The great outdoors lack electricity—which means that the everyday luxury of electronics becomes absolete. And when you’re out in the middle of nowhere, you need some way of creating artificial light, radio signal, and power to charge your phone in case of an emergency. That’s when solar power becomes convenient.
Solar Powered products are crucial for outdoor and wilderness survival. They’re also environmentally friendly as they harness clean, renewable energy from the sun in lieu of toxic batteries.
Here are several top-notch solar powered gadgets that all outdoorsmen can appreciate.
Hiking Solar Backpack
The XTPower solar backpack comes equipped with a removable 7 wall scratch-resistant solar panel for smart phones, tablets, GPS, Bluetooth and GoPro devices. These solar cells have an efficiency of 22% and thus get more out of the sun rays than standard cells. It has a laptop compartment and side pockets for waterbottles. It goes for $80 on Amazon.
XTPOWER HIKING SOLAR BACKPACK
Portable Hand-Held Solar Charger
FKANT WATERPROOF SOLAR CHARGER
One top-notch solar charger to consider is the FKANT Waterproof Solar Charger. It’s waterproof, has a flashlight function, and delivers power via wireless Qi function. Hence, if you ever forget the cable, you can still charge your phone. It’s compatible with iPhone XR/ XR MAX/ XS/ X/ 8/ 8plus, Samsung Galaxy S9/S9plus, S8/S8plus and all qi-enabled devices. The outer case is made of durable ABS plastic, which in itself, is a highly recyclable material. It currently goes for $60 on Amazon.
Emergency Survival Solar Powered Flashlight
The AsaTechmed solar powered flashlight emits bright LED light that can reach a distance of 200 meters. It’s made of easy to grip aluminum alloy material, and is waterproof and shock resistant. With a powerful magnet on the side of the flashlight head, you have the option to attach it to the car or other metallic surface to use as a work light, camping light or emergency warning light. It goes for $20 on Amazon.
AsaTechmed Roadside Rescue 9-IN-1 Multi-Function Solar Powered Flashlight
Solar Powered LED Camping Lanterns
The Kizen Solar Powered LED camping lantern is the ultimate outdoor gadget when it comes to light source. It’s collapsible, waterproof and can be charged via solar energy or USB cable, in which case, this lantern doubles as a cell phone charger as well. It has three modes: high, low, and SOS for emergencies. This lantern goes for $17 on Amazon.
KIZEN SOLAR POWERED LED CAMPING LANTERN
Portable Solar Blue Tooth Speakers
The ABFOCE solar Bluetooth speaker is a portable 3-in-1 outdoor and home solar bluetooth speaker with high-performance single crystal silicon ETFE laminated solar panels. The panels are fast absorbing and for every 10 minutes of sunlight, the speaker gains 30 minutes of playing power. And when fully charged, these speakers have a total of 60 hours of playing power. They are made of durable ABS and silicone material. It goes for $60 on Amazon.
ABFOCE SOLAR BLUETOOTH SPEAKER
Solar Shower Bag
The FeChix solar shower bag is a 5 gallon shower bag with a removable hose and an on/off switch. It’s ideal during summer months when you’re camping in the middle of nowhere and need to freshen up. It can be hung anywhere and heats water to 113°F (45°C) in 3 hours with direct sunlight. It’s also made from PVC, a nontoxic and eco-friendly material. It goes for $20 on Amazon.
FECHIX 5 GALLON SOLAR SHOWER BAG FOR CAMPING
Solar Emergency Radio
The Compass Culture solar emergency radio comes equipped with an SOS alarm and reading lamp, and can be charged by solar energy or by crank. This rechargeable unit provides up to 15 hours of light or 6 hours of radio time depending on charging method. The weather channels will keep you up to date on any situation. This device also comes with a bonus survival tool—a paracord bracelet with whistle, compass and magnesium flint fire starter. It goes for $39 on Amazon.
Compass Culture Brand Solar Hand Crank AM/ FM/ NOAA Emergency Radio
Bonus: A Good Read
Written by survivalist expert Dave Canterbury, Bushcraft 101 gets you ready for your next backcountry trip with advice on making the most of your time outdoors.
These solar gadgets are excellent to have on hand when you are going into the wilderness. For more information on solar powered gadgets such as solar phone chargers, check out my article titled: Why You Need To Own A Solar Powered Phone Charger.