Last Update: 11.Jun.2020
Connector Type Used on Cable
11.1 x 6.3 inches
Faster and safer charging
Small pocket for accessories
Charge Time (hrs)
USB: 5; solar: 8 - 16 hours
USB / Wall
Battery Capacity (Wh)
29 watt hours
Battery Storage Capacity (mAh)
7800 milliamp hours
Power Output to Device
2 x USB port: 5V up to 2.4A (12W max)
Nylon / rubber
4.5 x 3.25 x 1 inches
Optimized to charge quickly from Goal Zero solar panels
Works with Apple, Android™ and Windows devices
Battery pack capacity
When you are out there scanning the sceneries you will be using different devices. These devices will keep you going and make your trip a lot easier. For instance, you can use your GPS for tracking or your smartphone to get in touch with someone who will be joining you on your trip. Of course, with a smartphone, you can do a lot of other things too.
You need to charge your flashlight as well so that you can use it in the dark. There are various other items as well that you need on your trip. Imagine your world if one of these devices run out of juice and it happens when you needed it the most. Now you take out your power bank and it is out as well. You will have to cut your trip short just because your devices are out.
This is where a solar charger comes in! You won’t have to worry about batteries anymore. Your charger will keep charging itself when the sun is out and then you can conveniently use it to charge any of your devices when they run out of battery. You can carry on your trip for longer without any issues.
The good thing is that there are a number of gadgets available today that you can charge using your sun energy. Even camp stoves are available that you can charge with a USB port. Now imagine what you can achieve with your solar charger.
The portable battery packs not only vary in terms of output and capacity but also in terms of technology weight and size.
There are three kinds of backpacking solar chargers available on the market. Let’s have a look at each one of them briefly.
These chargers are available in different sizes and capacities and there is a huge range available on the market. It is important for you to invest in the right products or prepare yourself for suffering on all your trips. And ultimately you will have to buy another one which is just a wastage of your hard-earned money. To ease things up a bit, we have developed this guide for your assistance so that you can make the right decision.
There are chances that you couldn’t use your solar charger in full sunlight at all times. This is especially the case if you live or hike in an area that doesn’t receive much sunlight. Shady or cloudy areas will impact the charging activity to a certain degree.
For the best charge interruption recovery of a solar charger from a point where it was in the sun to a point where it was in the shade and back, you need to go for high wattage power. Larger power backup feature more solar cells that get exposed to the sun at the same time. This makes it easier for the charger to recover quickly after an interruption.
Charging speed is highly dependent on two aspects: wattage and cell quality. Of course, if you want high charging speeds then not only you need to go for high wattage chargers but the quantity of cells is equally important. A larger solar panel that has more wattage will charge your phone pretty quickly.
Again if you are looking for multi-device charging speeds then you will need even bigger panels and even more wattage. But of course, you will have to give up on weight because with larger panels and more wattage, a solar charger will weigh more too.
Another important factor to consider here is durability. Make sure the panel that you are considering for your next trip comes with some kind of safety protection. Some of the models come with a case or a bag while some models have a rubber casing on them. Such protection will make sure that your solar charger can last for many trips.
Surely, you want to go for a hiking solar charger that is large in size because it will have a better charging speed and charge recovery as well. But as you are going for a backpacking trip, such a power backup will significantly add weight. Therefore, you need to balance things out a bit and go for the right size and capacity without compromising on either.
The storage capacity of a backpacking solar charger will tell you how much charge it can store to use later before it needs a recharge. You can find out how many charges you can get by comparing the size of the battery in the devices that you want to charge and the storage capacity. Amp-hours of milliamp-hours (mAh) is the indication of storage capacity. You need to keep in mind that it is not electrically efficient to charge one battery from another battery 100%.
Typically you don’t charge your devices directly from a solar panel because the flow of electricity has a lot of fluctuations. You will need a battery pack for the charging process. Battery packs are available in various storage capacities and power outputs. Larger storage capacities and outputs will increase your charging speeds and you can also charge different devices at once. But with larger size weight will also increase. So you will have to make your decision carefully.
The best portable solar panels and chargers for backpacking come with different attachment points that allow you to easily attach your solar charger to your backpack. These chargers need the sun to operate and you need to keep them out of your backpack for the charging process to run. So keep them out in the sun during day time when you are hiking.
The best solar charging solution for backpacking are those that not only come with high wattage and large panels but are also light in weight. Of course, you will need a charger that can conveniently charge your devices in a quick time and still remain with plenty of juice, but large-sized solar chargers are heavy in weight too and they will add to the overall weight of your backpack. Therefore, make your choices wisely and don’t get too carried away with those high mAhs.
Maybe you will need a large one only if you are planning your trip to a place that doesn’t see much sunlight. But keep in mind large-sized solar chargers also take longer time to charge as compared to their smaller counterparts.
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