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Old 04-16-16, 05:04 PM
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Best Solar Power Charging for long Tour?

Looking for advise on choosing a reliable solar charger with multi-outputs (Go-Pro, Smart Phone, ...) that's not going to break the bank (<$100, but enjoy input on higher price items). Thanks in advance!
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A square Yard of panel will help, anything less wont have much output. /take more time, (obvious ratio )

small & Light will take more time .. I have battery charging panels for AA take a full sunny day @ least..

just bring the chargers and use wall Plugs to the mains..

a favorite Pub , here, has assorted chargers for various Phone brands, have a pint,/ charge your phone.

NB: Ohm's law
E=1/R (2 of 3) ...

https://www.allaboutcircuits.com/text...stance-relate/

..so watts is just half, need amps-rate too..

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I bought a RAV power 15W portable solar charger, and it works, but it weighs 1+1/2 pounds. I haven't been able to find room on my bike for it, for some reason...

Amazon.com: RAVPower 15W Solar Charger with Dual USB Port (Foldable, Portable, iSmart Technology): Cell Phones & Accessories
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Here is a good detailed article that helped me in Crazy Guy
https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/...c_id=9258&v=xu
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Originally Posted by gracehowler
Here is a good detailed article that helped me in Crazy Guy
https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/...c_id=9258&v=xu
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I have the Instapark and will use it next month during our shake down trip. Just wanted to write that my experience matches the article - under sunny skies with the sun still quite low on the horizon the panel produces close to 4W. (vs 10W nominal). I plan to install the panel on my rear rack to top off an external battery, while using wall outlets whenever possible.
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I'm always keeping an eye on the market because it's rapidly changing. Currently I have my eye on this Anker 21W that weighs 14.72 ounces and has excellent reviews.


BTW: Several years ago I used (borrowed) a fold-out panel that failed to supply adequate charge power while riding. So...I'm always hesitant to commit, but rapid advancements and my faith that someday solar will be THE-WAY keeps my interest piqued.

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No matter what you want to have some sort of battery system to go with your solar panel. I've heard many people say that phones will stop charging if there is a disruption in power (such as going through a tunnel). Use the panel to charge the battery and the battery to charge your devices. Currently I have an Allpowers 23000MAH. So far it seems to charge even in low sunlight/indirect angles. If has a built in battery that can be charged by solar or AC and has a USB and DC 12V,16V,19V output (which you can use to charge tablets and laptop though it didn't come with an adapter that works with mine ). The battery lasts a long time and charges almost as fast as a wall outlet. However, it seems like I am the only person that hasn't had a significant problem with it. Some people have said that it is completely defective out of the box. I must have lucked out. Since I can't guarantee the quality I'd go with something else.
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Thank you, everyone. The article and insight on this thread was a huge help. I like the Nomad to the battery then to the device. Seems best way to go.
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Has anyone used this companies products? Fuse 9W Solar Tablet Charger
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save yourself a fortune and leave all the gadgets at home take a small radio for the tent at night other than that enjoy the scenery ,how the hell did they manage years ago without all the distractions like cell phones sat nav cycle computers.just go and enjoy forget about the ratrace for a while.
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I just bought AA batteries. ^ am/fm/sw radio^ and Brought along a Musical Instrument to join in Pub sessions.


Best Solar cells are Blue, they dont bend or they Break, Brown looking stuff has been made into Flexible panels But they have a smaller output.

Not a technical answer, but, you can look up more technical explanations.

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Has anyone used this companies products? Fuse 9W Solar Tablet Charger
No but you may.

Hint: it wont work worth a damn unless you stop and follow the sun to have it lay flat and under a sunny sky.

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What type of touring are you doing? I'm preparing for a CC tour, and I just opted for a couple USB battery packs. 2 2600mAh packs, and a 15000mAh or so, the idea being that I just charge all three every night, use the two small ones first, and then recharge the small ones off the big if necessary, or use the big one in a bar bag with USB cords coming out to electronics.

If you can charge things on a regular basis, the battery packs are far more convenient.
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Check out Goal Zero products.
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Originally Posted by BigAura
I'm always keeping an eye on the market because it's rapidly changing. Currently I have my eye on this Anker 21W that weighs 14.72 ounces and has excellent reviews.
FWIW I have the older 14w version of that Anker charger and it works quite well, with enough juice to charge 2 phones, at least in socal sun. I've only used it when car camping though.
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