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Gear Testing: Rugged Solar Charging Power Packs

Rugged solar charging power banks

Odd timing, but I have been sent several different ruggedized, solar-powered, portable power banks recently. Maybe it’s a new year thing, beats me. I’ll admit that I’m not really the type of person that carries around a spare power bank for my smartphone or devices when I’m on the trail. My thinking is to conserve power by simply not using my smartphone – I got outdoors to get off the grid, not carry it with me. That said, this technology is improving rapidly and I’m looking forward to comparing them.

I’ll be testing these three specific brands/models:

I was surprised to see that these are relatively inexpensive, in the region of $40 each. The CoreThird Maasai 10 Solar Panel is slightly more expensive but solar panels are and this one is extremely well made – and light weight.

Anyway, this isn’t a in-depth product review, just a short post to say that I’m back testing gear and looking forward to getting back to blogging. I have plenty to share and welcome your input and feedback as always. Here are some additional photos of the three chargers. If you have tried them and have comments, leave them below – I’d love to hear your thoughts. // BG

CoreThird 5000mAh Light Weight Power Bank & Maasai 10 Solar Panel ELEMENTO 16000mAh Rugged Solar Charger OUTXE 10000mAh Rugged Solar Portable Power Bank

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  • Colin

    Looking forward to seeing your posts again! I’ve always had bad experience with self-hacked solar panels + backpacks. I find they don’t tend to charge while you’re hiking, but only when you’re stopped (and if that’s the case, you might as well just manually bring the panels out).

    • Hi Colin, yeah I agree. My past experience with solar panels, chargers, and power banks hasn’t been great. I have to say that on first impressions these are well made and very efficient in both charging up and powering devices.

  • Glad to see some activity Brian! Look forward to some more. Hope all is well amigo.