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X-Dragon 20W Review

This low-priced, incredibly efficient solar panel converts the sun into charges while saving on costs
x-dragon 20w solar charger review
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Price:  $65 List
Manufacturer:   X-Dragon
By James Lucas and Matt Spencer  ⋅  Nov 4, 2022
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RANKED
#2 of 10
  • Direct Solar Charging Speed - 35% 8.0
  • Indirect Solar Charging Speed - 35% 8.5
  • Portability - 15% 5.5
  • Multiple Device Charging - 15% 7.5

Our Verdict

This 20W solar panel provided solid charging at a fast speed and at a reasonable price. The high conversion rate made the panel efficiently charge on pretty sunny days and when there were dark cloudy skies. The X-Dragon also produces up to 3 amps per port, providing an excellent amount of charge for any USB device. Roughly the size of a notebook, this solar panel unfolds its three panels to capture an impressive amount of sunlight. Anyone looking for a backpacking solar panel, a place to charge while at basecamp, or just some extra energy in the sun should check out this affordable, strong solar panel.
REASONS TO BUY
Good charging speed
Lots of places to clip carabiners
Highly affordable
REASONS TO AVOID
Hard to reach pouch makes the panel lay crooked
Just a solar panel with no battery pack

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Pros Good charging speed, lots of places to clip carabiners, highly affordableImpressive charging speeds, can charge multiple devices simultaneously, affordableLarge battery capacity, LED back panelSmall, can fit in your pocket, Has a LED lightLightweight, durable, lots of charging options
Cons Hard to reach pouch makes the panel lay crooked, just a solar panel with no battery pack,Poor interruption recoveryThe small solar panel makes charging hardThe small solar panel doesn't chargeA bit bulky, slow charging speeds considering battery capacity
Bottom Line This 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 packMore charger than a solar panel, this pocket-sized device will provide some charge for your electronics at a decent priceA relatively lightweight battery pack with multiple charging options, this small model has a USB-C and wireless charging port
Rating Categories X-Dragon 20W Ryno-Tuff 21W OEUUDD 25000mAh Dizaul 5000mAh Port... Blavor Qi 10,000 mAh
Direct Solar Charging Speed (35%)
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Portability (15%)
5.5
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Multiple Device Charging (15%)
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Specs X-Dragon 20W Ryno-Tuff 21W OEUUDD 25000mAh Dizaul 5000mAh Port... Blavor Qi 10,000 mAh
Panel Size (watts) Power Output? 20W 21W <5W <5W <5W
Weight (measured) 21.1oz 17.5oz 18.6oz 4.8oz 9.3oz
# of USB outlets 2 2 3 2 2
Max USB Output Current (amps per port) 3 amp 2.1 amp 2 amp 1 amp 2 amp
Size folded 12.1" x 7.2" x .51" 5.9" x 11.8" x 0.8" N/A N/A N/A
Size opened 23.3" x 12.1" x .12" 18" x 11.8" x 0.1" 7" x 3.75" x 1.25" 5.59" x 2.76" x 0.55" 6" x 3" x 0.5"
Battery? No No Yes Yes Yes
Charge capacity (mAh) N/A N/A 25,000mAh 5,000mAh 10,000mAh
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 PTFE PET Polymer Fabric PET Polymer Fabric Plastic case PET Polymer Fabric
Panel type Mono-crystalline Mono-crystalline Mono-crystalline Mono-crystalline Mono-crystalline
Battery input (Volts / Amps) N/A N/A 5V/2A 5V/1A 5V/2.1A
Direct USB Plug? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Daisy Chain? No No No No No
12-Volt connection No No No No No
DC Output No No No No No

Our Analysis and Test Results

As one of the best solar panel's on the market, the X-Dragon stood strong against the other panels we reviewed in its ability to convert sunlight into charges with its three mono-crystalline panels. The X-Dragon has a high-efficiency conversion rate, up to 25%, which means it catches more sunlight than other models. The X-Dragon automatically adjusts the current and voltage. This allows the device to deliver three amps per port, which was the most of the reviewed models, under direct sunlight. After testing dozens of models, our testers tried the X-Dragon, examined the great price, and deemed this model to be the Best Buy.

x-dragon 20w solar charger review
Credit: Chris McNamara

Direct Solar Charging Speed


When it comes to performance, the main metric of how well a solar panel does boils down to how well it can capture sunlight. The X-Dragon did an incredible job in terms of its function as a solar panel, performing well against the other panels in this review. The three mono-crystalline panels have a sunlight solid conversion rate, turning up to 25% of sunlight into energy. It received 1876 mAh while in direct sunlight making it a solid choice for collecting sun. The panel charges at slightly different rates. If you open up two panels, you get fourteen watts but opening the third panel jumps it to 20 watts. Keeping the X-Dragon open and under direct sunlight will produce up to three amps per port, making its solar charging abilities impressive.

The panel also comes with a number of loops as well as carabiners. This makes it easier to dangle off a backpack, tree, or outside of a tent and allows for the panel to be angled more directly in the sun.

x-dragon 20w solar charger review
Credit: Chris McNamara

Indirect Charging Speed


One of the most important parts of a solar panel is the ability to collect sunlight even when the sun isn't blazing overhead because chances are you'll need power regardless of the weather. The X-Dragon excelled here, outperforming the other solar panels in this review. With full cloud coverage, the X-Dragon's battery received a 624 mAh charge, performing well compared with the rest of the panels in the review.

x-dragon 20w solar charger review
Credit: Chris McNamara

Where this panel shined was when the sun just barely poked out of the clouds. The battery received a 1220 mAh charge when the sun was only partially covered. Catching so much sun while under the cover of clouds made it one of the best devices in terms of collecting indirect sunlight, which is crucial for any time you're outside. It's impossible to guarantee perfectly sunny skies so having a panel that does well in indirect sunlight means the difference between a charged and dead battery. It may not always be sunny but the Z-Dragon always gets the sun.


Portability


Portability makes a big difference when considering a solar panel. No one wants to carry around a monstrous brick-heavy solar panel in the outdoors. The X-Dragon performed reasonably well in this department. Folded down the X-Dragon becomes about the size of a notebook or roughly 12.1" x 7.2" x .51". Its 21.1 oz makes it fairly lightweight as well making it easy to through in a backpack. Unfolded, the three solar panels extend to 23.3" x 12.1" x .12". With the numerous loops for carabiners and four included biners, it becomes easy to hang the panels on the outside of a backpack, draped from a tree, or simply laid down on the ground to catch the optimal amount of light. Velcro closures at the top of the panel make it easy to fold up and store. The Velcro opens easily allowing the three panels to capture the sun immediately and when closed it helps protect the solar panels from scratches and damage.

x-dragon 20w solar charger review
Credit: Chris McNamara

The mesh zipper pocket on the back holds everything you need to charge, it protects the charger's output ports, and can easily store an additional battery pack. Also, the pocket can be a great place to store a cell phone to keep it from getting too hot while the solar panel charges it. Our testers found that the pocket kept the solar panel from laying flat, which could be problematic for capturing the best sunlight.

In terms of portability, this solar panel did moderately well compared to the other devices.


Multiple Device Charging


Often when one device runs out of juice, the others follow closely. Being able to charge multiple devices simultaneously becomes crucial with any solar panel. With two USB ports, the X-Dragon puts out at least 2.1 amps through each of the ports. The two ports charged well though charging rates diminished with multiple devices plugged in from 1071 mAh in the first port to 781 mAh in the second port. Opening the X-Dragon under direct sunlight will produce three amps per port, making its solar charging abilities impressive. Unfortunately, the X-Dragon lacks the output to charge larger devices like a laptop and doesn't have a 12-V connection but it can provide power to a tablet or cell phone via the three amp USB ports.

x-dragon 20w solar charger review
Credit: Chris McNamara

The X-Dragon performed slightly above average when it came to charging multiple devices.


Should You Buy The X-Dragon 20W SunPower?


Nothing beats the actual value of a product. How well a solar panel does in terms of its price is the definitive metric for most users and the X-Dragon fared well in this department. The X-Dragon excels in terms of cost-effectiveness. The inexpensive solar charger offers a great charge-to-dollar ratio. The panel does well to capture a ton of sunlight and turn that into in-the-field charges for multiple USB devices. The X-Dragon's price beats a lot of other solar panels that offer the same amount of power. For providing so much power at such a minimal cost, this model earns the Best Buy.

x-dragon 20w solar charger review
Credit: Chris McNamara

What Other Solar Chargers Should You Consider?



The X-Dragon stood out amongst its peers for the ability of the three mono-crystalline panels to convert sunlight into charges at a solid rate. By producing enough electricity to deliver up to three amps to the two different ports, the X-Dragon beats out the other panels in terms of its ability to offer strong charges. The unit could be slightly more portable and could weigh a little less. Ideally, the mesh pocket would be better placed so the whole panel lays flatter but these are all small issues considering the panel's hard-to-beat value, and excellent ability to catch the sun, good definitively earning its place as one of the Best Buys.

We consider the X-Dragon to be one of the best chargers in this review but if you want to check out other options, try the SunJack 25W which performs close to the X-Dragon but at a slightly higher price.

James Lucas and Matt Spencer
 
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