WakaWaka So­lar Panel and So­lar Link

$100; 3 lbs. 1 oz.; us.waka-waka.com

Backpacker - - Field Test Shakedown -

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.”

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