How to charge AA batteries with solar power.

Want to know how to charge AA batteries with solar power?

how to charge aa batteries with solar power

Method 1: Slower but cheaper

You will need

A USB powered battery charger

A solar powered power bank

Method 2: Faster but more expensive

You will need

A USB powered battery charger

A solar panel with USB output

Method 1:
How to charge AA batteries with solar power.

Two step method using a power bank

solar power bank charging

Step 1: – Charge up a portable power bank with its small foldable solar panel. Charging could take from one day to a few days, depending on how much direct sunlight it gets and how strong is the sun.

how to charge aa batteries with solar power

Step 2: – Attach your USB battery charger to a portable power bank to charge your AA or AAA batteries. The charging rate is comparable to charging from the mains.

You can also use the power bank to charge a mobile phone or tablet.

CHARGE IN THE SHADE NOT IN THE SUN

You could charge the AA batteries while the power bank is charging with solar power. However, this will severely reduce the life of its internal lithium battery.

Method 2:
How to charge AA batteries with solar power.

One step method using a solar panel with USB output

how to charge aa batteries with solar power

Attach your USB battery charger to a solar panel with USB output to charge your AA or AAA batteries. The charging rate is comparable to charging from the mains.

PLACE THE CHARGER IN THE SHADE NOT IN THE SUN

how to charge aa batteries with solar power

You can also use the solar panel to charge a power bank, mobile phone or tablet.
Not only will the larger solar panel charge the power bank charge faster on sunny days. But also, the larger solar panel will charge it on cloudy days or in low light when the small solar panel won’t work.

MAKE SURE WHATEVER YOU ARE CHARGING IS IN THE SHADE.

The closer the device is to the bottom edge of the solar panel, the more chance it stays in the shade.

charging a LED lantern

You can charge other devices by USB or USB-C with a larger solar panel.


This LED lantern is also a power bank with one USB output, another way to save your solar power for rainy days.

Interested in charging your batteries and devices by solar power?

A few things I have invested in recently to make my photography more sustainable by charging my batteries and phone by solar power. (with affilate links)

Jackery SolarSaga 100W Portable Solar Panel

Foldable solar panel with two output ports

1 USB-C (5V, 3A) + 1 USB-A (5V, 2.4A)

To charge USB or USB- C chargable devices. Tablets, mobiles, batteries.

NOT WATERPROOF !!

Quite big but foldable

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EBL 807 Battery Charger for NiMH/NiCD 1 - 4 AA AAA Rechargeable Batteries

USB battery charger to charge 1 – 4 AA or AAA batteries

You can connect this directly to above the solar panel or to a power bank

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Solar Charger 26800mAh Power Bank with 4 Foldable Panels and 3 Outputs

Can be charged slowly with its own solar panels or faster with larger solar panel above or mains power via USB-C.

3 Outputs: 2 x USB-A + 1 USB-C

+ light

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Solar Charger 25000mAh Power Bank with 4 Foldable Panels and 2 Outputs

Can be charged slowly with its own solar panels or faster with larger solar panel above or mains power via USB-A.

2 Outputs: 2 x USB-A

+ light

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Rechargeable 6 mode LED Lantern with 3600mAh Power Bank

Can be charged with large solar panel above or mains power via USB-A.

6 Mode lantern torch from end or lantern from side.

Output 1 USB-A

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Dual USB Battery Charger for Canon LP-E6, LP-E6N batteries

USB battery charger for Canon EOS 6D, 7D, 70D, 60D, 5D Mark III, 5D Mark II DSLR Cameras.

Batteries not included

PUT CHARGER IN THE SHADE BEHIND SOLAR PANEL

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