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Best 5 Solar Power Banks

By windenergyfoundation.org

November 11, 2020


Nomad 7 Plus ($158.99)

Goal Zero Nomad 7 Plus Solar Panel Recharger, Nomad 7 Plus
  • Charge phones and USB devices directly from the sun, featuring a dynamic auto-restart and intelligent electronics that optimize output to match the device. Best used to direct charge phones, Small devices, and 10-30 watt rechargers
  • Easy-to-read LED indicator displays strength of solar conditions. Receive immediate feedback on panel-to-sun placement to improve Solar charging experience
  • Detachable kickstand provides optimum angle placement, natural shade for charging devices and a vented pocket for temperature regulation. Weatherproof layering easily sloughs rain and snow
  • The Nomad 7 Plus features an auto restart that s smarter than anything else on the market. With the ability to track power flow history, The Nomad 7 Plus knows the difference between a device that has reached a fully charged state and one that disconnects due to environmental causes, I. E. Lack of sunlight, shadow, etc
  • You can plug your phone, camera, headlamp, etc directly into the panel or use it to recharge a power bank for later use.
Goal Zero Nomad 7 Plus Solar Panel Recharger, Nomad 7 Plus
Goal Zero Nomad 7 Plus Solar Panel Recharger, Nomad 7 Plus
Goal Zero Nomad 7 Plus Solar Panel Recharger, Nomad 7 Plus

Specs

  • Type: Charging Panel
  • Battery: None
  • Ports One USB output, One 2.5 mm charging port
  • Dimensions 13 x 8.75 x 0.5 (unfolded); 6.5 x 8.75 x 0.75 (folded)
  • Weight: 16.2 ounces
  • Special Features: Multiple mounting points; Detachable kickstand; Rugged folding design

The Nomad 7 Plus is a solar panel that produces electricity from the sun and that can be used to charge small devices and phones that require 10-30 watts of charge. The Nomad 7 plus also comes with a smart charging feature that disconnects the phone when it is fully charged. If there is any interference during charging due to shadows or lack of sunlight, the panel will reconnect the device as soon as the conditions improve.

The Nomad 7 Plus also comes with several LED indicators that tell you the strength of the sun as well as when a device is charging or not charging. The LED indicators are especially useful when placing the panel as they help you position the panel better for maximum charging efficiency. Its rugged design also makes it perfect for the outdoors so you can take it almost anywhere and charge your devices as long as there is adequate sunlight.

P R O S

  • Its rugged nature makes it perfect for the outdoors
  • The detachable kickstand it comes with, combined with the LED, make it easier to place the Nomad 7 plus for maximum charging efficiency
  • It is lighter than the Nomad 13 when the kickstand is removed, which improves its portability a lot
  • Can fully charge a variety of devices
  • Can fully power devices that need little power, even without connecting a power bank


C O N S

  • The Nomad 7 plus cannot be chained to other charging devices
  • It does not lie entirely flat, so it can be a bit fragile when used lying flat
  • Does not charge the new iPhones due to Apple’s charging and power design

RAVPower Solar Charger (Price not available)

RAVPower Solar Charger 10000mAh Power Bank with LED Flashlight Shockproof Portable Battery Pack with iSmart 2.0 and Dual Input for XS/XS MAX/XR, Galaxy S9/S8 and More Mobile Phones

  • Friendly Reminder: Solar battery charger can recharge via power outlet or sunlight. Yet, it is recommended to use the solar charging feature as an emergency back-up solution, rather than the main power source. Being subject to sunlight intensity and panel conversion rate, it's difficult to produce high intensity power via sunlight - it's faster to charge via a DC adapter (NOT included).
  • Recharge anywhere: versatile power inputs, such as solar and wall outlet allow you to recharge no matter where you are
  • 10000Mah power fortress: fully charges an iPhone 8 for 3.3 times, a Galaxy S8 for 2 times, or an iPad mini 4 for 1.1 times
  • Power Through Every Adventure: This shockproof charger comes with a brilliant, built-in LED that turns your solar charger into a flashlight — perfect for lighting up the dimmest conditions
  • What You Get: 18 + 12 Month Warranty(after registration), RAVPower Solar Powered Charger, Micro USB Charging Cable, and User Guide
RAVPower Solar Charger 10000mAh Power Bank with LED Flashlight Shockproof Portable Battery Pack with iSmart 2.0 and Dual Input for XS/XS MAX/XR, Galaxy S9/S8 and More Mobile Phones
RAVPower Solar Charger 10000mAh Power Bank with LED Flashlight Shockproof Portable Battery Pack with iSmart 2.0 and Dual Input for XS/XS MAX/XR, Galaxy S9/S8 and More Mobile Phones
RAVPower Solar Charger 10000mAh Power Bank with LED Flashlight Shockproof Portable Battery Pack with iSmart 2.0 and Dual Input for XS/XS MAX/XR, Galaxy S9/S8 and More Mobile Phones

Specs

  • Type: Charging Panel
  • Battery: None
  • Ports: 3 USB outputs, One 2.5 mm charging port
  • Dimensions: 12.83 x 8.15 x 1.89
  • Weight:  26.4 Ounces
  • Special Features: Folding design, four grommet holes for hanging the panel anywhere

The RAVPower solar charger uses 25-watt solar panels that are very efficient, with an efficiency of up to 23.5%, which ensures the devices you connect to the panel will charge very fast. Some have even compared using the panel in full sunlight to charging directly from the wall.  It also comes with iSmart technology that detects the devices you have connected to the panel and optimizes power delivery to each of the devices. Additionally, its smart IC frequency technology distributes the output current to the devices being charged to ensure all of them are charged evenly.

The RAVPower solar charger is a great option for those who spend a lot of time outdoors because of its impressive build quality and how light it is. That said, it can be used in a variety of other situations such as when there is an extended power outage to keep phones and tablets charged.


P R O S

  • It charges devices at the same as a charger connected to a wall outlet would under ideal conditions
  • It is light enough to carry anywhere
  • Can charge a large variety of devices including the latest mobile phones
  • It folds up easily and there is velcro to keep it folded
  • Comes with 3 intelligent USB ports that tailor power delivery to the device being charged
  • It is powerful enough to fill even some of the larger power banks


C O N S

  • It can have problems charging devices when there are slight shadows or even behind windows

BigBlue 28W Solar Charger($53.91)

[Upgraded]BigBlue 3 USB Ports 28W Solar Charger(5V/4.8A Max), Foldable Portable Solar Phone Charger with SunPower Solar Panel Compatible with iPhone 11/Xs/XS Max/XR/X/8/7, iPad, Samsung Galaxy LG etc.
  • Updated Triple USB Ports: 3 USB charging ports( Each is 5V/2.4A Max) with smart charging technology which can recognize your device smartly then providing optimal charging speed vary with different devices. The 3 USB ports can offer the total current at 5V/4.8A Max. CE/ FCC/ RoHS certificated, BigBlue ensure 100% safe charging with overcharging, overheating and short circuit protection.
  • Easy To Carry: With compact size (11.1 × 6.3× 1.3in folded) and lightweight (20.6 oz) design, BigBlue foldable solar charger panel bag is small and light enough to fit into any camping backpack, hiking daypack, or emergency kit. They’re also good for stashing in an emergency kit. The 3 USB ports allow you to charge multiple devices at once.
  • High Energy Conversion: Highly efficient SunPower panel convert up to 21.5-23.5% of solar power into free energy in enough sunlight. This special PET polymer surface protects it from occasional rain or wet Fog and all the ports are covered by a cloth flap and rubber cover to protect them from dust or water damage.
  • Wide Compatibility: Attached Micro USB cable for almost all 5V Android devices & some DSLRs, or Apple devices (needs extra original cable). Our solar phone charger can't store the electricity, please unfold it in the outdoor direct sunlight, then connect it to your device. Note: our solar charger doesn't fit the laptops and iPad Pro.
  • Package & Support: You will get BigBlue 28W Solar Phone Charger, 50cm Micro USB Cable, User Manual, 24-month Worry Free Card and friendly & Customer Service. Note: Any cloud cover arrives may influence the charging speed. We suggest you to replug the device and reopen the solar panels if the charging is too slow.
[Upgraded]BigBlue 3 USB Ports 28W Solar Charger(5V/4.8A Max), Foldable Portable Solar Phone Charger with SunPower Solar Panel Compatible with iPhone 11/Xs/XS Max/XR/X/8/7, iPad, Samsung Galaxy LG etc.
[Upgraded]BigBlue 3 USB Ports 28W Solar Charger(5V/4.8A Max), Foldable Portable Solar Phone Charger with SunPower Solar Panel Compatible with iPhone 11/Xs/XS Max/XR/X/8/7, iPad, Samsung Galaxy LG etc.
[Upgraded]BigBlue 3 USB Ports 28W Solar Charger(5V/4.8A Max), Foldable Portable Solar Phone Charger with SunPower Solar Panel Compatible with iPhone 11/Xs/XS Max/XR/X/8/7, iPad, Samsung Galaxy LG etc.

Specs

  • Type: Charging Panel 
  • Battery: None
  • Ports: Two USB ports up to 5V/2.4A Max each
  • Dimensions: 11.1 × 6.3× 1.3 (folded)
  • Weight: 21 ounces
  • Special Features: Built-in ammeter, 4 clip hooks, industrial-strength PET polymer fabric(waterproof)

The BigBlue 28W Solar Charger comes in a neat 4-panel design that is easy to fold up and is lightweight enough so you can carry it anywhere. The built-in ammeter is a welcome addition, letting you know how well the device is performing and the amount of current being used to charge your phones or other connected devices. 

The BigBlue 28W Solar Charger also comes with SmartIC technology that detects the devices connected and delivers the fastest charge supported by those devices. Because of the Industrial-strength PET polymer fabric, the BigBlue 28W Solar Charger is waterproof and has a pouch that helps protect your devices from rain and other environmental conditions. 

Users will also appreciate the 4 clip hooks the BigBlue 28W Solar Charger comes with as these let you hang the panel anywhere it can get adequate sunlight. These hooks can also come in handy to secure the device if it is being used in windy conditions.

P R O S

  • Compatible with both Apple and Android devices
  • Has over current, overcharge, over-voltage, and short circuit protection built-in
  • It is waterproof so can be used in any kind of weather
  • The handy ammeter can be used to gauge the amount of power being used to charge the devices connected as well as the intensity of the sun
  • The BigBlue 28W Solar Charger uses high-efficiency solar panels for higher sunlight conversion


C O N S

  • The BigBlue 28W Solar Charger is not compatible with the iPad pro
  • Slight shadow can interfere with charging so a user would have to close and open the panel to restart charging
  • All four panels must be exposed to the sun for optimum charging

BioLite SolarPanel 5+($89.95)

BioLite SolarPanel 5+ with Integrated Power Bank, 5 watts, 2200mAh
  • High-efficiency monocrystalline solar-panel with 5 watt USB output to power phones, tablets, cameras, as well as BioLite gear
  • Optimal Sun System: Integrated sundial aligns your panel to capture direct rays for maximum charge and 360 degree kickstand provides easy positioning on uneven terrain or hanging from trees and tents
  • 2200mAh integrated rechargeable battery so your power is available even when the sun goes down, and micro USB Charge Input allows you to get a head start on your power by filling up the battery at home
  • Ultra-slim Weather Resistant Design: Minimalist materials keeps it super thin and increases efficiency through heat dissipation
  • Battery and Charge Strength Indicator plus Battery Status Button, so you see the strength of the sun to measure your panel capacity, and how much juice you have
BioLite SolarPanel 5+ with Integrated Power Bank, 5 watts, 2200mAh
BioLite SolarPanel 5+ with Integrated Power Bank, 5 watts, 2200mAh
BioLite SolarPanel 5+ with Integrated Power Bank, 5 watts, 2200mAh
  • Type: Charging Panel
  • Battery:  Comes with a 2200mAh power bank built-in
  • Ports: One USB output
  • Dimensions: 11.26 x 1.54 x 9.02 inches
  • Weight: 3.53 ounces
  • Special Features: 360-degree kickstand; Integrated sundial

The BioLite SolarPanel 5+ is an impressive charging panel due to two main reasons; it comes with a rechargeable power bank and an integrated sundial. The power bank ensures you can charge your devices even when you do not have a lot of sunlight. It can also be recharged from the wall when you need it fully charged before heading out.  The sundial makes it easy to orient the panel so  you place it in a position to receive the most sunlight. 

The BioLite SolarPanel 5+ is well-designed and uses high-efficiency dollar panels with a 5w output. Due to this output, the BioLite SolarPanel 5+ can charge a variety of devices including tablets, phones, tablets, and other Boilite products. The weather-resistant design makes this panel great for the outdoors and because of its thin design, it is better able to dissipate heat, stay cool and therefore better maintain its high efficiency.

P R O S

  • Its robust, rigid construction makes it easier to set up than foldable panels
  • The integrated sundial ensures you can easily orient the BioLite SolarPanel 5+ for optimum output
  • The power bank can be charged both from the panel and from plugging into the wall
  • Comes with a USB to micro-USB cable


C O N S

  • The battery is not replaceable
  • Their customer service could be better

Blavor Solar Power Bank and Charger ($74.99)

10,000mAh Solar Power Bank for Daily Use Plus 20,000mAh Solar Panel Charger for Outdoor Use
  • 10,000mAh wireless power bank with solar. Not just wireless power bank but wireless charger as well compatible with iPhone XR/ XR MAX/ XS/ X/ 8/ 8plus, Samsung Galaxy S9/S9plus S8/S8plus and all qi-enabled mobile devices.
  • Detachable 5 Solar Panels with higher solar energy conversion. When 5 premium solar panels is magnetically attached, it works as a solar panel charger with MAX 1300ma charging current; When it is detached, a sealing bar helps it work as individual portable power bank with dual output.
  • Multi-Solar Panels and Qi Wireless Charger. The wireless power bank can wirelessly charge all cell phones that support Qi wireless charging technology. Cable-free and tangle-free, compatible with iPhone XR/ XR MAX/ XS/ X/ 8/ 8plus, Samsung Galaxy S9/S9plus S8/S8plus S7/S7edge etc.
  • Flashlight & Compass Kit. Three modes light works as SOS flashlight and strobe; complementary compass kit, a MUST-HAVE handy tool for outdoor enthusiasts and urgent situations like suddenly shutdown of power caused by typhoon, hurricane etc.
  • These two will be a perfect collections for family use or an ideal and useful gift option for beloved ones.
10,000mAh Solar Power Bank for Daily Use Plus 20,000mAh Solar Panel Charger for Outdoor Use
10,000mAh Solar Power Bank for Daily Use Plus 20,000mAh Solar Panel Charger for Outdoor Use
10,000mAh Solar Power Bank for Daily Use Plus 20,000mAh Solar Panel Charger for Outdoor Use

Specs

  • Type:Power bank with an integrated charging panel
  • Battery: 10,000mAH power bank
  • Ports:  One USB output
  • Dimensions: 5.9 x 3.1 x 0.8 
  • Weight: 9.3 ounces 
  • Special Features: Qi wireless charger, dual flashlight, compass, USB type C charging port

The Blavor Solar Power Bank and Charger is an amazing product with lots of features. Its most notable features are the 10,000mAH power bank, Qi wireless charger, the solar panel as well as the compass that comes in the box. The power bank can charge Android devices using the USB port and the Qi wireless charger and is compatible with the latest Apple devices as well as all devices that support Qi wireless charging. 

The Blavor Solar Power Bank and Charger is well-built and with its IPX4 rating, it is a great device for the outdoors. Additionally, it comes with a dual flashlight which makes it a great option for outdoor adventures and camping. Because it is light, you can take it everywhere but note that it cannot be used on passenger airplanes due to the batteries it comes with. The charger is made out of premium ABS material while the power bank contains a high-efficiency Lithium polymer battery

P R O S

  • The Qi wireless charger will charge devices compatible with Qi technology including both Android and Apple devices
  • The dual flashlights and included compass make it a great product for outdoor activities like camping and hiking
  • The charger is IPX4 splash-proof, dustproof, and shockproof so it can be used in a variety of conditions
  • Even when the power bank is depleted, you can still use the solar panel to charge devices directly
  • The Blavor Solar Power Bank and Charger comes with intuitive LED indicators that tell you how much charge you have left on the power bank as well as when a device that is connected is charging


C O N S

  • It cannot be carried on an airplane because it contains lithium batteries
  • The power bank charges slowly even when in direct sunlight

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