Samsung SolarCell remote is the new type of remote for Samsung TVs. That’s still universal remote – but with improved design and, what’s more important, with solar panels that can be used to charge the battery of the remote.
The differences between SolarCell Remote and other Samsung Smart Remotes
There are practically no real differences except for the solar panels, so both remotes can be used for the same tasks. However, the solar panels allow you to recharge the remote control when you are not using it, which can be quite handy.
The Samsung SolarCell remote has a built-in battery that charges via USB Type-C, so you will need to recharge it occasionally. However, if you use the solar panel recharging feature properly, you may not need it.
How to charge Samsung SolarCell remote
In case you need to charge your remote quickly there are some different ways:
- You can use a phone charger. The time for full battery charge would be around 20 mins.
- You can connect it to the USB port on your TV. In this case, the time for the full battery charge would be quite longer – around 40 mins.
- You can also plug it into the USB port on your PC or laptop, in this case the charging time would be around 30-40 mins.
But, as I said, there’s also a way to charge it with solar panels. To charge the remote with solar panels – just place it with buttons down on a sunny place. In this case, the charging process would be much longer, but everything depends on the light intensity.
Usually, it would take more than 1 hour to be fully charged, but you can keep the remote with the panel up (and buttons down) for an unlimited time. Just get used to placing the remote that way when you don’t use it.
How to check the battery level of the Samsung SolarCell remote
Samsung SolarCell remote sends info about the battery level to your TV, so you can check it with your TV. Here’s what you should do:
- Go to the Home Screen
- Open Settings
- Open General
- Go to Power and Energy Saving
- Choose Available Remote Battery
What is the lifespan of Samsung SolarCell remote
If your SolarCell remote wasn’t damaged, the lifespan is usually around 8-10 years, so it would last quite long to serve you.
In general, the lifespan of the SolarCell remote is the same as Samsung Smart TV, so one SolarCell remote would be enough. The only thing that can make you buy a new one is when you would damage it, but that’s an extraordinary situation.