffel bags, and even purses.
One of the best parts about the iLAND FLY comes in the warranty plan. Indeed, you get the standard one year coverage for material and workmanship. But, should you register your charger on their website within that year you’ll end up with two years of coverage.