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I seem to hear about new solar chargers coming out all the time, which is great news. Of course, whenever I come across a similar product, I like to compare them with my kit. If someone else comes out with a better product, then clearly I need to pay attention. Most of the time, though, I look at the new offering and say "Eh, over-priced, under-powered... as usual."

Today, I came across the Changers Starter Kit, so I'll do a little comparison for you.

Chi-qoo     Changers
Standard solar wattage
5W 4W
Max solar wattage
10W    5W
Output 1.5A 1A
USB Ports 2 1
Battery capacity
6000mAh 4400mAh
Replaceable battery Yes ($25) No
Replaceable solar panels Yes ($25) ?
iPad support Yes ?
Enclosure* Bamboo Plastic
Software integration No Yes
Price $120 $149

*I didn't claim a win on the enclosure because I think this is a subjective judgement. Some people will like the bamboo, not just because it's a renewable material, but because it's also aesthetically pleasing, while others may prefer the sleek but less eco-friendly plastic.

So, spec for spec, the Chi-qoo beats the Changer charger and at a lower price. The Changer does have a nice sleek (albeit plastic) design and appears to be more compact than the Chi-qoo. There's also software/social media integration, which I think is interesting. But for $149, you can get a Chi-qoo plus another 5W solar panel, with enough money left for a latte. If it were me, you know where my money would go (but, I admit, I'm biased).

Grand Opening!

Oct 18 2011 | 0 comments

Welcome to the new BootstrapSolar web site and store! After the Kickstarter campaign ended a couple of days ago, we scrambled to get a site up so people can continue to pre-order the solar power pack kits (now renamed the "Chi-qoo", btw). Speaking of scrambling, I (Ryo) have been focusing on product development, but I now have a couple of helpers (say 'hi' to Eric), so hopefully things'll smooth out a bit and there will be less scrambling around here (...right).

In any case, welcome to our humble shop. It's pretty basic, but we'll improve it over time. Let us know if you have any suggestions! 

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  • Chi-qoo vs Changers Starter Kit I seem to hear about new solar chargers coming out all the time, which is great news. Of course, whenever I come across a similar product, I like to compare them with my kit. If someone else comes out with a better product, then clearly I need to ...
  • Grand Opening! Welcome to the new BootstrapSolar web site and store! After the Kickstarter campaign ended a couple of days ago, we scrambled to get a site up so people can continue to pre-order the solar power pack kits (now renamed the "Chi-qoo", btw). Speaking...