Updated 5pm PT on 10/16: SkyRoam will not let me send daypasses from my account to others account, so you will no longer be able to get a free daypass if you use my referral link, but I still appreciate your support.
Full Disclosure: SkyRoam contacted me a few weeks ago and asked if I would be willing to try out their new SkyRoam Solis Global WiFi Hotspot. SkyRoam also included 15 free WiFi day passes. I get to keep the device and all remaining day passes. The following review and photos are mine and have not been approved or solicited by SkyRoam.
Good morning everyone, happy Friday. Last week, I was in Iceland and had the opportunity to test out the new SkyRoam Solis Global WiFi Hotspot (referral link and coupon code at the bottom of this post). I used the SkyRoam Solis during my 5 day roadtrip around Iceland and at 4 different Airbnbs. I fully charged the SkyRoam Solis before the first day of use so I had a full day of battery. One of the really cool features of the SkyRoam Solis is that in addition to being a hotspot, it doubles as a USB power bank, that can charge phones, cameras, tablets, and other USB devices. Caution: If you use the SkyRoam Solis as a USB power bank, you will deplete the battery used to power the hotspot, so keep that in mind. Luckily, I was able to charge my iPhone in the car and use the SkyRoam Solis as a hotspot only.
SkyRoam Solis Features
I will go over the features of the SkyRoam Solis and show an unboxing of the hotspot, but here are the highlights from their website. The USB power bank has a 6,000 mAh battery which can fully charge several devices before running out of battery. The hotspot works in 100+ countries and piggy backs on the local 4G / 3G / 2G data networks. Once you create the hotspot, you can connect up to 5 devices (I only tested 2 at a time, but I am fairly confident you can connect more than 5 devices if you are not consuming a lot of data). Last but not least, a fully charged hotspot has enough battery to run for 16+ hours (you can also turn off the device and hotspot when not in use to conserve battery).
Unboxing the SkyRoam Solis
The SkyRoam Solis box is roughly 5 x 5 x 2 inches and weighs less than a pound. You can easily take the device with you in your carryon bag.
The SkyRoam Solis is pretty simple. Turn on the device and then press the WiFi button to create the hotspot. If you want to use the USB power bank feature, plug the USB adapter into the back and then connect a USB cable. To charge the SkyRoam Solis, remove the USB adapter and plug in the USB charging cable. The device takes a few hours to fully charge, so I always charged the device every night before bed.
Once you open the box, you will see the SkyRoam Solis on one side and the USB charging cable and USB adapter on the other side. There is also a quick start guide with helpful instructions for setting up and using the SkyRoam Solis.
Here is the SkyRoam Solis quick start guide. I followed the instructions and had the hotspot ready in under 5 minutes.
The SkyRoam Solis is a little bigger than a hockey puck and can easily fit into a jacket pocket, purse, backpack, or car cup holder. It is very portable and durable. On the back of the SkyRoam Solis, is the WiFi network and password. Unfortunately, you cannot change either the network name or password.
Here is the USB charging cable and USB adapter. The USB charging cable is a little longer than a foot. The USB adapter is about an inch long. Plug the USB adapter into the SkyRoam Solis and then connect any USB cable to the USB adapter. Then turn on the SkyRoam Solis to act as a USB power bank.
Connect to the SkyRoam Solis Hotspot
After you set up the SkyRoam Solis for the first time, all you do is turn on the device, turn on the WiFi hotspot and connect to the SkyRoam Solis network (using the password on the back of the device). Then you sign into your SkyRoam Solis account and you can activate a daypass (good for a full 24 hours) or purchase more daypasses ($9 per day). After you connect to the hotspot and activate a daypass, you can view your data speed and time remaining on the daypass. Here are screenshots I just took from my apartment in San Francisco.
SkyRoam Solis Speed Tests Around Iceland
Iceland is a beautiful country, but the 4G LTE networks do not extend very far away from the “big” cities. During the roadtrip, depending on where we were, the SkyRoam Solis had 3G / 2G / no service. Every time we would stop (food, gas, waterfall, hot spring, glacier, etc.), I would run a speed test using the SpeedTest app. Here are a few speed tests that I ran from all over Iceland. Speeds vary quite a bit based on remoteness and distance away from a major city. As far as data usage, we used Google Maps for directions, Google Search to find cool things to see, and then email, SnapChat, Twitter, Facebook, etc.
Purchase a SkyRoam Solis and WiFi Daypasses
If you are interested in purchasing a SkyRoam Solis, click here. If you use my referral link, you can get $20 off your purchase price and I will earn 2 free WiFi daypasses, worth ~$20. You will also get a free WiFi daypass with your purchase. Additional daypasses can be purchased online and through the SkyRoam Solis hotspot ($9 / day).
To thank you for using my SkyRoam Solis referral link, I can send you an extra daypass. Just leave a comment below using the same email address you used to purchase the SkyRoam Solis and I will send a daypass code to your email address.
If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Have a great weekend everyone!