What flattens your battery?
Just want to get a flavour of something...
Question is in two parts
What portable electrical items do you use when participating in your outdoor persuits?
How do you ensure you have enough power for your day out/expedition?
Rechargable (Re-charge in pubs/hostels)
Solar power (i.e. Power Monkey)
I for example always ensure I have my smartphone for G.P.S backup, Music, Internet, Camera, video streaming. I rarely carry anything else bar a torch, I keep spares for the torch but tend to rely on being able to charge my smartphone every couple of days.
All i carry is my phone with 2 spare batteries, i have viewranger mapping but i never watch films or play music etc on it, i head to the hills for a break from all that.
Plus a headtorch and spare batteries, obviously.
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Mobile phone, turned off unless needed.
Works mobile - different network so increased chance of a signal.
Headtorch + 2 sets batteries. Camera - uses same batteries as headtorch
MP3 sometimes - seems to run for ever on a charge
Mobile phone - turned off unless needed (spare battery)
GPS - turned off unless needed, and only chucked in rucksack in areas I don't know so well
Headtorch + either spare batteries or spare headtorch depending on circumstances
I've considered an upgrade but only for a better camera, but the 5800 has become a very reliable friend, especially for fast gps locks which some newer phones seem to fall down on, so i'm loath to get rid.
pak-lite with headband (headtorch)
Revolution Eco Media Player
Phone - spare batteries
GPS - use it for about 10 minutes a day if that so no need for batts unless a really long trip
GPS logger - lithium ion battery lasts a three week trip if tracking rate set low
Headtorch/torch/LED (spare batteries sometimes)
Camera - spare batteries and will run on AAAs
Forget the military clothing....fuel cells are where it (should) be at....
Paddy Dillon wrote (see)
Help is on its way. When the military has finished developing this, I guess general outdoor versions will become available.
Petzl and BD headtorches (sometimes both) running on non-rechargables - spare batteries if overnighting.
Mobile phone (steam-age type) is usually switched off but take the mains charger when car-camping.
LED lantern (for the tent when car-camping) running on non-rechargable AAs
No MP3, GPS or other electrical gadgets
My point is... ONE power source for EVERYTHING is the only logical way to do things. It's a complete waste of resources for each and every item to have its own dedicated power supply, and to have cables that aren't compatible. Mind you, it does make exceedingly large amounts of money for those manufacturers who want you to carry dozens of odd-shaped batteries and yards of tangled cables.
ONE power source and a simple way of changing or charging it is the future!
Yeah I really like the idea of only using AA or AAA's (all fit in the same (solar) charger. Except my Nikon DSLR thinks otherwise and I do not want an extra AA batterygrip with it, too much bulk and extra weight. The DSLR itself is already a rock.
My phone well it's always turned off when batteries need to be spared, also no AA's
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