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Solar Charger Ratings Summary

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Score Product Price Our Take
82
$70
Editors' Choice Award
For an inexpensive, easy-to-use, efficient panel the BigBlue is a no-brainer.
69
$280
Though the panel performed well in our side-by-side testing, the Arc 20 includes a battery that had a few drawbacks.
68
$60
Best Buy Award
As a mid-power panel, the Mercury 10W wins the award of Best Buy for its value as well as consistent ratings year after year.
68
$160
If price is not a concern, the Suntactics panel is very efficient for its 14W capacity and performs well in varying conditions.
66
$30
Top Pick Award
Small and simple is the name of the game with the 5W. This lightweight panel is ideal for basic power ups.
66
$40
The device is better used first as a battery, and second as a solar panel.
66
$107
While the X-Dragon 40W is powerful and able to charge large batteries, it is also bulky and heavy, making it difficult to transport.
64
$66
This lightweight, inexpensive panel did not charge our gadgets as fast as some, but managed to be a consistent contender in all metrics.
63
$51
For an inexpensive, large-capacity panel, the Sokoo is a good option.
62
$50
Ideal for road trips and van life, the weighty 21W can be selected in a color that suits your adventure style.
61
$70
The Source is reliable across the board, but did not dish out outstanding performance (and was heavy to boot).
61
$79
With three USB ports and moderate charge power, the 24W from RavPower has many features, but was a little disappointing when it came to charge speed.
60
$60
This panel was a strong competitor to some of our previous favorites, especially because of its simple design and durability.
59
$65
It is efficient and portable, with the reliable design of a traditional solar charger.
55
$148
As a compact, sleek panel, the Yolk is impressive, but in terms of efficiency, this charger fell short.
54
$80
The Nomad 7 embodies the user-friendly, nifty design features that are Goal Zero's hallmark.
54
$40
The Nekteck 14W is an entry level panel with a low price tag.
51
$100
This panel lacks as an efficient charging device, but it somewhat makes up for it in its design and portability.