I was wondering if anyone had experience of a portable, lightweight solar charger that was useful, invaluable even, when out in the wilderness away from power sources. I have a simple one, Solar Monkey I think it’s called, which is quite old now and, whilst it worked a little, was really not much cop at all. But I’m hoping the technology has moved on a bit.
I’ll be kayaking / camping for up to six days away from power, but would like to ensure I keep both my phone and cameras running for the duration. I have a couple of power blocks that I can precharge and they have worked okay in the past, although rather than simply carrying a few more of these (which may prove to be the best option) I’m looking again at the solar angle, see if it’s a goer these days.
Many reviews I’ve read, and even advertising write-ups for products seem to be refreshingly honest about their product’s limitations, noting that they are really power blocks to be charged before leaving and the solar panel is a small top-up extra, but not to be relied upon. Other reviews suggest better performance, but how much better?
So, any advice, experiences, successes or failures you have had with such devices would be good to hear; thanks.