How to Keep Your Electronics Charged While Backpacking



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00:33 Ways to Conserve Your Phone Battery
02:14 Backup Battery Packs
02:33 What Size Battery Pack Do You Need?
03:45 Pros And Cons
05:55 Quick Charge
06:49 Solar Panel Chargers (Pros And Cons)
08:26 Things to Consider When Selecting a Solar Panel Charger
09:33 Whether to Connect Directly to Your Phone
11:37 Situations They Would Be Most Useful
12:37 Biolite Campstove 2

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32 comentários em “How to Keep Your Electronics Charged While Backpacking

  1. Hello, thank you for your information. I am planning on 5 days guided backpacking to Yellowstone. For taking pictures, do you recommend to use my iPhone with airplane mode? There will be no recharging stations; therefore I will purchase anker 20k milliamperes. Also they told me to bring battery powered headlamps. With the power source I should be able to use my anker device for recharging which should eliminate bringing extra batteries. Your thoughts?

  2. Yeesh! In regards to Solar and USB Batteries…

    Rule number 1:
    Never charge your device while it's on (while outdoors). The device will use power from the cable to charge the device while it's trying to divert some of the power to the devices battery.

    Placing non-waterproof solar panels in a large, commercial, resealable bag will give it weather protection while charging your batteries in the rain/snow.

    As for me, I just hang my solar charger off of my backpack while I'm hiking.

    An added 30amp solar charge controller with USB works great to assist in charging a vehicle battery with a solar panel. They can be purchased ultra small and lightweight. These are used in offgrid homesteads to assist in charging arrays of marine batteries to give free power to common household appliances and technology like computers, TV's and internet routers/modems. Carry about 6 foot of 16/2 power cable some aligator clips to use as an emergency 12v vehicle battery charger. Cable can be harvested from a cheap, 2-prong, household, extension power cable and used with a charge controller. The charge controller can also be used to charge USB Battery packs and other types of electronics via the USB Outlets.

    Rule number 2:
    Charge your backup batteries during the day and charge your devices at night with the backup batteries (I learned this from active duty US military and have always used this tip with great success).

    Be sure to check your power connections from the solar panel to the USB battery for disconnections. Nothing will charge if the device disconnects.

    I've owned both Anker and RAVPOWER USB batteries. Anker are priced higher for the same or lesser quality battery (every since Walmart picked up their batteries for in store sales). RAVPOWER batteries with Qualcomm Quick Charge are my favorite! Plus, RAVPOWER batteries are better priced than Anker.

    USB Batteries with at least 20,000 mAh or more are generally preferred over a 10,000 mAh battery. The mAh rating of the battery gets weaker the more you recharge it. After several complete battery charges, 10,000 mAh will become 9,000 and 9,000 will become 8,000 and so on.

    Make note that outdoor versions of USB Batteries are marketed as weatherproof and will still work after being rained on and submerged in water. If you feel that your batteries may come in contact with water or humidity, then research these types of USB batteries.

    Sincerely,
    Jacob
    May 31st, 2021

  3. Unless you know a lot about solar panels and your specific equipment, it is generally safer to charge a battery pack and then use the battery pack to later charge the phone and other sensitive electronics. Some solar panels do not have power regulators and can harm sensitive equipment. Edit: typo

  4. You can buy a cheap hand crank radio and charge your stuff off that. They're slow, but reliable, and you can use it at night while you're just waiting to go to sleep.

  5. By now, people will probably will want to watch out for USB-PD (Power Delivery) powerbanks instead of Qualcomm Quickcharge. (obviously depending on their gear; but with iPhones definitely and also because USB-PD is the universal standard while QuickCharge is proprietary to Qualcomm)

  6. When the 10,000 is getting low, plug it in to the 20,000 to charge. When that one starts getting low, charge it off the 10,000. Voila, you will never run out.

  7. I haven't backpacked since 2008 and your videos have been very helpful for people getting into or back into this world. Good information and very helpful.

  8. a solar battery bank seems useful, charge from the wall or the sun and stores the power to use at a later time. of course you might have to shell out the cash for a good one, but your already spending money on some decent gear so it would be easier to figure it into the budget maybe.

  9. When weight permits, I like to carry a 6000+mAh handwarmer/powerbank(6oz), and some kind of small solar charger like a Luci Connect(7.5oz), LuminAid Titan(12oz) or Biolite 5.0+(14oz)..
    I use the solar panel to trickle charge the handwarmer while using the handwarmer to power things.

  10. I live in the west, and use the solar panel to continuously charge a smaller battery pack, so I never have unscheduled downtime on my electronics.

  11. You are an angel. Having power issues charging phone and so cold at night have to keep it in my sleeping bag with me, drone batteries too! This vid is exactly what I'm looking for!✨

  12. I have a solar panel and you can’t just change your phone, so you need a batterypack. I have my solar panel up on the backpack with the battery pack and charge the phone at night.
    Best to charge if possible is at lunch when you sit still and the sun is burning down.

  13. I just want to say that while monocrystalline solar panels are basically USELESS under the forest canopy, an amorphous solar panel is *NOT*! They output less power generally but deal with shade and damage FAR better than their monocrystalline cousins! If one cell in a monocrystalline panel dies or becomes damaged, the entire solar cell could be rendered useless but that's not the case with an amorphous solar cell! Cast a shadow with your hand over a monocrystalline panel and it stops producing power, but, if you do that with an amorphous solar panel the shaded cells just reduce their potential or stop generating current altogether but the cells still exposed to light continue to function despite the shadow

  14. One more consideration: a solar charger would work better on a NOBO hike than on a SOBO hike because the sun is in the south side of the sky. (in the northern hemisphere)

  15. Seems like solar panel not that great for a lot of things .but if you're going to stay put in one spot that's Sunny it might work out… Thinking of a trip stopping in spots all along a creek in SoCal next to the PCT. Solar panel might work out for that.

  16. Bioliteenergy . Com, still sells the campstove 2, they also have solar panel 10+ that carries a battery able to charge a phone 1.5 times. So far I like the solar panels, but if planning on doing alot of power intense suggest adding a battery you can charge from type c micro port. The panels can be linked usb to Micro, then from other panel charge off both batteries and solar

  17. You paid 120 dollars for that solar charger?
    You realize it's only 6 watts right, any 6 watt charger is going to be ultralight…
    you paid literally 6x the price for what that panel should cost, it's under 5 dollars in parts to manufacture

  18. A battery bank and a foldable solar panel to charge it seems like a heavy but functional pairing. Probably not worth the weight for most.

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