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Finally found a portable solar charger that works

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by PDXoriginal, Jul 22, 2012.

  1. PDXoriginal

    PDXoriginal PNW Well-Known Member

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    I have tried a bunch, but the Instapark 10 watt is the only one that actually puts out close to 10 watts at 2 amps and some how is the cheapest of the bunch.

    Granted it needs actual sunlight, over cast won't work all that well, but so far it has charged my Garmin Rino, cell phone, GMRS radio, 6000mAH and various battery packs, and even my Nexus 7 tablet. Around noon time with a full sun, it will output as well as a 2A charger.

    http://www.instapark.com/solar-powe...lar-panel-portable-solar-panel-charger-w.html

    http://goo.gl/TdJFE

    Can't wait to try it out in the Steens, so far it has proven to be a must have.
     
  2. greycobra_03

    greycobra_03 Medford Member

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    Nice :) but the only output is USB?
     
  3. Decker

    Decker My house Active Member

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    Nice find.
     
  4. Key-Hay

    Key-Hay North Carolina Active Member

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    I got one of those for my wife (She's constantly talking about "Off the grid". Only cost justification is not there.

    We would have to charge out iPads, Phones and other USB char gables 1.4 million times to pay back the cost of the unit.
     
  5. Key-Hay

    Key-Hay North Carolina Active Member

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    I got one of those for my wife (She's constantly talking about "Off the grid". Only cost justification is not there.

    We would have to charge out iPads, Phones and other USB char gables 1.4 million times to pay back the cost of the unit.
     
  6. PDXoriginal

    PDXoriginal PNW Well-Known Member

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    Decker and (deleted member) like this.
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    knuckle Head southeast Well-Known Member

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    So I guess the question is, where can you find an in between system which does not cost an arm and a leg??
     
  8. John Gault

    John Gault clackamas county Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I've heard pretty good things from this unit and company. Saw a couple bikers who had this unit strapped onto backpacks while riding and they say that it charged phones in a couple hours. This unit charges batteries also that can then be used for GPS or ??

    REI Goal Zero brand Guide 10 + (sorry, couldn't post link from here)
     
  9. PDXoriginal

    PDXoriginal PNW Well-Known Member

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    I looked at the Goal Zero first, but it didn't put out the output I needed. The one I posted has the output to charge my devices that need 2A.
     
  10. geometro

    geometro PDX Active Member

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    Depending on what the power demands are you could pick up a briefcase panel from Harbor Freight. They're only good for a nominal 13W which would be a losing proposition if you were using it to charge a battery to drive an inverter for a laptop. But if your power demands are less: charging a battery to power a LED lantern at night, or using the battery to charge smaller devices, it should be OK.