While out on an outdoor adventure whether for purely explorational and recreational purpose or for carrying out a specific mission (e.g. research, competitive training), you will likely be using numerous smartphone apps that can quickly drain the battery off your mobile device.
Taking more than one smart device and a powerbank with you is a good idea, but it is against the principle of “traveling light” during long outdoor travels of the extreme kind. Powerbanks are lightweight enough, but they eventually run out juice, specially if it has to keep up with your frequent charging during days of outdoor tripping. The more sensible thing to do is to bring a highly advanced solar powered charger.
A powerful solar powered charger simply gets its energy from the sun. Now to avoid draining this device, you only need to place it directly under the scorching heat of the sun and let its technology to do the rest. In the meantime, find a shady area in which to fasten your hammock, as you need to avoid overexposure to the sun’s powerful UV rays if you have to stop and rest. Well, when it comes to this camping device, the best type to bring is a parachute hammock, because it is made from the same lightweight but sturdy materials used for parachutes.
Features that Make a Solar-Powered Charger Reliable and Powerful
More often than not the robust kind of solar-powered chargers include the word “Extreme to its brand.” Mainly because they are meant for outdoor activities that commonly take a person away from electrical outlets for days under harsh conditions.
The powerful type usually houses a 9,000 mAh battery, a size that is tolerable enough to load as extra weight in one’s backpack. Moreover, for a solar charger to be powerful under extreme outdoor travel, it must be outfitted with at least a 3 to 3.5- watt solar panel. That way, the charger can take in and store as much solar energy as possible through highly efficient monocrystalline solar cells.
An extreme solar charger includes other features such as waterproof, shockproof, scratch proof and built with a 5V USB port; plus an option for charging via an electrical outlet by way of 12V DC socket. Although 5V USB is pretty standard for any type of portable device, it is still best to check just how much voltage your device can take in case it deviates from the standard.