Solar Mobile Chargers, review and competition

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I was sent four solar mobile chargers to review from www.mobilesolarchargers.co.uk
The models I am reviewing are:
The Lite
The Buddy
The Pocket and
The Classic.
Read on and find out about our fabulous competition where you could win the Pocket Solar Mobile Charger.

Now the first thing that you will think of when you hear the word solar mobile charger is how will they work in our wonderful practically sunless country? The idea is to move away from thinking solar and think more of them being portable chargers. Each one can be charged in several ways, in sunlight or by USB via your pc or laptop, in-car, or mains. Once fully charged they hold the charge until ready to use. Take a charged one with you wherever you go and you’ll never had a ‘dead’ mobile phone again. Just plug the mobile into the charger and it will charge.
My partner is forever forgetting to charge his phone and he’s there desperately trying to charge it up five minutes before going out. Now he can just plug it into the charger and take both with him. The chargers are small and around the same size as most modern mobiles, so it’s like taking two phones with you.
We like going on day trips, our hobby is Geocaching. This means our mobiles are used not only as phones but also for their GPS, camera and internet access. The mobile is a brilliant device, but even when taking two phones with us we still end up losing one or both because of the battery dying. With one of these chargers we can now charge both phones back up while still out, and if the charger starts dying we have the added bonus of solar energy to keep giving it a little boost.

Pop one in the kids school bags and they’ll be able to contact you even if they go out straight after school and the battery in their phone has died. If you have a teen you’ll know how much this happens, before mobiles you’d worry where they were, then mobiles came along and you are worrying even more because they haven’t called you or you can’t call them because their battery is dead.

You can also use these chargers to charge other devices. Most chargers will charge a wide arrange of phones including iphone, Motorola, Blackberry, Samsung and Nokia. Some will also charge up your ipods, mp3 players and even your ipad. The Buddy has the most adapters and we put it to test with the Nintendo DS, the PSP, the Wii sensor bar.

Now I won’t go too techi on you but here’s the bits you need to know about each charger and what I discovered about each one.
One thing I did look up was the meaning of Mah, it is milliamper hour, or measure of a batteries energy storage capacity!

The Lite Solar Mobile Charger (1500Mah)

Specifications:

  • Capacity of battery: 1,500mAh
  • Solar panel input: 120mA maximum
  • Micro USB input: 5V DC ± 5%, 500mA
  • USB output: 5V DC ± 5%, 500mA
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 120 x 65 x 13mm
  • Weight: 108g

This is a compact and lightweight charger with a handy little flexible LED light. 

This is a neat little charger which still does the job. I love the little LED light which you can pull out and twist around. It comes with five interchangeable connectors and can give a smart phone a full charge. I charged this phone by a USB power adapter for 2 hours and used to  to charge up a Blackberry phone. There was enough charge left for a small MP3 player. The back of the phone has a handy light up capacity checker so by pressing the button you can see how much power the charger has. 

The lite retails at £19.95

The Buddy Solar Mobile Charger (2000 Mah)

Specifications:

  • Solar panel 100Mah
  • Battery capacity 2000mah
  • Charging time by AC-DC adapter: 2-3 hours
  • Charging time by PC USB:3 hours
  • Charging time by direct sunlight: approx 15 hours
  • maximum load current:500Mah
  • Lithium-ion batter:2000Mah

This is a sturdy looking charger which comes with 12 interchangeable connectors, so you can use it for practically anything. I tried it on an Mp3 player, the Wii Sensor bar, the PSP, the Nintendo DS as well as a couple of different mobiles (HTC and Blackberry) It has a handy bar on the back which by pressing the buttons will tell you how capacity and charge there is left. It also has a little torch fitted in. The case has a rubberised feel which gives it a sense of strength so you feel happy about sticking this charger in your pocket or your bag. In fact this little buddy has been everywhere with me.

The Buddy retails at £19.95

The Pocket Solar Mobile Charger (2500Mah)

This charger requires you to press a button to begin charging. It is powerful but beautiful with it’s lovely curved and compact design. It comes with three interchangeable connectors, Apple, micro usb and mini usb so it will cover most mobiles and smart phones as well as your ipod and iphone.

Specifications:

  • Battery capacity 2500Mah
  • super extended standby time – over 4 months
  • solar panel multi-crystaline 5.0V 1A
  • Input 5v 1A
  • Output 5v 750Ma
  • size 100, 75, 14.5mm

This powerful charger will charge up two mobiles with ease. It will also keep it’s charge for 4 months so it will be on hand for an emergency charge. It has a charge level indicator so you know when it’s running low. It also has a short-circuit, overcharging and over-discharge protection. 
The Pocket retails at £19.95 (Find out how you can win one)

The Classic Solar Mobile Charger 3000Mah

This is the most powerful of the chargers I was sent to review. It has a much bigger battery capacity and charges your gadgets even quicker. It has a clean and durable design, and me, being a woman, noticed that the back can  also be used as an emergency mirror.

Specifications:

  • battery capacity 3000Mah
  • self charging time:8 hours by laptop, 4 hours by travel charger, 28 hours by solar panel.
  • Solar panel mono-crystalline:5.5V
  • charging and discharging indication lights
  • revers current protection circuit
  • size 60mm x 103mm x 10.8mm
  • weight 104g

This charger also comes in a choice of black or white. It has 5 interchangeable connectors which is sufficient for most needs.  Mini usb (Motorola etc)  Micro usb (Blackberry etc) Nokia, Samsung, Apple

The front is acrylic and the back stainless steel.
The classic retails at £29.95.
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COMPETITION:
I am giving away a Pocket solar mobile Charger as described above. It comes in a gift box.
To win this lovely prize all you need to do is perform on small task. I have recently set up a Facebook page to accompany this blog and it’s in need of a few likers, so please head over and like the page if you wish to be entered in the draw. You can say hi on the page if you wish 🙂
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Welcome to Kiddicare Nottingham – review and competition

Yesterday myself and the Little Man took a trip to Nottingham to visit the new Kiddicare store which has just opened. Read on for a review of our day and the chance to win some baby goodies.
We went to Nottingham by train, which the little man found very exciting.

I decided that the best route would be a walk along the canal. It was a lovely sunny day and I was so glad I chose to go this way.

The Store:

 The store is bright and colourful and there are places for children to play. This is Little Man in the enclosed play area in the canteen. Keep them occupied while you grab a coffee and a bite to eat.

The choice of pushchairs is amazing with prices starting from just £19.99. They also stock the top brands like Stokke and Phil and Teds. You can also buy all the accessories you need and test your pushchairs out on their track. This photo shows them on shelves but they are also available around to the store for you to push or fiddle with and truly make the right choice for you and your little one.

 If you are feeling a little tired walking around then you can take a seat on one of these colourful stools dotted everywhere.
Then you can be off again to view the amazing range of car seats, nursery furniture, high chairs, stair gates and other safety items, nappies, clothes, bottles….you name it! Everything you need for baby!

 The car seat area has a fun area for kids to watch cartoons while you choose the best seat. You’ll find plenty of advice and they will fit your car seat for you for no extra cost.

If you are buying for someone else and in a hurry you can wrap your gifts up before you leave at this wonderful gift wrapping station.Kiddicare also offer a Very Important Baby service which is like having your own personal shopper for baby things. There is loads of advice on offer because choosing what you need for your first baby can be a daunting experience.
One Thing I loved is the wide aisles, you can easily manoeuvre your pushchair around without knocking things over. (I’m always knocking things over, such a bad driver!) Also, Little Man likes to grab things off the shelves (he’s that age!) as we walk around, so it’s good not to have to get too close. The store is all one floor and each section is well signed so you can see easily where you need to go. There are help desks everywhere and a welcome desk at the front of the door. It also has a canteen, a baby nursing area and a toilet area. 
I love this bib bunting, so cute.

The Canteen: 

I tried a cheese and tomato panini which was toasted and brought over to me. Little man had a goody box which you can fill yourself from the choice available. We chose fruit, carrot sticks and a drink. He also had a packet of crayons in the box, which was left blank for the children to colour in. The seating was comfortable and roomy and the children’s play area was available to stop the little ones from getting bored.

There were also two stations for you to warm bottles or baby food, they are happy for you to bring your own. Then there is a lovely cosy area for mum’s wanting a little privacy to breast feed their baby, complete with rocking chairs and foot stools. 
A blurry photo of the cakes available 🙂

Loo Lane:

Loo lane is what kiddicare lovingly call their toilet area. It really is a lovely place to visit, honestly!

 First up you have the colourful wall charts letting your little ones (and big ones) see how tall they are. I’m as tall as an ostrich!

The nappy changing area is bright and colourful

The loos themselves have enough room to push your pushchair in so you don’t have to leave baby outside alone if you are on your own. (yeah, no need to use the disabled loo) and each one has a mummy loo and a toddler loo. Ingenious 🙂

Events:

The store also has an event room which will be hosting Baby Signing, Baby Yoga and Baby Massage. We were given a trial of Baby Massage and Baby Yoga. They thoughtfully provided us with dolls and teddy’s to practice on. I had little man with me but he was reluctant to lie on the floor and join in, a little too old maybe? Although I did learn some useful techniques I will be able to use at home, on both little man and a little reflexology to help Big Girls knee problems. 

Competition Time:

now for your chance to win some goodies from Kiddicare. On offer we have a lovely Giraffe changing mat, a  teether from Born Free, a pack of two bibs, a pack of two dummies and a fabulous book, ‘What to Buy For Your Baby’ (a really comprehensive guide to everything you need from birth to toddler with useful pull-out shopping lists.) Total prize value £26.95
To enter this competition all you have to do is follow this blog (by GFC or email) and leave me a comment to say you have.
You can earn an extra entry by liking our Facebook Page where we will be holding more competitions in the very near future. Good Luck Everyone!
Competition open to UK entrants only (sorry!)
competition prizes


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Warm Up and Win, Samsung competition

In celebration of the London 2012 Olympics Samsung are running a fantastic competition with amazing prizes. To take part you need to submit a 5 second video of you, or someone else doing either a Relay run, long leap, triple jump or star jumps. It really is easy and fun. Take a look at the website at some of the entries so far.
Samsung have informed me that they don’t have enough entries so hurry up and you could stand a chance of winning on of their prizes:

  • 1st prize – £5,000 John Lewis Voucher + GSIII Mobile Phone
  • 2nd Prize – £2012 Sports Voucher + GSIII Mobile Phone
  • 3rd Prize – GSIII Mobile Phone + Galaxy Tab
Also, if you download the free Samsung Hope Relay Application, for every mile you do Samsung will donate £1 to charity. 
Go and take a look today, even if you don’t enter the videos are fun to watch http://www.youtube.com/SAMSUNGMOBILEUK

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

Some people only write reviews when things go wrong with products, which is good because it lets people know that there could be potential problems. I’ve also seen negative feedback with say things like, I had to return this item because the colour did not suit me…is this useful?

I write reviews on most items I buy because I like to give genuine feedback. If I have a genuine problem with a product I will write my review in the appropriate place.

I write reviews on my blog too, but they are mostly positive. Why? Because I only write reviews for the things I’ve loved. If I don’t love them I let the person who sent me them know with details why and then let them decided if they would rather me write a negative review or not write one at all. It’s always the latter.

This is my blog, my place and I’ll let you know about the things I love. If you want to find out what other people have hated about the product then you will need to look elsewhere.

My reviews may all be positive, but they are still genuine.