Portable solar panel

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  1. Edge308

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    I just picked up a goal zero 14 watt solar panel. Looked like a good idea, it's weatherproof and should help keep battery backups charged to power outage or a couple days out hiking. Does anyone have one of these? Looking to also charge my HT HAM radio
     
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    Yes, And they work great as long as the sun's out. Here in Oregon it can be hit or miss. I also have an earlier version, and the new panels are far more efficient. They should serve you well.
     
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    I like mine all bough I had to return my first one as the fire wire adapter broke. Re8 was very gracious and apparently it was a known problem and goal zero has since updated the item to fix the issue.
     
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    I informally tested a few a while back. Not worth it for me backpacking in the Northeast which is nearly always under tree canopy, but they're good option to have for home power outages. The efficiency is quite good with direct/perpendicular sunlight (i.e., tracking the sun movement) but efficiency falls off sharply otherwise (angle to sun, outside 10am-2pm, through windows, clouds/weather/seasonal sun, tree branch shadowing, etc.). Might be good out West where it's difficult to find shade, but in the East good charging would require you to remain stationary in an open area and have good weather. For shorter trips around here, powerbanks will are certainly better for the weight and size, but either would be a pain to charge on a long thru-hike.
     
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