Whether you're hiking the backwoods or need some power in an emergency, solar chargers are a reliable way to charge up your cell phone, tablet or laptop. It will take twice as long to charge your devices, and you will be reliant on how much the sun is shining, but in a pinch even a little bit of juice is helpful. The best solar chargers include a battery pack to store enough power to charge your devices later. Several chargers will let you charge more than one device at a time. Most have some sort of clip that attaches to your backpack to help it capture solar power as you hike, so it's ready when you need it.
Flexibility and dependability
Two batteries help this solar charger store energy to power two devices at once and have enough power for several more charges. Its rugged design protects it from dust, water, and falls.
This charger is fireproof, waterproof, and shock-resistant. It powers up cell phones a couple of times before needing to be recharged. It wirelessly charges qi-enable devices.
Power for laptops
This solar charger can only be used as a direct-power charger. Its 10-panels powers up cell phones, DSLR cameras, and most laptops. An SAE-to-clamp cable is also included.
This solar panel charges 10 percent faster than other solar charges and can power up to two devices at once. Its three panels let this unit recharge itself while also charging devices.
This charger is shockproof, waterproof, and dustproof. It's compact for use outdoor trips, on plane rides, or in waiting rooms. Plus, it's compatible with all cell phones and with GoPros.
Our final thoughts
We think the FEELLE Solar Power Bank (opens in new tab) is the best because of how quickly it charges your devices, the number of devices it powers up at one time, and the amount of power it holds. Because of the two included batteries, this charger stores enough power to charge and recharge your cell phone multiple times before the unit itself needs to be recharged. On top of being designed to withstand a lot of bumps and falls, this solar charger also has a clip to attach to your backpack, so it can recharge itself while you hike, bike, or enjoy other outdoor adventures.
The BigBlue (opens in new tab) solar charger works differently than the other chargers because it doesn't store power. Instead, it uses its panels to convert solar energy and directly charge your devices. If the sun isn't out, you don't get a charge. Its 10-panel foldable design makes it easy to tote along with you and provide enough power to charge a camera or laptop.
Nicole writes for multiple Future Publishing brands covering topics from antivirus to kitchen appliances to SAS. She has over 15 years of research and writing experience, including eight years of testing and reviewing consumer products. Nicole earned bachelor’s degrees in both English and Political Science with a focus on empirical research. In her spare time, Nicole serves on several school councils and volunteers for a local arts board.
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