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Portable options for solar charging 18650s?

Discussion in 'Flashlights & Other Illumination Devices' started by Jaysop, Sep 15, 2018.

  1. Jaysop

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    I'm trying to find a way to charge some 18650 and CR123 batteries from a portable solar panel and cant really find anything.

    I have a few flashlights that run off of 18650 and Cr123 and would like a rechargeable option when camping and backpacking. Also with this recent hurricane I realised I cant even recharge off of my power banks.

    I did some Google searching and it looks like all portable solar panels use USB but I cant find a charger that feeds from a USB.

    Also, can someone recommend me some rechargeable CR123 batteries?
     
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  2. neo71665

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    I think your gonna find it will be easier and lighter to pack more cells than it would be to carry enough panels to charge a dead cell.
     
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  3. Tusk

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    The Xtar MC series work off of USB.
     
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  4. Jaysop

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    Well I'm thinking the solar recharging would be more useful in a power outage. I've found that 18650s dont seem to hold a charge in storage for a long time. I dont want to have to constantly maintain that they're all topped off.

    I found a nitcore F2 that'll charge via USB. I'm thinking about getting a Nomad 7plus. I wonder how long it would take to top off an 18650 or a CR123rc
     
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    I have yet to find a small solar panel that will charge a cell phone or 18650 fast enough to be useful. You can get a solar generator, but now we are talking about something the size of a small trailer with wheels. If someone knows of something that actually works please let us know.
     
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    Olight UC. Doesn't get more portable than that.
     
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    Burncycle, nice recommendations.

    Lateck,