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Old 19-07-2020, 18:14   #1
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Recharging handheld vhf & EPIRB from portable solar panels?

In my ditch bag I have a small solar charger (5 watt) and battery that I can use to keep my phone charged (for GPS & strobe) but it would be great if I could also charge a handheld VHF. I can find handhelds that can be charged from 12v, but not using a USB cable from the solar / battery system.

Has anyone seen one?

What about an EPIRB that could be recharged this way as well?

Am I over-thinking this?

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Re: Recharging handheld vhf & EPIRB from portable solar panels?

Standard Horizon HX300- handheld is charged via a USB cable. At Defender Marine for $105.
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Re: Recharging handheld vhf & EPIRB from portable solar panels?

I only know the commercial side but all the EPIRBs I've seen had factory sealed batteries, no way of recharging them. They were good for 5 years though.
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Re: Recharging handheld vhf & EPIRB from portable solar panels?

Yeah as BigBoater said all EPIRBs use sealed non-rechargeable batteries. Older ones were good for 5 years some newer ones are good for 10 years.
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