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Smartphone Battery Survival- Solar Chargers

Jonathon Knepper
 


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Anyway you slice it spending time in the outdoors is beautiful and relaxing. Too bad your phone (and other portable devices) that make the journey don't think so. Being away from it all means little or no options for powering up. One of the best ways to keep your iPhone or digital camera charged is with a portable solar charger. Not only can you top off the charger's battery from home, but you can continue to charge anywhere there is light.

Two common portable solar chargers are solar backpacks and pocket sized solar chargers. Solar backpacks use space on the front of the backpack to house a solar panel and rechargable battery. From there just plug in your mobile device and your ready to charge. Pocket sized solar chargers typically connect directly to your device or via a charging cord as well.

Anyway you slice it spending time in the outdoors is beautiful and relaxing. Too bad your phone (and other portable devices) that make the journey don't think so. Being away from it all means little or no options for powering up. One of the best ways to keep your iPhone or digital camera charged is with a portable solar charger. Not only can you top off the charger's battery from home, but you can continue to charge anywhere there is light.

Two common portable solar chargers are solar backpacks and pocket sized solar chargers. Solar backpacks use space on the front of the backpack to house a solar panel and rechargable battery, from there just plug in your mobile device and you’re ready to charge. Pocket sized solar chargers typically connect directly to your device or via a charging cord. Solar backpacks typically charge faster and have a larger internal battery (as much as three or four times the size). However solar backpacks are only convenient if you usually carry a backpack. On average solar backpacks can store a full solar charge in about seven to nine hours.

If you travel light a small solar charger might be the way to go. There are plenty to choose from including solar chargers as small as 2” by 2” which can be clipped onto a belt loop and others which fold out to expose multiple solar panels then collapse down to the size of a smart phone. Because these solar chargers are working with more limited space, the battery and solar panels are usually smaller than that of a solar backpack. The charge a small solar charger can deliver varies, but it usually stays between half to one and a half charges. Most portable solar chargers can also charge from a USB, wall outlet and even via a car charger. This method will charge up either charger in less time than solar (4-5 hours for backpacks and 3 hours for small solar chargers).

By taking advantage of both charging methods you’ll be sure to always have extra power when you need it. For more solar backpack info read this article about solar bags . If pocket size solar chargers are for you check out the Pico Freeloader or read these iPhone solar charger basics .

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