Xtorm – Lava Charger

The Lava Charger comes in the box with a 75% charge, so you can buy it and charge your phone immediately if you’re stuck. And Xtorm say that it takes just 8-hours of sunshine to charge the Lava back up to full – we have that on test at the moment. In practice, we got what showed as a 3-quarter charge out of a typically British summer’s day. We’ll take it touring next time we go abroad somewhere sunny and see if we can up that to a full charge.

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Xtorm – Yu Charger

In practice, the Yu charges pretty well for its size. It’s certainly more efficient than many solar chargers from a couple of years ago – technology moves on – and if you had a less intense device or demand, then it would work well as a top-up charger. It will certainly allow you a couple more facebook updates and instagram sessions than you would normally be able to get after a day’s normal British hiking. It isn’t, however, a “my only source of power” option for longer trips or less clement weather. That would be more suited to its big brother, the Lava Charger, which we’ll be reviewing shortly.

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