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Richard wrote an answer about on May 18, 2012

Laptops connect directly to the USB port. This unit generates 12 volts. Most phones/camera/tablets work (optionaly)with a 12 volt battery (Car/RV/Marine). Check to see the voltage, wattage, and storage/isolator/inverter capacity. Usually presented as Amp hours.

Make sure, if you're going to rely on any of these products, that they are set up for your use.

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Richard wrote an answer about on April 5, 2012

Overcast is not the problem. You're getting radiation energy from the sun, right through the clouds. Ideally, all your stuff should run on a common type of battery. If that isn't possible, make sure you have adaptors. Which are a pain, depending on what's at stake. You can 'daisy chain' a few of your items. My Schosce (sic) can charge from a wall socket, and charge the phone at the same time. Since what you need, as you describe the conditions, is a solar system costing upwards of $1,000. It might cost less, and be more efficient, to have devices with USB2-3, USB mini, and USB micro sockets. Unless you carry a travel battery charger, your AAA, AA, C and D cannot be charged directly off your solar. IF the device has a USB connector, you can wisely charge the batteries inside the device, and not need a separate battery charger. Maybe, and I say maybe as in, "Maybe not." your net-top battery can be the system battery, if you have extra USB connectons on the net-top.

If you really have to have a lot of power, look at gel-cell motorcycle batteries. But every time you leave town, you'll have to lug a ten pound battery with you.

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Richard wrote an answer about on April 5, 2012

Check NewEgg for the adaptors. Some solar works @5.5v with a USB2-3 connector. Some works on 12-24v cording that you can get anywhere Coleman campgear is sold. WHATEVER you use, make sure it is correctly attached! I had one of my cheap little solars on charge too long. It went from flat to sausage overnight. Still works, though.

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