A small, portable solar device charger can be incredibly handy to keep your phone or other mobile electronics powered up when there isn’t an outlet handy. For camping, travel, or emergency use, the Solar JOOS Orange and Solio’s Classic2 are a pair of our favorites.
Both of these three solar chargers contains an integrated battery to store power until it’s needed, and allows users to charge devices via a USB cable. Both can also be pre-charged from an outlet for use as portable backup batteries.
Solar JOOS Orange Rugged Solar Charger
The compact, rugged Solar JOOS Orange charger is, simply put, one of the coolest gadgets we’ve seen in a while. It’s easily portable (measuring 8.58″ x 5.77″ x 0.79″ thick) and built-in legs help position the ultra-efficient monocrystalline panel for optimal sun exposure. The Solar JOOS Orange is waterproof, and continues to charge even in rainy, low-light conditions. And it contains a replaceable 5400mAh lithium-ion battery that packs a punch: it can provide multiple charges for a smartphone like an iPhone, a GPS or camera, and can even power a tablet like the iPad.
Solar JOOS also offers an add-on reflector kit to speed charging by focusing sunlight on the panel, and a custom-fitted neoprene case for added protection.
Solar JOOS Power Boost Reflector Kit, $24.95.
Solio Classic 2 Compact Solar Device Charger
The Solio Classic 2 retains the clever “fan” design of the original Solio Classic, but incorporates several key upgrades to make it even more powerful and efficient. With bigger panels for faster charging, a higher-capacity 3200mAh Li-poly battery, and full-size USB port for charging, the Classic 2 is still ultra-compact (measuring just 5.8″ x 2.8″ x 1.4″ and weighing a mere 10.1 oz). Like the Solar JOOS Orange, it will charge a device at the same rate as a wall plug, and the Solio holds more than enough juice to fully charge an iPhone or similar mobile device.
Solio Classic 2 Solar Device Charger,
$100 currently on sale at Amazon for $84.99.
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