The best portable batteries you can charge off the grid

A solar-powered battery to charge every device.

backpack power supply camping
Portable power solutions for your life on the move.Amazon

Whether you need juice during a blackout or plan to spend days camping in the backcountry, there’s a solar-powered portable battery to get the job done. There are a few basics to keep in mind when choosing a device. The first is milliamp Hour (mAh), which is the total capacity of the battery. The higher the mAh, the more energy the battery stores––and the more times it can charge your phone or other devices. A watt-hour (Wh) is a unit of energy that measures the amount of power a device requires to function. For example, a 60 watt light bulb will use 60 Wh of energy for every hour it’s on. Devices with higher Wh require more mAh capacity.

Also remember that charging via solar power takes time, as much as 20 hours of direct sunlight in some cases, so while these chargers are ideal for remote locations, they probably won’t be your go-to method for everyday use. Smaller solar-powered batteries are often designed with panels attached. If you’re looking for a larger battery with a bit more juice, you’re probably going to have to buy a portable solar panel separately.

BEARTWO 10000mAh Ultra-Compact Portable Solar Charger

BEARTWO 10000mAh Ultra-Compact Portable Solar Charger

Take it on your next hiking or camping trip.Amazon

There are plenty of portable, sun-powered phone chargers to choose from, but BEARTWO’s commitment to both durability and portability is what makes this model stand out. It weighs less than a half a pound (7.4 ounces, to be exact), is waterproof, and coated in shockproof rubber, making it the perfect backup phone battery for multi-day backcountry hikes. The built-in solar panel means this is a two-in-one device and you won’t have to invest in a separate panel system. Its portability does come with a drawback: because the built-in solar panel is so compact, it takes around five hours to recharge fully. After that, it can completely charge an iPhone twice before running out of juice.

27,000mAh power bank

RAVPowerAmazon

RAVPower’s 85-watt, 27,000mAh power bank is a powerful portable battery—it can charge an iPhone X just under six times. It weighs a bit under three pounds, so you likely won’t be casually throwing this into your purse or day bag, but it does have a 3-prong AC outlet to charge laptops, one USB-C port, and two USB-A ports. It lets you charge up to three devices at once. On the side are LEDs that indicate the battery life, so you don’t have to guess how much charging power is left. It also has air vents to keep the battery from overheating.

ROCKPALS 300W Lithium Portable Power Station

ROCKPALS 300W Lithium Portable Power Station

This beast is best suited for car camping or use at home.Amazon

This station made the list for one key reason: it’s designed to power a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, a device commonly used by people with sleep apnea. When paired with the ROCKPALS DC converter, this battery can power a CPAP (with the heater and humidifier turned off) for about three nights. It’s heavy, at more than seven pounds, it’s heavy, which makes it best suited for situations like car camping or providing reliable power during a blackout rather than hiking trips, but the extra weight does carry about three times the amount of power as the Goal Zero Sherpa. It’s compatible with any solar panel that supports MC4 style connectors, but also comes with a 12v cable for car charging. Bonus: it has built-in LED lights.

Interested in talking about deals and gadgets? Request to join our exclusive Facebook group. With all our product stories, the goal is simple: more information about the stuff you’re thinking about buying. We may sometimes get a cut from a purchase, but if something shows up on one of our pages, it’s because we like it. Period.