The Anker 14w solar panel is a top notch solar panel. The solar array has excellent solar efficiency of 15-18% which makes it one of a kind for it’s cost. The panel is good for hiking, camping and other outdoor activities. The array has it’s own cons too. Continue reading the review to find out.
RATING : 4.5/ 5
PRICE : $ 59.99
The Anker 14w panel can conveniently charge any 5V input USB devices such as smartphone, GPS unit, iPhone, iPad, tablets, kindle. Charges smartphones such as Galaxy S4 and kindle devices promisingly well.
In the Box
The package contains 14W foldable dual port solar charger and an instruction manual.
Foldable solar array has been assembled with 4 mono crystalline solar cells of 15-18% conversion efficiency. Its power rating is 14 watts. It has two USB charging ports. The array is stated to provide an output of 5V/2A.
The panels of the array are hardened PET plastic faced and stitched into weather resistant polyester canvas for durability and long service life. Offers portability as the panels could be folded along the polymer edges adjoining the panels.
Also has eyeholes for fastening it to backpacks or spreading it on any suitable surface for full exposure to sunlight.
The charger charged HTC One V with a 1,500 mAh battery from dead to 100% in around 4.5 hr. The charger is slow in charging compared to some of the solar chargers which can charge an iPhone completely in around 80 min.
The gear has 18 month warranty with customer support.
Watch the video review
- High efficiency solar panels, which charges devices as quick as a wall socket under clear sky(above 600 W/m2 radiation).
- Total of 4 panels give an edge over any of the similar priced 3 panel kits.
- Cheap, the panels with same wattage are sold at $ 120.
- Capable of charging two USB devices at a time.
- Prompt customer service/support.
- Does not charge the devices under cloud shade.
- USB charging wires, batteries are not included with the purchase.
Not able to find the right solar charger?
This charger does a good job charging devices when you are on a camping or a hiking trip. But it’s not the best for day to day travel or for a month long outdoor journey.
We have put together a 1 page cheat-sheet report which lists out the best of the best solar chargers categorized by the purpose,compatibility and price point. You can download the report for FREE below: