Solar Laptop Charger

Portable solar laptops chargers have been around for a little while now, and they offer a great way to extend the battery life of your laptop using renewable, clean energy. While we typically can’t run our laptops solely on a portable solar charger the way we can when we plug into a wall outlet, we can get our batteries to last quite a bit longer, or recharge our laptop batteries while turned off.

However, portable solar chargers are not yet perfect, and have always had some sort of issue that makes them undesirable.

There are three key elements to the ideal solar charger: power, portability and price.
The consumer wants something that is strong enough to run or at least trickle charge their laptop enough to work on it while out and about, with the charger not being impossible to carry around, and also not costing an arm, a leg, and a first born child.

The options are getting better, but that doesn’t mean choosing the right solar charger has gotten much easier. So we’ve scoured the market for the best choices in solar chargers, trying to make sure each option is reasonable regarding the three key elements, and put them here for you to make shopping around a little easier.

The Introduction of the Solar Laptop Chargernrg dock home 150x82 Solar Laptop Charger

The solar laptop charger was introduced at Consumer Electronics Show in January of 2008. The company, NRG Dock, offered two versions of the solar power laptop charger, a Home version and an Apartment version. The Home version was created with a 15 watt panel that collects enough electricity to run a standard laptop for a few hours. This is not to mention the charging ability if the laptop is plugged in without being used. It is a shame to add that the NRG Dock has yet to be released for sale but there are other competitors out there ready to take on the competition.

The Briefcase Solar Power Laptop Charger solar briefcase 150x150 Solar Laptop Charger

The UK company Sunshine Solar has created a solar powered charger that is powerful enough to run electric hand tools, laptop computers and GPS systems. The unit collects 13 Watts of power and costs about $115.00 USD. There are accessories including voltage adapters and charge regulators for long term use of the solar powered laptop charger.

The Roll Solar Power Laptop Charger  brunton solarroll 150x150 Solar Laptop Charger

Another option is the SolarRoll mat. The mat rolls out to a size of 12″ by 57″. With a total electricity output of 14 watts, there is enough power to fully charge a laptop in about 10 hours. The SolarRoll is a bit more expensive than the Sunshine Solar at $389.95 on sale with a regular price of more than $650.00.

The solar powered laptop charger is an eco-friendly option for charging a laptop. The solar powered laptop charger will effectively charge a laptop in about 10 hours but can also extend the life of your laptop battery while using the unit on charge.

The Solar Powered Laptop Charger Backpackvoltaic backpack solar 150x150 Solar Laptop Charger

There is a final option in solar powered chargers for your laptop. This unit, created by Voltaic, is a backpack with solar powered panels adhered to the outside of the pack.

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  1. Laptop Briefcases says:

    It’s too bad that solar panels simply cost too much. It makes great gadgets like this too expensive for the average consumer.

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