This article is strictly on learning about the iPhone solar charger known as Surge. You will learn how to use the Solar Surge, how to determine the charge time, where you should place the solar charger, and how I use my solar charger. After you are done reading this, you will be able to follow the advice and use your solar powered iPhone charger more effectively.
You are probably reading this so you can learn more about the charger if so, you are on track, let us start. The beginning is always the easiest, at least on this subject. Unpack the Surge from the box, make sure you have the USB Cable, Surge, and the instruction booklet. If you happen to notice the plastic film on the solar panel of the unit, simply remove it. It is a protective film from when it was in the manufacturing process. Just think of it as peeling off that new film off a new cell phone, it is the same concept here.
After that, you will need to have your computer available, laptop or desktop will work, make sure that it has a USB Port. You will take the included USB Cable and plug the mini tip of the cord into the bottom of the Solar Surge. And the other end into the USB Port of the computer. It is recommended that you charge the solar powered iPhone charger like this first, for 3 hours. You are doing this to make sure the internal battery is fully charged so that the Surge will perform the way it is suppose to. After the 3 hours, you simply unplug the Surge from the computer and put your iPhone into the groves of the charger and press down, until you see that it has fit snug into the 30 pin connector. One thing to remember is, DO NOT FORCE the iPhone into the Surge. I repeat, DO NOT FORCE it into the charger. The Solar Surge is built specifically to fit the 3G and 3G (S), forcing it means that you could potentially damage the unit or your iPhone or both, making the convenience of the solar powered case pointless.
The solar powered case is ready for use. Now go on and live like you would like nothing has changed, if you do not and constantly think about the solar charger, it will drive you nuts, believe me. Go to the mall, the store, whatever it is that you do. Soon down the line, you will want to start using the solar power, correct? That is one of the major reasons for purchasing the solar charger. Keep reading, because we are about to talk about how to get the best use out of the iPhone solar charger.
You will now want to download the Free App, it is The Solar Planner. This App tells you everything you need to know in order to charge your iPhone for audio, video, talk time, surfing, and more. In it, is a meter which you select on whatever function of the phone you want to use. After you choose, it will do the calculations for you and give you a time length, which you tell you how long to leave it in the sun. This is a very helpful tool.
I recommend you charge your Surge in these places. At the work site, depending on what you do. Leave the solar charger on the window sill or on the desk with sunlight shining on it. There is also a indication window on the front side of the charger, it will have an indication that will light up red if it is a getting charge. Do the same thing for consumers at the home. After some testing, I have realized that you are able to charge indoors but you must have ample lighting and keep it very close to the bulb. You should just stick with the outdoor lighting, it is more powerful. Also, during those sun bathing times at the beach, leave the solar charger facing up towards the sun. And also if you are listening to music, keep it that way as well.
This is the way I use my solar charger. I will power up both the Surge and the phone while I sleep and in the mornings I take both with me. I leave the Surge in the passenger seat until I arrive at the office and then plug the iPhone into the Surge when I head in.
When Fridays come up, I do this same thing, but it changes up. I will bring the iPhone in the Surge in the mornings, but I take the Surge back out in the afternoon around 3pm and leave the windows cracked. With the case on my dash and the windows cracked I keep the charger from overheating and still get a charge. I do this because after work some of us at the office head to the restaurant. And I know that my phone will be ready for the night. As you can see, I get the most use out of my iPhone solar charger and I suggest you so the same.