5 interesting reasons to buy a portable solar charger

Solar technology is still far from being the primary source of energy for most of what you would need on a camping or caravanning holiday. However, portable solar chargers can be used to charge the gadgets we use. Practically any modern-day gadget you can think of like phones, tablets, laptops and cameras can be recharged using these chargers.

Using a solar-powered battery charger is a great alternative to conventional battery chargers. Having a solar panel charger for your devices is a great way to keep your battery and electronic devices charged when there is no plug socket in sight. Perfect for hiking, camping, festivals and more, the best portable solar charger keeps your phone alive without needing a socket.

Here are our 5 reasons why you should consider getting one:

1. Cost Efficient

Using a portable solar charger will help you save electricity usage and its corresponding costs. There are lots of them to choose from but thankfully there is a wealth of information out there on the best portable solar chargers to buy. If you have a portable solar charger, there are minimal, if any, maintenance costs.

The cost of purchasing the portable solar charger will usually depend on power output. Power output determines what devices a solar charger can power, as well as how fast it can charge these devices. It’s important to make sure you purchase one with at least a 200W power output as a portable solar charger with a low power output will charge your device extremely slowly or not at all.

2. Highly Portable

Whether you are travelling around a lot or camping in the wilderness, there is no better alternative to charge your gadgets than a portable solar powered battery charger.  

Ideally, you want to find a portable solar charger that doesn’t need to be mounted, is light enough to carry around with you and can easily fit in your car, motorhome or tent.

3. Solar Chargers are Sustainable

Like with all solar products, solar powered battery chargers are most effective on a bright and sunny day.

However, they can also be very efficient in cold climates which we most definitely have in the UK. Some are even waterproof, which is perfect for those dull and drizzly camping trips.

4. Highly Durable

It’s not a secret that the weather can sometimes take a turn for the worst at any moment, so having a portable solar charger that can handle falling over is important.

Solar chargers are designed and made for outdoor use, and often for situations where you are away from urban spaces. This is why it’s important for a portable solar charger to be able to withstand the elements.

5. Convenience NOT Inconvenience

Portable solar chargers are all about convenience. Larger, more traditional solar panels can still be lightweight and portable but they are still too big to be taken everywhere.

Some solar battery chargers have an internal battery that is capable of storing energy. Should you need to charge any electronic device and you have no time or opportunity to use the sunlight to gather energy, the stored energy in the battery will be used to charge that device. The internal battery might not be anything like a 12v deep cycle battery that we sell, but it will be more than capable of charging your device.

If a portable solar charger charges your device at a snail’s pace, it’s not really efficient enough and therefore loses its convenience. Efficiency is the amount of solar energy that a solar charger is able to convert into power. The more efficient the solar charger, the more quickly it will charge your phone or device. Many solar devices have an efficiency of around 10 per cent, though the best products have a conversion efficiency above 20 per cent.

Portable solar chargers are extremely popular right now and rightfully so. They’re practical, portable, and durable. If you’re still not convinced, let us know in the comments below why.

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