I’m not sure why phones have such a short battery life and you would think that with all the advancements and features they add, improving battery life would be near the top of the list. Tyler and I both use our phones ALOT and leaving the RV without a power bank limits us to what we can do.
As we are traveling and exploring the great outdoors we heavily use our phones for pictures/videos, directions, geocaching, looking up park/trail information, and they are also a safety precaution should we venture out and need help.
Having a power bank would also be convenient when we are camping so that we can conserve our motorhome battery. Having a solar power bank is great because we can charge it in the sun rather than having to plug it into our RV.
What to Look for when buying a solar battery charger
What you should look for when deciding on a solar power bank is largely dependent on your lifestyle and needs. Here are the main factors to consider:
mAh Capacity: This is how much power it can hold when fully charged and this determines how many times it can provide a device with a full charge. The larger the capacity, the more power it can hold.
Durability: This includes things like dust-proof, water resistant, waterproof, rugged and heavy-duty design, shock-resistant, etc. Think about how you see yourself using the power bank. is it something that you would like to keep around your RV/ car as a backup, take it on hiking/camping trips.
Number of Outputs: Portable Solar Chargers generally have USB outputs that you plug your cord into and charge your device. If you would like to be able to charge two devices at the same time then you will need a solar power bank with two USB outputs. Also, think about what kinds of devices you want to charge and make sure that they are compatible with the solar charger.
Features: Other than being a solar powered battery bank, some offer additional features like a build in flash light and clip on for backpacks.
TOP PICK: ADDTOP Waterproof Solar Power Bank
It has two USB ports so my husband and I can charge our phones at the same time. It has impressive 24000 mah capacity so we can each get multiple charges. We can charge our phones about 5 times each.
I also liked how it had solar panels that fold out so you have 3 panels which greatly shortens the solar charging time. Like many other rugged solar chargers, you can clip this one to a backpack and have it charging while you are on the go.
You can immediately tell when you are holding it that it’s made out of high-quality materials. It can also be charged by plugging it into the outlet. Also has a built-in flashlight that has a setting to flash an emergency SOS signal.
We have been using this solar charger for a month now and it’s been through quite a bit. I’m 100% satisfied this is the one I would recommend to friends and family.
Pros & Cons
Best in Durability: SOS20K 20,000 mAh Rugged Solar Charger
So how durable is this thing, you might ask? Well, they did a few “stress tests” to give you a better perspective:
Shock-Proof: Dragged a SOS20k behind a car…off road…for half a mile. It still works beautifully.
Drop-Proof: They dropped it from 10,000ft out of a helicopter. Twice. It still works perfectly fine.
Don’t believe me? Check out their YouTube channel and see for yourself!
If you are going hiking or on a weekend camping trip than this is overkill. But if you going to be in extreme weather like a hurricane or on a dog sledding trip, bush plane flight and helicopter ride like one Amazon reviewer, then this it for you.
Package includes SOS20K Solar Charger, Aluminum Clip-n-Go Carabiner, 4 Braided Nylon, Aluminum Cased USB Charging/Date Cables (2 Lightning, 2 micro-USB), and 1 Waterproof Cable Case.
Pros & Cons
Best in Compatibility: ZeroLemon 26800mAh SolarJuice
It has a higher capacity than most solar chargers and it is still rain resistant & shockproof. But let’s get back to talking about compatibility. TheZeroLemon 26800mAh SolarJuice has three ports: QuickCharge 3.0 Output, Type-C Port, and USB 2.0 Output. You can charge three devices at one time.
It’s still very portable and durable. A flashlight is built in and you can clip to your backpack. All this and the price is still affordable.
Another thing worth mentioning is that is has a 36-month warranty, much higher than the typical 12 month that seems to be the standard.