10 Of The Best Cheap and Easy To Use Solar Chargers
There are a variety of solar charges on the market today for charging a variety of battery types as well as all types of portable electronic. How you choose which charger to buy depends on what you need it for, how strong you want it to be, the price and the size you need it to be. The solar charges below look great and are cheap, all for under $75.Sunlabz's Portable Solar Charger Ultra-Efficient (13W) is designed to attach to your backpack, tent or car windshield to help you charge your devices simply from the power of the sun. The solar cells are attached to a strong thin pvc case designed to be durable and weather resistant. It can charge anything with a USB port and has two 5v ports so it can charge two devices at once. It is lite and sleek and well designed and it does a great job of charging quickly. Folks who have used it give it rave reviews.
SunLabz's Solar Charger Backpack (7W) With Hydration Pack is a combination solar charger, backpack and water pack. It has a built in solar panel sewn into a durable hardened PVC material based backpack that makes it durable and weather resistant (but not waterproof). It charges with sunlight and weighs about 3 1/2 pounds but is spacious enough to hold some gear.
3. Folding Panel Solar Powered Battery Charger
Folding solar chargers save space and can easily and safely be tucked into a purse or bag. This 6-volt, 200 mA folding solar charger has a compartment for charging 4 AA and 4 AAA batteries. It also charges some cell phones, music devices and hand held games It has a blocking diode to prevent reverse flow at night.
4. Mengo S-Power Shockproof/Water-Resistant 5300Mah Solar Assist Back-up Battery Charger
The Mengo S-Power Shockproof and Water-Resistant Solar Assisted Back-up Battery Charger is a small lightweight solar chargers designed to power cell phones in an emergency. This solar charger has an emergency LED light and is about the size of an ipod so it is very light and compact. It has two USB ports and a carabinger to help you carry it around. Once fully charged, it can help maintain a charge on your phone when you are off grid.
5. Solar Charger Charges AAA, AA, C and D Batteries
This money saving solar charge charges a variety of batteries (up to 11 kind) including AAA, AA, C and D batteries (NiCd and NiMH). The cover, which contains the solar panels, can be angled to receive maximum sun exposure. It even has a built in meter to let you know how much sun exposure there is.
6. Solar Radio with Cell Phone Charger
In an emergency a solar powered radio (can also be hand cranked) with an LED flashlight like this one can be very useful. It is small enough to fit in a backpack, purse or in your hands. It has both and AM/FM tuner. There is also a full sized USB port to charge small electronics including a cell phone.
7. Solar Battery Charger Maintainer For Vehicle
When a vehicle battery dies and no one else is around to help get it started this solar battery maintainer can charge up those dead batteries. The solar panels are easy to install. They can be plugged directly into the cigarette lighter and can be mounted to the window with suction cups.
8. Solar Powered Camping Lantern and Cell Phone Charger
This is a lantern that flips open to expose solar panels. Charged in the sun all day, it will charge the battery completely. The lantern can be charged by AC electricity. The batteries never have to be replaced. The solar powered lantern can all be used to charge your cell phone.
9. Hybrid Solar Charger
This 3 blade solar charger can charge your small electronics such as: iPods, cell phones, MP3 players, PDAs, game players, GPS units, or digital cameras. The internal battery can be charged via a wall socket (4 hours) or direct sunlight (8-10 hours). The power can be stored in the battery for more than 1 year.
10. Motorcycle & Power Sports Solar Battery Charger
This is a weatherproof solar charger that is designed to use on motorcycles, personal watercrafts, ATVs, snowmobiles & tractors. It easy to install and can be charged in any kind of daylight. It also has a built in overcharge / discharge protection feature.
11. Solar Powered Back up Battery and Charger
You can use this solar charger to charge an iPod, iPhone, MP3, Blackberry and other small electronics with your existing USB cable. Internal 1500ma Lithium-Ion battery stores power for whenever you need it and recharges from the sun or USB cable. It includes a windshield mount cradle & universal carbineer mount.
So, think about what type of solar charger you want or need. Think about what you need it for. How powerful do you want it to be? What does your budget for a solar charger look like? How portable and lightweight do you want it to be? The options are many. All you need to do now is choose.