April 20, 2017 at 7:29 pm #43749tangoParticipant
Does anyone have any experience with a light solar panel? There are quite a few options out there for trail hiking to charge phones and such. They also vary quite a bit in weight.
Weak Men can't be virtuous. - JBPApril 20, 2017 at 8:00 pm #43750xsquidgatorParticipant
I picked up a Sokoo 22W panel that I like all right. I’ve only had it for 6 months or so but so far so good.
It has two USB ports out.
I think it’s a good idea to have a voltmeter/ammeter connected to your panel, to tell when you have it oriented best with respect to the sun. I’ve been pleased with this guy that I keep with the panel above, for that purpose:
USB digital voltmeter/ammeter for solar panel
The last thing I got on these backpacking power kick was a larger USB battery, kind of a pocket-sized solar battery bank.
EFOSHM Portable Solar USB Charger 12000mah
The battery has a small solar panel on it, and there’s a small LED light too. I was really just interested in a battery beefy enough to keep my phone going for a couple of days, and this does that (4 USB ports out) but it can replace a little bit of the juice itself.
The foldup panel is for charging this up.
For backpacking use, these will fit in your pack without *too* much space.
The battery pack is not much bigger than a phone, maybe like two phones laid on top of each other.
The foldup solar thing is maybe the size of a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 paper but thicker like a folio might be.
I have mostly used this stuff when vehicle camping or out on daytrips away from my car. Did not bring it on my overnight hiking trip but I could see bringing it, if I was going to be out for more than a day.
CTT 10-2014, CTT 1504, RnG/CQB/FoF October 2016, 2017 Georgia CTT/DA, DCH 2018.April 20, 2017 at 8:07 pm #43751Mike QParticipant
For a trail hike I would look at a larger battery like what xsquidgator is suggesting. It should recharge your phone at least 3 to 4 times. Different ones are different sizes.
Check out this website. I have the 15,000 mAh/hr battery.
There never seems to be enough time to do it right, but there is always enough time to do it twice.
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I’ve heard good things about Anker panels and batteries. I don’t have a panel myself, but I do have a few battery packs that work well.
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Matt B - VAApril 20, 2017 at 10:32 pm #43754wheelseeParticipant
I use this as my bank
and this as my charger (though I only paid $100 at Costco)
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William, in The RepublicApril 20, 2017 at 10:54 pm #43756GreenTipParticipant
I have a goal zero panel with battery to hike with. The battery is a goal zero I think venture 30. Works well and it has USB ports to charge.April 21, 2017 at 9:20 pm #43801tangoParticipant
Lots of options. Thanks guys.
It seems like you all agree on a panel, battery storage/buffer, then device.
Weak Men can't be virtuous. - JBPApril 22, 2017 at 1:40 am #43809dnbParticipant
I have an assortments of anker battery packs. They are decedent. Have the psnel to, but never gets used, because the there is power on or there is enough power in batteries.
These are most handy due to small size and two plus charges. One in pack, one in coat pocket.
Here is on with battery with a solar panel Ina small package, testing tbd.,April 22, 2017 at 11:40 pm #43820osozorroParticipant
I picked up a Powerfilm 20w with PowerBar bundle kit on Amazon. Still testing but is very solid. LOTS of connection options. Side post battery charging, alligator clips, etc… Waterproof and military graded (standard listed somewhere) durability.April 27, 2017 at 7:58 am #44008rampantraptorParticipant
Where I’m at right now the RavPower solar panels are pretty popular and work pretty decent for a single device, though I haven’t had the chance to try any others.
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