Portable solar power is becoming increasingly popular as our society begins to depend upon and utilize electronics for just about everything. Twenty years ago you would probably have been happy to take a regular film camera with you on a hiking trip in the mountains. But these days, most of us would prefer to take our digital cameras. That means new solutions have to be developed to make it possible for us to run these devices without access to conventional sources of electricity.
Portable solar chargers can take many forms – they may be flexible chargers, that you can roll up and carry with you on your backpack. Some solar chargers are foldable, some portable solar panels can be carried in your car, or installed on the roof of an RV (Recreational Vehicle). These panels give one a form of alternative energy that will work anywhere where there is sun.
Some solar chargers are strong enough to power your laptop or notebook, while others work for smaller devices such as cellular phones, cameras, iPods, MP-3 players, flashlights, radios, palm computers, etc. In order to ensure you get the correct charger to run your equipment, you will need to get a charger with the correct wattage (electrical supply). Please see Watts? How Many Watts Does My Device Need to Supply? for more information and guidance on how to determine the wattage you need. You can also see our Solar Charger Guide for help selecting the correct equipment.
A solar battery charger allows you to charge batteries during the day, and then use them to power your equipment, during the night. These, as well as other portable solar equipment, have become a solution for hikers, campers, photographers, emergency workers, mountaineers, backpackers, bicyclers, horse-back riders, and anyone who will be away from the power outlets when they need to run or charge their electronic devices. Like other similar equipment, they can be used to run or charge laptops, cameras, cell phones, batteries, lights, MP3 players, GPS devices, and other electronic equipment. The advantage with a solar battery charger is that it can help you create and store power for later use. One can charge batteries in the sun during the day, and use the stored electricity at night, indoors, or in bad weather.
Portable solar chargers also form a vital part of any home or car emergency survival kit. Emergency solar power might help save a life, in case of accident, injury, natural catastrophe, or any other emergency where you could be cut off from the power grids but have an urgent need for electricity. These chargers can form a part of wilderness survival kits, emergency kits, and even natural disaster survival kits.
Solar-powered devices are also, of course, eco-friendly. They create electricity with what is known as “green energy,” or “clean energy.” In other words, electricity which is produced without harm being done to the environment and without creating any polluting byproducts.