No, you are only keeping it simple in the purchase stage.
Originally Posted by chaadster
Except when you want to use the battery as a battery pack: You will have to carry the solar around with you too. And you also neglect to consider that a Li-ion doesn't really like heat, and I can't think of warmer place than under a black solar panel in the sun.
I'm quite satisfied that the Joos Orange would be my choice for cyclotouring to charge phone & iPad as I don't see any advantage to running a stand alone solar panel (i.e no onboard battery) and for the zero fuss setup. All you need to do is have it out in the light to charge; no plugging in, no unfolding, no routing cables, no worry of the weather.
Yes and you'd be able to do the same with a battery pack of your choosing.
I'd probably just strap it on top of the rack and leave it there during the ride, then plug my equipment in as needed at night.
If you are that much against folding solar panels, and not so much against external battery packs, you need to take a look at Voltaic solar panels and battery packs. They are at voltaicsystems.com
Although I haven't done cyclotouring, I have done trekking, canoe camping, and back country hiking, and I know a few things from those experiences: you "make hay while the sun shines," you keep things simple, and the weather will be awful. I've had mates with the foldout solar panels and I've seen how they can be a pain to deal with, not the least of which is the inability to put out and secure the panels and batteries at camp.
Yes, but not a choice of batteries, if you see what I mean. And with the heat it will get, you will soon be needing another battery.
The Joos has, by the way, a user replaceable internal battery.