I’m currently in Portland investigating the cycling culture here for a post on London Cyclist. While I’m on the move, one of my most useful accessories is the Veho Pebble. When my battery is running low, I can just plug it in and fully charge up my iPhone.
The Veho Pebble is useful for those travelling, cycle touring and camping. However, it needs to be charged up from a power socket.
Portable solar chargers for cyclists
The Power Bee is one of the best solar chargers. At under £27 it’s incredibly good value, it’s small enough to fit in your pocket and has 3500 mAh capacity which should be enough to charge most mobiles twice.
A case is included so this doesn’t get bashed around when it’s in your bag.
As this is a small device, it does require an entire day of outdoor sunlight for a full charge. Therefore, you’ll want to leave it outside your tent or on your panniers while you cycle.
The Power Bee is available from Amazon for £27.
Voltaic Fuse Solar Bag Charger
Fellow cycling blogger Darren Alf in his What to pack for a year-long bicycle tour post, swears by the Voltaic System Fuse Solar Bag Charger. This huge unit fits on to your panniers, backpack or can be left outside your tent. Unfortunately, it only has a 3,000 mAH battery and it’s very expensive to buy in the UK.
Powertraveller Powermonkey Extreme 9000 mAH
A seriously high capacity option is the Powertraveller Extreme. Not only does it have an enormous battery capacity, it also has much larger solar panels allowing you to charge up faster. On average you’d be able to charge your iPhone up six times before the battery runs out. Unfortunately, it’s expensive at over £100 and quite large to carry around. However, you’ll never run out of battery!
The Powertraveller extreme is available from Amazon for £106.
New Trent IMP120D 12000mAh
If you are happy without the solar charging element, then you can’t get a much larger capacity than the New Trent IMP120D. With 12000 mAh battery capacity you’ll be able to charge your iPhone up to 8 times before needing to plug the unit back in to the socket. The New Trent is excellent value at just under £40.
The bag that is included is also excellent at protecting the unit.
The only option I’ve not included here is for those with hub dynamos. The Biologic ReeCharge is a great option if that’s you.
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