Gear reviews » Solio Bolt Solar Charger


On a recent multiday trip this little charger really helped me out.  Bought this at REI for a week long tour this summer.  It charges quickly and can recharge an iPhone in about 2 hours.  It recently got me out of the woods at dusk as it was able to recharge my NightRider 150 in about an hour.  I normally bungee it down to the rear pack while riding and by the time I make camp it charged and ready to go.  The unit has 2 cells and slides open to reveal both.  Closed its just slightly larger then a pack of smokes.  It has a hole in the center so you can slip a stick or something in it to provide a perfect angle to the sun.  It features 1 USB and 1 Mini Usd charging port.  I wont say it waterproof but mine has been rained on several times and has held up real well.  In addtion it featues 2 charging modes one for the day to day stuff and one for Apple products.  God if I had only bought their stock when it was at $30.  Oh well.  Charges a Nano in like 30 minutes.  Nice compact does whats its suppose to device.  It’s $65 at REI and has decent reviews on their site.Solio Bolt Solar Charger

Comments (6)

SolioSeptember 29th, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Thanks for a nice review. We are glad the BOLT works for you. Solio has a DIY bike mount described here:

egearSeptember 29th, 2012 at 5:13 pm

The bike mount seems like a cool idea. I amy have to build the mount. Works great bungee’d down to.

Andy AmickSeptember 30th, 2012 at 6:40 am

Looks like a great charger in a very small size. Is there an accessory for charging rechargable AA batteries? My GPS and lights both use these and don’t charge via USB.

EgearSeptember 30th, 2012 at 7:38 am

No battery charger as far as i can tell. Chargers for batteries need more voltage to be affective.
Come to think of it i dont remember ever seeing a usb battery charger.

Tim NelsonOctober 22nd, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Yo Andy,
Check out the Goal Zero Guide 10 kit

It it the most versitile that I am aware of. (School me if anyone knows better)

I have not personally used it…. I have just done a bit of research on chargers

Scott SteinfeldtJanuary 30th, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Great article … thanks…. did you have any issues with your phone charging when the sunlight was interupted …. even for a few seconds?

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