WakaWaka Solar Panel and Solar Link
$100; 3 lbs. 1 oz.; us.waka-waka.com
OUR TAKE Gadget lovers need power—and 1.2 billion people around the world need electricity. Stay juiced in the backcountry while giving back with this set from WakaWaka, which contains a super-efficient, 10-watt solar panel and inverter. Plus, for every purchase, WakaWaka donates a solar charger to a family in need (the company currently donates to people in 61 countries).
THE DETAILS This is the only 10-watt, outdoor-ready solar panel we’ve found at this price. With that much power, the panel can juice a dead iPhone in about three hours in direct sunlight. The Tic Tac boxsize Link converts solar energy, so you can plug two batteries, smartphones, or cameras directly into the panel. A polycarbonate housing protected the panels from granite, trail debris, and rogue dog paws, and a rugged elastic cord threads through the housing for easy lashing. Tradeoff: weight.
TRAIL CRED “I draped the solar panel over my pack in Peru, connecting it with a few biners,” one tester says. “Over the course of four hours in direct sunlight, I completely charged my 1220mAh GoPro Hero.”