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#1 TheGDog

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Posted 16 December 2016 - 09:22 PM

RECOMMENDATIONS : Small Solar Charging systems for BackPacking

I'd like to hear from those who actually own or have used these devices and can give their own direct opinion or observation about them. 

I'm interested in the smallest/lightest weather-proof solution.

 

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Posted 16 December 2016 - 09:52 PM

I have the small Goal Zero... It works, when the sun is out. Keeps my phone charged daily. I also have a power cell that keeps it charged up. Ed F



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Posted 17 December 2016 - 03:48 PM

I have a goal zero as well. Seems to work ok so far.


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Posted 18 December 2016 - 01:19 AM

Which model? Weight?


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Posted 18 December 2016 - 05:49 AM

Nomad 7, 16.2 oz..... Ed F

 

 

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Posted 18 December 2016 - 08:02 AM

How long are you going to be backpacking for? The guys I know using solar, leave it at base camp where they can optimize the panels for the sun angle. If you're carrying it with you, a battery pack might be better for the weight.

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Posted 18 December 2016 - 02:52 PM

GDog, if you're going for a few days, small charges work best...i typically take two with me and have plenty of power for my live blogging, selfies, and webcast with some left over.


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Posted 19 December 2016 - 09:02 AM

Kill on the first day, then you don't have to be out in the scary woods too long...


Give me a bow, a topo and two weeks and I guarantee I kill two weeks!

Just like hunting spots posted online, stupidity is searchable forever.

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Posted 19 December 2016 - 06:18 PM

Arrowslinger... so you think perhaps instead I should just take one of those USB rechargeable battery sticks then?  

We've got a couple of those.

Wifey does HR stuff, vendors sometimes hand'em out as swag items with their Vendor names on 'em at the conventions.  

Let's see... they are rated at... 2400mAh.  I would go in for no more then 3 days tops.  

I was contemplating starting to utilize a Rechargable flashlight I picked up as my backup light option.

It can do...

OPERATION
• Side-positioned, ON/OFF button
• Run times for each mode 
High: 1 Hour (320 Lumens)
- Medium: 2 Hours (125 Lumens)
- Low: 9 Hours (32 Lumens)
Strobe: 2 Hours

https://www.nebotool...ails.php?id=374

 

The User Manual.
 
https://www.nebotool...rManual(LR).pdf

 

I'm just a little nervous using a Rechargeable though.

Also picked up the 5.11 TPT EDC light. 91 Lumens. for 4.75hrs off 2 x AAA.

If not too hot, I also wear a Panther Vision cap in Real Tree Xtra with LED's built into it. Powered by 2 x CR2032.

Was thinking maybe with one of those much smaller solar chargers that's tied into its own rechargeable battery pack I could clip that on the back of the pack during the daytime.

 


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Posted 19 December 2016 - 09:59 PM

In reality, you use very little light on a 3 day hunt and anything as backup is redundant. Get a headlamp with some power, 120+ lumens and that's it. My stick chargers are for my phone and the free cheap ones are just that. Free and cheap. But I also pack very little for 3 days knowing what I need vs what I want.

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Posted 20 December 2016 - 12:25 PM

It just freaked me the hell out to run out of light on that hike back in to fetch the rest of my crap since I passed by a spot where there was the 7 freakin' mountain lions... and my pack was all bloodied up.  I know it happened because I got a little over-zealous in leaving behind stuff at the camp site to lighten the load.... but man... that event caused me such a panic!  My thought with a rechargeable was that I can't EFF up and forget the batteries in a different location.   Figured with one of those little <solar-panel>+<battery-pack> devices kept clipped to the outside of the pack I'd be cutting down on number of lose-able parts. I dunno.  My phone battery life is usually quite good since I turn it to airplane mode anyway since there is never any signal in the places I've been to.


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Posted 20 December 2016 - 01:25 PM

You are overthinking it GDog.

 

Get a good headlamp, DO NOT STORE IT WITH BATTERIES IN IT, put new batteries and a backup set in the pack before you leave.  ALWAYS KEEP THE HEADLAMP ON YOU when in the field, and enjoy it.

 

I have had the same Petzl for 10+ years and just now got a new one because they are so much brighter on the same battery usage, etc.

 

For a 3 day hunt you are not going to be more than a few hours away from the truck, take what you need, and maybe one or two things that are nice to have, and do what you are there to do.  And have fun.


Give me a bow, a topo and two weeks and I guarantee I kill two weeks!

Just like hunting spots posted online, stupidity is searchable forever.

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Posted 20 December 2016 - 02:24 PM

Yay tho I walk thru the valley I fear no evil for I am the baddest mofo in the valley! Honey Badger what?
Got a nice Princeton Tec I use, Petzl is backup. Yes I carry two. Two is one one is none.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

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Posted 20 December 2016 - 03:39 PM

Hunt on a full moon... best time anyways. Way above average... Ed F

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Posted 21 December 2016 - 10:45 AM

ALWAYS KEEP THE HEADLAMP ON YOU when in the field

 

So... why do you say always keep it on you?  What's the story there? 

And yes.... I "over" think just about everything, that's what software engineers do.... the good ones at least. ;)

 

Also I overthink it because I go out their solo. I have to draw-up a game plan that I can leave with the wifey that shows the route I plan on going thru in the forest, that way if I don't come back by when I say I plan to, she can email them all that info so they have a much better chance of finding me.

 


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