All you'll need to know when finding the right solar phone charger for you.
LuminAID offers two solar phone charging models: the PackLite Max 2-in-1 Phone Charger, and the PackLite Hero 2-in-1 Supercharger. Here's a little more about what makes our phone chargers stand out, and the difference between the two.
Generally considered to be delicate technology, solar devices are nevertheless needed in the most unpredictable conditions. Waterproof and dustproof certifications are a must-have for basic accident-proof protection and usability in rough conditions on the trail.
Designed for use in disaster relief, LuminAID solar phone chargers are made to withstand unpredictable conditions. Rated IP67 waterproof and dustproof, they are also certified for durability. LuminAID products are tested in the field and used frequently by humanitarian responders and communities where they’re a main source of light or phone power. In short, LuminAID solar phone chargers are designed to last and last when they’re needed most.
A large portion of solar phone chargers on the market can recharge your phone--but only in direct sun. When a cloud passes over, or when you need a quick boost after night falls, the solar panels might as well be shiny paper. Battery packs, on the other hand, store energy and ensure uninterrupted charging, creating a more versatile solar device for charging whenever it’s needed--even if the sun’s out of sight.
The integrated battery in LuminAID solar phone chargers cuts out the cost of an external battery, lightens your gear load, and makes them easier to use. Plus, the USB input charger allows you to charge the integrated battery from a car or wall charger, giving your gear an energy boost before you head out on your adventure.
Size and portability are among a gear junky’s biggest worries. Design, and by extension efficiency, are what differentiate bulky chargers from practical ones. Make sure the solar phone charger packs flat for easy portability, and that it won’t weigh down your pack. Weighing in at 8.5 oz, the PackLite Max 2-in-1 Phone Charger ranks among the lightest of its counterparts. It’s about the size and shape of a paperback (6 in2, or 15.2 cm2), so can be easily slipped into your bag at the last moment.
The PackLite Hero 2-in-1 Supercharger is the same size as the Max, but with twice the battery power, weighs in at 9.4 oz. The expandable design of LuminAID solar phone chargers guarantees full lantern capacity without increasing device volume.
Only a handful of solar phone chargers on the market incorporate a solar-powered lantern as well. These handy lights are great for campers and festival-goers alike. After all, if you don’t have an outlet to charge your phone, no need to use precious phone battery for its ‘flashlight’ function. In terms of lantern brightness, the thing to look for is lumens. The higher the lumens, the brighter and farther the lantern can shine.
The PackLite Max 2-in-1 Phone Charger reaches 150 lumens on its Turbo mode, which is bright enough to light up 200 square feet. On it’s low mode, this lantern will run for 50 hours on a full charge.
The PackLite Hero 2-in-1 Supercharger will light up your entire campsite with a 300 square foot lighting area when it reaches 300 lumens on Turbo mode. On low mode, the Hero will last for 100 hours on a full charge.
The built-in adjustable strap on the PackLite Max 2-in-1 Phone Charger allows for easy on-the-go charging. Snap it onto your bag as you hike, or lay it flat while you take a break for lunch. With both the adjustable strap and a stand-alone expandable design, you can use the device’s lantern function to easily diffuse light wherever it’s needed.
The PackLite Hero 2-in-1 Supercharger takes portability one step further with a velcro strap complete with carabiner loops to make it easy to clip to just about anything!
The PackLite Max 2-in-1 Phone Charger was named REI's best lantern for backpacking and travel in 2019, and featured on the Today Show in 2018. Together, LuminAID's solar phone chargers boast 400 5-star reviews on LuminAID.com.
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