Solar Chargers for Backpacking

Discover Voltaic's lightweight solar charger solutions for hiking and backpacking.

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Backpacking Solar Guide

What Voltaic solar chargers do you recommend for backpacking?

Lucky for you a variety of our solar chargers are perfect for your next backpacking adventure. Here are the products we recommend:

Fuse Series: Available in four different panel sizes to charge all your devices, our Fuse series offer the option to be mounted to any bag with our universal attachment system while providing ample storage for your battery, cables, and other small devices.

Solar Kits: If you're looking for something a little more basic and light-weight, our Solar Kits (also available in a variety of panel sizes) are the way to go. All power, no frills, these kits include our most popular solar panels connected to a Voltaic universal battery plus standard adapters. While they are lightweight, they do require a little more creativity when it comes to battery and cable management. The Kits are especially great for camping as they allow you to set up at your campsite and power up securely during the day.

Solar Folders: Our newest addition, the Arc solar folders, provides you with a lightweight and extremely portable solar charging option. Perfect for backpacking, climbing, or camping - the Arc folders pack up for easy, lightweight transport and unfold to soak up all the rays you can find.

compact solar charger backpacking
solar folder vs solar panel for hiking
laptop solar charger for backpacking
lightweight solar charging panel for backpacking

How do I determine which charger is right for me?

First: We recommend first figuring out what devices you want to bring with you when you're off the grid. While all of the above solar chargers will power your phone and GoPro, larger electronics (DSLR cameras and laptops included) require larger panel systems. Need additional help determining your power requirements? Be sure to check out our device-specific guides under the "Shop Gear" tab in the main navigation to simplify your search.

Second: Choose the style that best fits you and your adventures. Looking for something compact and organized? Go with our Fuse system. Want optimum power at the lowest weight? Our Solar Kits or Arc folders are perfect for you.

Third: Test your new gear and get exploring!

I'm trying to keep my weight down... What are the weight and dimensions of the recommended solar chargers?

Due to extra storage capacity, our Fuse Series are heavier than our Kit and Arc models. Please see the chart below for specifics on all our Backpacking Solar Gear:

Product Weight Dimensions Devices Charged
Fuse 6W 1.3lbs 11" x 8.75" x 0.5" in Smartphone, 7" Tablet, 10" Tablet, DSLR Camera
Fuse 9W 2.0lbs 12.5" x 10" x 1.5" in Smartphone, 7" Tablet, 10" Tablet, DSLR Camera
Fuse 10W 3.9lbs 16.5" x 10.5" x 1.25" in Smartphone, 7" Tablet, 10" Tablet, DSLR Camera, Laptops
3.5 Watt Kit 0.6lbs Solar Panels: 8.3 x 4.4 x 0.2 in
Battery: 4 x 2.5 x 0.5 in
Smartphone, DSLR Camera
6.0 Watt Kit 1.15lbs Solar Panel: 8.7" x 6.9" x 0.2" in
Battery: 4 x 2.5 x 0.5 in
Smartphone, 7" Tablet, 10" Tablet, DSLR Camera
9.0 Watt Kit 1.35lbs Solar Panel: 8.7 x 10.1 x 0.2 in
Battery: 4 x 4.25 x 0.75 in
Smartphone, 7" Tablet, 10" Tablet, DSLR Camera
17 Watt Kit 3.0lbs Solar Panel: 15.5 x 10.75x 0.25 in
Battery: 8.6 x 5.4 x 0.9 in
Smartphone, 7" Tablet, 10" Tablet, DSLR Camera, Laptops

How can I attach a solar charger to my pack?

Depending on which solar charger you purchase, there are a number of ways to make sure your charger is properly attached for optimum solar potential.

Fuse Series: Simply use our universal mounting system to attach to your favorite bag. The mounting system allows each clip can be adjusted to fit your pack, either by incorporating your existing compression clips or by connecting our male universal clip to an available spot on your bag. You can see more about attaching your Fuse to different daypacks here.

Portable Solar for hike and climb

Solar Kits: Complete with four corner mounts, our Kits allow you to attach the panels with little restraint. We recommend ¾ inch webbing or bungee cords to attach them directly to the outside of your pack - running the battery wire to a secure and waterproof pouch in your bag. These mounting techniques allow you to remove the panel easily - perfect for setting up a charging station when at rest.

Solar Panels for hike and climb
West Coast hiking with portable solar charger

Solar Folders: Perfect for laying out or strapping to a bag or tent - our Arc solar folders are situated with grommets for quick and easy attachment almost anywhere.

folding solar charger for camping
portable solar folder

Are Voltaic solar panels durable? Waterproof?

Extremely. Each of our panels are waterproof, UV and scratch resistant - you could leave your panel outside for years without discoloration or decreased performance. Their Aluminum/Plastic composite substrate backing also means that they are extremely durable.

However, please note that batteries are NOT waterproof. While rain storms are not a major problem with our raw Kits, we always recommend double-checking the security of your battery just in case. If you decide upon one of our Fuse systems, please note that the storage bag is only water-resistant and should be covered up in moderate to intense storms. Chances are it's not going to be sunny during that rain storm so when it doubt, cover you gear!

This is my first solar charger, anything else I need to know to keep me running smoothly?

Yes. We always recommend testing out your panel and battery before heading out. Other than that, we always like to remind our clients that in order to get the most out of their solar charging system make sure your panel is angled properly and is located in direct sunlight The sunnier it is, the better charge you will get. Should you have any questions contact us directly at

How have other customers used Voltaic solar chargers?

Please visit our blog to see some of the great trips that Voltaic customers are taking. You can read about trekking the Alaskan Brooks Range, solar charging in the Scottish Highlands, and conservation efforts by the American Climber Science program. Also, be sure to check out the images below of how our friends set up their hiking, camping, and climbing adventures with their Voltaic solar panels.

portable solar charger hiking and camping in Peru
solar charger for hiking on the West Coast

portable solar charger for camping and bicycle touring
solar charging while camping in Red River Gorge

solar panels for van life camping with Greg Mills
power bank and USB solar lighting while climbing Mount Washington

folding solar charger for camping
charging up while camping with solar

solar camping kit while hiking Mount Washington
hiking with solar charger in Peru