The charging ports on the device have all the bases covered with two USB-A ports and a USB-C you can use to charge devices or the charger itself (there’s also a micro USB for charging the charger), so you’ll probably always have the right cable. Having all those ports also means that you can charge three devices at once and drain the whole thing in one go if you’re in a bind.
Having the 4th generation solar panels on it means that it’s a bit bigger in all directions than the small, sleek 10,000mAh packs we’re used to these days, but its even weight distribution means it feels lighter than the 255g it is. On one side you’ve got the smooth flat solar panels, and the other is a soft, but grippy textured fabric which will stop it from sliding off the dashboard of your car.
If you’re wanting more than just a power bank, Solgaard also make the Solarbank Boombox, which is basically the same power bank but with a Bluetooth speaker inside. I haven’t seen one in the flesh yet, but it sounds like a cool idea.
As well as charging your phone with the sun, Solgaard also removes 2.27kg of plastic from the ocean for each product sold, so you can have that extra good warm and fuzzy feeling; as long as you remember to recycle the battery pack when it reaches the end of its lifecycle.
While roughly $110 plus postage is quite a bit of money to spend on a 10,000mAh power bank when you can get a decent one without solar panels for around $60, this is perfect for people who hike and camp often, but don’t want to lug around a bigger, heavier power bank.