website statistics
Reviews

Everyday Carry EDC

21 Watt Anker PowerPort Solar

The 21 watt Anker PowerPort Solar Charger has been the perfect charger for my phones, batteries and portable power packs!

I've wanted to have a good solar charger for a long time and had my eye on the Goal Zero Nomad 20 for a while, but at it's $199 price tag, it was just too expensive for my budget. I thought I was settling on the 21 watt Anker Powerport Solar Charger initially since it was only $60, but after three months of use, I have to say that it's been one of the handiest ways to keep charged up when I'm out. The Anker is a three panel solar charger that provides a metered 2.4 amps using either one of it's two USB charging ports, or a total of 3.0 amps if you are using both ports at once. This means that if you have a power hungry Samsung Note 3/4 or iPhone 6/6+ or iPad, you'll get a faster charge if you only use one of the two ports.

I have a Samsung 6S, and when the battery is around 3% the Anker charger will fully charge the battery in about 4 hours under full sunlight - that's about the same amount of time needed from a wall charger. When I have my wife's iPhone 6 plugged in at the same time, it took almost 10 hours, but the sun dropped below the tree line for the last hour and a half, so I don't know if that's a good test. She hasn't let me borrow her phone for that long since, so I haven't been able to re-test. Additionally, we both kept picking up our phones to check emails and send/receive texts during the day.

Best Way To Use The Anker PowerPort Solar Charger

The Anker doesn't have a portable battery charger built in, so if you just leave it in the sun, you're not harnessing any power. I've found that the best way to fully utilize the solar charger is to use it during the day to charge your portable battery packs. I leave the charger on the dashboard of my car while at work, or on the rear deck behind the tinted window if I'm worried about theft. I have two MicroUSB 3 foot cords running from the solar charger to the power packs.

I have the two Anker Powercore 21000's that we looked at last year as well as a new addition: The Anker PowerCore+ 26,800mAH portable charger. I also have six cheap PocketJuice 2000mAH Portable Chargers in my laptop bag as well, but those I don't normally charge from the solar panel. My wife and I have started using the battery packs to charge most of the USB powered devices in the house rather than using the wall plug chargers. It may not do much for the electricity bill, nor save the earth much, but it's really cool to charge up for free and feels good to know you're using a free and limitless source of power.

Charging up a battery pack that can store the charge makes a lot more sense if you plan on relying on the solar charger. On overcast days, you might not be able to get a phone to charge more than half way if it was directly plugged into the solar panels, so having the portable powerpacks ensures that you can charge up fully when needed. You can let your battery packs take a bit longer charging because most phones will stay charged for 7 hours or more on a single charge, and the Ankers we have above will provide two complete charges for both my wife's phone and my own before needing to be recharged itself.

Anker PowerPort Solar Charger Storage

We usually leave the Anker in the bay window on the south side of our house to get sunlight all day long, but there are times when it does sit on the dash or rear deck of the car. When it's not in use -- and that's not that often, it will go into a custom made leather sleeve that my uncle who is a leather craftsman made for me. The leather sleeve has a flap that folds over, and two large eyelets so that the pack can be mounted to a backpack with carabiners. When we're hiking, I'll sometimes drape the solar panels over my backpack so we can charge up while we're walking around. Other than that, there's really no other way that I store the panels. They're supposedly weatherproof to an extent, but I've never used the Anker in the elements -- Because there hasn't been a need to do so yet.

Other USB chargers that I've used on the Anker Powerport

I also purchased a AAA / AA USB charger so we can use the powerbanks and solar charger to charge our AA and AAA batteries. It's a Powerex 4 cell battery charger. I've found that it takes about 3-4 hours to charge four AA cells and about2-3 hours to charge four AAA cells when charging directly from the solar charger using one port only (no other devices attached).

I have five 6LED USB Lights as well for general and emergency use. These are really low drain lights, and perfect for camping, around the house at night or any other use where you need a lot of light within a 10 to 20 foot area. I haven't been able to drain one of the Powercores using these LED lights yet. They were on over 36 hours and I still had over 75% battery power left, and I had two of them in at full brightness.

Nitecore UM20 Li-Ion USB Charger - Well... you gotta have some way to recharge those flashlight batteries if the power is out! Works for 18650/18490/18350/17670/17500/16340/14500/10440 cells and charges two 18650 cells in about 4-6 hours or two 10440 cells in about 2 hours from the solar panel alone.

 

From The Blog

  • Winter Essentials You Should Have In Your Everyday Backpack

    winter preparedness EDC

    I'm not specifically talking about a backpack, but something that you might carry every day to work and when you're out and about. Since cold weather is coming on quickly, I thought I'd take a moment and tell you what I will be carrying this winter in my bag everyday.

    Read more ... 
  • Pokemon Go Essential Everyday Carry

    Pokemon GoPokemon Go (Niantic) has hit the world by storm over the past month, and in almost every city there's a community of Pokemon Go Trainers out there trying to "Catch them all" and "be the best there ever was".

    Pokemon Go isn't just for kids though. There are Millenials, Gen-X'ers and even senior citizens playing the game. The streets are hopping with Trainers at all hours, and this one game has done something that no other game could ever accomplish: Bridge the gap between gaming and the real world.

    Read more ... 
  • Make Free Calls To Regular Phones With Android Phones

    Free calls repurpose old android phone 1960Perhaps you've upgraded phones over the years and have an old android phone laying in a drawer or storage box.

    With all the open Wi-Fi hotspots that you can find now (places like McDonalds, Starbucks and Taco Bell probably even have it), You can repurpose that old Android phone to be useful again. Provided that it's at least Android 3, many popular calling apps work, but most have a limitation that they can only call other people who use the app for free. If you want to call landlines and other cellular phones, then you'll end up paying money to make the call. As of this article, Google Voice via Hangouts and Hangouts Dialer is the only service that allows you to make calls throughout the USA for free to any phone.

    Read more ... 
  • I Now Carry An FPV Drone In My Everyday Carry

     

    landvo jjrc h8d fpv drone

    Drones have become all the rage these days. There's thousands upon thousands of those little quadcopters available, and I realized that I could actually carry one with me in the EDC for when we're out hiking, camping or just about any other time when I want to have a bit of fun. These First Person View (FPV) Drones are really cool and I love flying them. Being able to see the world from above has a ton of benefits. Read on to find out how.

    Read more ... 
  • Food Service Essentials

    Tenderloin steakFood service is one of the hardest professions to be in.

    My name's Tom Wilde, and I am a chef and foodie, and honored to guest blog here on the Everyday Carry. While my general manager told me I cannot disclose which Chicago restaurant that I work at, It is one of the busier upscale places you can go.

    I work 12 hours a day on my feet. Running a kitchen is at time (well, most of the time) is grueling work and all you want to do at the end of the night is plop down with your favorite cold one and just pass out. 

    Read more ... 

Latest Bag Dumps

  • End Of November Everyday Carry Update

    every day carry 11262016We're coming down to the end of November, and into the Holiday season. It's the time when we're all going places, visiting family and seeing old friends again. While this is more of a Personal Carry, It's changed over the past couple months. I have stopped wearing the cargo pants so much, and am back to wearing jeans. With the loss of the extra load carrying capacity, I had to make some tough choices about what I was going to carry every day.

    Read more ... 
  • Everyday Carry Altoids Tin Mini Smalls

    altoid smalls edc contents packed

    The Altoids tin is one of the best, and least expensive ways to store and carry small objects.

    I have used these little tins for years to hold small things like computer screws, nuts and bolts, fishing hooks and sinkers, and a lot of other stuff, but just recently, I completed one of the things that I've always wanted to do:

    Create a small, functional everyday carry inside an Altoids Smalls container.

    Read more ... 
  • Condor MA16 Pocket Pouch EDC Dump

    condor ma16 front

    I just finished my review of the Condor MA16 Pocket Pouch, and people asked me what I was putting inside the pouch. I created the EDC dump list here so you can see what I put into the pouch, and to give you ideas on what everyday carry essentials you might want to put into yours!

    Read more ... 
  • Personal Carry: 20/M/Audio engineer student

     

    Pocket Carry

    Personal Carry: 20/M/Audio engineer student

    Read more ... 
  • EDC Dump: 34/M/Does It Come In Black?

     

    everyday carry dump

    “Admittedly, this is one half-step above Mall Ninja antics, but carrying these does bring me joy.” - wheckuptothees via Reddit

    Read more ... 

Follow @EveryDayCarry99

Spyderco Paramilitary 2

41% OFF the Spyderco Paramilitary 2!

PARANEMO0

Fenix PD35 EDC Flashlight Sale!

35% OFF 960 Lumen Fenix PD35

pd35

About The Everyday Carry

The Everyday Carry caters to Preppers and Individuals that have an interest in Everyday Carry. This is not a Survivalist or Disaster Preparedness website. If you are interested in what to carry everyday to make your (and your family's) life better, than this is the correct place to be. An Everyday Carry is simply the items that you carry everyday, and there is a general interest in what others carry in their backpacks, messenger bags, tactical pouches and on their person.

What's In Your Everyday Carry?

Share what you carry every day with others to give ideas and help them become better prepared for everyday life.

Submit Your EDC

Banner image credit: Wojtek B

S5 Box

Login

Register

You need to enable user registration from User Manager/Options in the backend of Joomla before this module will activate.