The thought that there was a time where the only communication adventurers and hikers had access to were radio’s and public telephones makes the whole concept of going bush like tempting fate. Radios are fine, within a certain distance, and the likelihood of public telephones to be right where you needed one was more like a miracle rather than a reality. A mirror was an essential addition to anyone going out into the wilderness to help get attention in case they were lost or for medical emergencies. And even that relied on being seen by passing cars or search helicopters.
Mobile phones were seen as a step in the right direction, but coverage at first was extremely limited and keeping them charged as a major issue.
As technology progressed in leaps and bounds it’s no wonder companies such as Powertraveller saw the hole in the market, not so much in a business sense, but in a way to help save lives. As more and more adventurers turn to devises such as smartphones, tablets and laptops while exploring the far reaches of the earth, a source of energy was also a necessary requirement.
Solar technology continues to advance and getting the balance of efficiency and weight is important. Powertraveller was one of the first solar charger manufacturers to begin incorporating Maximum Power Point Tracking technology into their products. MPPT technology maximizes the solar panel’s efficiency for any given weather conditions and in low light conditions, this technology improves efficiency by up to 60%.
Powertraveller Ltd, based in the UK, has specialised in the development and manufacture of portable power products since it was founded by former Royal Marine Jerry Ranger in 1986. They currently have nine products that offer portable charging solutions for digital electronic devices, from mobile phones, GPSs to laptops.
They have been honoured with The Queen’s Reward for Enterprise Innovation in 2009 and 2012. These are the highest official UK awards for British businesses.
Currently Adventure Survival Gear stocks three of the Powertraveller products, but this range will grow.
The revolutionary Motormonkey in-car charger has self-sensing technology that can recognise when an Apple iPad has been connected and changes the power settings accordingly. Lightweight and compact as the original, the Motormonkey provides a complete charging solution for most 5V devices.
Slimline design means that the Motormonkey in-car charger is unobtrusive and you can leave it plugged into your cigarette lighter when you’re not using it, without worrying about draining your car’s battery. The Motormonkey is designed to be permanently located in the car’s socket, sitting passively until you need it. Only when your mobile or other electronic device is connected does the internal intelligent circuit activate the supply of power to the unit. When your device is fully charged, Motormonkey will automatically shut down – ready for when you need it next.
You can also charge your 5V Powertraveller portable chargers such as the powermonkey range and the solarmonkey adventurer via the motormonkey.
The Motormonkey in-car charger will fully support Apple iPods & iPhones via the motormonkey’s USB socket by using your white sync / charge cable supplied with your Apple product.
Featuring a state-of-the-art 3500mAh lithium polymer battery, the sleek Powertraveller Powermonkey Discovery offers users real power on the move.
Housed in a stylish full aluminium case with 6 high bright pin point LED lights, the Powermonkey Discovery will recharge an iPhone twice, standard mobile phones 3-4 times, or give iPods / MP3 players up to an additional 120 hours playtime. It is also compatible with e-readers, Sat Navs, handheld games consoles, portable GPS systems and more! Please note, iPhones and iPads will require the USB sync/charge cable supplied by Apple. The Powermonkey discovery portable power bank is supplied with a USB to micro USB charging cable only.
The recessed LED lights indicate the power stored in the unit (6 green lights show the unit is fully charged) and when unit needs to be recharged the last LED will turn red. Recharge the Powermonkey discovery via your computer’s USB port. Control of the Powermonkey Discovery is via the metal on/off button located at the top of the unit, whilst the USB port has built-in self-sensing technology which allows the unit to optimise the charging parameters for the iPhone and other smartphones.
Recharge the Powermonkey Discovery via your computer’s USB socket using the included USB to micro USB charging cable. If you wish to recharge the Powermonkey Discovery via the mains, you will need to purchase one of our universal travel chargers.
Developed after several years by an award-winning market leader in the portable power industry and using feedback from real power users in some of the World’s most inhospitable environments, Powertraveller have added the Solarmonkey adventurer to their award-winning range.
With power a scarce commodity in some parts of the World, Powertraveller realised that a balance between solar charging and reserve battery capacity at an optimum, efficient level was a necessity and we utilised our experience to develop a powerful solar charger with an internal battery which, in optimum light conditions, can be charged by the solar panels in just 8 to 12 hours – a first for Powertraveller.
The Powertraveller Solarmonkey adventurer is a slimline, compact 2-panel solar charger with a 2500mAh internal lithium polymer battery. The clamshell design offers optimum weight-to-efficiency at just 265g and the 2 solar panels output 3 watt max. The adventurer features auto-load, self sensing switching technology, meaning when a device is connected, the adventurer will automatically start to charge your device and will optimise the charging parameters required.
The polysilicon solar panel offers photovoltaic efficiency up to 17% and features a USB 700mA @ 5V output, fully supporting Apple iPhones, iPads, iPods, mobile phones and other 5V gadgets such as portable games consoles, handheld GPS systems, e-readers, etc.