Best Solar Fire Starters: Does It Really Matter?

parabolic solar lighter fire starter

Solar fire starters, also referred to as parabolic fire starters, take an old concept into a relatively new design. This is an excellent inexpensive fire starter that has two main designs. The design and function are so similar that as long as the design isn’t defective, any one solar fire starter should be equivalent to …

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Are Solar Power Banks Worth It?

portable solar charger on phone

Solar power has come a long way, but is it always the best option or has it hit that trendy point where sometimes it’s more about being hip than actually being effective? These questions make sense. Are solar power banks worth it? Are they not? Solar power banks are worth it if your main focus …

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Do Solar Power Banks Degrade with Time?

portable solar charger on phone

The days of getting easy dunks on solar energy are long over. Solar energy has come a long way and is efficient, clean, and incredibly versatile. Solar power banks allow for consistent charging of electronics even in the most isolated of locations. But do solar power banks degrade over time? Solar power banks degrade over …

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Can Solar Backpacks Get Wet?

raindrops on solar panel

Before investing in a good piece of gear like a solar backpack, it makes sense that you want to make sure it will hold up. There are a lot of different rumors, stories, and claims about how solar backpacks handle water. This article is here to answer all of your questions on the topic. Solar …

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7 Things to Look at to Find the Perfect Solar Charger

portable solar charger on phone

Solar charges are amazing pieces of gear that can make a world of difference whether you’re a backwoods backpacker, outdoor blogger/influencer, or just someone who wants to make sure they can capture those special moments when traveling. If you’re on the move a lot, especially in isolated areas, a good solar charger is often an …

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Are Solar Backpacks Reliable?

hiker norway mountains

In theory solar backpacks sound like a really great idea, but how do they perform in real world situation in real life? After all laboratory tests are great but they don’t matter compared to real world use. Solar backpacks tend to be extremely reliable, charging consistently not only with direct sunlight but indirect light and …

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Can Animals Damage Solar Panels?

Squirrel looking evil

This is a major concern for many people, especially those who are going to be living off the grid or looking to create a sustainable off the grid setup. What’s the point of having solar power if it goes out every time a curious squirrel checks out the solar panel array? So does that type …

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Can an LED Light Charge a Solar Backpack?

orange solar backpack on carpet

Solar backpacks are a great way to keep laptops, smartphones, iPods, and other electronics charged even as you go about your normal day or find yourself hiking in out of the way natural areas where a plug-in just isn’t going to be available. But solar backpacks have their own battery and their own charge to …

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Off Grid Solar Power in Winter: Is it Possible?

solar panels on garage winter

As far as solar power has come over the last two decades, there are still undeniable limitations and that can sometimes cause confusion. Especially if you’re getting advice from people who are a decade or two out of the loop on solar. Is off the grid solar power in winter possible? Beyond being possible, is …

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Are Solar Powered Watches Reliable? Here’s the Truth!

solio solar watch on wrist

Solar powered watches have come a long way since they first appeared. This used to be a little trick for cheap watches that were meant to be a kiddie prize that would fade out. Solar tech has come a long way since then. Solar watches are among the most consistently reliable watches currently out there …

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