Solar Backpacks and Backup Laptop Chargers
If you enjoy taking your computer and other devices on camping trips or to the beach, having a backup battery charger will make the trip much more pleasurable.
In addition, if the electricity ever goes out at your home or office, being able to charge your laptop and other mobile devices in order to communicate with emergency personnel or your relatives can bring you a better sense of security and peace of mind.
These backpacks and chargers make great gifts for any techie too!
Members of our family are spread out across the country, and everyone has had their electricity go out from time to time.
Last year, two of our daughters were affected by a major hurricane on the Eastern seaboard, and neither of them had electricity for several days.
They were hesitant to spend much time on their cell phones because they didn’t want to have to keep taking their phones out to their cars to be charged.
They were unable to use their laptops. I plan to give all our daughters some type of backup charger before this happens again.
I like to be able to stay in touch, especially when there is an emergency.
There are a wide variety of these chargers available.
Some of the more popular choices are solar powered backpacks that allow you to carry your laptop and other devices around and keep them fully charged at the same time.
However, these are not your only option. For example, you can also find special car chargers for your laptop (although that still means you need to use your car to charge it).
There are also solar powered chargers that are not part of a a backpack. To see what kinds of batteries are required, look at this list of battery types here.
I plan to get solar chargers for our daughters, although there are a few drawbacks to always depending on the sun, too.
Another option is to purchase battery powered chargers. One of these items is sure to meet your needs.
Having a way to charge your laptop no matter where you are can greatly extend your ability to use it and your other devices when your electricity goes out or when you decide to roam far away from the nearest electrical outlet.
In fact, if you live in an area that is prone to natural disasters, such as hurricanes, blizzards, or earthquakes, owning one of these devices could be life-saving.
Keep your laptop, tablet and other mobile devices working. Take your power with you wherever you go.
Voltaic Systems Solar Charger Backpack
If you spend a lot of time away from civilization and electricity, or you are concerned about a major power outage in your area, this may be the device that you will want to get.
You can also lay the solar array in the sun and charge your computer and other devices while you are working outdoors.
However, it only works in the sun. If you need to charge your computer at night, you may prefer a battery operated device, such as you will see later in this article.
Solarbac Computer Backpack with Solar Charger
Stay Charged my Friends!
This is another choice that will allow you to operate your mobile equipment even when you have no source of electricity … as long as you have sunlight.
They may not be ideal, for example, if you want backup charging capacity after thunderstorms and tornadoes, because the overcast skies may limit how well they work.
More Info on Backup Chargers
Solar backpack chargers are especially popular with people who enjoy spending a lot of time outdoors.
They are ideal for hikers, beachcombers, and anyone who does not want to be limited by the length of their extension cord.
The prices of these chargers vary widely from the top-of-the-line Voltec to the much more affordable competitors.
The Voltec is highly rated by people who have purchased it as well as myself. It is capable of fully charging a laptop or iPad, as well as a variety of other mobile devices and even your mobile SATNAV or GPS.
The biggest criticism of their less expensive competitors is that they are not always as durable as buyers would like.
In addition to the solar backpack chargers, there are many other solar and battery powered devices that are capable of meeting your needs, as well.
If you are looking for any type of portable charger for your mobile devices, check out the many choices that are available from Amazon.com.
Amazon gives you the opportunity to read reviews and compare the features of a variety of products without leaving home.
In addition, if you are sending one of these items to someone as a gift, they will arrange to wrap it, ship it and will even include a gift card.
More Portable Chargers for Your Mobile Devices
Not everyone needs a solar powered backpack charger. Many people will do just fine with a much smaller, less expensive way to charge their cell phone and/or other mobile devices.
Shown below are some great options that will come in handy in an emergency.
Anyone who is concerned that they could be in a situation where they do not have electricity because of hurricanes, earthquakes or other natural disasters, needs to have a plan for charging their equipment so they can communicate with other family members and emergency personnel.
In addition, these backup chargers are great for people who like to go hiking, wilderness camping and on similar adventures.
USB Cell Rechargeable Batteries – charge from your PC
USB Cell have produced batteries with an internal USB connector. This lets you recharge them from your computer, or any gadget with a USB connector.
Currently these are only available in AA, but they are quick and easy to use, convenient and unlike most rechargeables they don’t require a special charger.
These batteries look like standard AA batteries, and will work in most gadgets which take AA batteries.
However, under the yellow tip is a USB connector, which means that when its is flat, you can simply plug it in to any device with a USB port and recharge it.
USBCELL AA Rechargable Battery
They have been used in clocks, Discman, MPs players and even to charge up another flat USB gadget.
The charging time for the batteries – from flat to full – is about 5 hours in my experience, although if you use a solar cell instead of a PC it can take longer. But use a solar charger and you save even more money.
They can be used partly charged, although this is not recommended for their first use.
The batteries have a set of lights that show when charging, making it easy to tell when they are connected and when they have finished.
The only real issue I encountered was a problem using them in some digital cameras, which require batteries capable of delivering a higher charge.
Cell lifetime – how long do USB Cells last?
As mentioned, they take five hours to charge fully. A full charge produces the same battery life as a standard AA battery, with the obvious advantage that when it runs out you just charge it again.
The overall lifespan over several recharges is one I can’t comment on as neither of my pairs shows any sign of reaching it.
I’ve used them over the course of a year during which they have outlasted my conventional rechargeables, and an MP3 player bought at the same time.
Since I bought two sets and can swap them out, it has really cut my spending on batteries and saved a chunk for the environment.
Despite having the cells for so long, one reason I held off on recommending these was that before I have had rechargeable batteries that only lasted between ten and twenty recharges before going flat.
The USB Cells I currently use have had several times that and are still going strong.
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