Editor’s note: The products featured in this review are for sale in the Shoulders of Giants shop. We review all our gear before we sell it, not the other way around.
Sometimes it’s nice to ditch social media, email, and the like to just be out in nature.
But sometimes it isn’t. For most of my adventures, I like the comfort of knowing I have a fully charged cell phone in case of emergencies… or in case I find some really good Instagram material. That’s what the portable/solar chargers from Core Third are for.
The company sent Shoulders of Giants a few of their newest products to review. I had the pleasure of taking the LKG 10,000 Light Weight Power Bank, the Massai 10W Solar USB Panel, and the Cable 1 Lightning & Micro USB Cable on a weekend camping trip.
That setup has everything you need to keep devices charged in the backcountry. The solar panel can charge the Power Bank 10,000 battery in about six hours, and that battery packs a considerable amount of energy.
The battery has two USB ports, so I was able to charge my GoPro Hero 4 and my WiFi hotspot simultaneously. In doing, I ate up just 50% of the Power Bank 10,000’s charge. When charged alone, it took about an hour to fully charge my iPhone 6S.
Both the panels and the battery are packable, weighing in at 11 ounces and 8.4 ounces, respectively. They combine to make the most powerful solar charging system I’ve used in the backcountry, and I’ve used a few.
All products are now available in the Shoulders of Giants store.