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ECEEN 10W Review

A sleek and portable panel that has a relatively small capacity, and is slow to charge
ECEEN 10W
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Price:  $40 List | $39.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Durable, lightweight, slim
Cons:  Slow charging speeds, only one USB port
Manufacturer:   ECEEN
By Jane Jackson ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  May 7, 2021
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  • Charging Speed - 30% 5
  • Charge Interruption Recovery - 20% 6
  • Multiple Device Charging Speed - 20% 0
  • Weight & Portability - 20% 9
  • Durability - 10% 9

Our Verdict

Aesthetically, the ECEEN 10W is unique in the fleet. It's incredibly slender, made from super durable materials, and feels like it is built to last. As it is only a 10W panel, it only has one USB port, which makes it ideal for simple charging tasks. That said, its 10W capacity takes a little time to charge up electronics, so be ready to set this panel out in the sun for hours if you want a fully charged battery. It's a high performer when it comes to weight, portability, and durability, and falls in the middle of the fleet in our charging tests.

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Pros Durable, lightweight, slimQuick to charge, portable size, panel actually works despite small wattageCompact, lightweight, fast charging capabilitiesImpressive charging speeds, can charge multiple devices simultaneously, affordableInexpensive, lightweight, portable, charges quickly
Cons Slow charging speeds, only one USB portHeavy, slow to replenish battery via solarLacks versatilityPoor interruption recoveryLow output power, cannot charge multiple devices at once
Bottom Line A sleek and portable panel that has a relatively small capacity, and is slow to chargeThis exceptionally priced battery pack quickly charges devices, and if left in the sun for hours, can replenish via solarThis little panel is by far the lightest in this review, but its charging abilities are impressiveA powerful, fast charging machine, capable of charging multiple devices, complete with a reasonable price tagThis panel impressed us with its fast charging speeds, lightweight design, and excellent price
Rating Categories ECEEN 10W Goertek 25,000mAh BEARTWO 10,000mAh Ryno-Tuff 21W ECEEN 13W
Charging Speed (30%)
5.0
8.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
Charge Interruption Recovery (20%)
6.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
Multiple Device Charging Speed (20%)
0
9.0
5.0
6.0
4.0
Weight & Portability (20%)
9.0
7.0
10.0
7.0
9.0
Durability (10%)
9.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
Specs ECEEN 10W Goertek 25,000mAh BEARTWO 10,000mAh Ryno-Tuff 21W ECEEN 13W
Panel Size (watts) 10W 5W <5W 21W 13W
Weight (measured) 12 oz 19 oz 7.52 oz 17 oz 12 oz
# of USB outlets 1 3 2 2 2
Max USB Output Current (amps per port) 1.5 amp 1 amp 2.1 amp 2.4 amp 2 amp
Battery kit? No Yes Yes No No
Size folded 12" x 6.5" x 0.8" 7" x 3.75" x 1.25" 5.5" x 3" x 0.7" 5.9" x 11.8" x 0.8" 11.4" x 6.1" x 0.6"
Battery? No Yes Yes No No
Charge tablet? Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Charge laptop? No No No No No
Panel Type Mono-crystalline Mono-crystalline Mono-crystalline Mono-crystalline Mono-crystalline
Size opened 17.5" x 12" x 0.4" 7" x 3.75" x 1.25" 5.5" x 3" x 0.7" 18" x 11.8" x 0.1" 11.4" x 14.3 x .15"
Battery input (Volts / Amps) 6V 1.5A 5V 2A 5V 2.1A N/a N/a
Charge capacity (mAh) N/a 25,000mAh 10,000mAh N/a N/a
Charge iPhone/Smartphone Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Direct USB Plug? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Daisy Chain? No No No Yes No
12-Volt connection No No No No No

Our Analysis and Test Results

An average-performer in terms of charging speed, with slightly disappointing results in our charge interruption recovery metric, the ECEEN shines when it comes to durability and size.

Performance Comparison


This small folder-like panel excels in portability, but its solar...
This small folder-like panel excels in portability, but its solar cells are actually fairly small, making it fall short in efficiency.
Photo: Jane Jackson

Charge Interruption Recovery


Though the ECEEN's dimensions are 12.5 inches by 12 inches when open, the panels themselves are relatively small — each side is only 4 inches wide and 12 inches long. This means that the surface area of the panel that has charging capabilities is very small, which also means that it struggled in the interruption recovery metric. The smaller the surface area of the panels, the less efficient a solar setup will be in marginal conditions. In our hands-on test, this panel only charged our phone 6% instead of the 10% increase we saw when it was exposed to full sun.

Full-sun conditions are ideal for the ECEEN.
Full-sun conditions are ideal for the ECEEN.
Photo: Jane Jackson

Charging Speed


This metric provides a baseline for each panel and the simplest way for us to make side-by-side comparisons. The main goal with any of these products is to deliver a relatively fast and efficient charge to our small electronics when we are far from the grid. The ECEEN came in a little short in this metric, which translates to lower scores across the board in our other charging tests. Here, the ECEEN only managed to charge our phone 10% over the course of our 30 minute test period. This result is significantly lower than the majority of the other panels in this review.

A single USB port makes this panel straightforward and simple.
A single USB port makes this panel straightforward and simple.
Photo: Jane Jackson

Multiple Device Charging Speed


The ECEEN 10W is all about simplicity. This means that it only has one USB port and can only charge one small electronic at a time, so we were unable to acquire any data for this metric.

Durability


We were excited about the overall design and materials used in the construction of the ECEEN 10W. This panel is built to last and to endure all kinds of conditions. Instead of mesh or canvas, which is what the pocket on most panels is made of, the ECEEN has a neoprene, water-tight pocket that keeps cords and other gadgets dry and removed from the elements. It also has reinforced webbing clip-in loops, which we hadn't seen on any panel prior to this. We much preferred this design to the sewn attachment points that most other panels have. Overall, we felt that this panel was designed with durability in mind.

Neoprene and a reinforced zipper add to the rugged design of the...
Neoprene and a reinforced zipper add to the rugged design of the ECEEN.
Photo: Jane Jackson

Weight and Portability


In terms of fold-out panels (that is, instead of battery pack-style chargers), the ECEEN 10W is light and compact enough to warrant a trip into the backcountry without too much stress on its overall weight. It is not only light, but slim and portable, making it easy to slide into a backpack.

Super thin and light, we love the ECEEN for its portability.
Super thin and light, we love the ECEEN for its portability.
Photo: Jane Jackson

Value


This panel is a little on the expensive side, considering its efficiency and effectiveness. That said, the ECEEN is incredibly durable and its design is unique.

Compact and unique, we recommend this panel for its design and...
Compact and unique, we recommend this panel for its design and portability.
Photo: Jane Jackson

Conclusion


This small panel excels as a portable and durable choice. That said, sacrifices were made to get this panel to be lightweight and small. The solar cells take up very little surface area, making it lack the efficiency of the larger-capacity panels in this review. We would consider taking this one into the backcountry since it is so light, but we wouldn't recommend trying to charge large, power-hungry electronics with it.

Jane Jackson