Gear Scout: Aspect Solar EnergyBar 250

Portable power packs are becoming increasingly common to overland travels, and for many are a critical component to daily life in general. Within just the last couple years, these systems have undergone an impressive technological metamorphosis with big power now squeezed into small and sophisticated packages. The latest power pack from the energy wizards at Aspect Solar, the EnergyBar 250 is perhaps one of the best systems we’ve seen yet.

Built around a Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFeP04) battery, the entire system is compact, light, and can be cycled thousands of times. With 20 Ah of power on tap it can charge a variety of electronics via its many output ports which include USB, 12v, or standard AC with the built-in inverter. Capable of powering multiple devises simultaneously, it’s a convenient system given many of us have a serious inventory of power thirsty gadgets we rely on in our daily lives.

At only 8 pounds with an overall thickness of just 2 inches, it’s easy to see how this system could slip into a motorcycle pannier, or any travel bag. For those needing to make power and not just store it, Aspect Solar is soon to release their impressive EP-55, 55 watt solar panel. Combined with the EnergyBar 250, that’s a serious power plant for any traveler.

Christophe Noel is a journalist from Prescott, Arizona. Born into a family of backcountry enthusiasts, Christophe grew up backpacking the mountains and deserts of the American West. An avid cyclist and bikepacker, he also has a passion for motorcycles, travel, food and overlanding.