A powerbank is a portable device that can charge your phones, cameras or laptops without mains electricity. We are often out and about and increasingly reliant on our devices so anything that can keep them powered up when they are low on power is a must.
Most powerbanks are charged using conventional sources: plug them into the mains or the USB port of your PC or laptop and you have a portable source of power. A solar powerbank has the added option of getting its energy from sunlight using a small solar panel to store charge.
These kinds of powerbanks are especially useful for those at festivals, camping trips, sports events or any other outdoor event where no electricity sockets are to be found, but keeping equipment charged for emergencies is vital.
Even if you’re in the UK, a solar powerbank works as they use amorphous solar panel technology. This can charge up the solar powerbank even when the sun is not shining brightly.
Although you can get a full charge using exclusively solar power, it’s best to use mains or USB power to charge the solar powerbank first and then top up with solar power when you’re on the move or away from conventional power sources.
Some examples of solar powerbanks
Here’s an example of what is available:
POWERplus Zebra Solar Powerbank – £21.99 (exc P&P)
A low cost high value solar powerbank. The Zebra has integrated charging indication and battery status LEDs and it can charge iPhones and most other types of smartphones. Buy the PowerPlus Zebra Solar Powerbank at ECO Arcade.
POWERplus Camel Portable Solar Charger powerbank – £22.99 (exc P&P)
The POWERplus Camel solar charger is a 3W solar cell with an effective output of 2W which can charge your mobile phone and other mobile USB chargeable devices directly using the sun. With the Camel you can create your own small (emergency) energy supply. For example and off-grid lighting system with additional powerbank and USB light(s). Buy the POWERplus Camel Portable Solar Charger powerbank at ECO Arcade.
Freeloader iSIS solar powerbank – £62.99 (exc P&P)
This is an all weather HD solar panel for charging in all outdoor light conditions. Integrated micro USB and lightening cables. Integrated USB port. Charge 2 devices at the same time. LCD screen, water resistant. Integral stand. Includes tough case, strap and USB cable. Buy Freeloader iSIS solar powerbank at ECO Arcade.
This is just a small selection of solar powerbanks. They have the potential to be a lifesaver, making sure you are never without power for your devices.