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The 3 Best Portable Solar Battery Chargers Of 2018

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If you’re an outdoor person and love to travel, then you’re no stranger to the issues involving drained batteries. At home, when your gadget’s battery life goes down to critical, all you need to do is plug it in and start charging your device. But if you’re outdoors, how would you deal with a drained battery problem? The sensible answer: PORTABLE SOLAR BATTERY CHARGERS!

The market abounds with different portable solar battery chargers and anyone can simply take their pick. However, this is an item that you would want to be reliable during that crucial time when you’re in the middle of nowhere and need to charge your gadget. So in this article, we focus on 3 of the best portable solar battery chargers available today and how they differ from each other and what each has to offer.

Before we discuss these solar battery chargers, let us first quickly look into the advantages and disadvantages of solar battery chargers.

Advantages of Solar Battery Chargers

  1. External Electrical Sources Are Not Required

For as long as the sun is up, you can use your solar battery charger. Also, as it doesn’t require external electrical sources, it’s extremely portable.

  1. Renewable Source of Energy

The source of the energy stored into the solar panels of the solar charger comes from the sun. As a result, the device to be used for an unlimited number of times. This renewable energy can also be harnessed everyday anywhere in the world. Unlike other sources of energy, solar energy will never run out as long as we have the sun. According to science and planetary experts, the energy coming from the sun will be available to us for at least 5 billion years.

  1. Reduces Electricity Bills

The sun is a free source of energy. Therefore, using solar chargers to charge your batteries can help lower your bills.

  1. Easy To Maintain

Solar Battery Chargers are easy to maintain – just keep them clean.

Disadvantages of Solar Battery Chargers

  1. Weather Dependent

Solar panels are dependent on sunlight to effectively gather energy. When the weather is not good and sunlight is minimal, the ability of the solar battery charger to gather solar energy will drop dramatically.

  1. Cost

A good portable solar battery charger will cost you around $75-$100 while a normal battery charger costs less than $20.

  1. Kinds

Most electronic devices have a specific battery outlets. Laptops have different outlets compared to your cell phones or tablets. Thus, you may need to buy several different chargers for these devices.

The 3 Best Portable Solar Battery Chargers of 2018 1. Nekteck 20W Solar Battery Charger By: Nekteck

Product Description:

  • High Efficiency: Made with 20 watts high efficiency solar power panel, the power conversion rate increases up to 21%-24%. It can charge 2 devices at same time.
  • Fast charging Technology: with build-in smart IC chip, each port intelligently identifies your device and seeks to maximize its charging speed (up to 2.0A max per port or 3.0 A max overall)
  • Highly Portable: Ultra lightweight (20 oz) and ultra compact (11.8 x 6.5in folded or 22.8 x 11.8in opened).
  • Highly Durable: The rugged canvas is created to withstand outdoor use. Exposure to damp conditions will not damage the exterior part of the solar charger.
  • Package Content: Nekteck 20W Solar Charging Panel, 100cm Micro USB Cable, User Manual, 12 Month Worry-free Warranty
  • Dual USB Ports: Two USB ports with maximum 3.0A total output. You can easily charge two devices at the same time.
  • Broad Compatibility: Compatible with all iphones, tablets, GPS, Camera and other USB-supported devices.

Pros and Cons


  • Design makes it easy to mount and secure to receive maximum sun exposure
  • High quality components and materials


  • Max Wattage unrealistic

Why it’s on our list of the best portable solar battery chargers

The makers of Nekteck 20W take pride on their product’s very good quality.

Made from the highest quality component parts, it is a solid and sturdy portable solar battery charger that can be used wherever you go. It’s simple to set-up as it’s very user-friendly and the product’s market price value in terms of wattage is better than most solar battery chargers on the market today. It is well worth your consideration.

This charger is made of matt black canvas with aqua highlights that when unfolded will reveal 3 solar panels. These solar panels use the American made solar panels from SunPower; the same material that was used on the Solar Impulse 2 which is the first solar plane to fly around the globe.  It weighs around 1.2 pounds and measures about 12.6 x 6.7 x 1.7 inches when folded. It comes with 2 USB ports for you to simultaneously charge 2 gadgets at the same time. The Nekteck is also equipped with a smart IC chip that detects and identifies any gadget and safely delivers the exact amount of power for faster charging.

The Nekteck’s canvas construction is also very durable, sturdy, water resistant, and made-to-last. It has a metal eye-ring and rope loops for securing any gadget.

Using it is also very easy. Just unfold the portable solar battery charger and secure it on your backpack using the eye-ring, then, charge any of your devices as the 3 solar panels harness solar energy.  

2. X-DRAGON 14W Portable Solar Battery Charger By: X-DRAGON

Product Description:

  • Exclusive iSolar Technology: It can automatically adjust the current and voltage to achieve maximum power, delivering its fastest possible current up to 1.5 amps per port or 3 amps overall under direct sunlight
  • High Efficiency: The made in the USA Sunpower solar cell has an efficiency up to 22%-25%. For comparison, most panels in the market are 15% efficiency
  • Dual-USB Power: Charge cell phone and ipad mini at the same time
  • Slim and Powerful: Foldable design so it’s easy to carry around. Eye holes enable easy attachment to backpacks while hiking. Portable and frame design fits for outdoor and indoor use.
  • Package Contents: 14W foldable solar charger, carabiner, micro USB cable, instruction manual
  • Power: 14W sunpower panel
  • Output: 5V2A(Max)
  • Compact Size: 306 x182 x 10mm/ 12.1 x 7.2 x 0.39inch
  • Opened Size: 410 x 306 x 3mm/ 16.1 x 12.1 x 0.12inch
  • Weight: 0.48kg/16.9oz(same as the leader shoe)
  • Warranty: 18 months product warranty for every purchase from X-DRAGON

Pros and Cons


  • Hook attachments to enable secure positioning
  • Ultra bright light with three illumination modes including SOS signal
  • Efficient charging even in poor light
  • Holds charge well


  • Apart from limited instruction leaflet, it was difficult to find any other cons.

Why it’s on our list of the best portable solar battery chargers

The X-DRAGON Charger is easy to use, is fast charging, and most especially, it is very affordable

It utilizes technology that allows it to automatically adjust its voltage power with respect to the gadget that uses it. It delivers the exact charging power for faster charging. The X-DRAGON is easy to carry due to its foldable design concept. Compared to other solar battery chargers in the market, it has been tested to deliver up to 25% power efficiency than most of the portable solar battery chargers being offered today. The USB ports are also compatible with most devices. And since the X-DRAGON is considered an ultra-portable device, lightweight and easy to use, having one with you in all of your adventures  will be a great advantage.

3. Instapark 10 Watt Portable Solar Panel Battery Charger By: Instapark

Product Description:

  • 10 Watt high-efficiency solar panel with foldable design, ideal for emergency preparedness, backpacking, camping and other outdoor activities
  • Built-in dual USB charging ports for directly plugging in iPhone, iPad and other USB compatible mobile devices
  • No additional battery needed for charging external devices, 100% green energy with zero carbon footprint
  • Power input: 10-watt Mono-crystalline solar panel
  • Power output: 5V Standard USB port x 2
  • Maximum output current: 2 amp
  • Operating temperature: 32 – 86 F (optimal)
  • Storage temperature: 32 –104 F (optimal)
  • Dimensions: 9 X 6 X 2 inches (folded)
  • 9 x 22 x ½ inches (unfolded)
  • Weight: 18 Oz
  • Warranty: 1-year

Pros and Cons


  • Lightweight, portable and compact gear.
  • Spacious bag pocket can hold multiple devices conveniently.
  • Can charge two USB supported devices simultaneously.
  • Can charge Ipad completely in around 10 hours.


  • Limited to charging only USB supported devices.
  • Stops charging during cloudy times.
  • Doesn’t have an in-built battery.

Why it’s on our list of the best portable solar battery chargers

This portable solar charger is a favorite among most outdoor enthusiasts. In fact, out of 5 stars, this product was given a score of 4.4 out of 5 – a great feat. This rating says a lot about the product’s quality. And the best thing about it is, it’s not only easy to use and dependable, but it is also affordable.

The charger consists of 3 mono crystalline solar panels. These are placed together in a foldable casing for portability. The panels are also compacted and strategically oriented. As a result, the panels are able to harness the maximum amount of solar energy possible. Each of the panels can generate 10 Watts of solar energy! It measures 9 X 6 X 2 inches and weighs just about 0.9 lb. It has 2 built-in USB ports for direct charging and can charge any gadget with USB charging ports.

The Instapark Charger is solid, durable, fast charging and easy to use. Furthermore, it can be easily attached to your backpack and used while on the go.

Final Word

Finding the best portable solar battery charger that suits your lifestyle and your budget is really not that simple. Depending on what you’re looking for, there may be a ton of things to consider. With these 3 products that we discussed in this article, I hope that you will now have an idea on what to look for when deciding on the best portable solar battery charger for you. These solar battery chargers may not come cheap, but the advantages that they offer can and will benefit you more in the long run.


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