Solar power has been around for ages, but there’s still something very cool about harnessing the power of the sun to keep our various less-powerful gadgets and lamps and televisions in working order. It’s the sun! People used to think that thing was a god and now we use it to juice up our Nintendo DSes. You got played, sun.
In any case, solar power is here to stay, as are solar chargers, those on-the-go battery backs for your phone or tablet that garner energy from sunlight. Meaning you’ll never have to plug it in as long as our little blue planet revolves around the sun.
Here are five portable, sturdy solar chargers that’ll keep you powered up as long as there is a sun in the sky.
A foldable, well-powered solar panel that can charge two devices at once! At less than $50, that’s a pretty great steal for something that could save your life in a 127 Hours-style situation (or just your standard phone-died-need-Google-Maps situation). [Amazon, 42.49]
This thing can withstand just about any kind of indignity you could imagine inflicting on it: drops in puddles, being left out in the rain, being tossed around in your backpack for months on end. The Dizaul handles it all and will still give your phone a full charge when you’re on-the-go. [Amazon, 19.95]
The Plochy has enough internal storage to charge your iPhone ten times over if that’s what you need. Perfect for camping trips or when you’re sleeping over at your significant other’s place that seems to have zero fucking outlets. [Amazon, 39.99]
The solar PowerPort is a great way to deliver a fast, sustained charge to your devices without spending even a minute inside. It delivers a charge at the speed of the regular wall outlet in direct sunlight, which is pretty damn nuts if you ask me. [Amazon, 61.99]
People love the Hiluckey’s amazing battery capacity at its price point, not to mention is a combination of a rugged, compact design and the fold-out fan design that gives you the best of both worlds when choosing the solar charger right for you. [Amazon, $27.99]