What You Don't Know About Solar Chargers
The spike in use of greener products has largely been due to the growing awareness of the effects of a steady
degradation of the environment.
More people are now waking up to the benefits of solar products, particularly solar chargers for portable
There’s been a steady decrease in prices for solar power technology, making more and more people embrace the
technology, not only because of prices, but to make a contribution towards scaling back on environmental
Many cities in countries like south Africa, Spain, France and Australia have already adopted solar technology
for powering street lighting and heated water systems. Solar powered chargers are now widely available in many
electrical outlets, as well as from online sellers.
Solar chargers and other products have become potent rivals to the standard mains chargers and appliances. There
are several specialized solar products manufacturers, however, many big standard electrical brands have joined the
solar craze too.
How solar chargers work
Ideally, a solar powered charger requires up to 10 hours exposure to direct sunlight to get fully charged, after
which you can use it to charge your mobile phone. In case there’s no direct sunlight, then the charger will take
between 24 to 48 hours to fill up.
This can be a draw back especially for places with less sunlight. Fortunately, once the charger’s internal
battery is full, it can hold the charge for up to a year, making the solar charger extremely useful in times of
emergency and travel.
Why you should use a solar charger
Solar powered chargers are extremely handy if you’re always on the move. Travellers, sportsmen and backpackers
use solar chargers in off-grid remote destinations.
In a world where staying connected has become a part of life, mobile, portable devices are increasingly becoming
indispensable. As such, the need to keep these devices powered for long hours has increased, making the importance
of solar chargers more apparent.
By using a solar charger, you save on energy costs,
and in the long run help to keep the environment green. Solar power is a clean, cheaper alternative to other forms
Most solar powered chargers are generic, meaning they are compatible with a variety of mobile devices, thus, you
will need only one charger for all your portable gadgets, e.g. mobile phone, music player, GPS locator and many
other electronic devices.
Considerations when buying a solar charger
The type of solar charger to buy depends on the device to use it for and the place where you’ll be using the
charger. There are two types of solar chargers you can buy: the internal rechargeable battery type and the foldable
portable solar panel charger.
If your charging needs are for smaller electronics, for instance phones and MP3 players, then the internal
rechargeable battery charger is your choice. The foldable portable panel charger has more power output and is
suitable for bigger devices, like laptops, small television sets and radios.
Other factors to consider are size and cost. Usually bigger chargers are more powerful hence, more expensive
than smaller, less powerful chargers. Carefully explore the various options against your needs before buying one.
Of course, you could always embark on a small diy energy project
to make your own DIY solar charger. That would be a fun and cheaper