I just purchased a solar charger for my Replenish phone. It's nice to have the option of a back-up charging system.
I put it on the back of my phone last night, just to see... It puts a little "sun" charging symbol on the screen, even under regular room lights, but... I've found through reading online that it won't charge under room lighting -- that light symbol showing up just means it's picking up a light source.
Since I want to use the solar charger as back-up, I'd like to keep it on my phone at all times. I'm so tired of lugging my charging cord around with me (and I'm no heavy user of the phone; the battery life has never been all that great).
Anyway, upon reading some discussions, posts, and information online, I've come to a couple conclusions and I've some questions:
1 - it won't charge under regular room lighting
2 - it will charge when it's OFF, but not when the phone is ON.
1 - If I have my solar charger plugged into the back of my phone, can I charge it with the USB charger if there is NO lightsource on the solar charger? What if the phone is ON? (I rarely turn it off.)
2 - If the solar charger is on the back of the phone, can I sync my phone via USB to my computer? (The instructions say not to "connect the phone to a travel adapter or USB cable while charging by sunlight", but what if it's NOT charging by sunlight, and the solar charger back is on the phone, ie., I charge my phone at night?)
I would suggest you to go through this info from Samsung http://www.samsung.com/us/support/SupportOwnersFAQPopup.do?faq_id=FAQ00006112&fm_seq=6280.