I’ve owned probably 5 or 6 different power banks from various manufacturers over the years. Most seemed to work OK, with the following exceptions:1. Seller/manufacturer claims that a power bank is water resistant should be viewed with skepticism.2. Solar charging seems to be little more than a sales/marketing gimmick, i.e. even high levels of sunlight aren’t sufficient to keep a cell phone charged under light to moderate use.3. Battery level indication needs to be taken with a grain of salt.
1) Yeaaaah, maybe it's paranoia but imo powerbanks are an item that should be as far away from the possibility of saturation/immersion as possible. If out and about you can easily get a longer cable and route it out of your backpack to keep the pack safe but phone charging and to hand.2) Solar chaging, do you mean the brick style banks that have an integrated panel? I think that's more intended as a trickle top up for the powerbank than anything else, it should still be charged from a source initially3) Usually (though some have screens) the indication is very rough (4 lights for example) and this can get out of whack as the powerbank is used and the indicator gets out of sync with the batteries/the batteries naturally degrade with use. After some time you should get a 'feel' for how much power you actually have given regular use casesI also like to carry those little USB circuit boards with LEDs soldered on, they're brighter than a phone's flash and fit in a wallet no problem, pairs great with a powerbank, particularly in a black out
If I ever get one I'll look to a thru-hiking forum for recommendations.(I'm on one and they get talked about a bit)
OK I just saw a discussion about them in one, over 90% of people are recommending Anker and as far as solar goes they are saying it's not worth the extra weight (perhaps only a consideration for backpackers and not you).
Interesting, thanks for sharing this.Not sure if this was directed to me or the OP, but for my needs I would gladly deal with the extra weight if I could find a solar charger/array that would actually generate enough power to be useful under real world conditions.
Not sure if this was directed to me or the OP, but for my needs I would gladly deal with the extra weight if I could find a solar charger/array that would actually generate enough power to be useful under real world conditions.
There was also a comment or two along the lines of solar might only be worth considering if you're somewhere like Arizona.Mind you, backpackers/hikers are usually walking during the optimal solar part of the day, not charging their devices in the sun.Is there such a thing as a solar hat?
For hiking folks tend to just hand the panel on the back of their pack.
Exactly. The panel is just hanging on the pack or strapped to the top while they’re hiking. They aren’t trying to make sure that they are setting it in a sunny spot at a good angle.For hikers and backpackers, it would also be a question of panel size vs amount of power wanted vs weight/space. For a weight conscious hiker, carrying a 5w panel and 10,000mAh bank isn’t going to be worth it, if they only need 20,000mAh and the panel weighs more or takes up more space than an additional power bank.Whereas, if wanting for emergencies or car camping, the weight may not be as big of factor as the ability to generate extra power.
Exactly. The panel is just hanging on the pack or strapped to the top while they’re hiking. They aren’t trying to make sure that they are setting it in a sunny spot at a good angle.
You're on another forum?! And you admit it?!
Well it's actually a Facebook group. Which is kinda like a forum with no organization.
And no integrity, no history, no substance....
But then maybe I'm a bit biased....
I did end up buying the Anker. 20000mAh version for $50. Works great. Bought 2 so my wife could use one. Charges my phone way faster than an outletThanks for the help. MTO to the rescue
Fantastic that it's working out for you, if it's charging faster than an outlet then it's likely your outlet charger is low amp. Anker also make great plug in chargers that charge significantly quicker for cheap (about £8 here) if you're interested
Thats what Im thinking (also starting to splice near one of the connections)Coworker saw mine and he mentioned he had the same one (older version of it). He also brought up the higher charging cords/chargers.Thanks again
That's a biggie too, the same things get asked over and over. In a forum you often find your answer is already there.So you have no connection with the MTO Facebook group?