[pct-l] portable batteries and solar panels

Ed Jarrett edjarrett at msn.com
Wed Apr 26 08:33:25 CDT 2017

I used a SunTatics 5 solar panel and a 10,000 mha battery while on the longer stretches of trail. It kept my Samsung Galaxy 7, an inReach Explorer and my headlamp fully charged. Some days I mounted the solar panel on top of my pack and charged while walking. Other days I just brought it out at break times. Come evening time I would charge my devices from the battery as needed. I'm sure I could have gotten by with a battery half the size because everything was usually fully charged at the start of the last day of a 7 day stretch. Of course if the sun is not out the solar panel will not charge the battery nearly as quickly.

Ed Jarrett (Eeyore)
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From: Pct-L <pct-l-bounces at backcountry.net> on behalf of ned at mountaineducation.org <ned at mountaineducation.org>
Sent: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 4:53 PM
To: Pct-L at backcountry.net
Subject: [pct-l] portable batteries and solar panels

It is time for Mountain Education to think a bit more seriously about
backcountry electronics, like solar chargers and batteries. There are
obvious pros and cons with electricity in the cold and wet, but when its
working, it's a good thing!

So, I've heard a lot about the SunTactics 8 solar panel. Good one?

I'll be running 4 different devices that charge off a USB, so what size
battery should I carry for 7 days in the sierra?

Ned Tibbits, Director

Mountain Education, Inc.

ned at mountaineducation.org <mailto:ned at mountaineducation.org>

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