The powermonkey-explorer is a small rocket-shaped device that stores up power for when you’re next on the road and need to charge something. And it has a solar charger.

We’re all so tooled up with gadgets these days that you need a small nuclear power station to keep all the batteries charged. Power is a problem – especially if you care about the environment, even more so if you’ve ever embarked upon a lengthy journey and realised to your horror that you forgot to charge your iPod. No power means no entertainment.

The powermonkey-explorer offers a solution to the power conundrum. It’s a small rocket-shaped device that stores up power for when you’re next on the road and need to charge something up.

But probably the coolest feature of the powermonkey-explorer is that it comes with a ‘solar-slave’ – a small solar panel that you could dangle out of your rucksack, or put on the back of your car.

Not only is this great news for your carbon footprint, it’s also a life-saver if you forget to plug things in before you go out – if you’ve got your powermonkey-explorer and solar-slave combo with you, you really can charge on the go, with the sunshine as your power source.

The powermonkey-explorer set comes with a black carry case, that features adaptors for loads of different devices – the default is a Nokia socket, but there’s gizmos for iPod, PSP, and loads of phones. There are also adaptors for charging the powermonkey itself via the mains or USB. If it’s missing an adaptor for your phone or other device, you can visit and see if the company is selling it separately.

The design of the units is robust and understated, and it works really well – the carrying case is about the size of a stack of five or six CDs, and you could fit your iPod and all the powermonkey-explorer bits and bobs in there as well, so it’s a really good buy for travelling if you hate to be without your tunes or phone.


At £65, the powermonkey-explorer isn’t cheap, but it has the potential to be a real life-saver. It’ll also make you feel like you’re helping the environment (did you know how much electricity is drained by idle chargers left plugged into the wall? It’s a lot).