When your personal devices run out of juice, just charge them up straight from the sun with the 15W Personal USB Solar Panel from Hard Korr.
This super-compact unit is easy to transport and only weighs 550g. It features A-grade monocrystalline silicon cells and an inbuilt solar controller which protects your sensitive devices from overcharging. There are also dual high-speed USB ports so you can charge 2 devices at once and keep them nice and safe in the protective storage pocket while doing so, which also help you manage cables and devices if you need to reposition the panel.
You don’t have to go without your phone, camera, tablet, lantern or other devices when exploring with the 15W Personal USB Solar Panel from Hard Korr at your disposal.
A-grade monocrystalline silicon cells
Inbuilt solar controller with intelligent electronics to protect sensitive devices against overcharging
Dual high-speed USB ports can charge 2 devices at once
Weighs only 550g
Tough protective storage pocket
58L x 29W x 1.8H cm
29L x 20.5W x 2.8H cm
A−grade Monocrystalline Silicon Panels
Camping | 4WD
Is it waterproof1 answer
Is it waterproof?
Kay - North Sydney Shoppingworld, NSW (11 months ago)
Hard Korr solar panels can withstand some rain, however, you won't be generating much/any power in poor weather. It's generally recommended to pack these panels up if you can. If your solar mat gets wet, please ensure it is thoroughly dried before putting it into storage.
Lauren - Snowys(11 months ago)
multi day hike1 answer
Hi guys, would you recommend this for multiple day hikes/camping trips (notably the Overland Track)? or is there something else you'd recommend for charging an iphone (I only want to use the camera) Thanks so much
Rebecca - Oak Flats, NSW(1 year ago)
Its potentially a great option, but there's alot of factors that impact the panels output. These are things like cloud cover and dappled shade, the angle of the panels (eg. 45º to maximise output), and how hot the panels get. In theory if you have the panels on the back of your pack whilst hiking, you'd be relying on walking with your back to the sun, and through areas with no overhead trees or clouds to limit shading. In these conditions you may get as low as 1A output which would take 4-6hrs to charge your phone. If the panels arent able to get consistent clear sunshine, the phone will actually chew up more battery with charging flashing on, off, on, off, etc
If you are not planning to use your phone much, so will only need to keep it topped up, you'd be ok, but it's not something that you should solely rely on for keeping your phone charged.
A better bet would be to either: 1. combine with a small portable powerbank which could give you 1-2 charges. Then during the day your panels can charge the powerbank whilst your getting optimal sun and wanting to use your phone. Then you can use the power bank to charge your phone at night.
2. consider getting a large power bank, something 20,000mAh which has the ability to provide 3-4 full charges of your phone. This generally negates the need to carry panels at all.
If you pop your phone on aeroplane mode, its likely you'd get 2 days minimum out of a single charge anyway, so you may not need to charge your phone as much as you think.
Lauren - Snowys(1 year ago)
Charge time1 answer
How long do you think it will take for this to charge a phone, or a lantern or a power pack? Obviously full sun is ideal and its dependent on that but in general how good is it?
Sarah - Brighton SA(1 year ago)
These panels have a maximum output of 2.5Ah. How long it takes to charge a device is dependent on the capacity of the devices battery, but you can easily work it out with alittle math. My phone battery is 4700mAh or 4.7Ah - so 4.7 (battery size) ÷ 2.5 (solar Output) = 1.88 (hours) - meaning it will take approx 1.8hrs minimum to charge my phone in ideal conditions, which provide maximum output. If conditions are less than ideal - eg, cloud cover or shady campsites, or if the solar panel becomes too hot - the output will drop and the charge time will take alittle longer.
Hope that helps.
Lauren - Snowys(1 year ago)
Durability of the solar panel1 answer
Hi, I am wondering how durable this solar panel is. Can I expose it to various weather conditions, i.e. rain, heavy wind, snow, etc.? Or do I need to treat it with care? Thanks.
Tina - Toowong, QLD(1 year ago)
Solar Panels are generally pretty water-resistant. Portable ones are not necessarily designed to withstand year-round weather abuse, because they are obviously expected to be only be used in sunny or clear weather. It would be recommended to pack them away when you're not actively using it for best long-term usage, but there won't be any damage if they get wet. If you are packing them away, just make sure they're dry before you do.
They'll be great as a little solar power buddy for outdoor adventures, and can literally go anywhere with you. You don't need to be precious with them, but use your best judgement/common sense & you should be fine.
Lauren - Snowys(1 year ago)
Amp output1 answer
What is the maximum amp output per each USB socket with maximum sun solar panel exposure?
Brian - Bendigo, VIC(2 years ago)
The USB ports are rated at 5V and the max total output is 2.5A. If you're using one port you'll get max 2.5A, if you're using both ports you'll get max 1.25A from each. Hope that makes sense!
Lauren - Snowys(2 years ago)
Can you charge a powerbank with this panel?1 answer
Wondering if you can charge a powerbank with this or only devices like mobile phones.
Rachel - Brisbane(3 years ago)
Yes you can charge a powerbank with this panel, there are two USB outlets, so as long as your powerbank is USB rechargeable it shouldn't be a problem.
Leece - Snowys(3 years ago)
Accessory charging cables1 answer
This one does not come with any cables for charging batteries. Is it a stripped down version as I have seen the same item with bullet/alligator clip cables in the kit.
Peter - Campbell Town(3 years ago)
The only version of the 15W Personal Solar Panel I've seen is this one, with the two USB outputs for power bank or device charging. In general, most smaller solar panels won't have an Anderson or alligator style clip until they're a higher capacity, like a 100W panel or larger as anything smaller than this will usually be too small to charge a larger battery with clip style attachments.