A solar charger kit is one or more of our super strong, lightweight and portable solar panels paired with one of our solar ready battery packs. They work well for minimalist travelers and for engineering applications to power micro-controllers, sensors and communications equipment.^back to top
Think about the largest electronic device you need to charge and how much you need to charge it. The more solar panel area and battery power you have, the faster your device will charge, but price, size and weight also increase. As a general rule, we recommend:
Smartphone sized devices: 3.5 or 6 Watts
Tablet sized devices: 6 or 9 Watt
Digital Cameras: 6 Watts or higher for DSLRs, 3.5 Watts works well for point and shoots
Laptop sized devices, lead acid batteries: 10 or 17 Watts
Micro-controllers and IoT applicationsVaries, but 2 to 6 Watts are most popular^back to top
The kits include 4 corner mounts. Use webbing, bungee cords or zip ties to secure to your equipment.
Alternatively, remove the corner mounts with a screwdriver and use the 4/40 stainless steel screws to mount on a variety of surfaces.
A battery pack is included standard in all kits. If your device requires a stable, regulated output, a battery is extremely useful as they store power and deliver it on demand. In general, most laptops require a battery (like our V72 laptop battery) to provide a consistent, clean power supply. Our 5 Volt USB regulator can be used for applications where you don't want an external battery, but do want a regulated output.
The solar panels listed here are IPX7 waterproof (submersible) and are expected to last 8-10 years outside. The battery packs are not waterproof and should be treated like your phone or other electronics you own.