Even the highest-capacity power banks eventually run out of charge, and then you’re stuck until you next reach mains power. Unless, you buy a solar charger. Harnessing power from the sun’s rays, solar chargers are a useful backup to plugging into a power point.
While we haven’t quite reached a level of solar to electric conversion efficiency that can let us wave goodbye to using power mains altogether, these nifty solar chargers should get you through those dreaded “critical battery level” moments, so you can move on to more important things (like reading Tech Advisor articles, of course).
Here are the best solar chargers and USB solar power banks for phones, laptops tablets and more, whether you’re backpacking, camping, or just spending the weekend at a festival.
Floureon 10000mAh Waterproof Solar Power Bank
- RRP: $13.99
The Floureon solar charger is a portable power bank that can store up to 10,000mAh of additional battery life for your phone or tablet…or both! With a dual USB output, it can charge up to 2 devices at the same time – though the outputs are different. One output charges at 1A, and the other at 2A, the latter recommended for tablets.
The water resistant Floureon power bank is aimed for outdoor life, with a built-in flashlight and compass. It’s also dust and shock proof. It also has a 5-LED indicator to let you know how much power you have left.
Floureon recommends, like of the other solar battery packs here, that solar charging is only used for emergencies as it is slower than charging directly.