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Mobile charging without access to electricity - What are the options?

Discussion in 'Brights, Gizmo's & toys' started by Bazooka Joe, Jul 19, 2016.

  1. santaman2000

    santaman2000 M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    Even in the mountains you should be able to get a GPS signal; just climb until you do. Regarding the phone bit though, I don't get a signal in the woods even here in flat Florida (I've said before, if you get a signal, you ain't far enough away from civilization) I can partly understand people wanting to let family know they arrived safely, but I refuse to submit to a leash. For those that want or need a smart phone (or even an older dumb cell phone) there appears to be a fair few good options to power them already and I expect battery technology to improve still more. I also expect more and more folks are gonna want to take them just for the sake of taking them. If we base everything on "need" alone then we wouldn't be going into the woods or the mountains anyway; we go for fun. With that in mind, if your phone and the associated apps and devices are "fun" for you why wouldn't you take them?
     
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  2. Bazooka Joe

    Bazooka Joe Tenderfoot

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    Thanks for the ideas guys. Some good suggestions for power banks, and solar rechargeable ones too, and I must admit that the Biolite stove looks very intriguing as well..
     
  3. forestwalker

    forestwalker Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    I have the GoalZero Nomad 7 charger and a decent sized powerbank. Charge the powerbank when I can -- the goalzero stuff is actually somewhat water-resistant -- and then charge camera (important!) and phone (unfortunately sometimes needed) from that, generally at night in a tent or even inside a dry bag under a tarp.


    Why phone? I agree that keeping it running on a normal wilderness trip is generally unnecessary, but when running a course I need it to work (we've had people desperate try to reach course participants due to medial emergencies in the family).

    For emergency use I carry a PLB, a real one and not the Spot, but sometimes it can be useful to be able to communicate non-emergency information to others: e.g. if you need to stay out a bit longer due to bad weather forcing changing plans.
     
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  4. Countryman

    Countryman Full Member

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    Just wanted to thank you for the tip on this EC Powerbank.

    I spoke to a mate with a Power Monkey (which I had been set on) and his opinion was the Solar Panel is fluff and takes way too long to use in practice.

    Amazon delivery was quick. Product very good quality.

    I'm really impressed with how fast it charges my iPhone. More like mains than USB speed.

    Great tip!




    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  5. stevec

    stevec Full Member

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    I have a 1amp 5volt solar panel, but with our sun it struggles to charge my smart phone, it does charge a batt pack fine. Banggood have a range of solar panels which could be combined with a battery pack
     
  6. NS40

    NS40 Nomad

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    Glad you like it. I use mine every day and have had it at least a couple of years now. Tops up my two phones, tablet, bluetooth headphones, vaping device...everything really.

    If I remember correctly it was a post on here that directed it to me in the first place. I wish you many happy connected hours with it!
     
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  8. Klenchblaize

    Klenchblaize Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    nitrambur Settler

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    Not round here they dont. Never seen one on a bus and only power outlets on a few rare trains so you would need to carry a charger too
     
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