Solar Power Gadgets To Keep Your Electronics Powered During Power Outages

With the hurricane season really ramping up this fall, which will lead to the icy winter season, which will lead to the spring tornado season; I thought that it might be good to point out some awesome solar powered gadgets for keeping your electronics alive. One of the things that I have a love/hate relationship with is living outside of a city. It’s quiet and I have tons of space. However, it’s also pretty far away from the closest electric company hub, meaning if the power goes out during a storm, it will be a bit before we get it back. So, I’ve learned to keep different gadgets around that will help power my electronics up if there’s no electricity.

For larger items, like the fridge, generators are an excellent idea. But, for smaller items, like my phone (which I cannot live without), generators are too much of a hassle. Instead, there are several excellent solar powered chargers that you can pick up from Amazon that won’t cost you too much and won’t mean several trips to the gas station for that smelly generator.

Beswill Solar Charger

One of the best-rated ones on Amazon is the Beswill solar charger. It has a built in 8000mAh battery that will charge a single cell phone 3-4 times. It offers 3 USB charging ports so you can charge multiple phones or devices at the same time, which is something a lot of chargers don’t have. I also really love that it has an emergency flashlight on it so you can use it at night, if the power is out, if you’re camping, etc. As far as charging goes, you simply put it in direct sunlight or you can charge it with the micro USB cable either in your car or through a wall charger. It lists for $70.99 on Amazon but has been listed on sale for $21.99 with the major hurricanes that have hit this fall.

X-DNENG Solar Charger

If you’re looking for another inexpensive, yet highly rated, solar charger, the next one on the list is this one from X-DNENG. It offers a 10000mAh Li-polymer battery which is larger than the Beswill. The X-DNENG offers dual charging ports so you can charge multiple devices at the same time. I also love that it has an LED flashlight on the back for emergencies, just like the Beswill does. This solar charger is also rain, dirt and shockproof to help keep it from being damaged in an emergency or while camping or traveling. It lists on {Amazon for $59.99 but the sale price has been $28.99 lately.

Hobest Solar Charger

If you need just a little more juice than what the Beswill or X-DNENG offers, the Hobest has a 12000mAh solar powered battery. The Hobest model offers a dual USB charger port and offers a fast recharge time when left in direct sunlight. The USB ports also have specific ports for phones and tablets to help the devices charge faster in their listed port. This solar charger also has 2 LED flashlights with different modes, such as a torch, SOS or strobe and is also rain, dirt and shockproof. You’ll find it on Amazon for $27.99 and even get your choice of colors: blue and black or orange and black.

FKANT Waterproof Solar Charger

For some of us with the need for more juice, the FKANT solar charger is the way to go. With a 16000mAh battery and a dual USB charger port, you can easily charge some of the newest smartphones and tablets quickly. One of the things that I love about this charger as well is that it is waterproof up to 3 feet for 30 minutes (with the little waterproof lip closed, of course). It also has a 4LED flashlight with different modes like the SOS and strobe, as well as a battery level indicator. You can also charge this one in direct light and through an electric power source. While it lists for $79.99 on Amazon, it’s been on sale lately for $39.99.

OUTAD 21W Portable Solar Panel Charger

The OUTAD charger is extremely lightweight, folds up to fit into a backpack and is waterproof. It has a dual USB port charging area that can charge two devices at the same time. One of the cool things about this one is that it comes with hooks so it can be hung up to keep it off the floor or free up table space. This guy is perfect for those that have smaller spaces or need something easy to take with them when they are camping, out on the boat, or in areas where there are no tables or chairs to set the charger on. It lists for $89.99 on Amazon, but is on sale for $59.99 right now.

Other Options

Of course, there are tons of other options on Amazon to choose from. However, I personally recommend looking at those with high ratings, such as the ones that are listed in this article. With hundreds of excellent customer reviews, lots of answered questions about each one and the price drops on them all, these truly are the best ones out there today for the money. Even if you aren’t an avid camper or outdoors person, I recommend having one of these just in case of an emergency, such as a huge hurricane, massive ice storm and so on.

Trying not to melt away in the heat of Oklahoma, MD Weems has been a writer and artist for over 20 years. Her written works over all types of gaming have been used in college level game design textbooks as well as in US Patents over virtual character design. She has worked with gaming companies all over the world and is even cool enough to have her own Korean cartoon character.