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Types of portable solar panels

What are portable solar panels?

We often get questions from customers on portable solar panels. At Robinsun, we don’t offer small portable solar panels, but use ultralight and flexible panels in our Robinsun Light solar kits. Here we explain the differences.

What are portable solar panels?

Portable solar panels have emerged as a game-changer for outdoor enthusiasts and eco-conscious consumers. These versatile and efficient devices provide a convenient way to harness solar power on the go, making them perfect for camping, hiking, RV trips, and even emergency situations. Portable solar panels are compact, lightweight solar energy systems designed for easy transport and quick setup. Unlike traditional solar panels that are fixed in one location, portable solar panels can be folded or rolled up, allowing you to take them wherever you need a reliable source of renewable energy.

Benefits of Portable Solar Panels

  • Eco-Friendly Energy Source: Portable solar panels utilize the sun's energy, reducing dependence on fossil fuels and minimizing carbon footprint.
  • Cost-Effective: Over time, using solar energy can lead to significant savings on electricity bills.
  • Versatility: These panels can charge a variety of devices, including smartphones, laptops, and batteries, making them ideal for diverse applications.
  • Independence: With portable solar panels, you can access power in remote locations, ensuring you stay connected even off the grid.

Key Features to Consider

When selecting portable solar panels, it's important to consider several factors to ensure you get the best performance:

  • Wattage: Higher wattage panels generate more power, suitable for charging multiple devices simultaneously.
  • Portability: Look for lightweight, foldable designs that are easy to carry and set up.
  • Durability: Ensure the panels are built to withstand various weather conditions and rough handling.
  • Compatibility: Check if the panels come with multiple output ports and adapters to charge different devices.

Popular Uses for Portable Solar Panels

  • Camping and Hiking: Keep your electronic devices charged during extended outdoor adventures.
  • RV Trips: Power your RV appliances without relying solely on traditional power sources.
  • Emergency Preparedness: Maintain access to power during natural disasters or outages.
  • Travel: Charge your gadgets while on the go, especially in areas with limited access to electricity.

How to Maximize Efficiency

To get the most out of your portable solar panels, follow these tips:

  • Optimal Positioning: Place the panels in direct sunlight, angled towards the sun for maximum exposure.
  • Regular Cleaning: Keep the surface of the panels clean from dust and debris to maintain efficiency.
  • Battery Storage: Use a portable battery pack to store excess energy for use when sunlight is unavailable.

What is the difference between portable solar panels and a Robinsun Light plug & play solar kit?

Portable solar panels are great for low energy use in very specific situations, as described above. For professional use and higher electricity production levels, they are not the best option. At home, where you are connected to the grid, these panels will have very little impact. And a portable battery at home is a bit cumbersome, since you have to plug your devices into this usually big and bulky device. At home, it’s a lot easier to use a plug & play solar kit, like our Robinsun Light, that feeds its production into your home’s electricity network and can power all your devices through the existing power sockets, wherever they are at home.


Portable solar panels are a good option for anyone looking to embrace renewable energy while maintaining mobility and convenience. Whether you're an avid camper, a frequent traveler, or simply preparing for emergencies, these panels provide a reliable, eco-friendly power solution. If you’re looking for a solution for your home, plug & play solar kits are a much better option though. It is important to keep this difference in mind to get the right solution for the right use.


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