“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.

Kickr II

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.

Kickr II (2)

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.

Thin Kickr II

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.

Charging devices

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).

Kickr II charging cable

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.

Kickr II zipper pocket

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.

EnerPlex tablet on mountain

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.

Rugged design

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.

Flexed Kickr II

Flexed Kickr II in case

Perhaps most appealing is the Kickr II’s sturdy case, which is woven nylon with double-stitched seams.

Kickr II double stitched seams

EnerPlex gives you a number of color styles to choose from.

Kickr II Colors

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 Kickr II case

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.

Jeff Taylor

I'm just an ordinary guy living an extraordinary life. I'm also an attorney and I blog about Android for lawyers. You can follow me on Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, or Google+.


bea · July 26, 2014 at 1:39 pm

They say it has the power of 3 w, so a 5 v that should kick out .6 a, if they are not lying…but that’s over twenty bucks a watt.

    Jeffrey Taylor · July 26, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    It’s more expensive than a backup pack, but this is nice because you don’t depend on an outlet for power. I’ve used this at the pool the past few days and I’m in love.

Thomas Pree · June 6, 2016 at 8:41 am

Nice, just got mine from massdrop. your youtube video is not working, though.

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