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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

heather
  • Five Stars
  • Great product, able to charge even when cloudy. Very useful!!!
  • 2015-05-29

Maverick
  • Five Stars
  • Love it
  • 2015-05-29

Bandsaws
  • and this Anker charger is the perfect choice. I recently used this solar charger during ...
  • It's not often you're far enough from wall power for long enough that a battery backup isn't sufficient - but when you need solar charging ability, there's no substitute, and this Anker charger is the perfect choice.I recently used this solar charger during a four day music festival in eastern Washington. Camping without access to power meant most attendees needed to keep their phones off - but we spent the entire weekend with our batteries full! My experience was that in full, direct sunlight, I could charge an iPhone 6 Plus in about 3-4 hours.The charging ports were as reliable as Anker's wall chargers, complete with PowerIQ - we were able to charge both Apple and Android devices without any issues. We did notice that when the sun wasn't full or the panel was covered in dust, we occasionally saw the "accessory not supported" message on the iPhone - but the device still trickle charged, and cleaning the panel/returning it to the sun brought it right back to normal.We particularly appreciated the four grommets as well - they gave us a lot of flexibility on where to place the charger.
  • 2015-05-28

Alex Menkes
  • Highly suggest!
  • Took it camping during memorial day weekend - wow, does this thing work wonderfully well! Best to use with batteries as the iphones stop charging if the power dips (cloud goes overhead), but it worked really well if I put it on the car dash and charged up external batteries and then used the batteries to charge the family's phones. The quality is excellent and I'm now a big fan of Anker.
  • 2015-05-27

David Cooper
  • Great bargain, and easy to use.
  • This unit was a good bargain for the price. Easy to use. Fairly light.For my first use: I was able to keep my devices charged through most of a camping event I attended recently. I paired this with a battery and had some times I couldn't charge my devices. I think the power draw from the devices to the battery exceeded the power draw from the battery to the solar panel. When my battery drained so low, I had to remove it from the mix. Powering just off the panels work plenty fine.As I experiment more, I'll update this post.
  • 2015-05-27
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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

Charging XP-10 Micro-Start battery

I just purchased a battery (Micro-Start XP-10) that I would like to be able to charge with a solar panel vs. an electrical outlet.  The information I obtained said that it charges at 14 volts and 1.0 Amps.  If I want to attach the solar panel to the transformer provided with the unit the specs are 100-240 volts and 50/60 hertz.  I know nothing about solar panels, can you recommend which unit I need?  I prefer portable and like the idea of being able to fold it up for compactness.

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Gabrielkbkim

i see that micro start XP-10 is jump starter/ power supply like our Anker Astro Pro 2

Solar power only outputs 5V 2.Amp 

Reply Report as spam May 28, 2015 at 5:23 PM
compatible (TBD) rechargable battery

Hi there,

Need help to decide which Anker external battery will suit my needs. I want to recharge this battery with the Anker® 14W Solar Panel Foldable.

I will be biking and canoeing at least 10hr a day, under expected sunny conditions. I'm expecting to lay the foldable solar pannel on the roof of my byke trailer or in the cannoe, and charge the battery during the day.

My current needs are: nexus 7, nikon lithium battery but extra capacity does not hurt.

Besides the battery, what other accesories should I be buying as well?

Thanks,

 

 

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JesusIbarra

hi. i do not own one of the solar energy pannels but i can tell you it wont be a good thing to mix with the water, but i believe that you would do just fine it has 2 usb connections but i suggest you buy a power pack. now i have the 25600 mah e7 also from anker it has enough juice to recharge my ipad mini 2 (6471mah) and my note 4 (3200mah) about 2 to 4 times and gives me enough juice for heavy usage and get me thru 2 days of complete charge. but they also have different mah options from 20800, 16000, 10000, and other smaller battery options. but i suggest you buy the pannels and a power pack for an emergency. now if you buy the power pack make sure you charge it completely one or 2 days before you leave on your trip. good luck.

Reply Report as spam May 22, 2015 at 7:22 PM
Gabrielkbkim

As a biker my self i recommend buying this and 2 pack of 16000 MAH battery Pack

it got me going for 3 days 

Reply Report as spam May 23, 2015 at 1:00 PM

CJN

LB1 High Performance External Battery

Hello

Would the LB1 High Performance External Battery Power Bank  1000mAh be compatable with the 14w foldable solar charger.

Thanks for previous responses

Cheer Christian

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Gabrielkbkim

14 W to power in on powerbank 1000MAH yes 

Reply Report as spam May 13, 2015 at 9:46 AM

CJN

TRIXES 12000mAh External Battery

Hi

I'm very interested interested in the 14w foldable solar charger.

I'll be travelling in Africa and will need to charge an ipod classic and and canon powershot, which has rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-6LH.

I understand that that your devices are not directly compatable with the ipod classic, will the TRIXES 12000mAh External Portable Battery Charger Power Bank your solar charger.

If not can anyone recommend a suitable battery that could work for me.

Thanks Christian

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Gabrielkbkim

It should charger iPod classic. And also the power bank 

But I recommend for you to get the anker 2nd gen astro pro 

I have Nikon with ep-5a power supply connector 

With a right plug I use the astro to power my camera

Reply Report as spam May 12, 2015 at 8:00 AM
ANKER Team
Sorry to tell you that our PowerIQ technology is not able to charge iPod Classic. As the input of the Trixes external battery is 5V, it will be compatible with our solar charger. However, we only recommend to charge capacities of up to 10.000mAh via solar power.
Reply Report as spam May 12, 2015 at 9:00 PM
scerveris

Recently purchased the 14 watt solar charger and have exposed it to two full days of Southern California sunny skies.  I have attached both my iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air2 to the USB port inside the charging pack.  Absolutely nothing has illuminated on the charger to indicate it is charging and absolutely no indication on either Apple device that it is charging.

The device seems pretty straight forward.  What am I missing here?

 

 

Replies(3) Collapse Report as spam Apr 20, 2015 at 11:20 PM
Gabrielkbkim

It seems that anker made manufacturing error 

Please Contact Support@ianker.com 

Reply Report as spam Apr 21, 2015 at 12:47 AM
TechToyWizard

This device is something I have a lot of experience with under the same conditions. I would guess that the solar charger is okay, there is so little that can mess up in them. Two thoughts ... check to ensure that your device’s input current and voltage requirements fall within the accepted range. Also, try attaching only one device as a test to see what happens.  Also, are you able to swap out the cables? You didn't state which ones you're using but there was some buzz about the lightning connector chip not playing nice with some solar chargers.

Reply Report as spam Apr 21, 2015 at 1:11 AM
ANKER Team
We're not sure!

If nothing at all can be charged from the panel, regardless of the cable you're using then there may be a fault. Please give our customer service team a shout at support@ianker.com. They'll be ready and waiting to help further.
Reply Report as spam Apr 22, 2015 at 1:00 AM
Will it charge the 2nd Gen Astro3?

Can I charge the Anker 2nd Gen Astro3 12800mAh External Battery with this Anker 14W Portable Foldable Outdoor Solar Charger?

Thanks.

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Gabrielkbkim

Yes if you have sunlight 

Reply Report as spam Apr 20, 2015 at 11:25 PM
TechToyWizard

Yes, it'll work just fine as long as you have the sunshine!

Reply Report as spam Apr 20, 2015 at 12:58 PM
ANKER Team
Absolutely yes!

You'll need bright and clear conditions to ensure a 5V/2A output from the solar panel though.
Reply Report as spam Apr 21, 2015 at 3:30 AM
Mr

Will it charge the Anker® 2nd Gen Astro E5 16000mAh Portable Charger External Battery Power Bank?

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Gabrielkbkim

YEs it can but beware that battery does not like heat

Reply Report as spam Apr 1, 2015 at 11:23 PM
TechToyWizard

Quote From Gabrielkbkim: thanks for the translation

Reply Report as spam Apr 1, 2015 at 11:26 PM
TechToyWizard

Yes BUT be aware that solar panels love sunlight but lithium batteries hate to get hot. Don't place your E5 in the sun next to the charger. Pack it under something to keep the direct Rays of the sun from hitting the battery.

Reply Report as spam Apr 1, 2015 at 9:58 PM
Alastair Hughes

It will take a very long time for it to charge it. It would work put not partically practical in the long run.

Reply Report as spam Apr 17, 2015 at 4:55 PM
ANKER Team
Both external battery and solar charger are compatible, but due to the Astro E5's big capacity we do not recommend solar charging this model.
Reply Report as spam Apr 6, 2015 at 1:00 AM
Can panels be daisy chained together?

Can panels be daisy chained together

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Gabrielkbkim

No dont think about it. It is dangerous. 

Reply Report as spam Apr 1, 2015 at 7:29 AM
TechToyWizard

But why? RU going to heat your pool? The product is designed as it is for a reason.

Reply Report as spam Apr 1, 2015 at 12:29 PM
ANKER Team
Unfortunately the panels are unable to be daisy chained together.
Reply Report as spam Apr 1, 2015 at 9:30 PM
Anker astro E4

How long does this take to charge the Anker astro E4?

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Gabrielkbkim

2-4 hour 

Depending the condition and the weather 

Reply Report as spam Mar 31, 2015 at 11:46 AM
TechToyWizard

You're asking how long the solar panel will take to charge an E4? There are a ton of variables so there can't be an exact answer. The panel doesn't have a huge output, and ambient conditions are a big factor with solar panels. It might take half a day (in the sun) or the full day. A solar panel isn't thought of as a quick charge device, any more that solar would be your fastest way to heat your shower water.

Reply Report as spam Mar 31, 2015 at 12:04 PM
ANKER Team
From a 5V/2A charger it'll take around 6-7 hours to charge the 2nd Gen E4.
Reply Report as spam Mar 31, 2015 at 9:30 PM
Long-term durability

How long can I expect this product to output an optimal charge? How will output efficiency be in, say, 10 years, compared to when the product is new? From what I've heard, solar panels' output power will diminish as years pass. It would be good to know this before considering a purchase. I don't expect it to last that long, I'm just curious as to what will happen over time.

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Gabrielkbkim

2-3 hours depend how the weather and what it is 

Reply Report as spam Mar 28, 2015 at 1:11 PM
TechToyWizard

We can all agree that it's hard to predict how any power device will perform 10 years from now. You can definitely expect some loss of efficiency. Think back 10 years ago, the smartphone hadn't even been invented yet (debatable, but the first iPhone came out in 2007 and it was the first of what we could consider a "modern" smartphone). So 10 years from now who knows what devices will exist. Fortunately (we hope) the sun will still be around and it's why I have a lot invested in utilizing solar power.

Reply Report as spam Mar 28, 2015 at 1:21 PM
ANKER Team
We wouldn't expect a significant loss in in efficiency over time but we wouldn't be able to vouch for performance after 10 years!
Reply Report as spam Mar 29, 2015 at 10:30 PM
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