If your off camping, hiking or even festival going this summer then you’ll know that the experience is always much better if you’ve got the latest gadgets packed away in your rucksack.
GPS, smart mobile phones, Gameboys etc… Are sewn into the fabric of modern day living and just because you’re going ‘roughing it‘ for a couple of days doesn’t mean your beloved gadgets have to be left behind.
Au contraire, dear readers… Camping is so evolved that most ‘outdoorsy types’ will already have their very own off grid power solution stuffed inside their pack.
It doesn’t matter if it’s solar, wind, battery or good old elbow grease power… Camping power chargers are valuable commodities to keeping your gadgets functioning and they can be life savers too!
Here we look at some of the best outdoor power solutions on the market today…
To put it simply, The PowerPot charges your USB devices, power lights, iPods, smart phones etc.. while heating up a pot of water.
These thermoelectric cooking pots capture the electric current that is formed when a hot and cold source give off a temperature gradient like when cold water is heat up over a warm stove.
The electrical current given off when a temperature gradient happens is captured by PowerPot’s unique and innovative, flame-resistant USB cable, which is then used to charge or run electrical devices.
The Camping Power Station
This compact device carries enough power source to jump start your car (it comes with built in jump leads), easily charge your smart phones or plugin in your laptop.
The Camping Power Station is charged by dynamo, AC (230V) or DC (12V) and has a built in torch (1W)… It also comes with its own wind-up handle in case of emergencies – so you can turn that wrist and elbow action into some much needed voltage for your gadgets.
Portable Solar Power Systems
Okay, I’m talking about the kind of portable solar power system here you could easily carry on your backpack NOT the type that is rooted on top of a caravan or trailer.
Portable solar power systems for outdoor camping need to be lightweight, flexible enough to fold away, robust and to a high degree – waterproof.
These types of outdoor camping power solutions are extremely expensive, you might not get much change from £500, however, you can buy smaller solar kits that will charge just a small mobile for around £50.
Wind Powered Camping Charger
Mobile phone company, Orange, have been developing prototypes for wind powered chargers for several years now.
They’ve got the basics almost sewn up and have been happy with tests with their catchy named Gotwind.
The Gotwind portable charger weighs just 150g and can emit charges to smart phones – digital cameras, ipods, mobile internet consoles, hand held GPS units etc…
Unfortunately, the Gotwind is not commercially available yet.