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Backpacker Magazine – March 2012

Three Backpacker-friendly Solar Chargers

These compact, hyper-efficient solar chargers will power your gadgets no matter where you travel.

by: Ted Alvarez

JOOS Orange (Courtesy Photo)
JOOS Orange (Courtesy Photo)
Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Adventure Kit (Courtesy Photo)
Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Adventure Kit (Courtesy Photo)
Solio Bolt (Courtesy Photo)
Solio Bolt (Courtesy Photo)

[most powerful]
JOOS Orange
High-grade mono-crystalline solar cells make the Orange up to 20 times more powerful than other chargers tested: We simultaneously charged the internal battery and an iPhone while using juice-Hoovering Skype on a sun-blasted Colorado trail. It even squeezed enough power out of a drizzly Olympic National Park day to recharge a smartphone overnight. A waterproof polycarbonate shell absorbs kicks, dust, and dunks. Tradeoff: It’s heavy and tough to lash to a pack. $149; 1 lb. 8 oz.; solarjoos.com

[fastest]
Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Adventure Kit
On a bluebird day, the Goal Zero’s dual postcard-size monocrystalline panels fully charged its battery pack in about two hours. The pack holds four removable, rechargeable AA or AAA batteries for use with non-USB gadgets. A lightweight nylon mesh skin has cord loops that make it easy to connect to packs, tents, and trees. However, low-light performance suffers: Scattered clouds slowed charging time; thick cloud cover stopped it dead. $160; 12.8 oz.; goalzero.com

[lightest]
Solio Bolt
This R2D2-cute charger is a lightweight, easy-to- pack insurance policy: “When I lost my way in deep snow, the sun was going down, my topo was smeared, and my phone was dead,” says a Cascades tester. “I set the Bolt out for an hour and got enough juice to power up a GPS app and find my way out.” Caveat: The Bolt’s lower grade (and cheaper) polycrystalline cells need direct sun, and minor obstructions (like pack straps) can halt charging. $60; 5.3 oz.; solio.com



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Mike
Dec 20, 2013

That is a pretty nice charger. We have a few favorites ourselves that we wrote about. http://earthgravy.com/iphone-solar-chargers/

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TrulyJulie
Apr 09, 2013

I think I would rather have a solar lantern that doubles as a charger for tech-toys. I just discovered the WakaWaka, which is apparently used extensively in Africa. If it works as well as it is advertised to, then it has no competition I know of in its price category. http://www.getwakawaka.com/specs.html

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Jan 03, 2013

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Jan 03, 2013

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NOW we have panet innovative 550mAh , 2000mAh , 3700mAh , 4000mAh , 5600mAh , 8400mAh , 12000mAh solar charger, portable power bank , mobile charger fit for clients to choose, more patent chargers are under development researching , If any interested or questions ,pls contact me to know more details .

Best Regards

Yoyo

Skype : haipaitesales02

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Yoyo
Jan 03, 2013

We always want to bring a surprising item to our customers , and with professional R&d department . Recently ,some new patent protection items -- solar charger / power bank in our company sells very well in US , Asia and some European countries . Solar lantern sells good in Africa.

NOW we have panet innovative 550mAh , 2000mAh , 3700mAh , 4000mAh , 5600mAh , 8400mAh , 12000mAh solar charger, portable power bank , mobile charger fit for clients to choose, more patent chargers are under development researching , If any interested or questions ,pls contact me to know more details .

Best Regards

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Yoyo
Jan 03, 2013

We always want to bring a surprising item to our customers , and with professional R&d department . Recently ,some new patent protection items -- solar charger / power bank in our company sells very well in US , Asia and some European countries . Solar lantern sells good in Africa.

NOW we have panet innovative 550mAh , 2000mAh , 3700mAh , 4000mAh , 5600mAh , 8400mAh , 12000mAh solar charger, portable power bank , mobile charger fit for clients to choose, more patent chargers are under development researching , If any interested or questions ,pls contact me to know more details .

Best Regards

Yoyo

Skype : haipaitesales02

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Yoyo
Jan 03, 2013

We always want to bring a surprising item to our customers , and with professional R&d department . Recently ,some new patent protection items -- solar charger / power bank in our company sells very well in US , Asia and some European countries . Solar lantern sells good in Africa.

NOW we have panet innovative 550mAh , 2000mAh , 3700mAh , 4000mAh , 5600mAh , 8400mAh , 12000mAh solar charger, portable power bank , mobile charger fit for clients to choose, more patent chargers are under development researching , If any interested or questions ,pls contact me to know more details .

Best Regards

Yoyo

Skype : haipaitesales02

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Yoyo
Jan 03, 2013

We always want to bring a surprising item to our customers , and with professional R&d department . Recently ,some new patent protection items -- solar charger / power bank in our company sells very well in US , Asia and some European countries . Solar lantern sells good in Africa.

NOW we have panet innovative 550mAh , 2000mAh , 3700mAh , 4000mAh , 5600mAh , 8400mAh , 12000mAh solar charger, portable power bank , mobile charger fit for clients to choose, more patent chargers are under development researching , If any interested or questions ,pls contact me to know more details .

Best Regards

Yoyo

Skype : haipaitesales02

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Yoyo
Jan 03, 2013

We always want to bring a surprising item to our customers , and with professional R&d department . Recently ,some new patent protection items -- solar charger / power bank in our company sells very well in US , Asia and some European countries . Solar lantern sells good in Africa.

NOW we have panet innovative 550mAh , 2000mAh , 3700mAh , 4000mAh , 5600mAh , 8400mAh , 12000mAh solar charger, portable power bank , mobile charger fit for clients to choose, more patent chargers are under development researching , If any interested or questions ,pls contact me to know more details .

Best Regards

Yoyo

Skype : haipaitesales02

Star Star Star Star Star
Yoyo
Jan 03, 2013

We always want to bring a surprising item to our customers , and with professional R&d department . Recently ,some new patent protection items -- solar charger / power bank in our company sells very well in US , Asia and some European countries . Solar lantern sells good in Africa.

NOW we have panet innovative 550mAh , 2000mAh , 3700mAh , 4000mAh , 5600mAh , 8400mAh , 12000mAh solar charger, portable power bank , mobile charger fit for clients to choose, more patent chargers are under development researching , If any interested or questions ,pls contact me to know more details .

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Monica Chen
Aug 20, 2012

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Monica Chen
Aug 20, 2012

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Monica Chen
Aug 20, 2012

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MS
Apr 13, 2012

How about the Brunton Solar Rolls? They are lightweight, water proof, can be draped right over your pack or tent, roll up to a very small size, and best of all, the largest one can recharge a laptop. Got one at backcountry.com for like $350. Best investment ever if you're going on a trip into the middle of nowhere for a long time.

Senior Moments
Feb 17, 2012

Look hard at the weight/size tradeoff between extra batteries vs solar chargers - for an Everest Trek it was no contest - modern Li batteries are both light and hold charge a long time.

John Hansford
Feb 17, 2012

Is this Marqueting Hype or proof?

Fredt4
Feb 14, 2012

Lofty claims that are unsupported are merely marketing hype. Please support your claims so we can properly evaluate the products mentioned.
I'm extremely interested in an functioning solar charger for the trail. Campsite are a different issue. So tell us more.

Harry
Feb 14, 2012

The BootStrap Solar Chi-qoo charger is the best in class solar charger available today. I can charge my iPhone 4-5 times or get a 70% charge on my iPad. None of the chargers mentioned can do this. Backpacker is missing the boat by not supporting this ethical, environmentally friendly company.

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