Best Solar Chargers iMore 2021

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.

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Flexibility and dependability: FEELLE Solar Power Bank

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.

$42 at Amazon
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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
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Power for laptops: BigBlue 63W 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
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Quick recharge: X-DRAGON 20W SunPower Solar Panel

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.

$55 at Amazon
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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. Plus, it's compatible with all cell phones and with GoPros.

$15 at Amazon

Our final thoughts

We think the FEELLE Solar Power Bank 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 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.

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