As we rely increasingly on our tech devices in our daily lives, we may find that the battery lives of our devices cannot keep up with our needs and demands.
As many of you would know or have experienced, it’s anxiety-inducing to receive low battery warnings on your mobile phone or to search for a power outlet to charge your laptop while you’re out and about.
The simple solution to that is to invest in a portable power bank.
Compared to a conventional power bank which can only be charged by a power outlet, solar power banks have the added feature of charging using the solar panels connected to them.
The solar panels of the solar power bank harness the energy of the sun, which is an infinitely renewable and eco-friendly source of energy.
It can power up your devices even when you’re off the grid or on the go.
Here is a list of the 10 best solar power banks for some extra power juice to last you through the day.
Like the RAVPower Outdoor Solar Phone Charger, the FEELLE Portable Solar Power Bank is also a high-capacity power bank with 25,000 mAh capacity and can charge most phones around eight to ten times.
It comes with dual USB ports with 2.1A output, allowing two devices to charge simultaneously.
With four solar panels for efficient solar charging, you can fold out the panels of the FEELLE Portable Solar Power Bank and hang it down the length of your backpack to charge while you’re on the move.
The multiple solar panels allow for more surface area to capture and absorb solar energy, charging it four times faster than a normal single-paneled solar power bank.
The manufacturer has advised that it would take about 25 to 30 hours for it to fully charge under strong sunlight, so solar charging would likely be a backup function for most people.
When not in use, the solar panels are easily folded back up in accordion folds into a portable compact package, although it’s admittedly heavier, weighing 1.18 lbs.
Like the Hiluckey Solar Charger, the FEELLE Portable Solar Power Bank will appeal to the people who care about the aesthetic of their gadgets.
It does not sport the rugged design typical of solar power banks.
Instead, it also has a faux leather covering, with an array of different coloured accent rims to choose from, which makes it a more fashionable option for the jet-setting crowd.
Despite its more stylish appearance, it’s rain-proof, shockproof, and dust-proof, and so also a good choice for more rigorous outdoor activities.
Like most of the others on this list, it also comes with a LED flashlight built-in, with three modes – normal, SOS and strobe.
At $39.99, this is also a more affordable option for one considering a higher capacity power bank.
FEELLE offers a 30-day money-back guarantee if you do change your mind, and it also comes with 18 months warranty.
The ORYTO Qi Wireless Portable Solar Power Bank has an impressive capacity of 26,800 mAh, making it the solar power bank with the largest capacity on this list.
This will be an ideal choice for longer hiking, camping or road trips, or if you have many devices (or larger devices) which are in need of juice.
It also boasts three outputs – dual USB 3.1A output and a Type C output, with a maximum output of 5V/3.1A, which allows charging at high speeds.
Full charging of the power bank takes about 10 to 13 hours using its micro USB port with 5V/2A input.
In addition to the three wired output options, the ORYTO Qi Wireless Portable Solar Power Bank is also equipped with the Qi wireless charging function.
This means that the ORYTO Qi Wireless Portable Solar Power Bank can charge a grand total of four digital devices simultaneously, the most out of all the solar power banks listed here.
It’s able to automatically detect and adjust its output to deliver the most suitable current to prevent overcharging and short-circuiting of your electronic devices.
In addition, it’s also rated IP66 rain-proof, dust-proof, and shockproof.
Customers have reported that while it’s a little on the heavy side at 1.2 lbs, it’s built like a tank and extremely solid and durable.
Additional features include 18 built-in LED flashlights, which makes for a very powerful flashlight or camping light.
The solar power bank also comes with a micro USB cable for charging as well as a lanyard.
Overall, the ORYTO Qi Wireless Portable Solar Power Bank would win simply for its large capacity and its ability to support the charging of four devices at once. Unsurprisingly, it’s highly rated by users.
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