11 Best Solar Panels for Camping: Charge Your Batteries (GoPro, Phone, & Tablet)

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In this post, you'll learn about the 11 best solar panels for camping and hiking. Solar chargers are one of the best ways to charge your GoPro batteries while traveling.

11 Best Solar Panels for Camping

It's too bad that canoes don't come with power outlets. Then camping would be perfect.

Keeping our devices charged up can be especially challenging while camping and traveling. The best option I've found is to use a solar panel with a power-bank to store the solar energy.

How to Charge with Solar Panels While Camping

There are three primary ways to use a solar panel while camping and traveling:

  1. Charge directly from the solar panels: Connect your GoPro or phone to one of the USB outputs. You’ll need constant direct sunlight for this to be a good option.
  2. Charge from the solar-charged battery bank: Use your power bank (which charged during the day) to recharge all your device batteries (GoPro, phone, etc) at night. Just plug your charger directly into the battery bank. 
  3. Direct connect the power bank to your GoPro. This is a great option for night lapse shoots. Power banks are multiple times more powerful than the standard internal GoPro Hero4 battery. I easily shot an 8-hour nightlapse of the milky way using an 8000mAh power bank – and the battery still had juice to spare in the morning.

11 Best Solar Panels for Camping:

In this post, I'll share the best solar panels for camping. The term “best” can be fairly subjective. To determine the best options, I considered specs, prices, and hundreds of online reviews. If you have an opinion to share, please join me in the comments at the end of the post.

The Top 3 Solar Panels For Camping

If you don't want to read the full post, here are the highlights. These are my favorite three: the best deal, the most powerful and the least expensive solar panels.

  • sunjack review solar chargerBest deal (my favorite): 14W SunJack Solar Charger. Based on the combination of specs, power and price, I feel that the 14W SunJack is the best deal of all 11 options. It comes with everything you need (panels, cables and 8000mAh power bank). And I've seen it work even better than advertised. It folds to the size of an iPad in a protective case and weighs just 2.3lbs.28W Foldable Solar Panel Laptop Charger
  • Most powerful solar panel: 28W Foldable Solar Panel by AllPowers. This panel generates enough power to run a laptop on DC power. This is the most powerful, portable solar panel in the list. It doesn't include a battery – but you can add a 10,00mAh power bank for about $30. This is slightly less powerful than the large panel by Goal Zero – but it is much more portable (folding to the size of a laptop).
  • 7 Watt SunJack Solar ChargerCheapest solar panel: 7W SunJack Solar Charger. This 2-panel solar panel comes with a 4000mAh power pack and charges in under 5 hours. And the fully charged power pack can charge up to four smart phones. It weights just 1.6lbs – and will easily mount to a backpack or bike rack.

Best solar charger for camping

Okay, so you want all the detail? Great! Here are my choices for the best solar panels for camping – ordered by brand.

Let's get started:

SunJack Solar Chargers (3)

These lightweight solar panels are made by GigaWatt and all come with a battery bank. Read my SunJack review.


1) 7 Watt SunJack Solar Charger

SunJack 7W Portable Solar Charger
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This lightweight solar charger produces 7 watts of power with high efficiency mono-crystaline solar cells.

Comes with fabric loops and carabiners to easily mount this panel on a backpack, bike or the side of a tent.

  • Wattage: 7 watt
  • Includes battery: Yes, a 4000mAh fast charge battery that will charge in approximately 5 hours.
  • Special features: Weighs just 1.6 pounds and the included battery holds enough charge to power up to 4 smart phones.

7 Watt SunJack Solar Charger


2) 14 Watt SunJack Solar Charger

I personally own this charger – and I love it. Read my full SunJack review. I've found this model to charge even faster than advertised.

And the 8000mAh battery is amazing. One evening, I charged 5 GoPro batteries (2 for the Hero3 and 3 for the Hero4), one phone and an iPad. And it still had charge left over.

  • Wattage: 14 watts
  • Includes battery: Yes, a 8000mAh fast charge battery that will charge in approximately 5 hours.
  • Special features: Comes with a battery bank, carabiner clips, and weather resistant case. No need to order anything additional.

sunjack review solar charger


3) 20W SunJack Solar Charger Kit

Like the 14W model (above) this is also a 4-panel charger. It is slightly larger (10″ x 7.5″) than the 14Watt model (6.75″ x 9.25″) and it produces more power.

This kit comes with dual 8000mAh battery banks.

  • Wattage: 20 watts
  • Includes battery: Yes, 2 x 8000mAh fast charge batteries that both charge in approximately 5 hours.
  • Special features: Comes with a battery bank, carabiner clips, and weather resistant case. No need to order anything additional.

sunjack dual battery solar charger

20W SunJack Solar Charger Kit

Anker Solar Chargers (2)


4) 15W PowerPort Solar Lite by Anker

This 2-panel solar charger comes with 2 USB ports – that allow charging two devices at once. Works with all the latest devices.

Panels are sewn into weather resistant polyester canvas. The eye loops make it easy to mount on a backpack, clothes line or bike rack.

  • Wattage: 15 watts
  • Includes battery: No. Consider Anker 20000mAh PowerCore.
  • Special features: 15 watt SunPower solar array is 21.5-23.5% efficient, providing enough power to charge two devices simultaneously.Anker 15W Solar Charger

5) 21W PowerPort Solar by Anker

This 21 watt, 3 panel solar charger has 2 USB ports for simultaneous dual charging.

Compact size (11.1 × 6.3in folded or 26.4× 11.1in opened) and stainless-steel eye-holes on each corner allow easy attachment to backpacks, trees, or tents.

Lightweight (14.7 oz) and ultra-thin design (1.1in folded or 0.2in opened) make it ideal for long treks.

  • Wattage: 21 watts
  • Includes battery: No. Consider the Anker 20000mAh PowerCore.
  • Special features: 21.5-23.5% efficient, providing enough power to charge two devices simultaneously.

Anker 21W PowerPort Solar

Goal Zero Solar Recharging Kits (3)


6) Venture 30 Battery with Nomad 7 Solar Panel (Goal Zero)

This battery by Goal Zero has some nice specs. It is waterproof and can charge two devices at once with high speed 4.8A USB connection.

While the solar panels (Nomad 7) come with the battery (Venture 30), it seems that the solar panels are an afterthought.

While the battery can charge in 4 hours via USB, it takes a lengthy 9 hours to charge via the included solar panels. To put this in perspective, the 14W SunJack will charge a larger battery in half the time – and for less money.

  • Wattage: 7 watts
  • Includes battery: Yes, a 7800mAh battery that will charge in approximately 4 hours via USB and 9 hours in direct sunlight.
  • Special features: Comes with a beefy battery (waterproof)

GoalZero Venture 30 Solar Charge Kit


7) Goal Zero Nomad 20 Solar Panel

This 20 watt solar panel is made with the efficient mono-crystalline silicon.

  • Wattage: 20 watts
  • Includes battery: No. Add the recommended Yeti 150.
  • Special features: These large panels (11 x 16) can be chained with more panels to reduce charge time.

Goal Zero Nomad 20 Solar Panel


8) Goal Zero 30 Watt Boulder Solar Panel

These 20″ square panels generate 30 watts each and can be linked together to maximize collection power.

While these are great for collecting power for heavy consuming devices – they are not very portable when compared to the other options on this page.

  • Wattage: 30 watts
  • Includes battery: No. Add the recommended Yeti 150 or Yeti 400.
  • Special features: These are high producers and can be packaged in sets of 2 with this large travel case. Great setup when you need lots of power.

goalzero large solar panel

AllPowers Solar Charger Panels (2)


9) 10W Portable Solar Panel Charger by AllPowers

This two panel solar charger is powerful, inexpensive and well-rated.

While it doesn't come with a power bank, it is easy to add one. This brand produces five different power levels.

  • Wattage: 10 watts
  • Includes battery: No. You might consider adding the best-selling 10,000mAh Power Bank by AmazonBasics.
  • Special features: The panels are made of very efficient (22-25%) monocrystalline silicon.

10W Portable Solar Panel Charger AllPowers


10) 28W Foldable Solar Panel Laptop Charger by AllPowers

This is a powerful solar panel. It has 8 panels and two outputs: 1 USB and 1 DC. The DC output will charge 18V2A laptops, 12V car battery and other 18V 2A DC-powered devices.

This solar panel will feed both your laptop and any battery chargers you require on your trip. This panel is on my wish list.

  • Wattage: 28 watts
  • Includes battery: No. You might consider adding the best-selling 10,000mAh Power Bank by AmazonBasics.
  • Special features: It ships with 10 different laptop connectors, along with the DC cable and micro USB cable.

28W Foldable Solar Panel Laptop Charger

Nekteck Solar Panels (1)


11) 20W Solar Charger with 2 Port USB by Nekteck

This three panel solar charger weighs just 20 oz  and measures just 11.8″ x 6.5″. Easily mounts on a backpack (as shown) or a bike rack.

This panel features high efficiency silicon (21-24%) that provides enough power to charge 2 devices at the same time.

  • Wattage: 20 watts
  • Includes battery: No. Add the Anker 20000mAh PowerCore
  • Special features: Comes with a battery bank, carabiner clips, and weather resistant case. No need to order anything additional.

20W Solar Charger with 2 Port USB by Necteck


Notable Mentions

Here are a couple of solar panels that didn't seem to fit in the primary list, but I wanted to include.

1Beek 12,000mAh Power Bank with Solar Panel

ibeek solar power bankThis power bank comes with dual USB charger ports (2.1A and 1.0A) It also includes an LED flashlight / emergency light.

Efficiency of solar panel is just 8% so manufacturer recommends using the solar feature only to top up the battery. You should leave home with the battery fully charged.


SunLabz Solar Charger Backpack

This is a clever idea: solar panel, power bank, backpack and water bottle.

This backpack comes with a 7W solar panel (removable) and a 10,000mAh power bank. The solar cells produce at 22% efficiency and have a 5V USB port.

The solar panel easily unclips from the pack – and has a zippered mesh pouch on the back to store your devices as they charge. The backpack also includes a 1.8L hydration pack.SunLabz Solar Charger Backpack


The Top Three Solar Panels For Camping

To help you make some sense of this list, return to the top of the post to see my top three choices.

Best Solar Panels and Power Banks for Camping

Product name Rating Price
ALLPOWERS 10W Portable Solar Panel Charger for iPhone 6s 6 Plus, iPad mini, Galaxy S6 and More (iSolar Technology, Sunpower Panel, Foldable) ALLPOWERS 10W Portable Solar Panel Charger for iPhone 6s 6 Plus, iPad mini, Galaxy S6 and More (iSolar Technology, Sunpower Panel, Foldable)
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ALLPOWERS 60W Foldable Sunpower Solar Panel Charger with iSolar153; Technology for Laptop, Tablet, ipad, ipod, Smartphone, iphone, Samsung, Blackberry, Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Toshiba, Lenovo Notebooks, Laptops and More ALLPOWERS 60W Foldable Sunpower Solar Panel Charger with iSolar153; Technology for Laptop, Tablet, ipad, ipod, Smartphone, iphone, Samsung, Blackberry, Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Toshiba, Lenovo Notebooks, Laptops and More
$179.99
AmazonBasics Portable Power Bank - 16,100 mAh AmazonBasics Portable Power Bank - 16,100 mAh
$29.99
Anker PowerCore 20100 - Ultra High Capacity Power Bank with 4.8A Output, PowerIQ Technology for iPhone, iPad and Samsung Galaxy and More (Black) Anker PowerCore 20100 - Ultra High Capacity Power Bank with 4.8A Output, PowerIQ Technology for iPhone, iPad and Samsung Galaxy and More (Black)
$39.99
Anker 21W 2-Port USB Solar Charger PowerPort Solar for iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPad Air 2/mini 3, Galaxy S6/S6 Edge and More Anker 21W 2-Port USB Solar Charger PowerPort Solar for iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPad Air 2/mini 3, Galaxy S6/S6 Edge and More
$59.99
Anker 15W Dual Ports USB Solar Charger PowerPort Solar Lite for iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPad Air 2/mini 3, Galaxy S7/S6/S6 Edge and More Anker 15W Dual Ports USB Solar Charger PowerPort Solar Lite for iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPad Air 2/mini 3, Galaxy S7/S6/S6 Edge and More
$49.99
Goal Zero 12004 Nomad 20W Solar Panel Goal Zero 12004 Nomad 20W Solar Panel
$160.00
Goal Zero 32201 Boulder 30M Solar Panel Goal Zero 32201 Boulder 30M Solar Panel
$199.00
GOAL ZERO 42020 Venture 30 Solar Recharging Kit GOAL ZERO 42020 Venture 30 Solar Recharging Kit
$169.95
Nekteck 20W Solar Universal Charger with 2-Port USB Nekteck 20W Solar Universal Charger with 2-Port USB
$49.99
Solar Charger Backpack (7W) with 10,000 mAh Power Bank and 1.8L Hydration Pack and Ergonomic Carrying System by SunLabz ... Solar Charger Backpack (7W) with 10,000 mAh Power Bank and 1.8L Hydration Pack and Ergonomic Carrying System by SunLabz ...
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SunJack 14W Portable Solar Charger SunJack 14W Portable Solar Charger
$64.95
SunJack 20W Portable Solar Charger with 2x8000mAh Fast-Charge Batteries SunJack 20W Portable Solar Charger with 2x8000mAh Fast-Charge Batteries
$169.95
SunJack 7W Portable Solar Charger SunJack 7W Portable Solar Charger
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Your Turn

What solar charger are you considering? Have you tried one in my list? Please join me in the comments!

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Hi, I'm the Author!

Bryan Haines is a travel blogger, photographer and content marketer. He is co-founder of ClickLikeThis (GoPro tutorial blog) and Storyteller Media (content marketing for Canadian travel brands). Bryan is also blogs on WiseGuides.ca, a Nova Scotia travel blog that he runs with his wife, Dena.

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  • Jack Nov 30, 2016, 5:06 am

    Hi there! I think this portables chargers (solar) good decide to take it on holiday camping with myself. I use on of this portable solar charger during four monthes and it’s great! I can do anything with my phone and another devices! Thanks to the author for this good article!

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