|ECEEN 10W Solar Power Charger||1.5A|
|RAVPower UK 24W||2.4A|
|Moniko Solar Charger||2.0A|
|J Tohlo Outdoors Solar Charger||2.0A|
|BSAMZ Dual USB Solar Charger||2.0A|
Many people carry a charger, which usually plugs into the mains and then into the USB or other port on your device. This is great, but what if you are somewhere that does not have access to a mains point? Perhaps you are in a park, on the beach or travelling where there is no access to power – so what do you do? You make sure you have a solar power charger, and that’s why we are going to look at the top 10 such devices on the market right now, and we believe you will be suitably impressed by the convenience of these very clever devices.
Solar power chargers, as the name suggests, provide the power for charging your phone batteries by harnessing the sun’s rays. Solar power is a fast-growing source of power for both domestic and business properties, and it is very versatile when it comes to personal use, such as with these portable chargers. You can use them anywhere, they come in a range of different types, shapes, sizes and power outputs and, quite simply, you need one! So, before we get into our review, let’s have a look at how they work, and what they can do for you.
The Top 10 best solar chargers
Table of Contents
- 1 The Top 10 best solar chargers
- 1.1 1: ECEEN 10W Solar Power Charger
- 1.2 2: RAVPower UK 24W
- 1.3 3: Moniko Solar Charger
- 1.4 4: J Tohlo Outdoors Solar Charger
- 1.5 5: BSAMZ Dual USB Solar Charger
- 1.6 6: OUTXE Powerbank IP67
- 1.7 7: Anker PowerPoint Solar Lite
- 1.8 8: PowerBank Solar Panel Charger
- 1.9 9: VivoStar Solar Power Bank
- 1.10 10: Grandbeing Portable Charger
- 2 Important Features to Consider
- 3 How It Works
- 4 Let’s Wrap It Up!
When it comes to relatively new gadgets – as these solar chargers are – we tend to find we are entering a competitive market, and this one is no exception. The basic concept is always going to be the same – a portable set of solar panels that converts the sun’s rays into power to charge your phone or other item – so the challenge is on the design side, and the battle becomes that of who can come up with the very best approach. This one is very neat, and clearly sets the standard at a sensible level.
It comes in a vert stylish case that can be zipped closed for portability, and it looks the part in your selection of gadgets. It provides up to 10W of power, and promises as much as 22% efficiency – that may not sound a lot, but is an impressive figure when it comes to solar power in miniature. It is suitable for all devices, comes with everything you need to get going including all cables and instructions, and is a sensible price at a little less than £30.
While the above model takes the form of a wallet, this one has a more space-age look as it opens out into a series of solar panels that can be used to charge and power up to three devices at once. Each USB port also senses the ideal power output for the device that it is connected to, giving you added efficiency. It comes with two micro-USB cables so you are ready to get going on a pair of devices right away, and promises very efficient operation from a carefully researched and designed device.
This one can provide as much as 24W of power, more than twice that of the model above, and is especially efficient under direct sunlight, where the cleverly designed panels take their maximum power. It is usable on all devices – don’t forget your GoPro camera – and is very versatile, and also very light in weight. You get hooks on the device so it can be put away out of the way when not in use. However, if you want this one, you’ll need to pay a little more than £50, much more than that above – but it’s twice the power.
We talked earlier about how design was always going to influence the choice; we must say we like the first model’s wallet style approach, but this one is also rather funky and interesting. It looks like a tough and chunky mobile phone, feels well-made and durable, and certainly looks the part. However, in comparison to the two above, it is notable lacking in sizeable solar panels, and is nowhere close to being as powerful as either of them.
It comes with two ports – a 1-Amp port for standard charging, and a 2-Amp port for more power and faster charges – and both can be used at the same time. It promises the possibility of more than 1000 charges, thanks to hi-tech microchips, and is therefore offering a lengthy lifetime. It is lightweight and, as it is built to withstand knocks and drops, may appeal to those indulging in outdoor pursuits who may need one in an emergency. It also comes with an LED torch, and at less than £25 is not bad value.
We have noted before that, quite often, two models may well be the same under a different name; this one is the same as the above, yet finished in green rather than orange. Its design is rather funky and interesting. It looks like a tough and chunky mobile phone, feels well-made and durable, and certainly looks the part. However, in comparison to the two above, it is notable lacking in sizeable solar panels, and is nowhere close to being as powerful as either of them.
It comes with two ports – a 1-Amp port for standard charging, and a 2-Amp port for more power and faster charges – and both can be used at the same time. It promises the possibility of more than 1000 charges, thanks to hi-tech microchips, and is therefore offering a lengthy lifetime. It is lightweight and, as it is built to withstand knocks and drops, may appeal to those indulging in outdoor pursuits who may need one in an emergency. It also comes with an LED torch, and comes at around £15 which is great value.
We’re at risk of repeating ourselves here, as this model is another that is very similar to – and indeed we think the same as – the two above. So, rather than tell you the same story – durable, shock-proof, waterproof, and light and compact – we’ll talk about how it can help you in an emergency. First, if you’re injured or lost on the hills or anywhere outdoors, you need to contact the emergency services, and let them do the job they do so well. You can plug your phone into this charger to make sure you get the message across.
Then, there’s the flashlight: this powerful LED accessory is excellent for using as a flashing beacon so you can give your rescuers an idea of where you are, and the battery is sufficient to provide use for a sensible length of time. If you want one of these for emergency, occasional use, this could be the one for you, and around £15 it is far from expensive.
The above explanation of how one of these can help you is essential; if you are venturing out into the wild and wonderful countryside, you need to make sure you are properly prepared with the right clothing and shoes, and knowledge of where you are going. You also need a mobile phone, and one that you can be sure will carry enough charge to make a call in an emergency. This is a privilege generations before us did not have, so make sure you use it. This model is another in the outdoors range, and is very similar to those above.
It comes with dual charging ports of the usual power outputs, carries enough battery power to provide you with adequate call time, and is built to withstand shocks and knocks, and is waterproof. The LED light has a strobe function which is excellent for using as a beacon, and the maximum power available could be used to charge a standard smartphone at least three times. At around £33 it is more expensive than some, but is a quality item with adequate power.
This one takes us back to the more space-age designs, and features large solar panels – large for a portable device, that is – offering excellent charging power and a quick result. It’s also light and compact – it features three panels that fold into a book-type closed effect – and will take up little space in your luggage. It offers 15W, not as much as some but adequate enough to power up two devices at once, and is simple to use as well as around 23% efficient – good for such a portable device.
Where this one is impressive is that the panels are sewn into canvas, so when in use it is effectively a bag. It is very rugged when closed so suitable for use outdoors, and it can provide more than 2-amps of power under direct sunlight, so fast charging is highly possible. This is a very clever, effective and efficient model that comes with a long warranty and a lot of positive customer reviews, and while it is not the cheapest at a shade less than £40, we feel it is one of the better-quality models on this list.
There is a familiar look to this one as we are back again to the rugged outdoor types, with the mobile phone styling. This one resembles in many ways a tough and chunky mobile phone, feels well-made and durable, and certainly looks the part. However, in comparison to the two above, it is notable lacking in sizeable solar panels, and is nowhere close to being as powerful as either of them. But, what it lacks there, it makes up for somewhere else.
If you are venturing out into the wild and wonderful countryside, you need to make sure you are properly prepared with the right clothing and shoes, and knowledge of where you are going. You also need a mobile phone, and one that you can be sure will carry enough charge to make a call in an emergency. This charger allows you to do that, and also comes with a very powerful flashlight – useful as a strobe to create a beacon should you get lost. At around £17 it’s good value, so well worth a look.
They say that imitation is the greatest form of flattery: well, guess what – we have another one that is very much the same as a few of those above, a rugged mobile-styled model that features shock-proof and waterproof design, as well as a powerful flashlight that can be used as a beacon. We cannot stress the importance of carrying a mobile that is charged when out and about, and a charger such as this will be a very useful addition to any kit you may choose to carry.
As with the others of this ilk, it features two USB charging ports: one is a 1-amp port for charging standard items, the other a 2-amp version for fast charging and more. It would seem that this is something of a standard design, such is the frequency of it appearing on this list under different names, but that’s no bad thing as it does a job that is very welcome. This one is listed at a little less than £20, so right in the price range for one of these.
Our final model is another of the outdoor designs, yet it is not the same as any of those we have reviewed so far, and for good reason. It offers similar levels of charging power but, the manufacturers claim, it features the very latest 3.0 technology, which offers charging speeds of as much as 50% faster than standard chargers. In fact, they reckon on full charge, its battery can replenish an iPhone 6 or 7 as many as five times. It looks good, is well-made and does the job, and we like it.
As with all of the outdoor models, it features a powerful LED flashlight that can be used as a location beacon in the dark, and we have already mentioned how sensible it is to carry a phone – and one of these – when you are out and about, and to be prepared in every other way. It can power or charge two devices together, is waterproof and shockproof, and is a very nice model. At not much more than £25 it may not be the cheapest of these, but it is certainly worth a look for the latest technology involved.
There you have it, our list of the top 10 best solar power chargers on the market, and we are sure there will be one here that fits your needs and budget. Before we go on to sum things up, let’s remind ourselves of the important features to look out for.
Important Features to Consider
There are two distinct types of solar charger on the above list: those that are designed for outdoor use, and are rugged and durable in style, and those that are more hi-tech, and each has its own attributes. So, before we give you a summary, here’s what you need to look for.
Power – the more power available, the more you can do with your solar charger. Most of these have a battery that is good for charging a standard mobile phone as many as three times, so you will never be left without a phone.
Speed – charging speed is another point to consider, and some of these are faster than others so check before you buy.
Design – if you are planning on using your solar charger in the great outdoors, perhaps hiking or camping, then you need one that is designed for the purpose. There are many to choose from here, some of which are very similar – or perhaps the same – so make sure you check the price before you commit.
That’s our list complete, so all that remains now is to wrap things up!
How It Works
The sun, that sometimes hidden orange ball in the sky, rules our lives in many ways. As a source of power, it is very potent, but it’s only in recent times that we have managed to produce the equipment to turn the sun’s rays into electric power. The first practical and successful solar power cells were produced as recently as the 1950’s, yet were not commercially used on a wider basis for some time. One reason for this was the high purchasing costs of the early panels, and the inefficiency of the system itself.
As with all such inventions, 20th century development was rapid and impressive, and the cost of producing power via solar panels over the 40 years from the mid-1970’s has reduced by simply colossal amounts. For a quick comparison, what would have cost around £70 to produce in 1977 – in terms of power – would not cost you a few pennies. Then there is the defining trend in electrical products in the latter half of the mid-20th century – miniaturisation. This has been instrumental in many ways, and has certainly influenced the way we live and use our beloved gadgets.
The availability of small, efficient solar panels is the reason we can now carry small, usable chargers that are safe and easy to use. They are also cheap to buy, and you can use them to charge your device anywhere you wish. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and are a handy item to get you out of a fix if, for example, you find your phone is dead when you really need to make or take a call. So, without any further delay, let us show you the 10 best solar power chargers on the market right now, so you can choose the one that will do the job for you.
Let’s Wrap It Up!
Which should you buy? That depends what you want! Being honest, at least four of these are the same model in a (slightly) different dress, and each is excellent if you want a charger for emergency use – which will be the prime usage for these. If you want more hi-tech, the 24W RAVPower model, number two on the list, is hard to beat – but is also the most expensive.
So, choose your charger with care, and never suffer a dead smartphone again!