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. I originally intended to choose the top 10 portable solar chargers but did not want to drop some of the speciality chargers, so here are More Than 10 of the Best Cheap And Portable Solar Charger...
Best Phone And Device Solar Chargers
ALLPOWERS has an excellent variety of solar power chargers. ALLPPOWER's 16W Solar Panel Charger is a powerful charger in a very compact and portable design. It is much more compact and lighter than many comparably powered device chargers weighing around a little over a pound and taking up the same space as a notebook (appx. 9 by 6 by 0.5 inches). It has the iSolar Technology which automatically adjust the current and voltage to acheive maximum power, delivering its fastest possible current up to 2Amp. The AllPowers is compatible with most USB port 5 volt devices. Many reviewers believe this is the best small portable solar device charger money can buy.
For the price and capabilities, the Anker 14W Dual-Port Solar Charger is probably one of the best direct solar power charger options available. When you need a power boost, just spread out your Anker and plug in your device. The Anker is compatible with almost anything with a USB plug and it has a 14 watt solar array so it has enough power to charge two devices at a time. It has industrial-strength PET panels and durable polyester canvas to provide rain resistance. When folded up, it's a decent size about the size of a piece of paper (11 by 7) and weigh less than 2 pounds. For the fastest possible charge, the Anker automatically figures out how to most effectively charge your device. (Anker also comes in a smaller and lighter 8W Charger too.) It's one of the best rated chargers as reviewed by users.
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.
The LevinTM Solar Panel Charger is a rain, dirt and shock proof resistant portable charger backup battery pack. It powers most USB port devices. It's designed for emergency power source backup charger but it can charge well though slowly. It's super portable and easy to carry around (rouglhy 5 in by 3 in) and built to withstand drops and falls. It also has a built in led flashlight.
Everestep Folding Pcket 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.
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.
OTHER SPECIALITY SOLAR CHARGERS
7. 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.
8. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
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.
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.
Originally published May 2010 and last updated May 2015.