Home batteries have never seemed like a smarter or more viable choice for households with solar since the Tesla Powerwall burst onto the scene less than two years ago. Soon after it wasn't just Tesla -- other options were popping up on the market, a vast variety of batteries for different types of homes with different needs. We set out to speak to three early adopters of battery technology to see what it's like to live with solar batteries, to measure how its changed their energy use and -- most importantly -- their power bills.
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After considering 70 contenders and testing for over 30 hours, we determined that the Anker PowerPort Solar Lite is the best portable solar charger for people who want to power a phone or small device when in an emergency or off the grid. We also like the RAVPower 15-W Solar Charger, which is marginally more powerful, but a lot less portable.