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How are you going to charge your iPhone?

Postby jj » Mon Mar 08, 2010 1:05 pm

External battery pack, solar charger, charger with replacement batteries? Weight, cost, power. Which is the best solution?
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Re: How are you going to charge your iPhone?

Postby Gig » Mon Mar 08, 2010 10:58 pm

jj wrote:External battery pack, solar charger, charger with replacement batteries? Weight, cost, power. Which is the best solution?


My choice was one of these http://www.amazon.com/IMP500-Iphone-external-battery-5000mAh/dp/B002HU65EQ.

5000 mah (enough for 3 recharges of an iphone 3g)
5 oz
$58

Lot easier/more dependable to just plug in when in town then to deal with the solar chargers IMO.
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Postby tskye » Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:23 am

I bought the one Gig mentioned (IMP500). I had a little trouble at first, but it's working well now and the customer service has been great. It got good reviews online.
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PCT solar forum

Postby Wanderindot » Sun Mar 27, 2011 9:26 am

We've been batting around ideas here
http://postholer.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=2942#2942
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Suntactics Solar Charger

Postby ncalcamper » Sun Apr 03, 2011 4:58 pm

Pretty positive I'm going with this model. It doesn't use a battery, but it charges very quickly. Pricey, though.

http://www.suntactics.com/USBSolarChargerMoreDetails.html
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Postby howtocookhumans » Tue Dec 06, 2011 4:54 pm

I'm looking at one of these battery chargers for my iPhone (I'm specifically looking at model #TBP950 )

http://www.adrenalinetechnologies.com/products.asp#79

Does anyone have experience with this product at all?
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iGo AA Charger

Postby Wanderindot » Tue Dec 06, 2011 5:35 pm

not seen that one, but similar and cheaper is the iGo AA Charger from Radio Shack. My experience with it as an emergency backup was that the two AA batteries only charge the phone 40%, and it is best to hook it up when the battery is at about 40% to get it up to 80%. I had foul luck using it on a totally dead iPhone battery.

My Brunton solar panel proved useless because it will not allow the phone to be off, so it woke up and let you know every time a cloud passed by, this drained the battery.

Someone gave me a Novothink iPhone 3 solar charger, and I ended up LOVING it. It's super duper light weight and there must be some teeny battery in there. It stores a charge from the sun without the phone in there. Just leave it on the pack all day, plug in the phone at night.

I upgraded to a iphone 4. If you use the old 3 I'd be happy to donate the charger to you as I have no more need for it.

ps: consider getting the slim case with a female screw for mounting like the X-Shot http://www.amazon.com/XSIP4-Tripod-Adap ... B004VVNTOS
and buying a StickPic for taking good pics and video- attaches to trekking pole.
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Postby howtocookhumans » Tue Dec 06, 2011 8:59 pm

Thanks so much for the feedback! I'll look into the Novathink. I have the iPhone 4, but the offer is super appreciated.

That's a cool case. I have an OtterBox right now, but it's a bit heavy & due for a replacement. I'm fairly paranoid about it getting wet/damaged on the trail... so that's another issue. I've seen waterproof bags and such. I suppose it's a risk I'll just have to suck up.
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iPhone case

Postby maineman » Sun Dec 18, 2011 5:44 am

I found the otterbox to be pretty bulky - I settled on the "Lifeproof" case - it's light and slim, submersible(!), and thus far I haven't put a single scratch in the clear screen protector (they include 2 spares as well)
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Postby lacrose » Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:41 am

Stove and charging device in one.

This would also solve the problem of never having enough alcohol fuel to make hot water for washing. We all know what a morale booster it is to start
a days hiking clean (without using f%#*ing ice water!!!) And the music player is again charged up for cranking tunes all day, taking pictures, GPS fixes, and making calls.

http://www.briangreen.net/2011/12/all-n ... yours.html

http://biolitestove.com/CampStove.html

http://ethanstuber.wordpress.com/2011/1 ... amp-stove/
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charging system

Postby jgar15 » Tue Feb 14, 2012 11:21 am

Last year I hiked the entire year without my iphone dying once and I blogged every day from the trail. I would leave it on but on airplane mode so I could take pictures with it to upload to the blog. I also had an external battery (the mophie charger) and a fold out canvass solar panel. The canvass solar panel was very light since it did not have a battery with it. I would use it to charge the external battery and then plug that in to my phone. It a bit confusing of a system, but it worked great, was relatively light, and allowed people to follow my progress nearly daily (depending on cell signal).
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