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Portable Solar Charger – A Key Component of Being Prepared

by on Feb.22, 2012, under Be Prepared

A Portable Solar Charger is a key component of Being Prepared for a Disaster.

Your cell phone being a key component of your Emergency Preparation Plan, a means of keeping it charged follows.

Although there may be a disruption in our ability to make cellular phone calls, texting may still be possible.

A Portable Solar Charger provides a viable means of charging a cell phone.  These foldable (therefore, stowable) solar charging units, can be positioned (layed out or hung) in a manner maximizing exposure to the Sun.

An assortment of models with various wattages, provide a range of charging times.  Generally, the higher the wattage the shorter the charging time.  4 Watt models are common, with charging times of a few hours.

Another model feature to which attention should be payed – the output configuration of  a particular Portable Solar Charger.  For example, USB or SAE 2 Pin connection.  USB connection being based on 5 Volts, and SAE 2 Pin being based on 12 Volts (generally).

As in many realms – keeping things simple is best.  The fewer component (assemblies) necessary, the better.  We’ve given thought to, and gained experience with these issues through developing cell phone charging practices while motorcycling (Reference: ).

Cell Phones accompanied by a charging system that includes a USB cord, could be safely coupled to the output USB port of a Portable Solar Charger designed for that application.

Others, requiring a 12 Volt charger, will likely involve the use of an Adapter Cable Assembly providing a 12V “Cigarette Lighter” style Power Port Socket.  An example would be an Adapter Assembly with this style 12V Power Port Socket at one end, and an SAE 2 Pin connector at the other end (with the nevessary Polarity, of course).  The SAE 2 Pin end would then be coupled to the output of a so designed Portable Solar Charger.

Keep in mind, the delta between developing 5 Volts (in the case of USB) and developing 12 Volts (such that the 12V Charger can then step that 12 Volts down to 5 Volts, or whatever Charging Voltage requirement your particular Cell Phone requires).

We encourage you to forward any questions or concerns in the form of Comments to this Blog Post, or via email.

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Portable Solar Chargers and other associated accessory products are available via our ecommerce store at:

We offer a Blog specific to the topic of SAE 2 Pin Connectors at:

We also invite you to visit our Bohemian Biker LLC blog for additional posts and comments of interest.

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