Portable Solar

Don’t Pass on Pass-Through Charging!

We’ve been promoting the concept of pass-through charging since the early days of portable solar equipment. Primarily with the onset of lithium battery packs. Lately, I’ve seen a lot of buzz about it, which thankfully means that the functionality is…

How Do I Use A USB Solar Panel?

How Do I Use A USB Solar Panel?

A quick “How-To” for those new to portable solar… How do you use a USB solar panel or charger to keep your USB equipment & cameras running everywhere you go? Simple. Start by asking us what the best USB solar…

Portable Battery Banks – 3 Steps To Choosing Wisely

Portable Battery Banks – 3 Steps To Choosing Wisely

Did you see that great deal on that randomly-named USB battery pack on Amazon? Looks great doesn’t it? Massive storage. Connects to tablets & phones of all types. Charges fast. What else could you possibly want? As it turns out,…

Choosing The Best Solar Panel

Choosing the best solar panel is not simply a matter of getting the most watts for the cheapest price. Even if we could assume that all manufacturers produce equipment of equal quality, the old adage of “For every job, there…

Unlimited Pokemon Go Battery Life for your Phone

C/Net recently published an article outlining the power demands placed on an iPhone when playing Pokemon Go. Similar results can be expected on an Android device. While powering the phone for AR, GPS, camera, bright screen for daylight, and graphics processing,…

Solar Powered Laptop… Realities

Need a solar powered laptop? This article covers everything you need to know to take your laptop off-grid. Editor: Graham Morfitt, BSc (Physics) POP QUIZ Take a close look at this photo… See the problems? 1. The panel’s output voltage…

Solar Charging : Compact Cameras

This note is provided as a guide to those who want to solar power their compact digital camera while outdoors & away from household power. This encompasses cameras that use 3.6V or 3.7V lithium battery packs. Articles in this series…

Solar Charging dSLR Cameras

Solar charging dSLR cameras away from civilization? This article covers everything you need to know to take your laptop off-grid. Editor: Graham Morfitt, BSc (Physics) This note is provided as a guide to those who want to solar power their digital SLR…

Buying A Pocket Solar Charger

I’ve been seeing a huge number of ‘gadget’ solar chargers on the market this year. Everything from keychain size up to devices larger than your hand. Personally, I think this is fantastic, and am glad to see so many alternative…

Solar Gifts – Avoid Disappointment

Solar Gifts – Avoid Disappointment

Thinking about a solar gadget as a gift for someone? I’d like you to choose wisely. What they say it can do in the description often isn’t the case. And, they assume you won’t do a little math to make…

Solar Charger vs More Camera Batteries

Solar Charger vs More Camera Batteries

The question almost always comes up… do I really need a solar charger for my upcoming wilderness trek, or should I just buy a bunch of camera batteries? Knowing that you will be away from power for days, weeks, or…

Charging dSLR Camera Batteries from USB

Charging dSLR Camera Batteries from USB

USB battery packs & chargers are everywhere, but charging dSLR camera batteries from USB has not been possible. Until now. Editor: Graham Morfitt, BSc (Physics) The portable power and portable solar charger world is divided into two camps: USB &…

Personal Power for Nepal Trekkers

Personal Power for Nepal Trekkers

I just helped Mick Bromley of Wilderness Trekking head off to Nepal on his latest excursion with two sets of portable solar power systems. One is designed to keep a videographer’s equipment charged while he chronicles Mick’s legendary attention to…

Solar SmartPhone? Read This First!

Solar charging a smartphone is easy, but there are so many products on the market making promises that it becomes difficult to choose. The purpose of this article is to clear it all up for you. First, I will tell…

Solar Charging A Camera… A Little Advice

Solar Charging A Camera… A Little Advice

Solar charging a camera is not tough, but most websites & stores selling solar chargers don’t know the difference between the statements: ‘can charge a camera’ vs ‘will properly charge a camera’. I thought it might be handy to provide…

Camping With CPAP or BiPAP

Camping With CPAP or BiPAP

As a portable power guy, I get asked quite frequently about power for camping with CPAP or BiPAP machines. My former business partner uses a ventilator in managing his Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy, so this application is important to me. It…

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