Xtorm 3,000mAh battery pack brings solar charging to the Galaxy S4

October 24, 2013

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    The Samsung Galaxy S4 might be turning six months old, but it is still without a doubt one of the best Android devices on the market today. The only downside to the GS4 – and really any modern smartphone – is that all that power leads to battery life that isn’t necessarily great.

    To get the most out of your battery you can certainly lower your brightness or follow other tips to get more juice from your Galaxy, but what if you are looking for a better solution? You might want to consider the Xtorm power pack. While certainly a more bulky solution than just opening up the GS4 and snapping in a spare battery, the 3,000 mAh power pack has the advantage of charging up your handset using solar energy.

    Due to the extra size and weight, you might not want to keep this large battery pack hooked up to your GS4 all the time, but the good news is that you don’t have to. The Xtorm Power Pack charges up the battery via sunlight even when not hooked to your handset. When the Galaxy S4 is getting low, you simply hook up the power pack to your phone and you’re good to go.

    The Xtorm power pack is expected to arrive in the EU in the coming weeks for €50, or about $70 dollars. The Xtorm isn’t officially scheduled for release in North America, but it probably won’t be too long before you can pick one up via Amazon.

    Solar charging solutions like this aren’t for everyone, but they certainly could come in useful for folks that spend a great deal of time outdoors and away from a conventional wall outlet. At $70, the Xtorm power pack is also reasonably affordable and even undercuts the popular Mophie battery case by about $30.

    What do you think, could you see yourself adding solar charging to the list of features found on your Galaxy S4 or would you rather just cheap a few extra batteries handy instead?

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    Comments

    • MasterMuffin

      “Don’t leave your device in direct sunlight” one of the first warnings in the manual :D

      • jumbo3220

        omg u are everywhere :D

        • MasterMuffin

          I’ve been trying to be less everywhere, it’s hard not to comment :)

      • RanRu

        Otherwise you’ll end up with a Galaxy Round.

        • MasterMuffin

          A free spec refresh, great!

      • toboev

        No, its the solar back you leave in the sunlight. The phone stays in your pocket.

      • Cool_Donna

        Modern solar panels can produce power in a wide variety of light, NOT just direct, bright sunlight.

    • Khaled

      In countries with electricity problems it’s a good solution

      • Rusa

        Yeah, except people from most of those countries won’t be able to afford $70.

        • Khaled

          Poeple of those countries which can buy gs4 , I think they can afford 70$.

      • Unwired

        As you long as it’s a sunny country…

      • Unwired

        As you long as it’s a sunny country…

    • RanRu

      It’s like it’s carrying an elephant in its back. Any word on how quickly this thing charges?

    • Android Developer

      How much time will it take to fill a whole SGS4 battery using this solar component (from 0% to 100% ) ?

    • Wild_Sweety

      Why not just have a standard sized battery… and the solar panel built into the back of the phone? I would gladly lay my phone on my desk all day and let it charge based on room light.

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