The Adventure Frog Quadra Pro Power Bank

Adventure Frog Quadra Pro Power Bank Featured Image

The ability to charge our devices is something that I believe many of us take for granted in our daily lives. Just think about how many power outlets you probably pass by every day. But when we strike out on adventures or change our location seasonally, there can be times when we go extended periods without access to a power outlet.

In this case, a power bank or solar charger can be incredibly handy, and today I’m going to review the Adventure Frog Quadra Pro Power Bank!

Adventure Frog Power Bank Overview

Adventure Frog Quadra Pro Power Bank Vertical

Let’s start with the basic specs: the total capacity of this power bank is 6000 milliamp-hours (mAh). The bank’s input is DC 5V/1A and output is DC 5V/1A&2A. It contains four solar cells that are each 5 inches by 3 inches in size and it also features a flashlight function for navigating in the dark. It’s capable of charging two devices via USB cable.

Perhaps its’ most unique feature is the fact that its magnetic backing allows it to be easily positioned in direct sunlight via a metallic surface around your house or on the go.

It also features two straps that secure the power bank together when not charging. These straps also function well to hang it facing the sunlight in order to charge. I’ve found that this is best done using a couple of carabiners.

The power bank is also housed in a waterproof casing (which is ideal for my current environment during the rainy season in Costa Rica). That casing also makes is more durable and resistant to extreme heat in desert or arid conditions.

Power Bank Testing Environment

I certainly plan to use this power bank in many situations in the future, but my recent experience has already seen it prove its worth. In the first two days of our recent relocation to Costa Rica for the winter, we experienced extended power outages. For two people that primarily work online during these months, that wasn’t the most convenient start.

Fortunately, however, I had previously charged my Adventure Frog Quadra Pro before the trip and we were able to use it to keep our phones charged in order to communicate with our landlords and monitor the weather. The light on the back of the power bank also came in handy to keep our apartment lit during these extended outages.

I have also utilized our deck as my primary testing environment for examining the power bank’s charging ability. It faces primarily west by southwest and, at this time of the year, gets excellent afternoon sunlight (provided there is little to no cloud cover).

Adventure Frog Quadra Pro Power Bank Magnet

Power Bank Testing Results

In my trials charging my phone with the Quadra Pro, I’ve found that it took my phone from about 50% charge to a full 100% charge in less than an hour. After this charge, the power bank was still holding more than 60% of its charging capacity. I’d bet I could get at least 3 full charges from it once it’s fully charged.

In direct sunlight, it takes between 8 and 12 hours for the power bank to fully recharge, but I’ve also found that it will slowly trickle charge (although not at optimal rates, of course) when placed in indirect sunlight for extended periods. The other day it went from 50% charge to full charge in just about four hours.

In terms of carrying it around, whether you’re on a day hike or multi-day backpacking trek, it falls somewhere about halfway on the weight spectrum. It’s not an absolute brick that you’d think twice about bringing along every time, but it’s also not so light that you’d barely notice it. The solar cells, of course, are going to have some weight to them and the magnet certainly adds as well.

My Power Bank Recommendation

Adventure Frog Quadra Pro Power Bank Backlight

I feel that the Adventure Frog Quadra Pro Power Bank is best used for travelers, day hikers, and weekend backpackers. It’s highly useful, easily attachable to bags or metal objects, and offers enough capacity that you won’t have to worry about recharging it on a daily basis unless you’re charging a boatload of camera or film equipment.

It might be on the heavy side for thru-hikers that are going to be on the trail for weeks or months at a time. That said, it’s also waterproof and heat resistant to withstand much of the elements you’d encounter on an extended expedition. When it comes down to it, it’s probably just a matter of personal preference in terms of how much additional weight you’re willing to carry.

Overall, I’ve found it extremely useful as a backup power source and I’ll continue to test it in new environments and scenarios throughout the winter. There will most likely be an update to this review coming in the spring, so stay tuned!

Need a Solar Power Bank?

Do you have experience with solar rechargeable power banks? If so, I’d love to know what you think about any models you’ve used, what your favorite features are, and what you’d do differently if you manufactured your own!

Also, if you decide to purchase the Adventure Frog Quadra Pro Power Bank after reading this review, I’d love to know how you like it after you’ve had a chance to put it to use for a few trips or travel excursions!

The Adventure Frog team also offers a number of additional products for camping, hiking, energy, food and water solutions, and much more. Check them out if you’re in need of any new gear!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this review of the Adventure Frog Quadra Pro Power Bank and I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments section below. I’ll be quick to reply to any questions, comments, or concerns you feel like sharing!


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Adventure Frog Quadra Pro Power Bank

$54.97
4.5

Durability

4.5/5

Charge Capacity

4.8/5

Recharge Time

4.2/5

Pros

  • Waterproof Housing
  • Magnetic Backing
  • Heat-Resistant

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Not Advisable For Thru-Hikers

Comments

  1. Chris

    This is a really cool power charging gadget – I’d heard of external power banks before but I had no idea that they came in the solar powered format, excellent idea. 

    I’m wondering how much capacity these solar powered banks have when compared to the more traditional electrical banks – is there are large difference between the two?

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      Tucker Ballister

      It really depends on the exact model you’re talking about, but for comparison purposes, here’s a quick summary of the Quadra Pro’s specs: 

      6500 milliamp (mAh) Capacity

      DC 5V/1A Input

      DC 5V/1A&2A; Output

      5.5 Watts of Solar Power

  2. Kevin

    Wow, I need one of these for my next summer. It’s got all the checks, solar powered, long capacity, water-proof, plus a flashlight. It seems like these qualities are the recent trends for battery packs.

    I’m just wondering, does this battery pack support fast-charge? I have a Samsung S8 that charges really fast with the technology.

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      Tucker Ballister

      I’m working with the Samsung S9+ and it charges my phone in just a little over an hour. Hope that’s helpful! 

  3. Todd Matthews

    I like stuff like this, which come in handy during power outages. While it’s rare for the power to go out where I’m from, it does happen and sometimes at the most unexpected times. I currently have several flashlights and a generator, so something like the Pro Power Bank would be excellent to add to my repertoire. 

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      Tucker Ballister

      Hey Todd! I plan to use it much more extensively for backpacking purposes this summer, but its use as an extra power source when the power went out here was unexpected and quite awesome!

  4. radeetalam

    Hello Tucker,

    I found your review very helpful. I hadn’t heard about the Power Bank before reading your review. It is really good to know about and I am really feeling the need for it in my hiking adventures. Whenever I go hiking, either I have to go through the pain of bringing three or four power banks with me or my phone becomes dead after a day. Now, I do not need to tolerate that pain. Cant wait to buy Adventure Frog Quadra Pro Power Bank.

    Thanks for the helpful post. 🙂

    Radeet

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      Tucker Ballister

      Hi Radeet! I’m very glad you found my review helpful. I’d love to hear how you like the power bank once you buy it and use it on a few trips! 

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