Top positive review
The perfect portable power product
Reviewed in the United States on January 7, 2020
I've been looking for a portable solar panel solution for years for my astrophotography and camping equipment, and AIMTOM's SolarPal is the perfect complement to my setup.
First of all, this thing is crazy lightweight and folds up thin enough that it'll fit in nearly any nook or cranny of your closet, garage, trunk, or otherwise. I'm also happy to say that this panel comes with just about every connector and adapter known to man, so even if you don't own an AIMTOM battery, they've got you covered. (This was a concern I had prior to purchasing as I already had another brand's battery - but I can say that the SolarPal connected and charged the battery with absolutely zero issue.) One of the coolest features of this panel is the built-in charge controller (the device which takes the panel's raw power output and converts it to USB or 18V DC). Many other panels require a separate box with additional wires. AIMTOM has cleverly hidden their charge controller within the accessory pouch mounted to the back side of the panel. As someone who hates extra wires everywhere, this small cable management move is greatly appreciated.
One con of the panel (which is more of a personal preference than a real con) is the dark brown fabric backing. I'd prefer something more along the lines of a smooth plastic backing - but I can see where the decision to go with fabric reduces the weight, keeps the design ultra-thin, and maintains the affordable price point.
Overall, this panel is an awesome product. I'm looking forward to using this at future star parties to recharge during the day, on camping trips to keep all my electronics powered up, and on road trips as a peace-of-mind device against a dead battery.