Best portable solar battery chargers | Apps & Software
If you're one of the many people that love the outdoors, taking a portable charger with you is almost always a must, since you should always have your phone in case of an emergency. However, because portable chargers themselves may run out of juice, you'll probably want to consider picking up a solar battery charger. While they may be larger and cost a bit more, there's no denying the convenience of always keeping your phone ready for the day.
Which one to get, though? No worries, we at Android Authority have you covered with our picks for the best solar-powered chargers you can find.
Anker PowerPort Solar Charger
Anker is one of the biggest sellers of portable chargers for smartphones, and that extends to offering a solar charger as well. The Anker PowerPort is perfect for people who are going on long treks into the wilderness, or just going out in the city, and they want to keep their smartphones and other portable devices powered up. It supports Anker's PowerIQ technology that is supposed to offer the optimal amount of charging for your phone. It generates 21 watts and has two USB ports so you can charge up two devices at the same time. It's available now for $79 on Amazon
RAVPower Solar Charger
The RAVPower Solar Charger is high-quality product that will set you back $51.99. So what does that get you? Well, the RAVPower is decently faster, pumping out a sizable 3.2 amps and 16 watts with a 23.5% efficiency. It also has a rugged build to make it weatherproof. The RAVPower additionally has iSmart technology which will detect the device that is attached and optimize the charge to minimize the time it takes to fill your battery. The only downside is that the charger doesn't have any hooks to clip to your backpack, but it is lightweight and compact enough to be carried with you wherever you go, just remember to take a breather if you want to charge your phone.
Nekteck Solar Charger
The Nekteck is very similar to the RAVPower but has a few minor differences that go along way. First off, the Nekteck has an even greater power output at 3 amps, 20 watts, and up to 24% solar efficiency, so charging two devices will be an easy task for this beast. The charger also has the iSmart tech which will optimize charge times for each specific device you plug in (power output for two devices decreases from 3 amps to 2 amps). The Nekteck also has loops on the ends of the charger to be able to hook up with your backpack, and is weather resistant as well. If you want the optimal solar charging experience, this is the product you want. To get it, you'll have to dish out $54.99.
X-Dragon Solar Charger
Want even more power from your solar charger? Check out this product from X-Dragon. Not only does it have five solar panels, but it also has its own 20,000mAh battery that should charge up your phone up to six times on its own. The product is also water-resistant, dust resistant and can take a lot of abuse. The battery even has a LED light that, if you are out in the woods, can light up very brightly if you need any help. The battery can also be charged conventionally via a normal USB power cable; the solar panels are there basically as a back up in case you need them. You can purchase the X-Dragon on Amazon for $46.99.
Poweradd Apollo 2 Solar Charger
Poweradd's solar battery charger can deliver a charging speed of up to 2.4 amps per port and sports a 12,000 mAh battery. It's sort of waterproof thanks to its IPX7 rating and is also resistant to dust as well as shockproof. It features a hook that you can use to hang the charger on your backpack, for example, and is equipped with dual LED lights with three different modes: steady, strobe, SOS. What's more, it even has a built-in cigarette lighter for all you smokers out there and comes with a bunch of safety features to protect your devices from overheating, overcharging, and so forth. The Poweradd Apollo 2 is backed by a 24-month limited warranty and will set you back $25.99.
Jetsun Solar Charger
Here's another solar charger that's similar to the Poweradd. This one from Jetsun has a larger 16,750mAh battery, and you really should charge it up first with a power outlet before you take it with you. The solar panel is meant as a last resort in case you need to power it up and there's no power outlet available immediately. It has two USB ports so you can charge two devices at once, and it has a bright LED light in case you need a flashlight, or need some help. This battery is perfect for people who want to take a typical form factor for a portable charger, but don't want to have the big solar panels that are available in the first four products on this list. You can get the Jetsun solar charger for $27.99 at Amazon.
Solar battery charger – Conculsion
Those are just some of the best solar battery chargers on the market right now, though there are really quite a few options out there. Any models or brand you recommend that we didn't cover? Tell us about them down in the comments.