The powermonkey extreme has undergone some serious upgrades to further cement the product's reputation as "charger of choice" in the outdoor and adventure travel market.
The standard 5V USB socket remains but the DC port has been upgraded to output 12V (previously 5V), meaning that the powermonkey extreme is now capable of charging selected SLR camera batteries, portable DVD players and much more directly from the unit. This upgrade alone pushes the powermonkey extreme out ahead of its nearest competitors in terms of charging capabilities, whilst the kit remains lightweight and compact enough for even the most space-conscious traveller.
The powermonkey-eXtreme can be recharged in three ways:
- via the solar panel
- via the universal mains charger
- via USB conncetion
The mains charger comes with interchangeable heads for Australia, Europe, the UK and the USA to give you power and great flexibility wherever you go.
The updated model also includes a female in-car socket so if users only have an in-car charger for their device, they can now recharge it directly from the powermonkey extreme.
The powermonkey extreme is capable of charging iPads and tablets too. iPad 1, iPad 2, iPad 3 and iPad mini can be plugged directly into the extreme's USB socket via customer's Apple-supplied white sync / charge cable and will recharge up to 2 times depending on the model of your iPad.
The iPad 4 has slightly different charging requirements and so the updated powermonkey extreme includes a gorilla-pad adaptor specifically for this model. The gorilla-pad plugs into the 12V DC socket and is used together with customer's Apple sync / charge cable to charge iPad 4. You can also use the gorilla-pad for the other iPads/tablets or to give yourself another 5V USB socket if required.
This charger is the perfect tool for every traveler and outdoor enthusiast: It is waterproof (whilst it is closed/sealed) for 30 minutes up to 1 metre, shock resistant, and the solar panel can be attached to tents, rucksacks, or (car) windows via the included Velcro strap. Or just use it at home as an alternative and environmentally friendly charger for your mobile phone, tablet computer, MP3-player, 5V camera, GPS receiver, or portable game console!
Housing a massive 9000mAh capacity Lithium Polymer battery, the powermonkey-eXtreme offers you real power in a compact, durable shell.
- SLR Cameras
- Hand-held Cameras/Action Cameras
- iPhones/Smart Phones
- Mobile Phone
- PSP/Hand-held/Games Consoles
- Head Torches
Number of Charges
- iPad/tablet 50% - 2 times
- iPhone/smartphone 3-6 times
- DVD Player 4 hours
- Powertraveller cameranut/ 2-3 times
- Camera batteries cradle
- The unit is capable of recharging most 5V devices several times:
- iPad/Tablet 1-2 times
- iPhone/Smartphone 4-6 times
- GPS systems 4-6 times
- Mobile Phone 8-12 times
Tips included for the latest BlackBerry, Garmin, HTC, LG, Motorola, Nintendo, Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson. Mini USB, Micro USB and female USB DC cable for Apple iPod, iPhone and iPad, DC4.0 for PSP, e-readers and some digital cameras.
Its unique one touch friction swipe ON/OFF control is designed so the friction switch can only be turned on if swiped from left to right, which helps to reduce the risk of it being accidently turning on when not in use. To turn the powermonkey extreme on, swipe the panel from left to right with your thumb. To turn off, swipe with your thumb from right to left. When the 5V device or tablet computer is fully charged, the auto shut-off function means the powermonkey extreme will turn itself off after 2 minutes, so the user does not have to monitor the charge state of the device being charged - thus saving power.
Whilst the unit is recharging, the LCD screen will be red, once fully charged, the screen will turn green. When the unit is in use, the screen will be blue!
The rugged, clam-shell design solar panel offers 3 Watt max output, allowing full recharge of the powermonkey extreme within 18-22 hours in optimum light conditions. The powermonkey extreme also has a solar energy detection feature which activates the incorporated state-of-the-art MPPT (maximum power point tracker) technology, allowing the solar panel to charge the powermonkey unit more efficiently in low light conditions. Users can also simultaneously use the solar panel to charge the powermonkey extreme whilst it is charging their device.
The above image illustrates how a powermonkey-eXtreme could be attached to a back pack for maximum charging / sun exposure. (the actual unit displayed is a powermonkey-eXplorer)
The LCD screen displays the working status, charging process, and battery capacity level. Its unique one touch friction swipe ON/OFF control is designed so the unit can only be turned on once connected to a device and cannot be accidentally switched on when not in use. When your device is fully charged, the auto shut-off function will turn off the powermonkey-eXtreme after 2 minutes.
The unit has a very low static wastage (meaning you can leave it for up to 1 year and it will still hold 75% of its charge) and includes a whole host of safety features (short-circuit protection, over-charging protection, anti-discharging protection, low voltage protection) to give you total peace of mind.
Available in five striking colours: Electric Blue, Graphite Grey, Safety Yellow, Vibrant Red and the classic Black.
Please note: iPhones or iPads featured on product images are for display purposes only.
Download the Powertraveller Extreme instruction sheet
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Colour of Product:
Black, Blue, Grey, Red, Yellow
456 g (charger unit : 242 g / solar panel : 214 g)
charger unit : 15.2 cm / solar panel : 17.1 cm (folded)
charger unit : 6.0 cm / solar panel : 9.0 cm (folded)
charger unit : 2.8 cm / solar panel : 1.8 cm (folded)
powermonkey eXtreme Portable Charger specifications:
Milliamps Hour (mAh): 9000
Battery Type: Lithium Polymer
Voltage: USB 5V and 12V DC
Reverse discharge current protection
Low voltage protection
Input: 5V 0.5A-3A
Output: USB port: 5V 2A and 12V DC port 800mAh, solar panel output 3 watts
Battery Chemical: Lithium Polymer
Energy: 33.3 WH
Static power waste <50 µA
Total weight: 456g
Polysilicon Solar Panel specifications:
- Output: 5V / 3 Watt (max.)
- Photovoltaic efficiency up to 17%
- Fully Compatible with Apple iPhone / iPod (features USB output)
- Slide finger across friction swipe control from left to right to turn ON
- Slide finger across friction swipe control from right to left to turn OFF
- Whilst the unit is ON, double tap the friction swipe to activate permanent ON feature
- Cancel permanent ON feature by tapping the friction swipe once more
- Touch the friction swipe during operation to view battery capacity. LCD screen will switch off after 5 seconds to save power
- Whilst the unit is recharging, the LCD screen will be red, once fully charged, the screen will turn green. When the unit is in use, the screen will be blue!
Download the Powertraveller Extreme instruction sheet
How do I turn on my powermonkey extreme?
Slide your finger across the friction control pad from left to right. The LCD display should be on your LEFT. The LCD screen should flash THREE times.
How do I turn off my powermonkey extreme?
slide your finger across the friction control panel from right to left. The LCD screen should be on your LEFT.
My powermonkey extreme will not turn on. Why?
- Firstly ensure the powermonkey extreme battery unit has been charged.
- Ensure you have swiped your thumb across the friction control pad from left to right and that the LCD screen has flashed three times. The LCD screen should always be on your left.
- Please note that if you only tap the friction control pad, the LCD screen will display a capacity reading - this does NOT indicate that the unit is on.
My powermonkey extreme will not turn off. Why?
The powermonkey extreme will not turn off automatically. It is possible to activate the auto-off function (Auto-off enables the powermonkey to switch itself off after your device is fully charged. Details of how to activate the auto-off feature are in the following FAQ.)
Ensure you have used your thumb to swipe the friction control pad from right to left. The LCD screen should be on your LEFT when doing this.
How do I activate the auto-off feature?
The powermonkey extreme will not turn off automatically when your device is fully charged. By activating the auto-off function, you are able to override this and ensure the powermonkey extreme switches off once your device is fully charged.
To activate the auto-off function, turn on the powermonkey extreme by swiping your thumb across the friction control pad from left to right (ensuring the LCD screen is on the LEFT). Then double tap the left hand side of the friction control pad. The LCD screen should flash every 3 seconds to indicate that the auto-off function is enabled.
To disable the auto-off function, double tap the right hand side of the friction control pad.
How do I connect my Apple iPhone & iPad to the powermonkey extreme?
- To connect an iPhone, use your white Apple sync/charge cable (that comes with the iPhone) and connect the USB end into the female USB port of the powermonkey extreme. This is located under the cover on the right edge of the unit. The LCD screen should be on your left when looking at the unit.
- To connect an iPad, you will need your white Apple sync/charge cable. Use this together with the gorilla-pad adaptor included with the powermonkey extreme and connect to the extreme battery unit.
How do I connect my Samsung Galaxy Tab to my powermonkey extreme?
To connect your Samsung Galaxy Tab, you will need your Samsung sync/charge cable and a Powertraveller Galaxy tab cable.
Firstly find the black DC OUT cable (number 6 on the powermonkey extreme instruction guide) - this cable will be in the tips pouch. It will have a round barrel connection and female USB connection and be approximately 14cms in length.
Connect the barrel end of this cable into the DC OUT port of the powermonkey extreme - this is located next to the USB port on the unit, under the cover on the right hand edge of the powermonkey extreme (the LCD display should be on your LEFT).
Then connect the Powertraveller galaxy tab cable into the female USB end of the DC OUT cable and finally your Samsung sync / charge cable into the end of the Powertraveller galaxy tab cable.
What do the symbols on the LCD screen mean?
The LCD screen on the powermonkey extreme has the following displays:
- solid battery icon will flash when the extreme is low on power and needs to be recharged
- the 7 ascending bars indicate the level of power left in the extreme
How do I know when the powermonkey extreme is fully charged?
During charging, the background colour of the LCD Screen will be RED. Once the powermonkey extreme is fully charged the background of the LCD screen will be GREEN and ready to use.
During use, the background colour of the LCD screen will be BLUE.
Will the powermonkey extreme charge my netbook or laptop?
No. The powermonkey extreme outputs 5 Volts. Netbooks and laptops require a much higher output voltage. If you are looking for a netbook charger, consider the minigorilla. For a laptop, then powergorilla is the product you need.
Is there a way to check how much charge is left without turning the powermonkey extreme on?
Yes. To check how much charge you have left in the powermonkey extreme, tap the friction control pad once. The LCD screen will turn on and will indicate the level of charge left. The display will turn off after 7 seconds.
What is the difference between the powermonkey extreme and the powermonkey explorer?
The powermonkey extreme has a larger battery capacity and is also waterproof rather than just water resistant. The extreme solar panel has twice the power output of the explorer solar panel. The powermonkey extreme also has a second power output port which is 5 volts at 2.1amps, allowing the extreme to charge tablets such as the Apple iPad and other 5v 2.1amp tablets.
How much charge should I expect the solar panel to give the powermonkey extreme in 6 to 8 hours of optimum sunlight?
In 6-8 hours good sunshine, you will get a third of a charge on the powermonkey extreme battery unit.
Is it possible to use a solarmonkey and the solar panel from the extreme together to charge a device?
Unfortunately the solar panels are not the same power output, so it would not be advisable to use them together with the solarmonkey y cable.
What is MPPT technology?
MPPT stands for Maximum Power Point Tracker. It is a solar energy detection feature within the battery which allows the solar panel to charge your device efficiently even in low light conditions.
Is my powermonkey extreme compatible with the optional aquastrap?
Only powermonkey extreme models manufactured after July 2012 have the locking feature that make them compatible with the aquastrap.
To check whether your powermonkey extreme is compatible, turn over the extreme battery unit and look for two small, rectangular sockets on either side.
How long will the optional aquastrap keep the powermonkey extreme waterproof?
The aquastrap has an IP65 rating which is tested as standard for an hour. We do not recommend using the aquastrap with the powermonkey extreme for any longer than this.
If I am not going to use my monkey or gorilla charger for a while, is it best to store it with a charge remaining?
Yes. If you plan to store your gorilla or monkey portable charger for a long period of time without use, it should be stored with at least 60% charge remaining. This helps keeps the internal battery in good condition.
Can I use the aquastrap when my powermonkey extreme is already wet?
Please ensure you only attach the aquastrap to a dry powermonkey extreme. If the powermonkey extreme is already wet, the aquastrap may not secure properly.
When the powermonkey extreme battery only has 25% charge left and I connect it to the solar panel, the on/off switch will not work?
The extreme battery unit will take a 30% charge for itself before it will charge another device whilst it is attached to the solar panel or AC mains charger.
Where can I purchase additional powermonkey tips?
Please visit the Powertraveller tip selector to find the appropriate tip for your device.
The powermonkey-eXtreme kit contains:
- Powermonkey extreme: battery unit and solar panel
- 9 x mobile device tips including: Nokia (tail of DC cable), DC 2.0 (mini Nokia), mini USB, micro USB, Samsung, LG, Sony Ericsson, DC 4.0 (Sony PSP), Female USB to DC cable
- USB charging cable
- DC Connection cable
- DC Connector tip "L53D"
- Female 12V in-car socket
- Gorilla-pad connector
- Universal AC mains charger
- Velcro strap
- Tips pouch
- Protective zip storage case