Phones, cameras, watches, navigation devices, satellite messengers — our trips require a lot of power. Normally I don’t even talk about our plugin requirements because it’s one of the necessary yet annoying distractions from the wild when documenting trips to share with others.
But the performance of the BigBlue 63W solar panel was so good that it earned a mention. I found that even under nearly 100% overcast skies, it was still able to collect enough energy to charge a smartphone and batteries for a POV camera. On multiple bad weather days when I was sure we were headed to blackout conditions, this solar panel kept us up and running.
At just under three pounds, it’s a bit heavy for ultra-light pack ins. But if you have serious power requirements at camp, this is your energy solution — $140.
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