Recently, I discovered a product that has finally matured to point that it is worthy of cracking open your wallet and parting with a few hard-earned greenbacks. Portable solar panels and battery packs, have finally progressed to level of durability, size, and most importantly, longevity that make them a must-have item. The SunJack 14W +8000mAh Battery is a product that should be in every household, car, backpack… you name it. Don’t get too hung up on the name. The engineers at SunJack spent their time where it would do you the most good—engineering, not marketing. It does not matter whether you are a prepper, survivalist, hunter, student, commuter, boater, or parent. The world we live in depends on power. From our cell phones to kids portable game systems, emergency radios to tablets—there are so many everyday portable items—that we depend on more each day—and all of them run on electricity. As much as the majority of us would hate to admit it, but we are dependent on the electrons that flow so freely from the grid.
What happens when the power goes out? How annoying is it when your child’s device goes dead? If that child is a teenager, they try to convince you it was a matter of life and death. While these examples are matters of convenience, let’s think about something more serious. What would happen during an attack on the power grid or in a natural disaster? How long would the batteries in your emergency FM radio hold out? What about a rechargeable walkie-talkie or ham radio? What other minor devices do you depend on? How are you going to recharge your device in an emergency bug out situation or when you get injured while hiking through signal-draining hills and valleys? Imagine what would happen if you car broke down in the middle of nowhere? Or, worse yet, an accident in a remote area with little traffic, and your cellphone’s battery is in the red. What would you do?
The single answer to all of these issues is a solar charger with battery pack. The SunJack’s battery pack is handy when you need portable power on demand. Once charged, it carries enough juice to recharge my cell phone or tablet, but with power to spare. The battery pack can be recharged using the solar charging panels that fold into a folio for easy storage. The whole unit measures a mere 9″ x 6.5″ x 1.75″ (23cm x 16.5cm x 4.5cm) and tips the scales at well under two pounds.
The SunJack’s attached mesh pouch holds the battery pack, charging cable, and houses two USB ports. The battery pack—with two USB ports—detaches, so you can ditch the solar panels and carry it as a back up for day trips. You could also simultaneously charge two devices directly from the solar panels. That means, you could have two devices charging from the solar panels and two from the battery pack. That’s four devices at one time! The SunJack comes with two carbineers to conveniently hang the unit for charging, or to keep it out of the way of little feet, horse hooves, being knocked over the side of the boat etc. The hooks allow the SunJack to be hung vertically or horizontally, whichever works best for your situation to maximize solar collection.
The SunJack’s instructions are simple. So simple, they are on a single side of a sheet of paper. The SunJack is truly plug and play. About the only mistake you can make is hanging it in a window. Most modern windows have UV filters or some such technology that messes with things. However, give the SunJack direct sunlight, and your phone will be charged in about 90 minutes.
With all of the advantages and uses the SunJack offers, how could you afford to be without one? Power is essential in many emergency scenarios, and the convenience factor is off the charts.