A few years ago sportsmen simply headed towards the woods with a compass and a map. If emergencies happened, not much could have been done. Nowadays, everything is different. Many of those that love the outdoors will take GPS, video cameras, smartphones and tablets with them. We have access to so many gadgets that we can use in the outdoor but they still need power to run. This is where solar power steps in to help.
Let’s take a look at the top 10 portable solar power gadgets that are perfect for anyone looking for an adventure. We are sure that you will love absolutely all options available.
JOOS Orange is one of the strongest of all solar panels that you have access to if you are looking for something to recharge the battery on your smartphone or tablet. You gain a polycarbonate case that will protect all internal components and the internal battery will store energy so you can use it at a later point in time. This unit will charge the devices directly. The only problem is that it is a little heavy. You will also need a carrying case. If you are interested, you can buy it for $149 from Solar Joos.
Personal Portable Power Kit
This device is offered by Nature Power Products and will give you enough juice to power up your smartphone 3 times. Since the gadget can be recharged through solar power, it is a complete solution for hikers. The power supply available is practically endless.
Portable Solar Lighting Kit
Available HERE, this solar powered portable lighting kit can easily be installed wherever you want to. There is an integral battery included in the solar panel and there are 2 removable side brackets. If the charge is full, you will get a maximum of 10 hours of light, wherever you are.
Brunton Explorer 2
Brunton Explorer 2 is a really interesting solar charger that is really light and can fold down to be really compact. If you go on a small hike and you only carry a small bag with you, this gadget will be perfect. It will charge directly and has one USB output. It is perfect for most of the handheld devices. However, it will not be suitable for larger power systems. 3 options available here, based on what you need.
iSolar 2.8 makes it on our list of top devices because of the fact that it is truly portable. You can use it to easily charge your mobile phones and various other portable electronics. It was designed for outdoor activities and the quality is really high. Available here!
Bushnell Solar Wrap 250
The Bushnell Solar Wrap 250 is among our favorites. It is paper-thin and the solar panel will roll right into a small protective case. USB outlets are located on the sides, under caps, and you can easily charge straight from the battery as you move. Panel damage is virtually impossible. It will take a lot of time to charge the battery but you then have the energy you need to recharge your gadgets. It is particularly light and quite cheap at only $70. Available from bushnell.com.
The Start Monkey is a great device for those that travel by car. This gadget can restart a regular car battery of 12 volts 15 to 30 times if it is fully charged. A high energy lithium polymer battery is used to recharge your car battery.
This gadget is pretty large, powerful and a little heavy. However, it is powerful. You can use it to recharge 2 devices at the same time. The only problem is that you cannot actually take it with you on a regular hiking trip. You do get a carrying case with the device and you would need to pay $100 for it. Available from gomadic.com.
Solio Classic 2
Solio Classic 2 is available for $100 from Solio. It is basically a portable battery pack that can be recharged by the sun. It is not a solar panel. The entire unit is lightweight and you will particularly like how fast smartphones can be charged with it.
Nomad 13 costs $159. It can be bought here. The gadget is basically a solar charger and a battery pack. The entire unit is too large to be carried in a backpack and it is better suited for base camps. Devices can be charged directly but it will take some time to do so.