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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reviewed: Infinit Solar Backpack Reply with quote

pocketgpsworld.comSummer is coming and we're all praying for some sunshine I'm sure. If you are anything like me then you'll often find yourself carrying a number of gadgets, all requiring power.

That's fine for short jaunts away from the mains but what if you are away for a longer period and need the ability to recharge in the field? The obvious answer is a high capacity battery pack and that is why the solution from Infinit is a perfect fit.

Infinit have designed a rugged day sack type backpack that contains a large high-output photovoltaic (2.4 watts) solar panel and a high capacity lithium ion battery pack that can be recharged or topped up from the solar panel and comes with a range of connectors for most common phones, .MP3 players and SatNav's.

Click here to read the review.
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This seems like a great offer, and will replace my ailing PowerMonkey Very Happy

Has anyone tried buying one? I've just tried with both my Debit & Credit cards, but payment has been rejected both times. My bank are saying that nothing has reached them yet, so sounds like there could be an issue on the site instead?

Would be interested to see if anyone else has had problems - if not, I'll email Infinit to see if they know what the problem is.
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pjn wrote:
This seems like a great offer, and will replace my ailing PowerMonkey Very Happy

Has anyone tried buying one? I've just tried with both my Debit & Credit cards, but payment has been rejected both times. My bank are saying that nothing has reached them yet, so sounds like there could be an issue on the site instead?

Would be interested to see if anyone else has had problems - if not, I'll email Infinit to see if they know what the problem is.

Hmm, I know at least one person has bought one via the offer earlier in the week as I'd mentioned the discount in a Twitter discussion about the solar pack so it 'was' working.

I'll try and contact them and see if there is an issue. Shame to miss out as it really is a blummin good pack and the battery and adapters alone would set you back £30+
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Infinit have confirmed they have an issue with their Merchant Services provider. They're investigating as I write.

I'll post back when it's all working again.
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just had a response from Matt @ Infinit (great service... I literally emailed them 2 mins ago) and he's confirmed there's a possible issue with SagePay at the moment that should hopefully be remedied soon.

A big thumbs up to Infinit's customer service for such a quick response Very Happy

Edit: you beat me to it!!
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just spoke with Mark. Frustratingly for them and us, the issue cannot be resolved until tomorrow morning when the 9-5ers return (don't you love Banks who just pull down the blinds at 5pm).

I'll annotate the review and will post back here as soon as they are back up.

As you can imagine, Infinit are less than happy at this issue arising now and potential loss of business but rest assured it is temporary and will be resolved as soon as possible tomorrow morning.
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 11:25 pm    Post subject: Infinit Reply with quote

I think Darren is refering to me regarding the purchase of a backpack, I did not have a problem and the Backpack was here within two days of ordering so don't give up buying one try again tomorrow.
With the 30% discount this is a good bit of kit and well worth buying if you are an outdoors person.
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PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2010 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Matt has confirmed the issue is now resolved and order processing is working again.
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PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2010 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One point of clarification thanks to mrgrimsby.

The backpack that I reviewed was an early sample and was incorrectly supplied with a 2200mAh (Output 800mA) battery. Production bags come with a slightly smaller capacity (2000mAh) battery albeit one that has a higher rated output (800mA) so will charge your devices faster.

I have corrected my review to clarify this fact. Infinit's web site correctly states the battery supplied is 2000mAh and I had not spotted this disparity.
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PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2010 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you live in the UK, you'll have to walk around on all fours to guarantee enough light reaches the solar panel Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2010 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DeLorean wrote:
If you live in the UK, you'll have to walk around on all fours to guarantee enough light reaches the solar panel Very Happy

Gald to report that is far from the case, it is more than happy to charge in overcast daylight albeit slowly and works fin in moderate sunshine even in late April.
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PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2010 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has anyone taken one of these through an airport security scanner yet?
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PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2010 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BunnyBallerina wrote:
Has anyone taken one of these through an airport security scanner yet?

Yes. I took mine with me to Amsterdam last week. No issue with security although I disconnected the battery from the solar cell just in case.

Battery packs show up quite clearly on the x-ray machines and can be quickly identified as safe.
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PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2010 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just ordered mine successfully Smile
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PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2010 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How resilient is the solar panel

Ones Iíve looked at in the past tend to have a clear coating (like epoxy) encasing the cells which can be gouged and marked very easily?

Iím very tempted to get one then I could ditch all my ni-mh AA batteries I carry for my current DC to DC converter Very Happy

P.S. The small pocket on the front of the shoulder strap, could it safely hold a mobile phone (SE K800i) without it falling out?
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