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Powertraveller Falcon 21 Review

This solar panel has the one bright side of a 12-volt connection and a DC outlet. However, that didn't save the panel from its poor performance
powertraveller falcon 21 solar charger review
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Price:  $175 List
Manufacturer:   Powertraveller
By James Lucas ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 4, 2022
29
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RANKED
#9 of 10
  • Direct Solar Charging Speed - 35% 4.0
  • Indirect Solar Charging Speed - 35% 1.0
  • Portability - 15% 6.5
  • Multiple Device Charging - 15% 1.0

Our Verdict

Along with lackluster performance, the Powertraveller Falcon 21 also has a substantial price tag for what it does. While it has a DC output and a 12-volt connection, the actual value of the panel is a bit off. Many less expensive options performed better.
REASONS TO BUY
12V Connection
Lots of different adapters for the DC outlet
REASONS TO AVOID
Can't charge multiple devices

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Pros 12V Connection, Lots of different adapters for the DC outletInexpensive, efficient, user-friendly, great charging speed, excels in partly cloudy conditionsGood charging speed, lots of places to clip carabiners, highly affordableImpressive charging speeds, can charge multiple devices simultaneously, affordableLarge battery capacity, LED back panel
Cons Can't charge multiple devicesBulky, lacks portability, and the storage pouch is only semi-secureHard to reach pouch makes the panel lay crooked, just a solar panel with no battery pack,Poor interruption recoveryThe small solar panel makes charging hard
Bottom Line This solar panel has the one bright side of a 12-volt connection and a DC outlet. However, that didn't save the panel from its poor performanceThis speedy solar charger handles multiple devices and offers reliability at a reasonable priceThis low-priced, incredibly efficient solar panel converts the sun into charges while saving on costsA powerful, fast charging machine, capable of charging multiple devices, complete with a reasonable price tagWhere this device lacks in its ability as a solar charger, it makes up for as an affordable battery pack
Rating Categories Powertraveller Falc... BigBlue 3 X-Dragon 20W Ryno-Tuff 21W OEUUDD 25000mAh
Direct Solar Charging Speed (35%)
4.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
1
Indirect Solar Charging Speed (35%)
1
10.0
8.5
6.5
1.5
Portability (15%)
6.5
5.5
5.5
6.5
7.5
Multiple Device Charging (15%)
1
9.5
7.5
8.0
7.5
Specs Powertraveller Falc... BigBlue 3 X-Dragon 20W Ryno-Tuff 21W OEUUDD 25000mAh
Panel Size (watts) Power Output? 21W 28W 20W 21W <5W
Weight (measured) 18.4oz 21.8oz 21.1oz 17.5oz 18.6oz
# of USB outlets 1 3 2 2 3
Max USB Output Current (amps per port) 3 amp 2.4 amp 3 amp 2.1 amp 2 amp
Size folded 11" x 6.2" x .4" 11.1" x 6.3" x 1.3" 12.1" x 7.2" x .51" 5.9" x 11.8" x 0.8" N/A
Size opened 26" x 11" x .12" 33.1" x 11.1" x 0.2" 23.3" x 12.1" x .12" 18" x 11.8" x 0.1" 7" x 3.75" x 1.25"
Battery? No No No No Yes
Charge capacity (mAh) N/A N/A N/A N/A 25,000mAh
Charge tablet? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Charge laptop? No No No No No
Charge iPhone/Smartphone Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Panel outside material Plastic case PET Polymer Fabric PTFE PET Polymer Fabric PET Polymer Fabric
Panel type Mono-crystalline Mono-crystalline Mono-crystalline Mono-crystalline Mono-crystalline
Battery input (Volts / Amps) N/A N/A N/A N/A 5V/2A
Direct USB Plug? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Daisy Chain? No No No No No
12-Volt connection Yes No No No No
DC Output Yes No No No No

Our Analysis and Test Results

This solar panel performed poorly in terms of collecting sun directly or indirectly. It also lacks a second USB outlet, making up for that with a 12-volt connection and DC output. It's not particularly portable and it's a bit expensive. Overall this solar panel performed poorly in our review. It'd be best to check out other solar options.

Performance Comparison


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Though it's designed as a foldable travel panel, the Nomad 50 is bulky and large.
Credit: Jane Jackson

Direct Solar Charging Speed


The Powertraveller Falcon 21 performed poorly compared to other models we tested. The three mono-crystalline panels received 810 mAh while in direct sunlight making Powertraveller Falcon 21, making this panel a poor choice for collecting sun.


Indirect Charging Speed


The Powertraveller Falcon 21 did poorly in this metric as well. In total coverage, it produced 13 mAh, which was one of the lowest outputs for any of the chargers. It essentially didn't charge. In partial coverage, it produced a mere 37 mAh. This barely makes a dent in terms of solar chargers.


This panel needs some serious work if it should be considered a panel for an average user to buy.

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The kickstand on the Nomad 50 increases efficiency, but we were still underwhelmed by the charging speed.
Credit: Jane Jackson

Multiple Device Charging Speed


This device only has one USB port making it a grim choice for people looking to power up multiple devices. It does have a 12-volt connection as well as a DC output but those additional plugs weren't enough to sell this panel in terms of its ability to charge multiple devices. The inability to charge more than one device definitely turned down our ratings on this model.

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Credit: Jane Jackson

Portability


The Powertraveller Falcon 21 is a midrange panel size in our review. It can handle some backcountry work. This panel weighs in at 18.4 oz. Folded this panel comes in at 11" x 6.2" x .4". Unfolded it's 26" x 11" x .12". There are more portable models that provide more charge though.

powertraveller falcon 21 solar charger review - with so much surface area, it&#039;s no surprise that this panel excels...
With so much surface area, it's no surprise that this panel excels in this metric.
Credit: Jane Jackson

Should You Buy The Powertraveller Falcon 2?


The Powertraveller Falcon 21 comes with a high price and less than ideal performance. The DC output and the 12-volt connection fail to justify the price for this panel. We would look to other models that have a better price-to-performance ration.

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With a standard panel design, but in a super-sized package, the Nomad 50 is a niche item. We appreciated the materials used in its construction, like the reinforced pocket shown above. That said, it's a serious investment.
Credit: Jane Jackson

What Other Solar Chargers Should You Consider?


The Powertraveller Falcon 21 is an expensive solar charger that did poorly when it came to charging speed, portability, and multiple devices charging speed. This solar panel may be best suited for when you need a charger with a DC output or a 12-volt connection although there are better options for panels still.

If you're looking for a similar size charger check out the X-Dragon 20W SunPower which is significantly less expensive or try the Big Blue 28W which charges better, works better with multiple devices, and is less expensive.

James Lucas
 
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