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The Best Rugged Solar Chargers: Powertraveler Solarmonkey Adventurer

I want to get a small portable solar panel to charge my phone. Do any of the ones on the market work, or are they more trouble than they're worth?

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Powertraveler Solarmonkey Adventurer.     Photo: Courtesy of Powertraveler

A:The Adventurer comes with its own nylon case with waterproof zippers, spare pockets, and a carabiner for hanging it from backpack loops. Though the electronics aren’t waterproof, the pouch protects them from splashes when stowed and features an insulated shell to prevent battery drain in cold conditions. Powertraveler, which is based in the U.K., sells its products in the U.S. through Amazon.

WEIGHT: 9.3 ounces
SIZE: 6.7 x 3.8 x 0.9 inches
PRICE: $134

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