Solar chargers: strengths and downsides

Solar chargers are becoming more and more popular and available. No wonder: this ‘greener’ alternative to traditional sources of energy can save their users quite a lot of money. However, when it concerns other characteristics of solar chargers, the majority of potential customers feel at a loss because they simply have no idea whether such gadgets are more or less efficient, how long they will serve, how solar batteries affect their portability, etc. Do you know the main pros and cons of solar gadgets? In this blog, we will take a quick look at them.

Let’s start with benefits. If you want to charge small-sized gadgets such as music players, GPS devices, or smartphones, solar chargers are the best option. Chargers for such gadgets are small enough, so you can easily put them in your bag or pocket if you want some charging on the go. In full sun, they will need a couple of hours to power your devices, depending both on the gadget and the charger. Good news is that you can also forget about buying new batteries often – solar chargers will easily charge your old ones. Moreover, you will avoid the necessity to dispose alkaline batteries.

The biggest disadvantage of the use of solar powered chargers is that there are quite a lot of limitations with larger devices such as laptops. Their high energy consumption makes the majority of regular solar chargers inefficient as sources of power.  For example, if you want to power your computer with the help of a portable solar charger, you need a wattage panel–15 to 20–along with a back-up battery. IF you count the cost of all the necessary cables and panels, it will hardly make you happy.

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