In the October 2010 issue of Countryfile Magazine there is an article reviewing some of the portable solar chargers available on the market. I am a heavy phone user whilst out hiking (thanks to Social Hiking), and the idea of a free source of power to keep my phone going is great, but is it actually practical?
There is one fundamental problem with modern “Social Hiking 2.0” is battery power – on a single device you have gps switched on, you are navigating using Viewranger (which is also updating your position online and updating the position of your Viewranger buddies on your phone), you are also sending, reading and replying to Tweets, uploading photos, reading and responding to Facebook comments and updating your blog.
All this leaves your average phone dead by the end of the day (by teatime if it is a touchscreen phone) – and that is where Powertraveller’s excellent portable power device the powermonkey comes in!
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