Bell + Howell Solar Charger [Review]: Are we charged up about it?

Posted on: Feb 12 2013 at 04:24 - comments
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Original product site offer details & such:   BOGO:  1 - $19.95 + $6.95 P&H. 2nd - $6.95 P&H. Includes:  Deluxe upgrade - optional. Sales tax: CA, NJ, NV, NY, Guarantee:  60-day, minus P&H. Notes:  24-48 hours to update orders in system.

The problem with staying connected online is that people can always contact you. The beauty of getting away is that those who can contact you can do less of that. The problem with getting away is that there's less places to charge the phone - especially for folks like me who use their phone more as an iPod than as a communicator. The beauty of this situation is that their are portable charges such as the Solar Charger by Bell + Howell who can provide a little pocket of energy in case I simply don't want to be around any electric devices that aren't plugged into my headphones. So now we've come to the part of the story where we see how well beautifully we can make the problems work together...

What Is a Solar Charger?

Have you ever been on the run and need to charge your phone? Well, most manufacturers don't allow for battery swapping, but if you have a purse or a pocket and a set of keys, you can carry around a cell phone battery charger and charge your phone on the fly. That's the beauty of the Bell + Howell Solar Charger.

Receiving power from a USB device or the sun, the Bell + Howell Solar Charger is a little pocket of energy that can give your phone that extra boost of energy between calls. 

Benefits, Claims & Features

According to, Bell + Howell Solar Charger claims the following features and benefits:

  • charger anywhere
  • adapt to any device
  • easy to carry
  • comes on a keychain
  • never miss a call or email

Does the Solar Charger Work? Reviews, News & Issues from Bloggers, Vloggers & Other Key Industry Sites...

Order Process:  There's only one hiccup we've seen in the order process. The BOGO is pretty standard. Each product gets a P&H (processing & handling) charger and a handful of states apply sales tax. The hiccup is found when going for the deluxe:  note the offer is preselected on the product site for the basic order. If you would like the deluxe, switch out the radio button on the product site before making the initial order.

Product Performance:  As for whether or not the product works, we found quite a few video reviews from news sites. The solar charger definitely seems to work Apple devices. One outlet tried it on their iPhone with much success. Another one we witnessed used a Motorola and had less success regardless of whether USB or solar power was used - only about half-power. However, when the Motorola owner used the same charger on their iPod they were able to receive a full charge.

This doesn't come as a surprise to us. Our Parent Company has had clients who wanted to use mobile swipe payment processing machines on their Motorolla 4g phone and it worked until the Android OS had an update and the device no longer worked. As much as we love Androids, we steer clear of using 3rd party devices for them.

Bell + Howell Solar Charger Video Review


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Final Thoughts - What to Expect...Perhaps

We expect that the iPhone users could really end up enjoying the device as advertised. Android users - especially from Motorola - might have issues pending of the version of the OS used. We expect it to go this way.

We also note that from our experience we recommend that users let their phone's battery run out to empty before beginning recharging. Charging before the battery drains can create an issue called "ionization." - where negative ions begin to fill up the battery cells, leaving less and less space for the battery to hold energy. Modern batteries are meant to avoid this but given our phones are reaching a year or two and have half the power they used to have, we feel ionization is still an issue with phones. Keep this in mind and you should be able to take better care of your phone. 

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