Any small solar panels you recomend?

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Any small solar panels you recomend?

Looking for a small light and reliable solar panel just for charging flashlights with built in charging. Something along the idea of the Renogy E.Flex panel here.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07V7RJYGY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin...

Shouldn’t need to be super powerful. I have not really seen any reviews that are detailed for small panels.

Thanks.

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I just bought a Big Blue 28w, 4 panel, 3 port, folding panel and gave my GF my older Sunkingdom 14w folder.

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I was also looking for a small solar panel for charging phone in outdoors some years ago and started with this:
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32525113054.html
ALLPOWERS 14W Mobile Phone Charger Dual USB 5V 2.4A

I dont really remember how much I got out of mine but it wasnt enough for me. Maybe like in best days shy 2A. Was under 24 € so not bad.

So wanted a bit more and got this:
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32848139281.html
ALLPOWERS Power Bank 5V 15W Solar External Battery Dual USB 5V 3A

35 € or a bit less back then. Been using that for two summers/sunny seasons and its pretty good.

Now I would choose this:
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32850857558

Or this:
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32794076294

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ChrisGarrett wrote:
I just bought a Big Blue 28w, 4 panel, 3 port, folding panel and gave my GF my older Sunkingdom 14w folder.

Chris

You beat me to it. I have the same charger.

Big Blue 28W 3 port on amazon

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I have a Anaker version of the Big Blue panel. It works well enough,but I am looking for something smaller/lighter. 3/4 -1A output should be fine for charging a single light I would think. I have one of the E-flex panels, it does ok, but I don’t know how long it will last.

I was hoping some of you may have a different small one similar that you had good luck with.

Thanks for te help everybody.

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My daughter gave me a GoalZero panel and power bank for Christmas two years ago for backpacking adventures. It is overpriced, but works well. If a cloud momentarily blocks the sun, it will automatically resume charging when the sun re-emerges. Some cheaper panels will have to be manually restarted. It has been great for backpacking and for recharging the phone during power outages. You can probably get something for less money if you do some research.

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Take a look at the 20w, or 30w foldable, from PowerFilm Solar. PowerFilm Solar
Or waterproof rollable panels here: PowerFilm Rollable

I have the 120w Foldable, and a 60w Rollable. I use them for camping and boating/rafting. But I still have/use an old Goal Zero 7w.

Nice thing about PowerFilm panels, is that if one cell is damaged, it effects that cell’s output, only. There is a utoob video, showing a guy shooting a 60w panel, and it hardly effected the output, with a hole through it. And the panels/cells are very flexible, not rigid.
They are pricey, though.
US military have them built into their tent roofs.

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I like a bit bigger panel setup than those under 15W because those dies immediately when a little cloud comes along. Also with a big more panel area its not too picky about angle or those small foggy clouds that passes by and you dont need to move and adjust panels constantly. Small build in power bank is great feature too, because you can also store that energy and charging aint stopping even if it gets cloudy. Well all these weight a lot if going to backpacking/hiking trip and carrying extra cells or power banks seems lighter unless you need power constantly.

My bigger ALLPOWERS (YES all caps, loving that name Silly ) clipped on to my green adventure raft:

Four days of splashy-splashes and it survived. Could be a bit lighter than almost 600g, but then again its not too bad compared to other models which are also same weight:
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4001180314361

They also have camo version:
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33012040392

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Hmm. That Powerfilm light saver is almost perfect for what I am looking for. But ouch $$$.

I have several solar charges, up to a 100w hard panel suitcase one that is awesome. Problem is, they are all a bit heavy for backpacking.