REVIEW – The prevalence of rechargeable items, rechargeable batteries, and power banks has revolutionized life off the grid. But what to do when your power bank is depleted? It’s time to set up your solar panels and refill that battery. I have a Rophie 100W Portable Solar Panel to review. Read on to see what […]
REVIEW – I have never had the opportunity to review a solar panel larger than 100-Watts before so when the 200-Watt Portable Solar Panel from Rophie arrived to be reviewed, I began scanning the future weather forecasts for sunny days to put this panel through its paces. What is it? The Rophie 200-Watt Portable Solar
REVIEW – Ever since our energy grid failed us back in 2021 during that big snow event, I have been paranoid about having some backup power available. We have been getting notifications and warnings this summer to conserve energy and protect our electric grid. We have had over 32 days of 100 degrees or higher.
REVIEW – Portable power is a great thing. You can use these portable power stations to keep your portable electronics running at the beach, at a party, well, you get the idea. But…what powers the power station? What happens when that runs out of electrons? If you’re out camping and burn through your electronics battery
REVIEW – As my collection of portable batteries and power packs grows, the need for cheap (or free) electricity to keep them topped off increases as well. To avoid forking over my paycheck to Seattle City Light each month I’ve been looking for an effective solar panel kit to address this need. I may have
REVIEW – I’ve talked before about how reliant we Gadgeteers are on power. We love gadgets and gadgets love power. How about a gadget that doesn’t run on power – it creates power! Let’s take a look at the SunJack 25W foldable ETFE monocrystalline solar panel charger with two 10,000mAh power bank batteries system. How’s
REVIEW – I’ll level with you: I’m not much of a camper. I don’t get a lot of time off work, so when I get some I like to spend it somewhere with a real bed where people will bring me things like margaritas and other life giving sustenance. However, I buy a lot of
REVIEW – Power outage or outdoor events when your phone charge gets low? No problem if you have a solar panel in your pack. The Gosun SolarPanel 10 may be a portable solution to keep your small devices charged. Read on and see if you have a need for one or would you pass for
REVIEW – We live pretty far out in the sticks which definitely comes with its pluses and minuses. One of the biggest hassles being when the power goes out. Now I grant you this occasionally happens to everyone but one tree can take us off the grid for days, if not weeks at a time.
REVIEW – My outdoor adventures are usually of the less-than-one-day variety, so I often don’t need device-recharging options beyond small portable chargers. However, I’ve been wanting to do multi-day camping/hiking trips and the CHOETECH Portable Solar Panel charger looks like a good option for keeping phones/tablets/laptops charged for these types of adventures. It could also be
NEWS – Grouphug wants the world to know that harnessing the power of the sun doesn’t have to be hard to do. Instead of installing huge solar arrays on your roof or yard, you can get a small window solar charger that anyone can install in seconds. Just take it out of the box, put
REVIEW – The Suaoki 14W portable solar charge panel can keep your rechargeable items fully powered even when you’re off the grid. The lightweight, thin, water-resistant design features two USB charging ports with optimized power output. Read on to see what I think!
REVIEW – Voice in your Head: Here we go again, another portable charging solution. Me: Ah, but this one has a bit of a twist. The Renogy 10,000mAh Solar Panel Water Resistant Power Bank has not only a solar panel for backup charging, but is also water-resistant. Other products may offer one or the other of
In the summer of 2017, my family traveled to my wife’s home in the central Philippines. While waiting for a ferry to her island, an earthquake struck. Moments later, the power went out. In a few days, the rolling blackouts, heat, humidity and need to keep medical equipment functioning drove the need to purchase a
Paying your electric bill every month is a real drag when you can get as much power as you want from the sun – for free. Ok, it’s not totally free because you need a solar panel to collect the power and they aren’t free. But if you are interested in going green, consider starting