High-capacity solar panels keep CPP 100, 300 truckin' (hands-on)

The CPP 50, 100, and 300 enable users to juice of their mobile device's battery when no outlets are to be found.

Lynn La Senior Editor / Reviews - Phones
Lynn La covers mobile reviews and news. She previously wrote for The Sacramento Bee, Macworld and The Global Post.
Lynn La
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LAS VEGAS -- There's no dread like the dread you feel when your smartphone battery has been drained of all its juice. At CES 2014, Cobra showcased three new products that work to solve this common problem: the CPP 50, CPP 100, and CPP 300.

Design Two of Cobra's CPP portable power series, the 100 and the 300, are outfitted with high-capacity solar panels, so you can ensure your device has enough power even if the chargers themselves are far from an outlet.

While both devices have the same capacity (6,000mAh), the 300 features a rubber exterior for extra durability. It also has a clamshell construction, which enables you to open it up to double its surface area. This increases its ability to draw in solar power, shortening the amount of time it takes to charge itself.

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In comparison, the CPP 100 is made out of plastic and is relatively lightweight. It has solar panels on one side, and it's easier to manage in the hand compared to the 300. It features a battery indicator and a narrow green handle up top so it can be attached easily to your backpack or bag.

The ultraportable CPP 50 is the smallest of the three. Unlike the previous two, it is not a solar-powered charger and relies only on its internal battery. A small thin band runs across it, which can light up for battery indication.

Cobra CPP 50, 100, and 300.
From left to right: Cobra's CPP 50, CPP 100, and CPP 300 power chargers. Lynn La/CNET

Key components and features The CPP 100 features both USB and MicroUSB ports. Cobra says that it has a reported charging time of 24 hours. Meanwhile, the 300 is decked out with two USB outputs, as well as two attached cables for a USB and MicroUSB connection, meaning that it can charge up to three handsets at a time. When not in use, the cords tuck neatly into the body of the device.

Lastly, the CPP 50 is powered by a 5,000mAh and comes with two tethered cables as well.

Outlook Ideal for camping and the outdoors, Cobra's solar chargers ensure that you can still power up your mobile devices without the luxury of electric outlets. (Just make sure it's a sunny day.) It will be available to users starting in February, with the 100 and 300 costing $49.95, and $79.95, respectively. In April, the CPP 50 will go on sale for $39.95.

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