Review of Choetech Foldable Solar Charger: Excellent Outdoor Phone Charger
Solar Powered Charger for the Outdoors
The Choetech Foldable Solar Powered Charger ($45.99 or $38 discounted) is perfect for picnics, hiking, and when you're simply chilling on the patio.
This 14W charger with foldable, waterproof nylon solar panels can keep your iPad, iPhone, Samsung, camera, and other devices fully charged all day long. The panels fold in and out with ease and they have two holes at the edge that can attach to any backpack or tent.
Finally there's a small pouch inside that can protect your phone from direct sunlight though the pouch is primarily for smaller devices like an iPhone SE or other lesser sized gadgets.
My initial thoughts on the Choetech solar charger is that it's affordable and admirable with an eco-friendly outlook that'll make any environmentalist blush.
660 x 148 x 31mm (25.9 x 5.82 x 1.22in)
148 x 153 x 54mm (5.8 x 6 x 2.1in)
1 USB-A Port
Solar Conversion Efficiency
Industrial Strength - Waterproof Nylon - Weather Resistant - Foldable
2 Hole Attachment for tents, backpacks, trees
Foldable Solar Charger - 2 D-Shaped Buckles - User Manual - Panda Bookmark w/18 month warranty + customer service info
Top 5 Best Features
5 Coolest Pros
- 14W Solar Charging
- Stow-away Compartment
- Waterproof Panels
- Foldable Design
- Ecologically Friendly
14W Solar Charging
Although 14W may not sound like much, it's plenty for most smartphones, iPads, and other devices.
It's also incredibly efficient with a fantastic output for the price. It may not charge up your MacBook but it'll take care of your biggest everyday electronics. In addition it's quite good in direct sunlight so if you live in a very sunny locale then you're in luck.
The stow-away patch hidden underneath the panels and near the battery pack is perfect for mini devices.
It comes with a neat, little buckle that will secure your phone and the compartment's placement hides it from sun's intense heat to avoid internal damage. I used it with my 5.5" or lower phones and it worked great though it's way too compact for anything larger.
The waterproof nylon panels are excellent for preventing rain or water damage, and they're particularly great for the outdoors. No amount of dust or rain is enough to ruin these panels' efficiency and customers are better off for it.
The panels are also super reliable with an energy transfer rate of 25% making them superb for outside use. Creating tiny panels this advanced ain't easy but Choetech managed to figure out how to do it right.
The best part about the Choetech solar charger is its foldable, durable design. I love how neatly it folds up when not in use and it can fit inside any bag or backpack.
Additionally the buckles that fasten the panels helps secure them nicely without any worry about them unraveling. The two side eye-holes are great too, and you can use the two D-buckle shaped hooks provided to attach the panels to your backpack, a tent or even a tree.
If you're environmentally cautious then this is the charger for you.
Green is in and these energy saving, PET laminated solar panels use a high-wear PVC fabric with weather-resistant outdoor durability.
They're far more eco-friendly than any other charger you're using and they work almost as well. So if you're a eco-enthusiast then look no further than this super-charged environmentally friendly gadget.
5 Biggest Complaints
Unfortunately for every pro there's a con, and I found 5 strong cons that take this product from an A+ to a solid B.
Top 5 Problems
- 14W Isn't Enough
- Requires Direct Sunlight
- Can't Replace Regular Charger
- Only Good for Outdoors
- Charging Problems
14W Isn't Enough
With 24W+ solar chargers on the market, there may be little need for a 14 version. Even Choetech has higher powered chargers though they'll cost you.
A 24W solar powered charger could easily run 10-20+ dollars over this one and it still won't charge your laptop. However if you prefer something beefier and faster, then note that there are better options available.
Requires Direct Sunlight
The number one complaint I've seen that I can attest to is that this device requires direct sunlight to work well. Occasionally even a partly cloudy sky can affect the charger's capabilities.
I don't recommend getting this device if you live in a very cloudy, rainy location. I live in New Jersey where it's not the sunniest so there's been some issues.
But if you live in say southern California or near sunny, desert type locations then you'll be fine.
Can't Replace Regular Charger
Unfortunately a solar powered charger still isn't as good as a non-solar charger and I don't know if it'll ever be.
A solar charger requires an energy source and it's designed for a specific purpose in mind so it'll never replace your daily phone charger. But if you're a frequent outdoor traveler then it won't hurt to have this item packed away.
Only Good for Outdoors
Let me reiterate, "if you're a frequent outdoor traveler then it won't hurt to have this item", but that's a big IF.
Most people do not stay outdoors or have the capabilities to carry devices like this around. Remember the solar panels actually have to be unfolded and get direct sunlight for them to work, which requires very specific conditions.
There's only so much this device can do and very few people will benefit from this on the daily.
I've seen complaints which stated the device wasn't working or that it was too slow.
I haven't had as many major issues like that though it was definitely slower than I expected. Perhaps it was because I don't live in a 24/7 sunny location. Still, I feel for those who've had issues and I can understand why.
As cool as a solar powered charger sounds, it's a fairly niche product but for those who know how and when to use it, it could be a life saver.
Choetech Foldable Solar Charger: Final Review
After weeks of testing, I was able to find both the good and bad stored within this product. I definitely felt good about trying an eco-friendly device and there's something really forward-thinking about it.
Overall I would give the Choetech 14W Solar Powered Charger 3.75 out of 5 stars.
The design and panels were fantastic and I loved that you could attach this to anything. I was also fond of the stow-away pouch and discreet, compact build even though it wasn't great for bigger phones.
The charging was sufficient though not great when the sun was lacking, (thanks mother nature) but in direct sunlight it functioned quite well. Will this replace my other chargers...no...was it meant to...definitely not!
This charger was crafted specifically for the outdoors, and I really can see it saving someone's life. The power to charge your phone miles from a safe haven is pretty amazing and incredibly useful.
So if you're an adventurer that's looking for a functional charger to keep your phone from dying, then take a look at this very affordable, dynamic 14W Choetech solar powered charger.