I’ve been looking for a quality portable solar power charger for a while and with the prospect of some massive Summer storms heading our way now is the time. The most important devices to me are my iPhone & laptop and not being able to charge them would be an issue in many ways. Of course a great secondary reason is that I could just lay out a solar panel and be charging my devices for free at anytime power outage or not regardless of my location as long as there’s sun!
So, to this end I did some searching and I found a few really good chargers that I think would do a great job, are of high quality and will last quite some time. Of course portability is also a must so that they can be taken along anywhere at any time.
Solio stores power from the sun or socket; freeing you to recharge your mobile phone, iPod and other handheld devices anywhere, anytime. A fully charged Solio will recharge the average phone up to two times, or give you up to 15 hours of MP3 music. Solio’s intelligent internal circuitry and Adapter Tip System lets you charge devices at about the same rate as their dedicated wall chargers. (Click image for more details)
Two 2.0 Watt Solar Panels generate power in sunlight. They are waterproof, lightweight and built to withstand abuse. Power: 4 Watts total peak output at 6 or 12 Volts (selectable depending on charging application) Charge times: 4-5 hours in the sun will fully charge a typical phone, 1 hour will provide about 3 hours of talk time. (Click image for more details)
Global Solar Energy(GSE) Sunlinq 3, 6.5 WATT [12V] solar charger offers lightweight, reliable and portable solar power for cell phones and other small personal electronics. It has a built-in blocking diode and voltage limiter to protect devices. Grommets allow for hanging, mounting or securing in any position. When folded it is compact, and easily stored. Comes with a 12v car charger receptacle. (Click image for more details)
The Voltaic Converter Solar Backpack is a streamlined bag for commuting and short trips. With 4 Watts of power, it will quickly charge all your handheld electronics. A padded laptop sleeve and sizable front pocket keeps everything secure and in easy reach. (Click image for more details)
JOOS Orange by Solar Components gives you power anywhere without the compromises of other portable solar chargers. It’s tough: Super durable and waterproof, it reliably delivers power where and when you need it. The JOOS Orange works in real-world light conditions (low light, in the shade and even light rain) It works fast: Charges at least 3.5x faster than any other portable solar charger at the same price. The JOOS Orange is the best-performing solar charger under the sun. (Click image for more details)