Anker 625 Solar Panel Review: It Keeps the Powerhouse Going

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The Lowdown

With the Anker 625 100W Solar Panel, Anker has created a product that is easily portable without breaking the bank. Not only can you carry it with you, but it is super high quality also. Designed to be paired with the PowerHouse line of power stations, the solar panel looks great and works right out of the box with everything you need.

Overall
4.5

Pros

  • High quality, rugged solar panels
  • Easily portable at only 11 pounds
  • Designed to compliment the PowerHouse product line; Cables are included

Cons

  • As with any portable solar panel, it is tedious to get it to sit perfectly flat
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We recently reviewed the Anker 757 PowerHouse, which is their new portable power station. It is packed with features and super high quality. The Anker 625 Solar Panel is a 100W recharging solution that will keep the 757 powered up on the go or in emergencies. We were able to test it out in the hot Texas sun; let’s look at how that went.

The Anker 625 Solar Panel is compatible with their PowerHouse line of portable power stations; it is portable and shares some of the styling found in the PowerHouse products. It will, however, work with any device that can accept the power it sends.

It weighs only 11 pounds; while folded, it measures 20.7″ by 18.5″ by 3.4″. With the carrying handles, it truly is portable.

The Anker 625 Solar Panel folded

While folded, the panels are covered with a rugged blue fabric, and the front contains two large pockets. The included cables are located in the bottom pocket, and the top holds the power outputs.

The handle is comfortable, and at only 11 pounds, the device is quite portable for the amount of power it generates. Both pockets have room to carry plenty of cables and devices. The blue accents also tie in nicely with the styling of the Anker PowerHouse.

Accessories included with the Anker 625 Solar Panel

The package contains the solar panel, solar charging cable, and an XT-60 to DC7909 connector. These will be compatible with most devices that accept solar and easily connect to the PowerHouse series batteries out of the box.

Accessories included with the Anker 625 Solar Panel

The upper pocket contains the power outputs and allows connection of the XT60, which will go directly to the battery, as well as USB-C and USB-A ports. This is a great option to allow for smaller devices to be charged while in use.

Anker 625 Solar Panel Review: It Keeps the Powerhouse Going

The solar panels are well made and should last a long time. Unlike glass panels, they are scratch and weather-resistant. This design also makes them much lighter, which is essential for portability. The 23% conversion efficiency gets the most out of the panels and allows power to be generated even on cloudy days.

A view of the Anker 625 Solar Panel

Once unfolded, the Anker 625 Solar Panel measures 56.9″ by 20.7″ by 1.8″. I found the larger size easy to handle and get set up without help.

Unfolded Anker 625 Solar Panel

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The solar panel is adjustable with folding legs from the back side. The legs are easily adjusted to change the panel’s angle and maximize solar energy.

The backside of the Anker 625 Solar Panel

A really ingenious feature Anker included is the smart sunlight alignment with Suncast.

This tiny box helps align for maximum sunlight easily by aligning the shadow from the dot in the little red circle. Every solar panel should include this feature! There’s no more guessing on the angle and direction needed to get the most power.

Smart sunlight aligner on the Anker 625 Solar Panel

 

Anker 625 Solar Panel Review: It Keeps the Powerhouse Going

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The panel quickly connects to the 757 PowerHouse and immediately begins to work.

For photography’s sake, I had to move the power station into my garage and could not get 84W consistently even though the panels were not in perfect placement. This is a pretty good power output for simply throwing the panels up in a convenient spot.

Below are the stats on charging times for the PowerHouse line of products from Anker.

Anker 625 Solar Panel Review: It Keeps the Powerhouse Going

If you read my Anker 757 PowerHouse review, you can see I was quite impressed with the product, and I am equally impressed with the Anker 625 100W Solar Panel.

Anker has created a product that is easily portable without breaking the bank. Not only can you carry it with you, but it is super high quality also. Designed to be paired with the PowerHouse line of power stations, the solar panel looks great and works right out of the box with everything you need.

The 23% conversion efficiency rate ensures the most power available at the time of use. This panel will travel with us in our camper, and we’ll also use it at the ranch to keep the Anker 757 topped off with power. I highly recommend checking it out!

The Anker 625 Solar Panel (100W) retails for $329.99; it is available directly from the manufacturer.

Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample

What I Like: High quality, rugged solar panels; Easily portable at only 11 pounds; Designed to compliment the PowerHouse product line; Cables are included

What Needs Improvement: As with any portable solar panel, it is tedious to get it to sit perfectly flat

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About the Author

Travis Ehrlich
Travis is a high school teacher and coach in a small South Texas town. His love for gadgets began at a very early age, and he has been a cross between a jock and a geek for most of his life. He has two boys and a wonderful wife who lets him be a gadget freak. He is a Mac convert and has drank the whole pitcher of kool-aid! He is also an avid guitar player and loves the outdoors, especially hunting with both a bow and rifle.