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Last Updated: Sunday, September 1, 2019Most people cringe when they hear of an electric grill. Some even call it a glorified panini press. But come to think of it. When you live in an apartment, charcoal and gas grills are usually not permitted. So, what choice do you have? What better way to have perfectly [...] The post Best Outdoor Electric Grill Reviews 2019 appeared first on...
Most people cringe when they hear of an electric grill. Some even call it a glorified panini press. But come to think of it. When you live in an apartment, charcoal and gas grills are usually not permitted. So, what choice do you have?
What better way to have perfectly seared steaks on your balcony than with an electric grill? These nifty gadgets are just priceless. They are low on fuel costs, easy to light, and warm up fast. You won’t deal with messy charcoal. And no worries about running out of propane before your chicken breasts are done.
A quick look into the top brands reveals that there are lots of similarities in the features. What you have to do is keep in the mind the must-have features. One, you will need the means to control the temperature to match the contents.
Second, take a look at the construction materials. Non-stick cooking grates are desirable because they are super easy to clean.
The size or capacity of the grill is also important. If you want to invite a few friends over, the last thing you want is grilling one steak at a time. The same thing applies if you have limited patio/balcony space, a large grill will be problematic.
After extensive research, we are down to four of the best outdoor electric grills. After these, we are convinced you’ll know a thing or two about your next electric grill.
Enjoy year-round grilling with George Foreman GGR50B. This indoor/outdoor electric grill is perfect in fall and winter. We are not saying that it can compete with a charcoal grill. But its unique flavor is worth buying into.
A lot goes into making the perfect electric grill. But it’s all about the flavor and the ease of use in any particular model. When it comes to the George Foreman GGR50B, some thoughtful features go a long way to make it special.
First, it comes with a removable pedestal. It can be used on the balcony or the comfort of your kitchen counter. We like that it stands at a comfortable height at 2.5ft with the stand. It allows you to grill without hunching your back.
You get a cord length of 6.5ft. It is not the longest for outdoor use. You will want to include an extension cord when tailgating.
The griddle surface is of non-stick material. You won’t be dealing with stuck-on food that makes it hard to clean. Also, the handles remain cool to the touch. Even when the temperature is cranked to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
Speaking of temperature, George Foreman GGR50B has five heat settings. It is simple to control the heat using a temperature probe. There are five settings from low to high. Whether you are grilling burgers or steaks, you can find the ideal heat setting for most meals.
This grill has ridges on the griddle surface. It is super helpful in improving the flavor of your meals. The juices collect in the ridges and then vaporize into your steaks and burgers. The result is a slightly smoky flavor to compensate for the lack of charcoal smoke.
Another thing that we like is the high-domed lid with an adjustable vent. You can hold or lose moisture from meats by opening and closing the vent. With the sloping grate base, the grill makes it easy to collect fat in the tray underneath the grate.
George Foreman GGR50B gives you the most of an indoor/outdoor grilling experience. It has ample grilling surface and is built with convenience in mind.
When space is at a premium, you need to make the most out of it. Char-Broil 17602047 is a unique model. It helps solve this problem in apartment balconies and patios. It does not require a vast backyard but if you do have the luxury of space, it will still fit in perfectly.
The first thing you see on the Char-Broil 17602047 is the all metallic surface. The cooking grates are from cast-iron which is porcelain coated. This makes it easy to clean because it is a non-stick surface. The side tables are also metallic and they fold for storage.
There are also high-quality storage racks that are chrome-plated.
The cooking system is the best attribute of the Char-Broil 17602047. It uses a TRU-Infrared Cooking System. It eliminates cold spots and uneven cooking. This has always been a problem with electric grills. As such, you can count on having evenly cooked meals without continually turning them.
This grill boasts up to 550 degrees Fahrenheit cooking temperature. While most electric grills can barely get over 400 degrees this one will give you a perfect sear on your steaks. It has a lid-mounted temperature gauge. And there’s a precision control knob for the temperature.
Char-Broil 17602047 features 240 square inches of cooking space. Not to mention an 80 square-inch warming rack. You can keep sausages warm or toast buns as the meat cooks on the main grate. It takes less than 20 minutes to heat meaning you can start grilling as soon as you fire it up.
This unit makes it easy to manage the cord at the back. It also features wheels for mobility. Plus, it’s available in a variety of colors if you are keen on details.
Weber Q1400 does not come cheap for an electric grill. But the features are worth the high price tag. It fits in with urban barbecues when apartment rules restrict the use of charcoal and gas grills.
Weber Q1400 is a top performer in quality and performance. Weber is not one to bank on the cheap. This grill is a clear indication of Weber’s standards. The body and lid of this grill are of cast aluminum. And so are the heat retention liners. Though it is not advisable to keep opening the lid, this grill packs enough heat to recover every time.
The sturdy construction extends to the heavy-duty porcelain-coated, cast-iron grates. It produces such a great sear in everything it touches. From burgers to fish, chicken breasts, and even ribs, you are in for a mouth-watering treat.
We like that it is the only electric grill on this list that can reach 600 degrees Fahrenheit. It takes up to 20 minutes to preheat. Once it does, it produces the best electric grill flavor for hamburgers. However, steaks, ribs, and chicken do not get the full smoky flavor. But you can use smoked sea salt. It feels like cheating though.
You will need to use your temp gauge because it does not come with one. For that reason, it can be difficult to cook steaks and pizzas if you do not have a temp gauge. But it has a temperature controller that has low to high heat settings.
Weber Q1400 comes fully assembled. It can be used on a countertop or with a stand bought separately. It comes with two robust handles to ease in transport. This grill features a 6ft grounded cord. You may need an extension cord if your socket is a bit far from your ideal grilling spot.
With 189 square inches of cooking surface, Weber Q1400 is smaller than the rest of the grills here. It also means that it is light. As such, you will find it easy to transport to outdoor barbecues in your RV or camper.
The cooking surface is enough for up to four persons. Beef and chicken can grill in as little as seven minutes on each side. It can accommodate six chicken breasts, eight burgers, and even a rack of ribs without squeezing your food.
For the price, we believe not the long heating time can keep you from this grill.
• 2-5 years warranty
• Can attach to a grilling cart
• Comes with a grilling guide
• Body and grates can withstand the elements
• The temperature light is dim
• Takes longer than other grills to preheat
George Foreman GFO240S is not only cheap but also super light. Without a stand, it weighs less than 20 pounds. This feature makes it the best for portability. This model is half the price of the George Forman GGR50B reviewed above.
Like we have said, open-flame grills are not allowed in dorms and apartments. With an electric socket on your patio, you can have grilled desserts and meats in less than an hour. George Foreman GFO240S is just as effective as the GGR50B model.
It has a non-stick cooking surface and a removable grease pan. But these features are not its take-away features.
For those watching their calorie intake, you will be pleased that this grill can remove up to 42% of fat in your foods. All thanks to the patented slope surface. From bacon to steaks, and even chicken, you can enjoy healthier meals on this grill.
George Foreman GFO240S can reach 500 degrees Fahrenheit. It heats fast and it also eliminates cold spots. You will never bite on kebab that is nicely cooked on one side and half-cooked on the other. The temperature probe has five settings from low to high.
The George Foreman Outdoor Tabletop Grill
You can use George Foreman GFO240S with a stand. It has 240 inches of cooking surface. With such a vast space, it’s enough to cook for up to fifteen guests. And you will not rack your brain over cleaning up, or the amount of gas, or charcoal needed to finish cooking.
This is a perfect outdoor electric grill for those who love adventures. It is not weighty, yet it can reach high grilling temperatures.
Charcoal and gas grills are iconic in the grilling world. But they are rarely permitted in apartments and dormitories. That doesn’t mean giving up on barbecue culture.
The best outdoor electric grill can save the day. You can pick one for a large group of people like the George Foreman GGR50B. Or one that will give you perfect sears on steaks and chicken breasts like the Weber Q1400.
It’s all about the sheer ease of using an electric grill. And because they are not heavy, they make good company on the road and adventures.
OUR OVERALL WINNER – BEST OUTDOOR ELECTRIC GRILL 2019 = George Forman GGR50B
Last Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2019When you travel, you are essentially at the mercy of whatever security system your hotel has to offer. Most decent hotels can keep you safe with high-end security systems in place like CCTV and swipe keys to use lifts. But the same cannot be said for seedier hotels like roadside [...] The post Doberman Security Portable Door Alarm Review appeared first on...
When you travel, you are essentially at the mercy of whatever security system your hotel has to offer. Most decent hotels can keep you safe with high-end security systems in place like CCTV and swipe keys to use lifts.
But the same cannot be said for seedier hotels like roadside motels which either don’t the financial muscle to install more satisfactory security systems or they can’t be bothered to act in a manner that ensures your safety. If have done a fair bit of backpacking in your time, you’ll know what I’m talking about. I’ve had people entering my room at night on numerous occasions, but generally from lack of communications rather then anything sinister.
This is why portable security devices like portable door alarms were created, to give you peace of mind whenever you lay your head down to sleep in a foreign land
This device is exactly what its name suggests, a portable tool designed to ensure your safety when you travel. The device is just 3.2 ounces in weight, standing at 0.5 inches x 1.2 inches x 3 inches, which is quite small for a security system and ideal for traveling.
This alarm has a short, solid body featuring a spring clip trigger, a speaker, a flashlight, and a slot for four Lithium-Ion Batteries
The fact that it is so small means that you can take it anywhere and deploy it on any door. And the speaker is loud enough to produce a 100DB alarm, more than enough to rouse you and your neighbors in the event of intrusion.
This device has two blades attached to its body via a wire. Loop the wire around the door handle to keep the device in place. The blades are held together by a band. Take them out and remove the band without separating them.
Insert the blades, still held together, between the door and the door jamb. And that is it. Your alarm is set. If someone opens the door, the blades will fall from their place and separate, causing the main body of the alarm to generate a piercing sound.
1). The Alarm is small, portable and very light. You can take it with you wherever you go. You can even use it in your home if the need arises.
2). The alarm is very easy to use. It works in any setting that has a door.
3). It doesn’t take long to set up. You just have to insert the blades in the gap between the door and the frame. The alarm will do the rest.
4). The sound the device generates is more than powerful enough to alert you and your neighbors.
5). The product comes with two button cell batteries.
1). The device is not weatherproof. So you are discouraged from using it in settings that might expose it to rain.
2). The alarm works best when deployed in settings that have a door. You can’t use it on a tent, not without making some adjustments to the opening.
This Portable Door Alarm justifies its price tag. With a solid build, simple installation and a piercing 100DB alarm, you are assured great value for your money.
Last Updated: Monday, September 9, 2019Dive computers are convenient and versatile devices. They continually track your depth and time underwater and more importantly, keep your nitrogen levels within acceptable limits. As much as we’d tell you to figure out your needs and then pick a model, there are a few basic features you must not [...] The post Best Dive Computer for Beginners appeared first on...
Dive computers are convenient and versatile devices. They continually track your depth and time underwater and more importantly, keep your nitrogen levels within acceptable limits.
As much as we’d tell you to figure out your needs and then pick a model, there are a few basic features you must not skimp on. Your first dive computer should be easy to use. It should show current depth, maximum depth during the dive, No Stop Time (NDL), and overall dive time.
A low-battery warning is also very important. You’ll want to know when it’s time to change the battery and also transfer data for an in-depth look at your dive.
Other features include backlighting and audible alarms. While there are more sophisticated features, beginners and recreational divers don’t need the extras.
We’ve carefully considered names from top brands before putting up this list. Ours are wrist dive computers. Some are quite sizable and only look good with scuba diving gear but others you can use for everyday wear.
Quick Guide – Editors Choice
Oceanic Geo 2.0 is a decent dive computer for beginners and recreational divers. It is a budget model. We don’t expect features like Air Integration, GPS, etc.
Oceanic Geo 2.0 functions both as a dive computer and a regular watch for daily wear. It is smaller in size than regular dive computers. This has its advantages and disadvantages. The sleek design means that everything gets cramped up on the screen. It can be hard to read. The menu takes a little time getting used to. Most people are not happy with the laminated quick start menu. But we do like the buttons since you can easily press them even in gloves.
It has four buttons. Two buttons help to go forward and back on the menu. The third button helps to save the settings while the fourth button allows you to turn the backlight on and off.
You get four operating modes on the Oceanic Geo 2.0. It features the Norm mode for Air or Nitrox dive modes, Gauge, Free Dive, and Watch mode. It is easy to switch between any of the modes with the buttons. We like that it can store up to 24 dives on its unit logbook.
Though not the largest, you can select log sampling rates between 2, 15, 30, and 60-second intervals. It also allows you to select between imperial and metric modes. This way, you can use it in the most comfortable to view mode.
Perhaps the best feature about Oceanic Geo 2.0 is its dual algorithm. It allows switching at will between decompression and no decompression profiles. It also has settings where you can adjust safety limits.
This dive computer has automatic altitude adjustments. It also automatically calculates the safety stop function for dives over 80ft. The max operation depth for this computer is 328ft (100m) in the Air/Nitrox mode. It allows a max depth of up to 393ft in the Gauge mode.
When it comes to the alarms, Oceanic Geo 2.0 makes it so that you can understand each alarm based on the mode. The alarms vary from too fast ascent to exceeding dive time, deep stop violation, etc.
Achieve full control and be completely self-reliant with the Aqua Lung i300 dive computer. This model is feature-packed and does not need a hefty investment. It has a less conservative algorithm that’s nice for recreational divers over conservative models like Suunto.
Aqua Lung i300 comes in a rugged and chunky design. Although it is a wrist computer, you won’t be able to wear it every day since it does not have a watch mode. We like that you can easily replace the battery and it does not lose data between battery changes.
The buttons on this dive computer are tactile and easy to press. It features backlighting and flashing LEDs. They warn you when approaching no decompression limit or exceeding a safe ascent. The menu is also a bit small and can be hard to read like the Oceanic Geo 2.0. But it is easy to navigate.
However, you may come across some abbreviations that are not usual in a dive computer. As such, you may need to go back to your manual to look up the different abbreviations.
Every dive computer should help to keep you safe underwater. And while you still need to take into account safety concepts, the i300 comes in to help you achieve a safe dive. This model takes on the less conservative Buhlmann PZ+ algorithm.
We find it adequate since it only needs to take into account individual BCs instead of a group of people. The algorithm is between Suunto’s RGBM and DSAT models. Since it is moderately conservative it is strictly for no-decompression dives.
Aqua Lung i300 comes with several interesting features. It has four modes. The Air and Nitrox modes are for normal diving. It can be used as a bottom timer in the gauge mode. It also has a free dive mode. You can switch between scuba and free dives on the same day. This is opposed to models that need you to wait 24-48 hours.
This computer automatically adjusts the altitude and the algorithm. It also has deep stop capabilities such that you can extend your bottom time. You will like the pre-dive planning feature as well as the single-button access to the last dive. The dive plan is sensible which goes a long way in helping you achieve a fully-controlled dive.
• Surface time can be added to planning mode
• Can sync data to a computer
• Can switch between scuba and free diving on the same day
• Uses a less conservative algorithm
• The display is not DOT matrix-can be hard to read
• Not recommended for pro divers
Suunto is a beast in the diving world. Their dive computers compete with the best of the best. Suunto Zoop Novo boasts full decompression capabilities. It is much better than other entry-level models.
Suunto Zoop Novo is built to last. It weighs 4.3 ounces and is quite large. The display is super bright. You can adjust the backlight or turn it off completely. Zoop Novo is made of durable materials. It has a composite bezel complemented by acrylic glass and an elastomer strap.
You don’t have to go with the rubber strap. It can be worn using a bungee or a boot mount. This computer is one of the simplest to activate. You can hit a button before you hit the water to see your dive plan. If you forget, the computer activates automatically when you hit deeper than 1.5ft.
Zoop Novo stays in the surface mode when you are in a depth of 4ft. When you dive deeper, it then changes to the dive mode. It indicates the battery level each time it enters the dive mode. To conserve battery, the computer will enter into the idle mode when it’s not in the water.
The 3V CR2450 battery can last for up to two years if you make less than 100 dives per year. But if you take around 300 dives, you will get only 12 months of battery life. It’s advisable to service Zoop Novo after 200 dives including changing the battery.
Although you can replace the battery at home, Suunto requires that you go to an authorized dealer. Otherwise, you will void the 2-year warranty.
Image Source: Suunto.com
Suunto uses RGBM (Reduced Gradient Bubble Model) algorithm. It is a conservative mathematical model that is all about safety. The algorithm can monitor closely spaced repetitive dives and continuous multi-day diving. It also monitors when you take dives that could lead to decompression sickness.
For example, when you have multi-day dives, it may advise you to increase surface interval time. And when you make personal adjustments, it also adjusts its calculations accordingly.
This computer has four modes. These are Air, Nitrox, Gauge, and Free dive. It has adjustable dive alarms, stopwatch timer, and 140 logbook memory hours. It also has a built-in dive planner and you can download the data to your PC or Mac. It uses the Suunto DM5 software that is easy to download.
Suunto Zoop Novo makes diving simple though you will pay a little bit more than our two previous models.
If you are looking for more features in a beginner’s dive computer, Garmin Descent Mk1 got your back. This is a premium model that functions as a dive computer and smartwatch. It is a nicely sized for everyday wear so you can track your activities in and out of the water.
Garmin Descent Mk1 comes in an elegant design. The 1.2-inch display is colored. It has inbuilt GPS, compass, barometer, and gyroscope sensors. The computer performs TOPO mapping on the display. You can also view the map and your plotted points on a smartphone. All thanks to the Garmin Connect App.
The build quality of Garmin Descent Mk1 is super durable. It has a sapphire crystal lens and a stainless-steel bezel. You can also choose a titanium bezel with titanium bands but it is more expensive than the steel bezel.
This dive computer has five dive modes. It has single and multiple gas modes. These include whether you are using Nitrox or Trimix. It also has apnea, gauge, and CCR (Closed Circuit Rebreather) modes. All these allow you to make a good dive plan so you can be safe underwater.
Garmin Descent Mk1 uses the Buhlmann ZHL-16c algorithm. It is less conservative. It has conservatism settings which allow you to adjust your safety limits. The algorithm automatically adjusts to the settings you make. You can set alerts for surface time intervals, dive time, multiple depth markers, etc.
This computer support six different gas mixes up to 100% oxygen. It automatically activates when you hit the water. The display will show the dive time, current depth, water temperature and no-deco time. It also shows ascent/descent rate, decompression stop information, and the battery level.
When you surface, this computer will give you the dive data automatically.
The smartwatch features on the Garmin Descent Mk1 are what make it special. This model comes with the Garmin Fenix 5X smartwatch features. It has 26 activity tracking options. From the water to the gym, and even the trails. You have thousands of activities to record and share with family and friends.
Dive computers for beginners offer basic to midrange features. If you are a recreational diver extra bells and whistles cost more. But they don’t have a significant benefit to you. The Garmin Descent Mk1 is the only beginner’s dive computer that is super easy to use.
If you are on a very tight budget, we recommend the Aqua Lung i300. And if you can afford a little more Suunto Zoop Novo is a perfect pick. It balances the features and the price so you won’t miss out on anything.
Even with a dive computer, you must watch your ascent rate and wait for at least an hour before your next dive. And don’t forget the safety concepts taught in Ope
Last Updated: Monday, September 2, 2019 Are you looking for the super convenient and multi-functional travel router? If so then, HooToo wireless travel router is arguably the best option that you can ever find on the market right now. Traveling often gets stressful when you cannot get an internet connection, you feel ‘out of touch’ [...] The post HooToo Wireless Travel Router Review appeared first on...
Are you looking for the super convenient and multi-functional travel router? If so then, HooToo wireless travel router is arguably the best option that you can ever find on the market right now. Traveling often gets stressful when you cannot get an internet connection, you feel ‘out of touch’ – especially if you are a digital nomad.
Having a portable wireless travel router is a great travel gadget if you spend a lot of time online. You can find a lot of wireless travel routers on the market, but it becomes pretty hard for people to choose a decent travel router that works well and is easy to set up. Unlike other wireless travel routers out there, HooToo wireless travel router can not only be your wireless travel router, but it can also be used as your power bank, media or transfer hub.
1. Unlike other wireless travel routers, this router can also be used your power bank to charge your smartphones seamlessly anytime you want.
2. It is super-lightweight and portable wireless travel router from where you can easily connect to the online world from anywhere.
3. This wireless travel router also comes with the smart USB ports from where you can easily transfer or backup your important data seamlessly between your smartphone, laptop, HDD, SDD or USB flash drive.
4. With its powerful media sharing feature, you can share the data from any connected USB storage media with up to 5 devices connected to the router, so that everybody can access the same source either to watch movies, listen to songs or download the files from it.
5. With the Chromecast support, you can easily connect to any hotel network or USB storage media to stream and enjoy the movies at the bigger screen of your smart TV – So easily produce a slide show of your travels direct from your camera
1. The biggest advantage of buying this wireless travel router is, that it comes with the AP Mode, where you can easily connect it to the cable network of the hotel so that you can use it as a portable wireless router to connect your multiple devices.
2. Now with this wireless travel router, you can easily expand the range of your wifi connection so that you can enjoy the internet at the places where your router can’t reach.
It’s all up to you whether you wanna go for the HooToo wireless travel router or other routers. But when talking about the portable wireless router with the solid built quality and super affordable price then this router is hard to beat. With its intuitive design, it has been made easier to use and carry around as compared to other wireless travel routers out there. Apart from its build quality and price, it provides many features to its user due to which it has been loved and used by the millions of people worldwide.
Last Updated: Monday, September 2, 2019The camera is one of the most important aspects of any smartphone, especially when you are traveling without a dedicated camera. While smartphone cameras continually improve each year, with the pixels size betting bigger, they still will never compete with a stand alone camera…unless you buy a smartphone lens kit. [...] The post Xenvo Pro Lens Kit for Smart Phones Review appeared first on...
The camera is one of the most important aspects of any smartphone, especially when you are traveling without a dedicated camera. While smartphone cameras continually improve each year, with the pixels size betting bigger, they still will never compete with a stand alone camera…unless you buy a smartphone lens kit.
If you are looking for a smartphone lens kit, there many on the market but mostly cheap Chinese imports. Here we will review the Xenvo Pro Lens Kit, which can dramatically improve the performance of any smartphone camera.
Xenvo Pro Lens KitFeatures:
• Compatible with single and dual camera phones:
The lenses in this kit are highly versatile. They can work with the iPhone, Samsung Galaxy note, and a variety of other smartphones. It is compatible with single and dual phone cameras. Mounting and unmounting is quite easy. With the help of easy to follow instructions, you can use these lenses without any delay to enable you to capture that perfect travel image.
• Two lens options:
The kit consists of two lenses. These include the 0.45x wide lens and 15x macro lens. Both of these come along with the kit. The function of both these lenses is entirely different.
The 0.45x lens allows you to capture 45% more picture. It is especially suitable for capturing landscapes, architecture and a variety of other scenes. At the same time, the 15x lens can magnify nearby objects. As a result, if you’re looking for close up photos, this is the lens which you can use. With the help of razor-sharp focus and precision this lens, you can get excellent close-up shots.
• Variety of accessories on offer:
In the kit, you will get a rechargeable LED light and the charging cable. Along with it, the durable case on offer makes this kit portable. Additionally, it includes a lanyard and a cleaning cloth. With the help of these accessories, it is easy to use the lenses. You will not have to buy these accessories separately. It is the complete package.
• Eliminates various errors:
The lenses offer rectilinear correction. The rectilinear correction means that irrespective of the angle, the lines in the photo will appear straight if they are straight. Similarly, the lens eliminated Vignetting. With the help of German Optical grade glass, capturing edge to edge images is possible. You will not have to worry about dark corners.
• High Illumination:
As we stated above, the kit comes along with the rechargeable LED light. You can clip it onto your phone. The advantage of this light is that it can easily illuminate the entire surroundings. You can choose between 3 different intensity settings like low, medium, and high. The LED light helps you capture perfect pictures in a single go rather than having to take various retakes. This light further increases the functionality of the lens kit.
As you can see, this lens Kit consists of all features which you might look for in a smartphone lens camera kit. It can significantly increase the smartphone camera clarity and efficiency. Before you make your decision, you can go through the pros and cons below to get a holistic view.
Xenvo Pro Lens Kit Pros:
• Consist of 2 unique lenses
• Comes along with accessories
• Easy to clip onto your smartphone
• Helps you take close-up as well as wide shots
• Highly versatile
Xenvo Pro Lens Kit Cons:
• Lens are a bit bulky
So, if you’re looking for ways to enhance the camera of your smartphone, this kit is the perfect option for you. The Xenvo Pro Lens Kit can help you take shots with excellent clarity right from your smartphone. You will not have to carry on bulky cameras when you’re using this kit. Also, with the help of various accessories and two different lenses on offer, it is significantly better than many of its peers.
The Travelbusy team take a look at some of the top portable solar panels to take traveling. These travel gadgets are perfect for saving battery costs or using on remote areas. The post Best Foldable Solar Panels for Traveling appeared first on...
Boondocking is increasingly popular these days. But one of the major challenges of camping off-grid is the lack of electricity. With a foldable solar panel, it’s now possible to get an authentic wilderness experience. And you still get to stay connected to the world.
Ultimately, you will want to focus on power output before choosing a portable foldable solar panel. Not only that, the space you have, and the kind of devices you bring should also be top of the things to consider.
It’s important to estimate your desired power output. If you want to power bulbs and a laptop, a 200W solar panel will be more sufficient than a 100W panel.
And don’t forget to look at the size and weight of the solar panel. For backpacking, an ideal foldable solar panel should weigh less than two pounds. But if you are using an RV the weight may not matter as much as the size.
We’ve selected four of the best foldable solar panels for traveling. Hopefully, you will find one to incorporate with your traveling lifestyle.
DOKIO foldable solar panel is designed with backpackers and campers in mind. If you are planning on roughing it out for a couple of days, it is the perfect solution for powering electric devices. It is ideal for energy bulbs, laptops, smartphones, and even batteries.
Build Quality and Power Efficiency
DOKIO has a robust and lightweight design. It uses monocrystalline solar cells. These have the best power efficiency on the market. We are talking 14% to 21% which is typically what you will get with this solar panel. Its silicon rods are pure. Thus, it can perform equally well in low sunlight.
Considering the power efficiency of this solar panel, it is not going to be enough for running an RV camper. Even though DOKIO sells it as a solution for RVs and boats, there’s only so much power output you can get from it.
In the best sunlight conditions, you can expect up to 80W with the 20A controller. DOKIO supplies you with their robust inverter. It can charge 12V and 24V batteries. The controller comes with its clamps and an LCD.
It’s nice that with the inverter, you don’t need to carry a battery to pair with DOKIO. You can charge devices directly.
DOKIO’s folds like a magazine. It has four panels that close on each other in their fabric case. The case has been sewn in on the panel to protect it during carriage. You also get a handle that comes in handy during transport. However, the quality of the handle is not the best.
Don’t try to use the handle to hang the solar panel on a branch. It keeps falling. We also don’t see the handle holding up for a long time.
Overall, the DOKIO foldable solar panel caters to the needs of most travelers. It is an ideal pick if you have more than your phone to power. It is power-efficient and does not require carrying a battery to accompany the unit.
The Rockpals 100W solar panel supports picnics, hiking, and the like. But it is not the kind you pick when you want to travel light. At 10.8 pounds, this unit is heavier and larger than most solar panels on the market.
Build Quality and Power Efficiency
This model boasts a durable design. All thanks to the monocrystalline solar cells in the panels. It comes in the form of four panels that fold in a magazine-style. Seeing that it is heavy, it goes well with camping vans and RVs where weight is not an issue anf you don’t have a portable generator.
You’ll like that it can operate in a wide range of temperature from 0-120 degrees Fahrenheit. But remember the power efficiency is heavily reliant on outdoor conditions. At best, this solar panel has a 21.5-23.5% efficiency. It is superfast to charge devices.
Rockpals comes with all the adapter and cables needed to work with most portable power stations. It covers both standard and non-standard plugs. Such pugs are in models like Jackery, Suaoki, Goal Zero, and many others.
Apart from the connectors, this solar panel also includes three USB ports. It even has a Quick Charge 3.0 port which is nice for your smartphone, tablet, or power bank. However, because of its power output, it is not recommended for laptops.
Remember that this is a 100W solar panel so it’s not going to make the 45W output needed for laptops.
Rockpals is one of the few solar panels that will not give you trouble when using it. You can mount it on the roof of your RV, camper, hanging from a tree, or even a tent. But you won’t get the most out of it when placed on a bonnet because of its boxy shape that needs some kind of support.
When it comes to using the different ports, it’s best not to use the DC and USB ports at the same time. Power efficiency seems to drop when you have both power types connected. Another thing with this solar panel is that it does not have an internal battery. You will need an external battery when you need 24/7 electricity for your devices.
Although Rockpals is a large solar panel, it suits most people’s situations. It can pair with any portable power station and also help you charge devices directly.
• Lacks an internal battery
• The pouch does not protect devices from overheating
Go even further knowing that you can capture all your adventures on your phone, tablet, or camera. The BigBlue solar panel is the perfect companion for all-day adventures. It is super compact such that you can hang it on your backpack to get direct power for your devices.
Build Quality and Power Efficiency
The BigBlue foldable solar panel has a solid construction. It features a PET polymer fabric and monocrystalline solar cells. Like the Rockpals model, it has a 21.5-23.5% charging efficiency. It carries a 3-port USB connector. This means you can charge your smartphone and tablet at the same time.
BigBlue enjoys high compatibility. It can work with smartphones from iPhone 5 to 7Plus, Androids, and iPads including iPad Air, Air2, Mini, and Mini 2. It also works with GoPro and DSLR cameras. The included cable is compatible with Androids and some DSLR cameras. For you to charge an iPhone, you must use the original cable.
We like that this solar panel also uses SmartIC technology. It means it can automatically identify the connected device. It then adjusts the current and voltage to deliver maximum power. As always, it’s important to charge devices with a long cable and not directly under the sun.
BigBlue may be waterproof but the USB and ammeter are not. They should always be protected from wet fog and rain.
This solar panel also enjoys flexible usage. It comes with four buckles. These buckles come in handy for hanging it on your backpack, tent, camper, or tree. We like that it has a chip that detects when it encounters forest cover or clouds.
It automatically cuts power to devices when there’s a shadow. It will automatically restart and continue to charge devices when back in the sun.
This is an incredible device to have for long trekking and hiking trips. It is lightweight and super easy to use thanks to its compact size.
• Does not have an internal lithium-ion battery
• It is not completely weatherproofed
Renogy E.FLEX5 is the smallest foldable solar panel on our list. And with its small size also comes small power output. This solar panel has a 5W output which means it can only charge smartphones, tablets, and MP3 players. It is not enough to charge cameras.
Build Quality and Power Efficiency
You get a water-resistant unit with construction from ETFE (Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene). This material can resist corrosion and can withstand a wide range of temperature. It uses black monocrystalline solar cells that have an 18% power efficiency.
That’s why it won’t charge anything more than 5V power input. The unit uses auto-optimization technology. It automatically continues charging devices when it is back in the sun. And, it also calculates the power requirements to determine the current and the voltage for that gadget.
This solar charger has overcharge protection. It keeps the power flow steady so it will not kill your battery even before you enjoy a full charge. With this solar charger, you can expect to charge a 3000mAh external battery in six hours. In the right sunlight conditions when the panel is angled towards the sun, it can charge as fast as a wall charger.
Renogy E.FLEX5 has only one USB port. You can charge only one device at a time. However, it can hang from your backpack using four carabiners. It can also stick to a car window with the help of the included suction cups.
Although the solar panel is waterproof, the USB port is not weatherproofed. It should not be used in salty, wet, dusty, or muddy environments.
Renogy E.FLEX5 is small, lightweight, and sturdy. It is for those who want to pack light as you experience the great outdoors. It is power efficient to 18% so it delivers a decent amount of power.
Foldable solar panels for traveling are an incredible resource. They help to charge all your portable electric devices. And they can be a source of emergency power. The four solar panels that we have outlined here top the list on the most power-efficient units today.
You can expect reliable performance and durability from any of the brands. You just have to match your pick to your needs. If you want to include a laptop in the devices to charge, the DOKIO model sounds just about right. But if you only have a smartphone and an MP3 player, just go with the Renogy E.FLEX5.
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