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4W Solar Briefcase

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About this product

Overview

  • Charge 12V lead-acid batteries with no additional running costs
  • Portable solar generator built into a protective briefcase making it ideal for camping, caravanning or marine use
  • This charger requires only daylight to work, charges even if the weather is overcast

Product overview

  • Charge 12V lead-acid batteries with no additional running costs
  • Portable solar generator built into a protective briefcase making it ideal for camping, caravanning or marine use
  • This charger requires only daylight to work, charges even if the weather is overcast
  • Ideal for cars that will be left standing for long periods of time, as well as for maintaining batteries in caravans and boats
  • Built-in blocking diode prevents reverse charging from the battery to solar panel
  • Flashing charge indicator
  • Interchangeable connectors: accessory socket plug and crocodile clips
  • Durable ABS outer casing
  • Integrated adjustable angle support

Easy storage
Designed to trickle charge 12V lead acid batteries with no additional running costs. Ideal for cars that will be left standing for long periods, as well as for maintaining batteries in caravans and boats. The built-in blocking diode prevents reverse charging from the battery to the solar panel at night. The briefcase comes complete with an adjustable angle support that allows you to position the solar panels in prime sunlight. The solar panel is an amorphous receptor and is ideally suited to the northern European climate to enable the optimum use of daylight hours. It can even operate behind glass.

 

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bought two of these briefcase style solar panels as they were on offer and are currently being used to keep a 12 Volt 7 Amp/h lead acid battery topped up which powers a set of 16 colour LED mood lights with remote i also got at Maplin rated at 2 amps on the power adapter. I converted the connector on the lights to clip to the battery and the lights run fine on the battery and stay lit all night without changing much at all in brightness, but i may need another one as the battery's voltage never gets over 8.8 volts after a full day of sun on them both, but despite the lower voltage they can still keep it going just fine but just not as bright.
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It seemed to work OK and kept the battery alive, but after a spell of hot weather the casing became warped and cracked from the heat. Since it is not weatherproof It has to be used inside the car where it is subjected to high temperatures during hot weather. The plastic used in its construction is not sufficiently heat resistant.
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is an excellent piece of equipment. I bought it to keep my camper van battery trickle charged. It does an excellent job and is so neat and compact and looks very cool. LED light to show it's charging and built in diode to prevent battery draining. Works very well in the highlands of Scotland - even on cloudy days. I am so glad I bought this on offer - half price - what a bargain.
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This panel will charge a car battery even with an alarm or imobiliser fitted. The charge isn't much but it stops the battery going flat. The cheap 12v 1W or 12v 1.5W panels can't do this. It works fine placed on the dash or rear shelf. It's not weather proof.
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from My Dad bought me one for my car to top up the battery. It works well. But after 7 months of use, the wire that plugs into the cigarette lighter has become brittle and broken off at the plug. Disappointed in the quality of materials used.
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Looks to be working fine the problem I had was that the crocodlie clips were made from tinfoil and bent when putting onto battery terminals but I took them off and used round spade connectors and permenently fixed them to battery all seems to be ok hope battery will be good when I go back to caravan and be able to use motor mover
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have found this very effective at keeping my sisters car battery topped whilst the car waits for me make it road worthy. Starts every time despite standing idle for weeks!
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Got one of these on my boat and it keeps 2 110amh batteries linked together (12v) topped up with no problems for the last 6 months or so.
Date published: 2014-11-18
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Specification

Technical specifications:
Peak output power: 4W
Current (@max. power): 220mA
Open circuit voltage: 18V
Testing conditions: AM1.5, 100mW/100cm2 @25°
Cigarette lighter plug fuse rating: 0.5A
Cable length: 1.2m (4ft)
Dimensions open: 445mm (l) x 235mm (w) x 14mm (d)
Dimensions closed: 245mm (l) x 235mm (w) x 28mm (d)
Weight: 890g
Contents:
4W folding amorphous solar panel with 1.2m cable
Connecting cable with battery clips
Connecting cable with cigarette lighter adaptor
2 built-in angle support stands

What guarantee / warranty is there with this product? I have previously owned this model but experienced issues with the cable - has the cable improved in recent times (I had my original around five years ago)?

Asked by: RS_SouthWest
All our items come with a 12 month warranty to protect against manufacturer faults which may develop unless clearly listed otherwise.
Answered by: Nash
Date published: 2018-02-18

Can I buy a new connecting cable.

Asked by: Karen
On this occasion, Maplin does not stock a product that exactly meets your requirements, or indeed anything close enough to offer you as an alternative.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2017-10-30

What can I run with this

Asked by: Mucky boy
Designed to trickle charge 12V lead acid batteries with no additional running costs.
Answered by: James
Date published: 2017-06-20

Can this 4w solar briefcase charger use to charge mobile phones?

Asked by: Senator
No, I am sorry but this is not intended for this use, you could modify it to do so with the right knowledge and circuit.
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2017-06-13

could you use it to charge phone

Asked by: john25
No, I am sorry but this is not intended for this use, you could modify it to do so with the right knowledge and circuit.
Answered by: Russell
Date published: 2017-05-11

Is it possible to get an extension cable for this 4w Solar brief case upto 6 feet long, please.

Asked by: eaglemedic
We have the following which should be a suitable extension cable, unfortunately we only have the one length available at this time. http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/solar-sae-3m-extension-cable-n72jk
Answered by: Gareth
Date published: 2017-03-29

who are the manufacturers of this briefcase style trickle charger

Asked by: eaglemedic
This is sourced from the far east and is produced by multiple manufacturers.
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2017-03-24

will this charge an iPhone & a quatix watch

Asked by: lollo
This would be unlikely to output enough to maintain a reasonable charge as the maximum output is 4W, iPhone charging wattage would be 10W. This panel would be used more to top up a battery which would be used to charge devices.
Answered by: Gareth
Date published: 2017-02-28
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