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Chuckdumper

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Posted: 10/09/12 03:07pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hey all. I was wondering if anyone here has any experience with portable solar chargers. Winter is here and this is the time for me and mine to hit up the camp sites. Generally speaking when i go camping we don't spend too long in one location. Some of the best places on earth are only a few mile hike away. I was recently introduced to this Monaco Mobile phone solar charger by a friend of mine who keeps it in his "end of times" bag as he calls it and im wondering if there are any "high end" alternatives...I would mainly be using this for emergency's of course, but also charging the camera...which just so happens to be my phone. So...does anyone use something like this?

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Posted: 10/09/12 03:45pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

"A fool and his money are soon parted!"

Words to live by.


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pianotuna

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Posted: 10/09/12 06:43pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi,

How does your friend expect to use a cell phone when the tower power supply runs out of backup battery power?

There are folding solar panels but they are *ouch* expensive per watt compared to regular panels.


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Posted: 10/10/12 02:07pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Take a look at REI's website. They carry lots of tech gear for campers, including several models of small solar chargers.

http://www.rei.com/search?query=solar+chargers

* This post was edited 10/10/12 03:51pm by Tiger4x4RV *


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Posted: 01/19/13 03:42pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If it were me, I would find a 25W 12V panel ~$70 with shipping on ebay Morningstar SunSaver controller ($47 with shipping on ebay) a small 12V Battery gel or?
It will do the job with some to spare, and as a building block you can upgrade...

lesliemorris85

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Posted: 02/07/13 08:49pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Where is chuck now?

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Powertraveller Powermonkey Extreme.

Get past the silly name and you have an amazing little device that is enormously convenient. Found out about it from a friend that has been using one on deployments to Afghan. We've put ours through a little bit of abuse and it has stood up like a champ.


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pianotuna

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Posted: 02/20/13 06:03pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi Palehorse,

That's fine for small devices. But an RV?

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pianotuna wrote:

Hi Palehorse,

That's fine for small devices. But an RV?


Dunno, but the OP posted the thread in the Tent Camping section of the forum and mentioned doing allot of rucksack/backpack camping so I doubt anything diesel powered would be considered.

pianotuna

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Hi Palehorse1,

You are right *blush*

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