We have recently been testing Powertraveller’s Powermonkey Explorer and Powermonkey Extreme 12V in Papua New Guinea, and both passed with flying colours. They effectively charged our phone, GPS, sat-nav, audio gear and cameras – all while we were on the move.
The Powermonkey Explorer and Powermonkey Extreme 12V belong to a larger family of power packs – which include the Powergorilla and the Powergorilla and Powerchimp – under the Powertraveller umbrella. The Powermonkey Explorer comes with a selection of adapters and wallsocket extensions designed to work with mobile phones, iPods or MP3 players. The power pack includes a 2200mAh battery.
This battery can be charged by mains electricity, via your computer, or you can use the in-built solar panel – like we did in Papua New Guinea.
The 2200mAh battery is an excellent size when you consider that most phone batteries are approximately 900mAh.
At this rate, the Powermonkey Explorer should achieve between 1.5 to two full charges of your phone.
The variety of connections is impressive, including those for Samsung, LG, Nokia and Sony Ericsson phones, iPod/iPhone, as well as standard connections for devices using the mini or standard USB.
For around $160, the Powermonkey Explorer power pack will keep you on the run and connected.
AVAILABLE FROM: www. powerhungry.com.au RRP: from $159.95 WE SAY: Compact, practical and powerful on the fl y.
The Powermonkey Extreme is the Explorer’s bigger brother and, since its initial launch in 2011, it has only improved. In 2013 it underwent a couple of significant changes, so it can now do everything the Explorer does, and more.
The Powermonkey Extreme houses a massive 9000mAh-capacity lithium polymer battery capable of recharging most 5V devices. However, the most important improvement for 2013 was the change to the Powermonkey Extreme’s DC output option.
The standard 5V USB socket remains, but the DC port has been upgraded to output 12V, meaning that it is now capable of recharging SLR camera batteries, portable DVD players, iPads and tablets.
The Powermonkey Extreme is lightweight and compact enough for even the most space-conscious travellers.
It also comes with a female car charger socket so you can connect electronic devices to the Powermonkey Extreme when they might otherwise be limited to being recharged in your vehicle.
This adds even more versatility to the Powermonkey range.
The Powermonkey Extreme can be recharged in three ways: via the universal mains charger, via the solar panel, or via USB. The rugged, clam-shell design solar panel offers three-watt max output, allowing full recharge in 18 to 22 hours.
The solar panel on the Powermonkey Extreme can be attached to tents or backpacks via the included Velcro strap.
This makes it perfect for the outdoors.
The Powermonkey Extreme weighs 242g and measures 152 x 59.5 x 28mm, while the solar panel weighs 214g, measures 171 x 90mm and is 18mm deep when folded. The solar panel is Polysilicon and offers photovoltaic efficiency up to 17 per cent.
Waterproof for 30 minutes down to one metre – and shock resistant – the Powermonkey Extreme is perfect for the outdoor enthusiast and professional adventurer alike.
AVAILABLE FROM: www. powerhungry.com.au RRP: from $249.95 WE SAY: a versatile product that’s made for the outdoors.