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What Voltaic solar chargers will power my tablet?

All of our solar chargers will power tablets that charge from a USB cable including: iPad (any version), Samsungs, and Kindles. The larger the solar system, the faster your tablet will be charged. Our personal favorites are the Fuse 6W or Switch with the V44 upgrade for 7" tablets and the Fuse 9W for 10" tablets.

Our solar laptop chargers are needed for tablets that are not powered by a USB cable including: Acer Iconia Tab, ASUS Transformer, and Microsoft Surface. We go into *lots* more detail below.

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How does it work?

1. Charge Voltaic Battery

Charge Voltaic Battery from sun, car or AC

Charge up your battery from the sun, an AC outlet or car charger socket.

2. Connect Tablet to Battery

Connect Voltaic Battery to tablet

Use the USB cable that came with your device or use one of our adapters to connect from the battery to your tablet. You can do this at the same time you are charging the Voltaic battery.

3. Charge Tablet

Charge Tablet from solar charged battery

Charge the tablet.

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How long will it take to charge my tablet?

When charging from our battery once it is full, your tablet will charge at about the same rate as from your wall charger. The time required to collect that energy from solar depend on the capacity of the tablet's battery, the size of your panel(s) (in Watts), the weather (sunny/cloudy), shading on the panel(s), and the angle of panel(s).

On a sunny day with the panels outside, unobstructed, and facing the sun, the 6 Watt systems will provide about 1 hour of runtime on a 7" tablet for every hour in the sun and the 9 Watt systems will do the save for most 10" tablets.

Number of Minutes Run Time per Hour in the Sun based on Panel Size (Watts)

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Acer Iconia Tab A200 n/a n/a n/a 92 153
Acer Iconia Tab A500 n/a n/a n/a 77 128
Apple iPad 2 44 60 90 108 181
Apple iPad (3) 25 34 51 61 102
Apple iPad with Retina (4) 28 39 51 61 102
Apple iPad Air and Air 2 34 46 69 82 137
Apple iPad mini 2 and mini 3 46 62 93 112 187
Archos 101 28 38 58 69 115
Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime n/a n/a n/a 113 188
Google Nexus 7 (2013) 66 91 136 163 272
Google Nexus 9 42 57 85 102 171
Google Nexus 10 24 33 50 60 99
Kindle Fire HD 7.0 66 91 136 163 272
Kindle Fire HD 8.9 44 60 90 108 182
Kindle Fire HD 8.9 HDX 54 74 110 132 221
Lenovo IdeaPad K1 n/a n/a n/a 162 271
Lenovo IdeaTab S6000 42 57 86 103 172
Microsoft Surface RT n/a n/a n/a 81 136
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 n/a n/a n/a 57 95
Nook HD 49 67 100 120 200
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9" 46 62 94 112 187
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 29 40 59 71 119
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 69 94 141 170 283
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 69 94 141 170 283
Samsung Galaxy S 8.4" 57 78 118 141 235
Samsung Galaxy S 10.5" 69 94 141 170 283
T-Mobile Huawei Springboard 47 64 96 115 192
Toshiba Thrive 30 41 62 74 124

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Do I need any extra adapters?

If your device charges from a USB cable no (except for the Galaxy Tab), just use the cable provided by the manufacturer. The adapter for the Acer Iconia Tab is also included with all our laptop chargers. You will need an optional adapter if you have the Microsoft Surface 2 or Surface Pro 3.

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What is the advantage of the Fuse over the kits?

The Fuse systems (as well as the backpacks and the Switch) have padded sleeves to store your tablet as well as a nicely secured spot for the Voltaic battery and any charging cables. The kits are lighter, but are not as convenient.

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I don't want the solar panels. Can I just get the battery?

Yes, you can get our V15, V44 or V72 universal batteries by themselves. Here's approximately how much of a charge they will give each tablet. These are estimates based on testing many of these tablets.

Number of Charges from Full Voltaic Battery

 V15V44V72
Acer Iconia Tab A200 n/a n/a 187%
Acer Iconia Tab A500 n/a n/a 187%
Apple iPad (1) 45% 117% 180%
Apple iPad 2 44% 114% 175%
Apple iPad (3) 26% 68% 105%
Apple iPad with Retina (4) 26% 68% 105%
Apple iPad Air (5) 35% 90% 139%
Apple iPad mini 67% 175% 269%
Apple iPad mini 2 47% 123% 189%
Archos 101 40% 103% 159%
Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime n/a n/a 185%
Google Nexus 7 70% 183% 281%
Google Nexus 10 34% 88% 135%
HP TouchPad 51% 132% 203%
Kindle Fire HD 7.0 69% 180% 276%
Kindle Fire HD 8.9 51% 132% 203%
Lenovo IdeaPad K1 n/a n/a 328%
Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet n/a n/a 375%
Microsoft Surface Pro n/a n/a 107%
Microsoft Surface RT n/a n/a 143%
Motorola Xoom n/a n/a 188%
Motorola Xoom 2 43% 113% 174%
Nook Simple Touch 197% 513% 789%
Nook HD 75% 195% 300%
Nook HD+ 51% 132% 203%
RIM BlackBerry PlayBook 57% 149% 230%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9" 51% 132% 203%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 43% 113% 174%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 76% 198% 304%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 60% 155% 238%
T-Mobile G-Slate 47% 123% 190%
T-Mobile Huawei Springboard 74% 192% 296%
Toshiba Thrive 49% 127% 196%

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