RYOBI notes that this solar panel is ideal for taking to a job site at its length of 20.375 inches and width of 16.5 inches, weight of 6 pounds, and attached storage pocket for cables. After spending some time working on your project, you’ll probably need to charge your tools. However, you can’t just plug this solar panel into a battery and get off to the races. Instead, you will need a power source. RYOBI notes that a compatible power source can charge an 18V ONE+ 2Ah battery in less than an hour and a 6Ah in under four.
The company stated that these charging times were calculated using a RYOBI 18V ONE+1800W Power Station. Looking at the price of similar devices, this new power station won’t be cheap. Thankfully, there are less expensive options available. For example, the RYOBI 18V ONE+ 150-Watt Power Source is an alternative that doesn’t have all the bells and whistles but will get the job done. Charging times will likely suffer when using a lower-watt power source, however.
As you may have guessed, you will also need RYOBI batteries compatible with your chosen power source. This makes this product a hard sell for those with tools from various companies. Though, if you are already in the RYOBI ecosystem, this portable solar panel may be what you’re looking for.