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Anker 14W Portable Foldable Outdoor Solar Charger with PowerIQ™ Technology

Anker 14W Portable Foldable Outdoor Solar Charger with PowerIQ™ Technology

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Product Description

Tap into the sun's radiance and power up your gadgets with freedom.

Brilliant power supply.

When you're out enjoying the great outdoors, enjoy yet another perk: free limitless power. Spread out the solar panels or attach to your pack to start repowering your gadgets.

Compatibility maximized.

Not all charging ports are created equal. Standard ports only communicate effectively with particular devices, like Apple OR Android, often limiting their recharge rate. But with PowerIQ™ technology, each port intelligently identifies your device to speak its unique charging language. So plug in any brand or model and enjoy compatibility that doesn’t limit your charging speed.

Packin' portability.

Folding down into an easily-stowable paper-sized package, the 1.7lb charger adds minimal weight and size to your pack. Well-placed eyeholes enable easy attachment to your pack, tent or trees.

Rugged quality.

With solar panels faced with industrial-grade PET plastic and bound together with heavy polyester canvas, this solar array sports ultimate weather-resistant durability. High-grade solar panels and premium circuitry ensure lifetime reliability.

For optimal use.

• Please use your device’s original cable or a third-party certified one (such as MFi).
• Compatible with all Apple and Android smartphones, tablets (including the Nexus 7) and other USB-charged devices. The iPod nano, iPod Classic, HP TouchPad, LG G2, Asus tablets and some GPS and Bluetooth devices are not supported.

Customer Reviews

Cole
  • Five Stars
  • Nice product fast shipping
  • 2015-02-27

Peter Barrett
  • Good way to take my ipad and iphone off the grid
  • Charged two ipads from 50% to full in one afternoon of full sunlight. Very impressed. I will be using it to charge a portable battery in the day then charge phone and ipad at night. Good quality, looks sturdy, very light and well designed. Very happy overall.
  • 2015-02-23

daimon wilcox
  • GET IT NOW
  • Charges really fast but durable I love anker only if I had a portable battery worth the price
  • 2015-02-18

FlashPa Englert
  • Sunshine Power
  • Great unit. While fishing, it keeps my MP3 and amplifier fully charged.
  • 2015-02-17

H
  • Five Stars
  • It's working well, charging the phones and kindle!
  • 2015-02-16
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Customer FAQ

Q1.  Which charging port should I use to charge my device?
Thanks to PowerIQ™ technology, each charging port can charge any device at full speed up to 2 Amps — the sun’s radiance is the only limiting factor.
Q2.  What kind of USB charging cables should I use with this charger?
To ensure complete safety and best performance, we strongly recommend using your device's original cable or a third-party certified cables (such as MFI).
Q3.  What if my device needs an input current of 1A, will the 2A output damage it?
The solar charger's maximum output current is 2A but it will never exceed the maximum current output that your device is designed for.
Q4.  What if the Anker 14W Foldable Dual-Port Solar Charger is not charging my device(s)?
A. Check to ensure that your device’s input current and voltage requirements fall within the accepted range.
B. Cloudy weather and indirect sunlight may cause fluctuations in the current output that prevent your devices from charging. In this event, try placing the solar charger in more direct sunlight or wait for the weather to clear.
Q5.  How do I check my devices input current and voltage?
Please refer to your device’s user manual, original OEM charging adapter, or contact the manufacturer to determine this information.
Q6.  If it is partially cloudy or not very sunny, can I still charge my devices with this charger?
Yes, but the charging output may be lower prolonged charging time. If the solar panel has its light suddenly limited (by a passing cloud for example) you may need to unplug and then replug your device to begin charging again.
Q7.  Can you use this charger to charge Anker external batteries?
It is compatible with external batteries that need a 5V input. However, the amperage output of the solar panel is not consistent throughout the day and it varies in season. We suggest using the solar panel to charge big external batteries when the sunshine is strong (the optimum time is 11.00-14.00 in summer), as the density of sunshine affects the output of the solar panel. Please also put the Anker external battery in the pocket of the solar charger to avoid direct sunlight or exposure or excessive heat which may damage the battery.
Q8.  Why it is advertised as 14W while its max output is 5V/2A?
The 14 watt mono-crystalline solar array is 15-18% efficient and can provide up to 5V / 2A total output shared between the two USB-charging ports.
Q9.  Is it waterproof?
No. Please minimize exposure to water to protect the charger's electrical components.
Q10.  What is the operating/storage temperature for this solar charger?
The ideal operating cell temperature is 77℉, the operating temperature ranges from -4℉~140℉.

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Latest Post

2 panels in Parallel

If i wanted to double the out put capacity (ma) can I use two 5v panels in Parallel? 

Would I need to insert diodes to seperate each panel?

Replies(1) Collapse Report as spam Feb 21, 2015 at 8:48 AM
ANKER Team
No, you can't really set these up in parallel.

If you need a higher output we have the 14W solar charger that might provide enough power for your needs.
Reply Report as spam Feb 25, 2015 at 1:30 AM
LG G2 Question

Why does the product description say the LG G2 is not supported if android devices in general are supported and the G2 usb charges from basically anything?

Replies(1) Collapse Report as spam Feb 16, 2015 at 9:08 PM
ANKER Team
The G2 has difficulty with a lot of external batteries and 3rd party chargers.

Our batteries are compatible with almost all other smart devices, tablets, phones, GPSs, MP3 Players etc.
Reply Report as spam Feb 17, 2015 at 2:30 AM
Charge Astro Pro?

Is there any way to use this solar panel to charge the Astro Pro 1st generation (20,000 mAhr)? I understand it would be a very, very slow charge time. I just want to know if it is possible at all, as the Anker Pro 1st generation is the only battery capable of 19v charging.

Replies(2) Collapse Report as spam Feb 6, 2015 at 2:23 PM
gherardini

No. It needs a larger power source that is plugged into a 110/220 outlet. You can look at the E6 or E7, that's a bit larger even than the Astro Pro, but will take USB charging.

Reply Report as spam Feb 6, 2015 at 4:10 PM
ANKER Team
No, this is not possible.

The Astro Pro needs an input of 15V/1.3A and the solar panel can output 5V/2A.
Reply Report as spam Feb 8, 2015 at 10:30 PM
question
Can this drain your phone battery or batterypack if its not in direct sunlight ?
Replies(4) Collapse Report as spam Feb 5, 2015 at 2:44 PM
gherardini

The charging system is not like osmosis, it will not go from and area of higher power concentration to an area of lower power concentration. it will either charge, charge slowly, or not at all. it will not drain a connected device.

Reply Report as spam Feb 5, 2015 at 2:47 PM
XM4T1C

No, it can not. If there is no sunlight, it will not charge. If it's sunny will charge perfectly and if it's cloudy, it will charge slower. ;)

Reply Report as spam Feb 5, 2015 at 2:59 PM
Ese_Guerito

ohhh okay thanks 

Reply Report as spam Feb 5, 2015 at 4:10 PM
ANKER Team
No, there's a special diode built in which stops it being able to receive charge from a plugged in device.
Reply Report as spam Feb 6, 2015 at 5:00 AM
works good but

when the sun is not on it directly it doesnt provide an efficent charge, but otherwise works great

Replies(2) Collapse Report as spam Jan 28, 2015 at 11:27 AM
gherardini

How have you been measuring it's conductivity and efficiency?

Reply Report as spam Jan 28, 2015 at 11:56 AM
ANKER Team
You're right that it'll only provide the full 5V/2A in optimum conditions but it should still be usable in non-perfect conditions!

If you don't feel satisfied with the purchase then give our customer service guys a shout at support@ianker.com, we'll do everything we can to make it up to you.
Reply Report as spam Jan 28, 2015 at 9:00 PM
Hoping to buy

Hello.
I am hoping to find a way to charge my phone (Samsung Galaxay S4 Active)
on my week long camping trip. Very interested in the 14W solar panel charger
and the Astro E7 25600mAh 3 port charger as a combo to do what I would like.
How long might it take to charge the E7?
How many charges of an E7 100% charge would I possibly get for my phone?
I have no issues with using my OEM phone charger.
Weather will be within specs of -4 to 140.
Will I have to clean the panels with anything special?

I really appreciate this as I know I am asking alot.

Thank you
Hoping for sun...

Replies(3) Collapse Report as spam Jan 26, 2015 at 9:09 PM
ANKER Team
Thanks for your interest and all the questions!

1) This depends on your conditions. If they are perfect though you can expect a full charge in around 12 hours.

2) This depends on how heavily the phone is being used and what phone it is. We would usually offer this formula for a round about figure:

(Capacity of the Astro * 0.7) / Capacity of your device = Number of possible charges

3) No need to clean the panels with anything special but do use water very sparingly, the panel is not waterproof and if water gets inside then it could damage it.
Reply Report as spam Jan 26, 2015 at 11:00 PM
gherardini

I bet a dollar that the E7 will power your phone for the whole week without ever worrying about recharging the battery. Never mind the weight of the solar panels. Just go for the battery.

Reply Report as spam Jan 26, 2015 at 11:08 PM
TechToyWizard

I am agreeing with gherardini. I go on long remote treks alot and there is so much less hassle using my E7's. If you have a vehicle nearby to stash a solar panel, it's always nice to have it there for extreme emergencies but external batteries can be lifesavers (I know). Plus, as the ANKER Team mentions, solar panels are not waterproof, not that batteries are. I always (stress) ALWAYS carry a personal emergency battery and if I plan to be out overnight or a couple of days will always have an E7 with me.

Reply Report as spam Jan 27, 2015 at 2:41 AM
Solar charger and Anker Astro

Can I use this solar charger to charge my Anker battery packs? then use the battery packs to charge my devices?

 

Alain

Replies(2) Collapse Report as spam Jan 7, 2015 at 4:50 PM
Stemcgoo

Yes, that's what I do with mine

Reply Report as spam Jan 8, 2015 at 1:44 AM
ANKER Team
Absolutely you can.

The solar panel will work with all of our batteries except the Astro Pro series which have their own dedicated AC chargers.
Reply Report as spam Jan 8, 2015 at 3:30 AM
Temp Range?

i intend to use this charger while hunting in the winter. What is the temperature range I should keep the device in? Is the cold winter temperatures going to be a problem?

Replies(3) Collapse Report as spam Dec 31, 2014 at 11:04 AM
gherardini

Cold temps won't affect the panels so much as the battery. Cold temps are good for conductivity, which is what the solar panels use for converting sunlight to power, but not so good for battery charge storage. Insulate the battery as much as you can and you ought not have any problems.

Reply Report as spam Dec 31, 2014 at 11:15 AM
TechToyWizard

Great advice gherardini, well put. Batteries lose much of their efficiency in the cold which would make the charger work harder or not charge at all. If possible try to keep the device on your person for body heat as much as possible.

Reply Report as spam Dec 31, 2014 at 11:24 AM
ANKER Team
The solar panel will work fine outside in winter and summer temperatures.

It doesn't like rain though so try to avoid that!
Reply Report as spam Jan 3, 2015 at 10:30 PM

Roi

store power or for under direct sunlight
Anker 14W Portable Foldable Outdoor Solar Charger, does it store power or just simply for charging under direct sunlight?
Replies(1) Collapse Report as spam Dec 28, 2014 at 10:04 AM
ANKER Team
It doesn't store power itself but its compatible with almost all our external batteries so you can store your charge for later use!
Reply Report as spam Dec 29, 2014 at 1:00 AM
Will not function on any Apple products
I have an Anker 14W Portable Foldable Outdoor Solar Charger with PowerIQ™ Technology.  This device will not function with any of my Apple products.  Soon after plugging in the devices I get the "May not be compatable with this device" error.  It was tested on a iPhone 5, 5s and iPad, all updated with latest software, all had the same error.  I can plug in my Android phone on the second port and it charges fine while the Apple devices error every time.Panels were placed in direct, cloudless sunlight for multiple test over two days with the same results.
Replies(5) Collapse Report as spam Dec 26, 2014 at 9:48 AM
TechToyWizard
Did you use your device’s original cable, or a third-party certified one?
Reply Report as spam Dec 26, 2014 at 11:54 AM
alexhelm
All usage with the same cable?
Reply Report as spam Dec 26, 2014 at 12:01 PM
HvilleAnt
I used oringnial manufacturers cables for all testing including the Android cable.  Tried two different Apple cables actually.
Reply Report as spam Dec 26, 2014 at 2:08 PM
ANKER Team
This sounds like it may be playing up a little.

Please give our customer service guys a shout at support@ianker.com, they'll be able to help you further.
Reply Report as spam Dec 28, 2014 at 10:00 PM
Stemcgoo

Mine works fine with my Apple iPhone 5 and iPad retina.  This sounds like it's the cable you are using to me.  Without inspecting I'd suspect your cable is not OEM.

 

Reply Report as spam Jan 8, 2015 at 1:46 AM
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