Bell+Howell Solar Charger Review


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How often have you gone out travelling and been stuck without a power source to be able to use your mobile devices? Given the nature of our professional lives today we need to be on the button at all times and you just cannot be without your mobile phones or tablets for that matter. It’s especially true when you are on a camping trip or somewhere close to Mother Nature and can’t find a reliable power source. That’s why you need a revolutionary product like Bell+Howell Solar Charger, which will ensure that you are not caught out without power at any time.

 

Bell+Howell Solar Charger
Bell+Howell Solar Charger is a high power, high energy solar charger that works brilliantly with all mobile devices. The magic of this charger lies in the multicrystalline solar panel, which when coupled with its lithium batteries can capture solar energy or from any power source in your house or office for that matter. You can also use it to draw power from your PC when needed. Bell+Howell Solar Charger has a multifaceted adaptor, which makes it compatible with practically any handheld electronic device. So you can use it with your iPhones, e-readers, Tom Tom and other navigation and Bluetooth devices as well.

You will never be out of touch with your friends and family or work when you have Bell+Howell Solar Charger. Moreover it’s also known for its high discharge rate, which ensures that power is transferred to any device almost instantly. Bell+Howell Solar Charger comes with an attached keychain, so you can take it wherever you go and feel the power.

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You can get Bell+Howell Solar Charger for $19.95 plus shipping and handling charge of $6.95 at www.getsolarcharger.com. You can also upgrade to a fantastic value deluxe deal where you also have a built in triple LED flashlight for just $10 more.

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49 Responses to “Bell+Howell Solar Charger Review”

  1. danny seman says:

    I purchased mine from CVS and Waldorf Maryland. when I plug it in it will charge for one second and die. I even kept it in direct sunlight. I don’t charge for a few seconds and then still, it dies . this is definitely a gimmick. and I really liked this thing. all it needs is a better battery cell in it. and I’m sure it can be done. Look how long watch batteries work. I have another Rayovac charger that is battery operated with a 3 v. Battery. it works great.. this bell device is a piece of junk and a rip off and bell knows it.

  2. Pat Kersteter says:

    First off it is Bell + Howell, NOT Bell & Howell. Just a rip off from some out of country site. They do not work.

  3. Angel Perry says:

    I purchased 2 bell and Howell solar chargers about a month and a half ago. Well I followed the instructions on how to charge. Well I plugged my phone into the solar charger and it worked for 5-6 minutes. I called customer service and they said I had two choices, I could return the chargers for new ones or they would refund my money. Now here is what really made me mad. I had to send back my 2 charger that didn’t work and I had to pay to ship them. Then when they got them they would send me two more. If I wanted a refund I still had to pay to ship the chargers back to them and I would only receive the $19.95 back. They wouldn’t refund the shipping charge. So not only did I pay 13.90 the first time for shipping they want me to pay even more. I can’t believe they can get away with this but this is not going to be the last they hear from me.

  4. Cynthia says:

    Wow I purchased these chargers from Belle and Howell and it was a huge mistake, I ended up paying 34 bucks to these people and got ripped off. After I charged the device on a USB port on my computer like the directions say, the charger only charged my phone one bar and went dead. I was like what the hell? I demand a refund but now I can’t seem to find the website on the Internet, how do I get my money back from these people?

    • Angel Perry says:

      I also got ripped off. I purchased 2 chargers paid $33.85. I called the 1-888 number and talked to customer service and guess what they will send you new ones or give you a refund. However they will not give you your shipping price back and if you want a refund you have to send back the chargers and you have to pay the shipping and handling once again. If you want new ones you have to do the same thing cause they won’t give you a new charger til they get the old one’s back. This is so wrong. I’m just livid.

  5. Sheila Rosell says:

    I purchased the Bell and Howell Solar Charger at the local Rite-Aid and it never charges. Therefore, it can’t charge my phone. I have left if in the direct sun, plugged in it, followed all the directions. It had a charge one time, but went dead when I attached it to my cell phone. I find the sales pitch, both on TV and online to be untrue and just a scam. The bottom line is that I lost $10.00 + tax and won’t purchase any other Bell and Howell products.

  6. Bull Rider says:

    My girlfriend got me one for my Iphone4 S charges it 15% tops and is dead afterward only good for real emergencies and nothing more.

  7. Mayda says:

    I have tried this Bell+Howell Solar Charger on my iPhone I get an error message but I left it plugged in for the 1 hour and a half both my phone and the charger were dead!!!!!!

    I then tried to use it on my Garmin and the same plug that fits the Garmin is the same size that fits the charger so their is no way to charge my Garmin with this useless charger I do not know what you can use it for so I am Very unhappy

  8. Jason says:

    BELL HOWELL SOLAR CHARGER REVIEW.
    Hello everyone.

    Well I have a complaint about the Bell Howell solar charger.

    I am really frustrated and let me tell you why if you have purchased this Bell Howell solar charger from any where you probably understand me.

    Well here it goes well I purchased this Bell Howell solar charger for my iphone 5 cause i liked the size of it and portability you can put it on your keys but when I received the charger I was upset not realizing it didn’t have a connector for my iphone 5 so that upset me but I had other gadgets I can use it for.

    The other thing that upset me was that it said it harness the power of sun well it did work for only half and then stooped.

    So what I am trying to say that Bell Howell needs to make a lot of upgrades to the solar charger the need for an iphone 5 connector also be able to charge the full charge like the commercial said and to be able to still harness the power of the sun when charging device not shut down.

    So when Bell Howell fixes there mistake we will all be happy cause I really like the charger for the size and portability and keychain and built in light.

    Cause I really can’t find any solar charger that is like Bell Howell in size and keychain and with a built in light.

    So I hope Bell Howell takes in to thought about all are complains if they do they would have one of the best gadgets once they fix all the problems.

    The Bell Howell should check the web or YouTube more to see how customers like there product if they did they would have fixed the problem already.

    Cause there is no other way to contact them and the people on the phone are no help.

    Well let me wrap this up by saying Bell Howell fix the flaws and you will have a great product or you are going to have a lot of complains like this. Don’t just take our money give us what we want what you promised us.

    • Robert Harlan says:

      I completely agree with your assessment of this device. I purchased mine from CVS and found no adapter for my iPhone 5. I called the company to ask about obtaining one. The guy that answered didn’t even know what I was talking about. He claimed that their adapter fits the iPhone. He said that maybe they “just haven’t caught-up to their new technology yet”. This on a phone that’s been out for two years?

      Please, don’t waste your money on this device.

  9. Kim says:

    Wow. I was considering purchasing this item (the solar charger) from them, but thanks to all the comments and info from others I will be keeping my money on my pocket!!

    Sorry you all had so many problems. It’s a shame they get away with this!

  10. michael desmyther says:

    My grandma got me this Bell Howell Solar Charger before she passed. All I can think of guys is you have to mod some connections or transformers but I like mine still. Bell And Howell is a poor company. That’s why these are crappy, get them more money you know what I mean. How could you make something if you don’t have the support. Your business would plummet to the bottom of the chart.

  11. Ray says:

    I REALLY WISH I would have read the reviews about this product before I purchased it. It tells you on the box that it comes with a FULL CHARGE which it didn’t. This product doesn’t stay charged very long as it only charges my phone to 1 bar….Oh Brother….Hopefully, I can get a REFUND!!!

  12. Mickey Willard says:

    I wanted to express my extreme dissatisfaction with your “Bell and Howell Solar Charger”. 2 weeks ago, I purchased, not one but two of these chargers and was very happy to get them as I had researched them online and had only heard positive reviews about them. I purchased them in my local Rite Aide Pharmacy and took them home, I had bought one for myself and one for my husband, both were purchased on the same day. When I got them home, we followed the directions included, we waited the prescribed amount of time to make sure the chargers were adequately charged up and attempted to use them. The lights came on (red and green) but when trying to charge a cell phone, my husband’s charger only provided half a charge and the one for myself didn’t charge anything at all, the only thing that worked were the “red and green” lights! The charger had been charged in direct sunlight for my husband and via the USB cord on his computer. I used a regular extension cord plugged into a house outlet. I returned the one that I bought for myself and got my money back and I will be returning the other non-working device today after work.

    I am very sad because we each have more than one device and I thought that this product would be the answer to our prayers as we are campers and like to make sure our phones are charged at all times as well as being able to listen to music while camping.

    I am extremely disappointed and plan to find a site and make sure that people know that this product DOES NOT work as advertised and will also send a report of this incident to Consumer Reports, no one should purchase this product if it doesn’t work as advertised and PROMISED.

  13. kylie says:

    Does the bell+Howell solar charger come with a car adapter too like the other ones.

  14. Debbie says:

    Can anyone tell me how to reach the Bell and Howell Solar charger people? I ordered forever ago, got the same phone call trying to sell me things, then yesterday, got a no-reply email that said my order had been cancelled. I did not ask to have it cancelled and cannot find a number to call anywhere on the website or elsewhere. I am livid, as I feel the charges probably already went through. I need to speak to a human being on the phone if possible. Thanks.

  15. Vincent L. Diaz says:

    I bought two Bell & Howell Solar chargers. I’ve haven’t had them long enough to evaluate whether it will charge sufficiently from the solar cells but I can say that everyone should beware that the unit does NOT come with their equivalent of the Apple Lightning to 30-pin Adapter. In short, there is no adapter provided to charge the IPhone 5 !!

    Their Customer service offered their apologies and asked if I wanted a refund. I had to go to Walmart to get it, paying ANOTHER $29.00 plus tax for the needed Adapter! I’m in this venture to the tune of over $65.00 and have not yet tested the solar cells.

    Vincent L. Diaz
    vldiaz44@att.net

  16. Elmo the Grape says:

    I found a review from someone who actually bought and used the product at articles.kwch.com/2012-11-20/dead-cell-phone_35306779

    I think this says the most:
    “We bought two online for $19.95. But shipping and handling made it almost $34.”
    But this was also interesting:
    “Does it Work?
    “I would have to say no,” Linda said.
    However, Linda did like how it fueled her iPod. And… It might work as Christmas gift for some people on her list.
    “Well, those family members I don’t like too well might get it,” Linda said.” “

    • Carole says:

      I bought mine yesterday and kept the charger on the cell phone all nite/ I put it under the lite…..today it was dead/ I now have it sitting in the window I don’t know if I was suppost to turn it off or what/ no directions.

  17. Julie says:

    We have Samsung phones (not smartphones) and there is no connection that this company sends that works with them. So, it does not wot work with all cell phones as advertised.

  18. dude says:

    Does this solar charger work on a LG Cosmos 2 phone? What about a 2nd generation iPod? please respond to this!! I want to know.

  19. craig collin says:

    Piece of crap took FOREVER to get here (even with express) pony express. Does not work as advertised. Does not charge in room light unless it’s 100 watt or more bulb it holds a charge for 10mins yeah right I’d like to see it work on anything more than the simplest cell phone — smart phones are out of the question.

  20. Nik says:

    WOW thank god I looked up reviews before I placed order for iScope. I would rather use reg flashlight then deal with these people. Seems like customer worst nightmare. I can deal with couple or even few issues people might have with a particular product or company but it seems like each and every product has made consumers unhappy with service in general I would rather pay few bucks more and get it from as seen in tv store then deal with issues for months with company and my credit card. Thanks to you guys for making people aware.

  21. George says:

    I ordered the solar charger about two months ago….still haven’t received anything. The VERY next day i started getting phone calls from a company in Florida. I checked online and they had SEVERAL pages of complaints. I filed a complaint with the Florida BBB about their business practices. I would receive up to 15-20 calls EVERY DAY from this company. Sometimes as often as every 20 minutes. I finally answered the phone as Fred’s Heating and Air. The girl asked for me by name and told me she was verifying the shipping address of the solar charger. I in turn asked her if she wanted to place a service call. The company responded to my BBB complaint by saying they comply with all laws and regulations. I responded to her comments via the Florida BBB….then why are there hundreds of complaints filed with the BBB and why does this company have an F rating. The calls finally stopped a couple of days after I filed my complaint. The company said they would take my name and number off their “internal” phone list. I responded that they shouldn’t be calling me anyway because i am on The national Do Not Call Registry.

    • jim fox says:

      Just a little note. Any time you give your phone number to a company if purchasing anything, you just gave permission to call you. Until you send a cease and desist letter. I worked for a hearing aid company that would do free inspections and take info. then call and pester people until they received a letter to cease contact. I quickly left that company when I realized working in an ethical manner. So just a little FYI about how these companies work, the other problem is they use multiple shell companies and all get your info, so technically thats one way they get around the do not call list.

  22. Consumer X says:

    Thank you all for the info. I was thinking about buying this charger, but after reading the reviews I’m staying far away from this company and anything else they sell.

  23. Gregory Yount says:

    I ordered a Bell & Howell solar charger on 8-8-12 and then received an e-mail with my home address spelled wrong so I called the next day to have the mistake fixed. The next day I get a call from Bell & Howell wanting to sell me things I dont need and turned it down. I still haven’t been billed for the charger I ordered. I am starting to wish I never would have bothered with any of this. I haven’t even gotten that charger yet and I am already regretting ordering it. I think when it does get to me I might just send it back with out opening it. THEY BETTER NOT BILL ME FOR ANYTHING ELSE!

  24. ricky polk says:

    I have a iPhone 4 phone, will the solar charger work on it?

  25. Teresa says:

    I ordered this solar charger in March with a projected delivery date of April 10th. I received an out of stock postcard notice in the mail with a new date of May 17th. I called today, May 10th, and a new projected delivery date is ‘sometime in June’. Still out of stock. I can’t believe an upright company like Bell & Howell would leave their customers hanging on like this. I’m now searching for an acceptable replacement online. Any suggestions?

    • Jim D says:

      Bell & Howell went out of business over 30 years ago. A small corp office is alive and the license their name to companies that make good and want a big name to put on them Look at different Bell & Howell products and you will see that the name is licensed to a company. Bell & Howell corp gets a royalty fee from the products but B & H does not manufacture anything any longer.

      • M. MS says:

        11-12-12 THANK YOU!! I saw this Bell & Howell Solar charger on Saveology.com and wondered if it worked. Sounds like few people actually GET this product. It’s LAME that Bell & Howell rents out their name! NOT for me!

  26. Has anyone tried the Bell+Howell Solar Charger, does it really work?

  27. Ann Onnimus says:

    Be careful! I went to the site to order. Price $19.95+6.96S&H. Offering buy one get one fre for 2nd S&H. Initiated order. Site asked if I wanted additional one. I thought they meant the 2nd one for free, so I said yes. they billed me for 1 @ 19.95 + 1 @ $10 + 3 6.95 S&H. There’s no email address to write to, and the only “contact us” is an 800 number that always gets answered by a guy saying “all circuits are busy” followed by 3 busy signals then dead air. Does NOT sound like a real “system” message. Sounds like a rip-off operation. Got a call from their “order confirmation” people to verify shipping address. Tried to tell them I only wanted 2, not 3. They said they’d transfer me to the shipping dept . . . the transfer was to the same “all circuits are busy” number. There is NO WAY to make meaningful contact. The web site’s “return policy” link says they’ll accept returns for a full refund (less S&H) at the address below – but there is no address below! If I can’t get thru to them and if I can’t get a refund for product AND S&H on the 3rd item, I will be filing a complaint with my state attorney general.
    No matter how well or poorly things turn out, I will be back with another “review” once the matter is settled.

    • Anonymous says:

      I agree! I got faked out and screwed!! NO ONE SHOULD ATTEMPT TO BUY THIS Bell & Howell Solar Charger!!

    • Ann Onnimus says:

      Got thru after days of calling. They quickly amended the order to my satisfaction. But then I got emails saying they were out of stock and back-ordered. Weeks went by, then I got a postcard saying they were still out of stock and I could call to cancel my order or wait. I chose to wait. Finally, out of the blue, my credit card was charged last week – and I got an email the next day saying the 2 I wanted (buy one get one free) had shipped. Supposed to be delivered within the next day or two.

      I’ll write an honest-to-goodness review of the product once it actually arrives and I put it thru its paces. Bell&Howell is supposed to be a pretty reliable name, so I’m hoping for the best.
      Stay tuned . . .

      • Brigitte says:

        Ann did you ever get yours?

      • linda says:

        Did it work?

      • CaptTulevu says:

        I’m glad I read these reviews. I don’t think this solar charger is worth the worry; especially, having to wait that long. I know that for the price it looks good; however, if you want a quality Universal solar charger, you can purchase one of quality on line at Batteries4less.com. They have available, a “Universal Solar Restore External Battery Pack / Cell Phone Charger – Android and iPhone Compatible pack” Li-ION, 1500mAh charger.

        It’s compatible with all devices that use a USB cable to charge.

        Gives a full charge to most phones (gives a list of most all phones compatible), MP3 players, GPS, Apple devices, e-Readers and other USB powered devices, ON-Board battery level indicator lets you know how much power is stored, Convenient, side-loaded LED Flashlight feature – up to 20 hours of light on on charge. Includes an AC adapter, MicroUSB, and MiniUSB charging cables, USB-AC adapter, & Window suction mounts. It is about the size of a Samsung Transform Ultra phone.

        I have a similar portable charger-battery-pack I bought from them that recharges itself from AC or DC 12v car power sources and provides extra power to phone without being plugged in a power source, 5 hrs talk time for about $20.00.

        The Solar charger retails for $79.00 but Batteries4Less.com’s price is $39.95. and comes with all of the above. It is worth the price. I will be purchasing one myself when I am financially able. The one I currently have now will suffice for now. Go check it out at http://www.batteries4less.com.

        Oh! when you order from Batteries4Less, you will most likely receive your order less than 10 days after order. I purchase all my extra cell phone batteries from them. I usually receive my purchases within 4 days after order is processed and they will notify you by email when order is shipped. Customer service is great. I know that’s important for us impatient consumers. :-)

        My qualifications? B.S. in MIS, B.S. in CIT and an M.B.A. in Networking and communications. Worked in Aerospace for 25yrs. I’m very high-tech.

        • Jenn says:

          Capt. – Went to batteries4less.com and attempted to find charger you describe but it keeps referring me to an 800 number or a customer service email. Do they not carry it any longer?

    • M. Hughes says:

      F.Y.I. If you can not get anywhere with a company that you’ve placed an order with, or, if you have fraudulent charges made on your account, you can have it investigated by your card company or, in my case, bank. Anytime that I’ve had to dispute charges, I’ve contacted my bank who then does the work that results in my account being refunded whatever fees, as well as the fraudulent charges. I hope that this info. helps you, or anyone else, that might need it.

      • Uh Hum says:

        I purchased 2 Bell+Howell Solar Chargers through Shop HSN; gave one as a gift to my daughter. I bought it as insurance for if my phone needs a charge. It seems to work fine with my iPhone & iPod. I’ve only recharged it using the USB port on my computer. The only down side that I will note is that I can’t tell how much charge it has or when it need to be recharged. It hasn’t happened yet, but I will be very disappointed if I go to use it and it is out of juice.

    • Carole says:

      That happened with the “mesh door I ordered, they asked if I wanted 2 and I received 4 in the mail One was free and one paid for…now that’s what they said…but I was billed $84.00 on my credit card wasn’t worth the hassle and all the hype.

      • CJ says:

        That buy one get one free is such a scam. I buy these types of items “As Seen on TV” from Walgreens and forget the buy one get one free. Nothing is free! Walgreens will refund my money for the junk!

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