The best solar chargers in 2024 for topping up phones, cameras & more

Woman in climbing gear looking at bright sun shining over mountain range, with one of the best solar chargers on her backpack
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The best solar chargers are ideal when you're away from home and can't find a power outlet. Even if the sun is hidden behind a cloud, you can still use its light to top up your phone, laptop and other devices. It's a power source that's free, natural and environmentally sound... what's not to like? 

To find the best solar charger for your needs, you'll need to choose between two broad types. With the first type, you simply connect it to your device and place it in daylight. The second type, meanwhile, is a solar charger power bank, which has an in-built battery. That battery can be charged via mains or USB before you leave home, and topped up as you go, using the power of the sun.  

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Tom May

Tom May is a freelance writer and editor specializing in art, photography, design and travel. He has been editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. He has also worked for a wide range of mainstream titles including The Sun, Radio Times, NME, T3, Heat, Company and Bella.