The SP-5000 solar-powered power bank and media player also offers a rainproof, dustproof, shockproof case for your MP3 player or smartphone.
It's a funny old world and no mistake. I was sitting in the Pleasure Dome (my office) happily beavering away when someone dropped a package on my desk. When I opened this unexpected container, I discovered an SP-5000 Solar Media Player from the folks at Secur Products.
This little rascal is actually rather interesting. First of all we have a rainproof (water-resistant), dustproof, shockproof case for a smartphone. Although you can't see it in my photo above, there's a reasonably rugged carabiner on the back that allows you to attach the case to your belt or backpack or whatever.
The case also boasts a 5.5V / 70mA solar panel and two 3-watt stereo speakers, which donít sound half bad. When you open the case, you discover a container for your smartphone along with a wealth of cables and connectors. What you canít see in this image is a 2000mAh power bank, which is mounted in the lid.
In the upper-right-hand corner of the above picture we see two cables coming out of the lid. One of these ends in a standard male stereo plug. If you want to use the SP-5000 as a media player, you simply plug this into your smartphone or MP3 player -- I used my trusty iPad.
The other cable terminates in a female power plug, which acts as DC-in if you are charging the power bank from a PC or a wall-mounted supply, or as DC-out if you are using the power bank to charge your smartphone or similar device.
In the lower-left of the above picture we see a USB-to-power cable, which can be used to charge the power bank from a PC or a wall-mounted supply. Alternatively, you can use the solar panel on the front of the case.
In the lower-right-hand corner of the above picture we see four connectors that plug into the DC-out connector and that can subsequently be used to charge your smartphone or whatever. From right-to-left we have a 30-way iPhone connector, a micro USB connector, an 8-pin Lightning connector, and a female USB 2.0 connector.
The cable that puzzles me is shown on the left. This is a male USB 2.0 connector (which could be plugged into the female USB connector we just discussed) feeding a 30-way iPhone connector, an 8-pin lightning connector, and a micro USB connector. The only use I can see for this is to provide a 9" extension cable for charging purposes, which seems a little over-enthusiastic. Personally, I would have omitted this cable and replaced it with a DC-to-mini USB connector, but what do I know?
One thing that always bugs me is when you purchase something like a solar media player and subsequently discover that you donít have the right connector. In the case of the SP-5000, you are provided with a cornucopia of these little scamps.
Last, but not least, the SP-5000 offers a safe and snug haven for most MP3 players and smartphones, including an iPhone 6 and a Samsung Galaxy S5.
The reason I commenced this column by saying "It's a funny old world" is that I'm one of the few people left on the planet who doesnít actually own a smartphone. About 12 to 18 months ago, I came to the realization that nobody ever called me with a message I wanted to hear, so I stopped carrying one and I've been happier and less stressed ever since.
Having said this, I've been thinking about our forthcoming EE Times Road Trip to Hamvention, and one thing I've been ruminating on is that it might be handy to have a smartphone for use in navigation and also if any unexpected problems arise.
As part of my ponderings, I've been oscillating back and forth between an iPhone 6 and an iPhone 6 Plus, but the iPhone 6 Plus wouldnít fit in my SP-5000 case, and there's no point in being in possession of a case like this if you also have a smartphone that wonít fit in it. So, the end result is that the folks at Secur have effectively made my decision for me -- if I do ultimately decide to become a card-carrying member of the 21st century and get a smartphone, an iPhone 6 it shall be.
— Max Maxfield, Editor of All Things Fun & Interesting