Best Solar Chargers iMore 2019

It takes twice as long to fully charge your cell phone with a solar-powered charger, 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 multiple times before having to be recharged itself. There are some pretty high-tech solar chargers out there, but you don't have to pay a fortune to get a quality and dependable product.

Flexibility and dependability: Hiluckey 25000mAh Solar Charger-Hi S025

Staff pick

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.

$47 at Amazon

Wireless charge: Blavor PN-W05 Solar Power Bank

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.

$30 at Amazon

Power for laptops: BigBlue 28W USB Solar Charger

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.

$145 at Amazon

Quick recharge: X-DRAGON 20W SunPower Solar Panel

This solar panel charges 10 percent faster than other solar charges and can power up two devices at once. Its three panels lets this unit recharge itself while also charging devices.

$55 at Amazon

GoPro compatible: Dizaul 5000mAh Solar Charger

This charger is shockproof, waterproof, and dustproof. It's compact for use outdoor trips, on plane rides, or in waiting rooms. It's compatible with all cell phones and with GoPros.

$20 at Amazon

Our final thoughts

We think the Hiluckey 2500mAh Solar Charger-Hi S025 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 time 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 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. It's 10-panel foldable design make it easy to tote along with you and provide enough power to charge a camera or laptop.

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