Q: What is so great about the LightSaver Max?
A: The LightSaver Max has a built in battery and solar material all in one at a weight of 1.5 lbs. There are two (2) 2.5 Amp USB outputs and one (1) 12V that can be used to power a laptop or other small devices at up to 5 amps. Also, there is a built in LED light.
Q: Why would I want the LightSaver Max instead of the solar charger / battery packs I see for much less.
A: Those battery packs with a small charger built in on the top have a very small area for solar collection and take a long time to charge. The LightSaver Max by contrast has a very large panel that can charge at a much faster rate.
Q: The LSM-1 comes with two grey clamps for the USB cables, where should these go on the cable?
A: Engineering recommends putting them at the ends of the cable.
Q: Can you add an external solar panel to charge the LSM-1 faster?
A: Yes, you can add up to a 30 watt solar panel to the LSM-1 to charge it faster. You would use the included car charger adapter cable and plug it into the RA-2 cable that comes with the PowerFilm Solar panels. The F16-1800
(30 watt) and R28
(28 watt rollable) would be good choices for external solar panels.
Q: What can I do if I need more power than the LSM-1 puts out?
A: You can link two LSM-1 LightSaver Max units together with the LSM12VDC2
Q: Does the LightSaver Max have internal DC-DC conversion with power point tracking?
A: The LightSaver Max does DC-DC conversion using a set point input voltage set to the voltage of the integrated PowerFilm panels of 15.4 volts.