Solar bags can be
used to charge many different smaller devices such as cell phones, mp3
players, and digital cameras, while you are hiking or walking around.
They can be great for an emergency situation, as a solar bag will
ensure that you always have enough power to charge your cell phone so
you can make at least a few calls.
The one thing to keep in
mind before purchasing any solar backpack is that they are not designed
to fully charge your products and they cannot be used for larger
devices such as laptops. They contain a small battery that is charged
by the solar panel, which can be used to charge a number of different
smaller devices. With a fully charged solar battery, these products
might be able to fully charge your cell phone or mp3 player.
You can also connect your
device to the battery and it will slowly charge your device provided
that the bag is exposed to sunlight. The price of these solar backpacks
is still quite high, especially considering the limitations of the
solar charger. Nonetheless, some of the products are still quite decent
quality, and can be extremely useful as long as you keep their
limitations in mind. Below we’ll take a look at some of the most
popular solar bags on the market and provide reviews and information on
Samsonite Solar Powered
Samsonite is one of the
leading manufacturers of luggage, and they produce one of the lowest
priced solar bags on the market. This bag has a list price of $300, but
you should be able to find it from most online retailers for around
The solar panel and
capabilities of this bag are similar to most other bags, but this bag
does not include a backup battery like many other bags which means that
you can only charge your devices when the bag is exposed to sunlight.
The only other drawback to this bag is that it only comes with a 12
volt cigarette lighter type adaptor, so you will need to make sure your
device has a charger that can be plugged into a cigarette lighter
|Despite these limitations,
this bag still comes highly recommended for use in emergency
situations. When walking in bright sun light you should be able to
reasonably charge one small electronic device at a time. The Samsonite
Solar Messenger Bag
is quite well constructed since it comes from one of the world’s
leading bag and luggage producers. Overall, this is a fairly decent
solar back pack, especially considering the low price tag.
Voltaic Off-Grid Solar
The Voltaic solar bag is
one of the most versatile and highest quality solar back pack on the
market, although the higher price reflects this, costing anywhere
between $200 and $250. This particular bag contains a
very efficient solar panel that can be unzipped from the bag to be used
on its own or even attached to another bag.
This product also comes
with a battery that contains a USB
port as well as five different
adaptors so it can charge almost any handheld device. The
themselves are available in with either orange, charcoal gray, or
silver accents to make the bag look quite fashionable as well. The bag
itself is made of a decent quality material, although it still doesn’t
seem to be quite up to the level of the Samsonite bag.
Nonetheless, the bag
should last at least a few years, and Voltaic are well known for their
excellent level of customer service so it should be no problem getting
a replacement should the bag or solar panels be damaged. Both the
Voltaic and the Samsonite bags are marketed as laptop bags, although
the Voltaic is the only one which has a padded laptop sleeve built
directly into the bag.
Both bags are
padded, but the Voltaic bag keeps your computer much better protected.
The biggest benefit of this product is the detachable solar panel and
battery, which gives you the freedom to use the solar charger anywhere
or even on another bag.
You can also purchase only
the solar panel and
battery from Voltaic for around $130 and attach it to any bag you
This bag is quite an
efficient charger as well, and can fully charge your cell phone with
about 4 to 5 hours worth of direct sunlight, and one hour of direct
sunlight can give you up to three hours worth of talk time. Another
advantage of this product is that the battery can be charged by the
solar panel or connected to a power outlet and charged that
should take about 7 or 8 hours of sunlight for the solar panel to
charge the battery, or about 4 or 5 hours through a conventional power
Off-Grid Solar Backpack
advantages over a lot of other similar products on the market,
nonetheless the price may put some people off. No solar back pack is a
truly efficient battery charger, although they can still be useful.
This product is on the higher end of the line, and comes highly
recommended, although if you are looking to spend less money, you can’t
go wrong with most of the cheaper products either. Just be sure to do
some research before making your purchase to ensure you are getting a
decent quality product for your money.
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