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  • How to choose the best solar charger?

    Solar chargers tend to fall into three styles: Power banks that have a solar panel attached, stand-alone solar panels for charging outdoors, and a few options that combine these two, pairing larger fold-out panels with a power bank. For on-the-go use, smaller power banks may be more convenient, but any solar capability offered by putting a single panel on the face of a portable battery is going to be limited. Solar-capable power banks can recharge entirely by sunlight, but it may take up to a week of sunny days to do so. Instead, these pocketable power backups are meant to be charged like any other power bank, but exposing the charged bank to regular sunlight will help keep the battery topped off. These external batteries do boast some added functionality thanks to built in flashlights and other features, but the solar aspect isn't the main selling point. For serious charging when in nature, you'll be better served by one of several solar charging panels, which offer more surface area and more-efficient power generation. These portable panels can charge a phone or tablet in a matter of hours, and most are designed to attach to the outside of a backpack, so you can charge phones or cameras while hiking. The best solar chargers bring you freedom. You're no longer stuck near wall outlets to stay powered up and racking up higher power bills as you make sure your gadgets are filled with juice. Instead, a solar charger can soak up the sun's rays and convert that into the energy to keep your gadgets on the go. After all, for all the mobility of the modern age, we spend a lot of time tethered to stationary outlets, charging batteries. To help set you free, or just give you a way to charge a device in the great outdoors, we've pulled together a list of the best solar chargers out there. Whether we're looking at the most popular best-sellers or rugged trail gear, these portable solar panels and solar-cell-equipped power banks are great for everything from backpacking and hiking to week-long camping trips, or just keeping a charge while you're out at a barbeque — perfect now that we're in the heat of summer and spending more time outdoors, away from plugs.

  • The best USB charging stations for 2022

    Most households have more cords than they can keep track of. Instead of daisy-chaining surge protectors and playing find-an-outlet, you could just buy a single USB charging station. With options including a multiple-device public charging station and a portable charger that’s mostly a bunch of USB ports on a long charging cord, simplifying your charging situation is easy with these USB hubs for charging and syncing. We’ve reviewed the best USB charging stations for 2021, whether you need a few extra ports or many. You’ll be able to find a charging station that reduces your outlet headaches and meets your device power needs at home or in the office. This article concerns mostly those options with USB ports, so you’ll need to check out the best wireless chargers if you’re looking for options to charge your phone wirelessly. If you’re after speed and nothing else, then check out the best fast chargers or the best portable battery chargers if you need to keep your smartphone juiced on the go. What are the benefits of a USB charging station? But why should you even buy a USB charging station? After all, you probably have a bunch of USB adapters just lying around. Well, it’s for the same reason you might have a power strip — for ease of use and expanding your options. If you have three devices that need charging, a single AC outlet and USB adapter aren’t going to cut it. Instead, plug a USB charging station into that outlet and charge all of your devices at once. Which type of USB charging station best suits your needs? Your choice of USB charging stations is going to depend heavily on the devices you have to charge. Have a lot of smartphones and tablets that often need charging in a single area? Then get a charging station with as many USB ports as possible. Have a laptop too? Keep an eye out for a charging station with at least one AC outlet as well. There’s a massive range of charging stations available, and a number even function as power banks as well, so you can take them outdoors with you too.

  • More Info on Off-Grid Inverters

    We offer a wide variety of off-grid inverters from modified sine wave inverters that are best for simple systems to pure sine wave inverters that necessary for electronics and inductive loads. And we have huge selection of sizes from 100 Watts all the way up to 7000 Watt off-grid inverters. What's the difference between a modified and pure sine wave off-grid inverter? Read more below or check out the inverter section of our series on going off-grid. OFF-GRID MODIFIED SINE WAVE INVERTERS Best for simpler systems Typically inexpensive Fine for older TVs, incandescent lights, motors with brushes Generally not good with: electronics, audio, induction motors, rechargeable batteries or digital clocks Modified sine wave off-grid inverters are a perfect choice if you are putting together a DIY emergency solar kit, or a cabin with modest electrical needs. Any more modern electronic loads like a HD television, or something with a high electrical surge, likely aren’t good choices for modified sine wave inverters. OFF-GRID PURE SINE WAVE INVERTERS Preferred for off-grid homes or larger solar systems Generally more expensive (but prices continue to fall) Necessary for electronics, florescent lights and dimmers, inductive loads to operate at their best Mandatory for grid-tied systems Pure sine wave inverters work in nearly all types of off-grid solar systems, depending on the requirements of the system. Generally pure sine wave inverters are used in larger off-grid solar systems, but they are also for appropriate for smaller systems—like mobile applications. When trying to identify an inverter, one important requirement to determine is the types of loads it will be powering. If you are going to be powering sophisticated electronics, like a fancy new television or gaming console, a pure sine wave inverter is the way to go. Pure sine wave inverters come in all sizes (from 100W on up to over 7000W). They can be stacked to accommodate larger loads in more complex off-grid solar systems—no matter if you have a 12V, 24V, or 48V system. The technology behind pure sine wave inverters is innovating continually, and they are becoming more versatile, lightweight, and coming with more programmable options.

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