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Re: Back Country Battery Charging

Postby zuma » Mon Nov 25, 2013 4:05 am

There is a new charging system on the market not based on sunlight but hydrogen. It's made by brunton. Check this out:
http://www.brunton.com/collections/portable-power
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Re: Back Country Battery Charging

Postby ktimm » Sun Dec 01, 2013 7:15 am

That looks pretty promising. Are there any testing reviews out yet ?
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Re: Back Country Battery Charging

Postby HoraceFreeman » Wed Jan 08, 2014 7:51 am

liteisrite wrote:What is your preferred method for recharging back country devices ? I know a USB recharge is more effective than solar, but if you have some sun you can always get some charge via solar. It's a bit of a trade off. I recently purchased solar panels from suntastic.com which seem to be much better than the most of the back packable panels around. They are lightweight (8 ounces) and apparently capable of recharging an iphone in 2 hrs. It does only provide a USB connection, so to get other batteries charged you would need to charge to a USB based battery charger. It seems interesting.

Here plenty of sunshine is available so I will surely consider the option of solar charger.
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Re: Back Country Battery Charging

Postby HoraceFreeman » Fri Jan 10, 2014 10:09 am

HoraceFreeman wrote:
liteisrite wrote:What is your preferred method for recharging back country devices ? I know a USB recharge is more effective than solar, but if you have some sun you can always get some charge via solar. It's a bit of a trade off. I recently purchased solar kits from suntastic.com which seem to be much better than the most of the back packable panels around. They are lightweight (8 ounces) and apparently capable of recharging an iphone in 2 hrs. It does only provide a USB connection, so to get other batteries charged you would need to charge to a USB based battery charger. It seems interesting.

Here plenty of sunshine is available so I will surely consider the option of solar charger.
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Re: Back Country Battery Charging

Postby Weaponeer » Mon Jul 14, 2014 11:45 am

I have, use, and highly recommend the Goal Zero Nomad 7 solar charger. You open it, and tie it to the back of your pack, and it charges during your hike, or once you are camped. The Nomad 7 is a single solar panel that charges 4 rechargeable AA batteries, in a little pack. this pack has a USB charge port attached to it, so it's easy to charge any device that can plug into a USB device. it also comes with an adapter to be able to charge AAA batteries. all you need to add is the four rechargeable AAA batteries. so you can then use the AA or AAA batteries in your flashlights, radios etc. the nomad 7 also has a regular 12 volt car cigarette lighter style plug. and you can also plug in devices directly into the USB attached to the solar panel. the last feature it has is a built in LED bulb flashlight.

I love and trust the Goal Zero Nomad 7 solar charger so much that I have two of them !

I also have 3 large tri-fold soft solar panels that put out enough power to support a small off grid home with ease (This is used for my 648 sq. ft. MGPT Modular med Size tent, with Yukon Stove)
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Re: Back Country Battery Charging

Postby BadBrian » Tue Jul 15, 2014 9:18 am

That site mentioned by the OP is a typo. I believe this is what he intended: www.suntactics.com
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Re: Back Country Battery Charging

Postby kevin_t » Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:14 am

Thanks for the correction
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Re: Back Country Battery Charging

Postby mrbillbrown » Tue Jul 15, 2014 1:52 pm

I've read a few posts on another backcountry forum that guys are having great luck with the NewTrent battery packs. Anyone have any experience with them?
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Re: Back Country Battery Charging

Postby Backpack Hunter » Tue Jul 15, 2014 7:21 pm

The NewTrent chargers have worked well for me. No problems charging camera or phone with it.
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Re: Back Country Battery Charging

Postby floorguy » Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:38 am

Weaponeer wrote:I have, use, and highly recommend the Goal Zero Nomad 7 solar charger. You open it, and tie it to the back of your pack, and it charges during your hike, or once you are camped. The Nomad 7 is a single solar panel that charges 4 rechargeable AA batteries, in a little pack. this pack has a USB charge port attached to it, so it's easy to charge any device that can plug into a USB device. it also comes with an adapter to be able to charge AAA batteries. all you need to add is the four rechargeable AAA batteries. so you can then use the AA or AAA batteries in your flashlights, radios etc. the nomad 7 also has a regular 12 volt car cigarette lighter style plug. and you can also plug in devices directly into the USB attached to the solar panel. the last feature it has is a built in LED bulb flashlight.

I love and trust the Goal Zero Nomad 7 solar charger so much that I have two of them !

I also have 3 large tri-fold soft solar panels that put out enough power to support a small off grid home with ease (This is used for my 648 sq. ft. MGPT Modular med Size tent, with Yukon Stove)


I have the goal zero guide 10 plus and it has worked out great for me so far.
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