“Ask and ye shall receive,” is the phrase batted around too much. In this case, Enerplex willingly obliged with my “unspoken” request on this post. I was eagerly wishing to try out one of their solar power charging pads, the EnerPlex Kickr II, and look what arrived in my office via next day air.
That friends, is an EnerPlex Kickr II solar charger. I’m very excited to add this baby to my family’s camping/emergency kit. And best of all, I think the price ($69.99 / Amazon) is just right, that not having one for your family is akin to malpractice.
Footnote: if you don’t like my product praise posts passed off a reviews, you’re probably not going to like this one.
A charging goodie packed in a small package
There really isn’t too much to talk about this charging pad. First off, the EnerPlex Kickr II measures about 14 inches by 7 inches; roughly a legal size sheet of paper.
Note, the paper in back is only 8.5 x 11 inches. Of course, EnerPlex has other Kickr models if you’d like something bigger or smaller.
Second, this baby is light and thin.
At 8 oz, this can fit in the back of your emergency or hiking backpack, and you’ll barely feel the added weight. In a worst-case scenario, you’re talking about maybe an inch of space.
Kickr II doesn’t require an extra battery, which means that you can charge your phone, tablet, or other device directly from the Kickr II. The Kickr II comes with a three plug charging cable, so you can plug in to micro or mini-USB device, or an iPhone (not lightning).
There’s also a small zippered pocket on the back of the storage case for holding the charging cable or extra batteries — and yes, the Kickr II will also charge those.
Admittedly, Kickr II won’t “rocket charge” your mobile device — the information card says one-half the speed of an outlet — but the Kickr II will give you enough of a sustained charge to keep charging while you’re active.
Of course, you might rethink your priorities if you’re climbing to the top of a mountain to use your tablet — unless that’s your job.
The Kickr II has a very rugged design. I’m most impressed with the flexibility of the solar cells, which is something I didn’t see on the other solar charger I reviewed. I had no fear when I bent the charger almost in half.
Perhaps most appealing is the Kickr II’s sturdy case, which is woven nylon with double-stitched seams.
EnerPlex gives you a number of color styles to choose from.
The Kickr II is built-to go anywhere you do, make you look good on the trip, and keep you charged while you’re there.
EnerPlex also tells me that the charger is water-resistant, but I didn’t test that aspect.
Keep charged anywhere you want
The EnerPlex Kickr II will keep your devices charged whenever you want. Overall, this is one of the best “impulse” buys you can make for yourself and family. I’m giving the EnerPlex Kickr II solar charger 4.5 of 5 stars.