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Solar-Powered Battery Chargers

Updated on March 7, 2014

Solar-Powered Battery Chargers

If you are a person who is always out and about, and who carries your mobile device/s everywhere you go, then these chargers are for you. They will give your device a boost in energy when you need it the most - which, in my case, is all the time.

Solar-powered battery chargers work on the principle of solar power, in that they need direct sunlight for a full charge. However, even on a cloudy day only charging your device for a few minutes could be all the time you need for that last call, or last photograph.

Because of the fast pace of society in the present day, it has now become imperative that we keep our mobile devices charged as much as possible. Obviously we cannot be around electrical socket points all day - which is where portable solar-powered battery charges come in extremely useful.

The thing about these chargers is that many of them can power-up more than one device at a time. Again, this is one of the reasons why they are now becoming one of the most wanted items around. So, is it any wonder that people want their devices charged at all times - especially in cases of emergency. The way solar-powered battery chargers work is that they take their energy directly from the glare of the sun. A full charge will take around 7-8 hours in direct sunlight so be aware of this if you wish to purchase a solar charger.

However, this does not mean that they will not work during times when the sun is not showing. They will continue to work but they will charge more slowly. However, as stated, it is better to make at least that one crucial phone call home - or to the emergency services [even it it's only for a few minutes] if you ever did need them. They really can mean the difference between life and death in many cases.

There was one particular case in which my solar-powered battery charger came in very handy indeed. A woman had been hill-walking with her ten year old son in Wales. Her son had been involved in an accident in which he had actually broken his leg. His mother could not ring the emergency services on her phone as she was out of battery. I stumbled upon them and I could immediately see that her son was on agony, and she was trying not to panic.

I was almost out of charge on my phone but then I remembered that I had brought with me my solar charger, The weather was grim and I knew that solar charges only fully worked in bright sunlight. However I told the woman not to panic, and proceeded to charge my phone.

Even if I got only five minutes out of it - which I actually did - it was enough to call for an ambulance. The woman and her son were eventually taken to hospital, and my solar charger had saved the day. So, they really are crucial at such times.

Solar-Powered Battery Chargers

If you are out and about there is nothing worse than running low on battery power when it comes to your mobile devices. Whether it is your phone, MP3 player or any other kind of mobile device, running out of battery power can be a big problem and a source of frustration.

However, on the market, there are chargers you can purchase which power up your device using the solar energy of the sun. These chargers, as you can imagine, are extremely useful and, in the most extreme of circumstances, can mean the difference between life and death too.

When you purchase your solar-power battery charger they normally come supplied with all the connections you need for your mobile devices. Keep in mind, however, that they take around 7-8 hours to fully charge up. This, however, is dependent upon the sun actually showing up. This is because solar-powered battery chargers need direct sunlight to fully charge.

However, even if it is a cloudy day, the charger will still power up, but not as fast as it would in direct sunlight. Yet you will have to weigh up the pros and cons. The pros being that even if you only get three minutes of power for that one last shot with your camera, or one last call on your phone - which could be an emergency - that could be all you need.

The fact of the matter is that solar-powered battery chargers are a Godsend to those of us - like myself - who always carry around our mobile devices. The vast majority of people these days will always need to charge their devices at some point while they are out. It is then, you will find, that these wonderful chargers really do come into their own.

When picking what charger to purchase however, I would steer clear of the cheaper brands. This is mainly because such chargers use batteries which are low-capacity and they also use components which are quite bulky. This is not too bad if you are indoors, but not so good if you are outside. The most basic solar chargers are cheap to purchase, but the saying is certainly true, that you get what you pay for.

If you are determined to purchase a solar battery charger, than I would suggest going for a name that is known to you. This is far more preferable than buying cheap, bulky chargers that will only charge low-capacity batteries.

Solar-Powered Battery Chargers

Anker AK-A1206012 10000mAh External Battery Power Bank with PowerIQ Technology (2nd Generation)- Black
Anker AK-A1206012 10000mAh External Battery Power Bank with PowerIQ Technology (2nd Generation)- Black

Absolutely perfect charger for my android phone. Works time and time again without any faults at all. This charger has led lights that shows you when it is full to capacity. I cannot fault it for its performance - which is why I have included it here.

 
XTG Solar Charger, Solar Powered Back Up Battery (1500mAh, 1A USB Port) for iPhone, Samsung Galaxy & USB Devices. Great for Hiking & Adventure. Includes LED Reading Light and Windshield Suction Cups
XTG Solar Charger, Solar Powered Back Up Battery (1500mAh, 1A USB Port) for iPhone, Samsung Galaxy & USB Devices. Great for Hiking & Adventure. Includes LED Reading Light and Windshield Suction Cups

I found the performance of this charger excellent, as it charged every single time without fault. One of my friends actually has this charger and I will be purchasing this one soon myself. You charge via the USB cable provided.

 
Poweradd Apollo2 10,000mAh Portable Solar Panel External Battery Pack - Black
Poweradd Apollo2 10,000mAh Portable Solar Panel External Battery Pack - Black

This charger is, I feel, one of the best so far, I have seen. The charge itself, lasts for a very long time on ONE CHARGE ALONE. Very reliable for when you need that extra power boost.

 
SolarGoPack solar powered backpack,charge mobile devices,10k mAh Battery, Black - Stay Charged My Friends
SolarGoPack solar powered backpack,charge mobile devices,10k mAh Battery, Black - Stay Charged My Friends

I actually have this SolarGoPack. Comes in extremely handy when you don't want to fill your pockets with electronic mobile devices. Everything can be stored within this back pack, and charged to full battery power too.What I love about this bag is its strength and durability as well

 

Solar-Powered Battery Chargers

With all the dangers that are around in the present day, is it crucial now to keep your mobile device fully charged at all times? If so, is it then crucial to purchase solar-powered battery chargers?

I feel we have reached the point where it is vitally important to keep in touch at all times, with our loved ones. And therefore, it is vital that we make sure our phones are charged in case an emergency does occur. What do you think?

Are solar-powered battery chargers now crucial to own in the present day?

Solar-Powered Battery Chargers

Great review of a solar-power battery.

Good, video here giving a precise explanation of how solar-powered battery chargers work.

Good collection and review of a series of solar-powered battery charges here.

Great review here of the Amzer 3500 mAh charger.

Superb review of the Solar iPhone Charger. Great little charger this one.

Solar-Powered Battery Chargers

Solar-Powered battery charges have, I feel, now become crucial to our everyday lives. There is nothing more frustrating than running out of battery on our phones, tablets or cameras. Especially when we have to make that crucial call home, take that one and only picture or when trying to finish off our work on our tablets.

This is where solar-powered battery chargers are literally worth their weight in gold. They can give our devices that boost in power that we are looking for in order to accomplish our tasks - whatever they may be. They have also become crucial in emergencies too - especially if a person is lost, and has no charge on his/her phone.

As much as many of us may despise and even hate technology, we have to admit, that this is one part of technology that we really should be thankful for. So, solar-powered battery chargers have really become a Godsend to many of us who need them.

Solar Powered Battery Charger Charges 4 D, C, AA and AAA Batteries
Solar Powered Battery Charger Charges 4 D, C, AA and AAA Batteries

Beautiful item this one. I like this because it is small and compact, yet does the job it is meant to do, brilliantly well.

 
Opteka BP-SC4000 Ultra Thin Solar Powered High Capacity (4000mAh) Backup Battery and Charger for Cell Phones, iPhone, iPod, and Most USB Powered Devices
Opteka BP-SC4000 Ultra Thin Solar Powered High Capacity (4000mAh) Backup Battery and Charger for Cell Phones, iPhone, iPod, and Most USB Powered Devices

This charger comes with TEN CONNECTORS. So this should be able to cover all of your mobile devices. It has a lithium battery and it also has an led power capacity display. This is one of the solar charges that I feel, covers you for whatever mobile device you have - which is why I have included it here within this list. This charger automatically closes down once the charge is fully completed.

 

Solar-Powered Battery Chargers

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A-Solar Power Bag [Black]Solar-Powered 12 volt Battery ChargerSealey Solar Panel Battery Charger
A-Solar Power Bag [Black]
A-Solar Power Bag [Black]
Solar-Powered 12 volt Battery Charger
Solar-Powered 12 volt Battery Charger
Sealey Solar Panel Battery Charger
Sealey Solar Panel Battery Charger

Solar-Powered Battery Chargers

Solar-powered chargers are now a 'must have' item. And, furthermore, they have become ever more crucial within this fast-paced society. It has now become a 24/7 society in which keeping in touch with our family and friends is vitally important. This is where solar-powered chargers come in very handy indeed for when we need that extra burst in power from our mobile devices.

The other advantage of solar-powered chargers is that many of them can power-up more than one device at the same time. Whether you have digital cameras/smart phones/or i Phones, they can all be charged from just the one charger, as long as you have the right connections - which are normally supplied with the charger.

Chargers can come in the style and shape of the phones themselves, or they can actually be like rucksacks - in which the solar panel is situated at the front of the bag. Whichever charger you go for, you can have the peace of mind that you will always be ready for any given event during the day.

Tevion iPhone Solar-Powered Battery Charger

Good video clip here on the Tevion: iPhone Solar Power Charger. This charger - as with all chargers purchased - comes with a range of different connections for your mobile devices. Very handy for when you want to charge them all at the same time.

The Anker Astro 3 10000 mAh External Battery

This is a really good in-depth review of the Anker Astro 3 10000 mAh external battery.

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      John Albu 2 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87102

      Great device, thanks for the heads up! I remember that a few years ago - some cheater created a fake application for smartphones, which was supposed to make it possible to charge them with the help of solar energy (as if these phones had the necessary sensors! :D ), but it's great to see that now - something like that is available in shops. I'm definitely going to buy one myself!