Solar Chargers

Brands

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Goal Zero
SunJack
Bushnell
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Etón
Tech4o
JOOS
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Price

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$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Recent Solar Charger Reviews

Bushnell SolarWrap Mini

rated 3.5 of 5 stars While it has some significant limitations, the Bushnell Solar Wrap Mini 100, works well as a lightweight backup battery for a variety of electronics in the field. Using the product, I kept an iPhone 4s and an iPad Mini charged throughout a thru-hike of the Colorado Trail. In preparing for a thru-hike of the Colorado Trail, I figured I would need more battery power to supplement the internal batteries of my iPhone and iPad Mini. I planned to be on trail for up to six days between resupplies. In researching… Full review

SunJack Phone

rated 5 of 5 stars SunJack is portable, durable, and feels like I have a power outlet with me anywhere I go. Highly recommended for anybody that has experienced the pain of running out of battery without a nearby wall-outlet. Also recommended for anybody that wants to free themselves from sitting by a wall outlet while their phone charges. SunJack is a carry-everywhere item, and provides me with my own portable energy source. Living in Southern California, there's no shortage of sun, and the SunJack easily charges… Full review

EnerPlex Kickr IV

rated 5 of 5 stars A rugged and very lightweight solar charger that folds up small and doesn't take up much space in my pack. It charges well even if it is overcast, and it will even charge a tablet. It is flexible and extremely durable. It has been a lifesaver on multiple occasions! I had been in the market for a small and portable charging solution for a while before I saw the Kickr IV from EnerPlex. The Kickr IV is a very simple fold-out solar panel wherein lies it beauty. It only has one output which is a 1.2A… Full review

Poweradd Apollo

As a backup battery this is fine. But as a solar charger, it is horribly underpowered, and better options exist. I work in the solar business, and I've seen my fair share of these compact solar chargers come and go. Brunton sells a few for example. The problem they all have is that the solar is always a gimmick-add-on to what is otherwise a useful back-up battery pack. But realize that a backup battery is all these chargers really are.Save your money, and avoid frustration by choosing a more powerful… Full review

Poweradd Apollo

rated 5 of 5 stars This charger is perfect in every way. Based on its capacity, I can get almost 3 full charges out of it. Since it's solar powered, it's always powered up. I don't miss hunting for an outlet at airports whenever I travel. I should have purchased this years ago! Full review

Poweradd Apollo

rated 3.5 of 5 stars A 7200mAh Li-polymer battery with a 5V/180mA solar charger to recharge your devices in the backcountry or during power outages. Easy to use, reasonably sized, reasonably priced, and it gets the job done. As a long-time backpacker, the idea of bringing electronics into the wild is somewhat new to me. I've always had flashlights, of course, and I welcomed the transition to more efficient LED lights once I got used to the blueish glow of the LEDs, and I became an enthusiastic geocacher, too, which… Full review

Brunton Solaris USB

rated 5 of 5 stars Good inexpensive product. Very durable and efficient. I have had quite a few different brands of these panels and these are some of the best for light use. Picks up well in indirect sun and continuous charging with very little. Brunton has never been a popular product where I live and that is where the benefit is reaped. These are much better panels than Goal Zero panels in a comparable size. They can also be picked up for much less money. I bought mine on eBay new out of the package, for a display… Full review

Brunton Restore

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Fair product for getting by. Seems more like a gimmick. This is a good unit if you only need to keep your cell charged or maybe a simple GPS. Doesn't store much power and charges very slowly. Doesn't include any adapters, only a double ended cord with a USB on one end and mini USB on the other. Takes an insane amount of time to charge. Doesn't have an indicator light other than the one that shows how full the battery is. Probably because it wouldn't charge if an indicator light blinked continuously… Full review

Goal Zero Boulder 30M Solar Panel

rated 5 of 5 stars Great for mounting on your vehicle or pup for basecamp. Very good solar panel. I mounted this on top of my pop-up camper. One of these panels in good sunlight will keep my camper battery charged for an entire week using the lights fairly conservatively and running the water pump when needed. They are also chainable. What I mean is you can plug up to four of these together for 120w of power. Also you can purchase a portable stand which will hold four panels and can be placed anywhere on the ground. Full review

Top-Rated Solar Chargers

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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Brunton Solaris USB
$160
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Power Pot The PowerPot Pot/Pan / Solar Charger / Power Storage
$100 - $189
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Goal Zero Boulder 30M Solar Panel
$460
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
SunJack Phone
$150
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Solar Kit
$120
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Brunton Restore
$80
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Bushnell SolarWrap Mini
$60
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Goal Zero Elite Sherpa 50 Adventure Kit
$350
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Goal Zero Nomad 7M Solar Panel
$80
Goal Zero Nomad 20M Solar Panel
$200
Goal Zero Switch 8 Recharging Kit
$100
SunJack Tablet
$250
Goal Zero Nomad 13
$160
Brunton SolarRoll 14
$346
Powertraveller Solargorilla
$207
Brunton SolarFlat 15
$80
Powertraveller Powermonkey Explorer V2
$83 - $99
Bushnell SolarWrap 250
$150
Powertraveller Powermonkey Extreme Portable Charger
$160 - $199
Brunton SolarRoll 4.5
$326
Etón BoostSolar Phone and Tablet Charger
$70
Brunton SolarController
$48
Bushnell SolarBook 600
$187
Brunton Solaris 26
$488 - $549
Brunton Bump
$30
Brunton Freedom
$40 - $82
SunJack Mini
$100
Goal Zero Elite Nomad 13.5M Solar Panel
$160
Goal Zero Boulder 15M Solar Panel
$125 - $239
Brunton Solaris 12
$239
Tech4o Pocket Power Pack
$35
Brunton Solaris 6
$270
Brunton Power Essentials Kit
$110
Brunton Explorer II Solar Panel
$70 - $94
Brunton Ember
$50
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
JOOS Orange
$149 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Solio Magnesium Solar Charger
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
EnerPlex Kickr IV
$130 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Elios Chargers Hybrid Solar Charger
$60 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Poweradd Apollo
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sunlinq 6
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Mobile Kit
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
PowerFilm USB+AA Solar Charger
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Goal Zero Nomad 3.5 Solar Panel
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Brunton Explorer
$94 MSRP
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Solio Classic
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Novothink Surge
user rating: 0 of 5 (1)
Marrs Mission 1
Goal Zero Elite Nomad 27M Solar Panel
 
Bushnell SolarBook 850
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