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Re: Backcountry charging devices
« Reply #15 on: January 20, 2017, 11:31:00 AM »
Anker is where it's at for sure. I can run my phone/GPS off of one (the 28,000) for close to 2 weeks with juice to spare.

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Re: Backcountry charging devices
« Reply #16 on: January 21, 2017, 11:40:25 AM »
Right now I have some MyCharge battery.  Has worked for me, but its fairly heavy for the capacity.  Probably replace it this year with something lighter that has more capacity for longer trips.

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Re: Backcountry charging devices
« Reply #17 on: January 21, 2017, 12:41:46 PM »
 I have a cheap 2watt solar panel and it charges a battery pack during the day. Inhang it off the outside of the pack on the way in. . Then the battery pack is what I use to charge my devices. The system has kept things running for up to 16 days. The weight is negligable for the pack in, enough that if I really worry about itvIbwill drop a few pounds from my waistline.
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Re: Backcountry charging devices
« Reply #18 on: January 21, 2017, 09:56:08 PM »
I've had good luck with my nekteck... Solar charger. Hang it from my pack all day and it holds a charge. Re charges what I need without issue.

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Re: Backcountry charging devices
« Reply #19 on: January 29, 2017, 09:17:26 AM »
I have also been doing some research on a new charger, I currently run the Anker Powercore 20100, the thing can charge for a week straight but it's like packing around a brick. I like how slim and light the Dark Energy is but they are just jumping on the hunting bandwagon to mark up their product even more. I like the looks of this Anker portable charger https://www.anker.com/products/A1264011

Looks like a good choice. Depends on how much charging you plan on doing as well!
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Re: Backcountry charging devices
« Reply #20 on: May 23, 2019, 02:39:25 AM »
I will invest in a solar charging device for my next hunting trip. Many people recommend the Anker solar charger. If there is enough direct sunlight, up to 2.4 amps per port or 3 amps in total. I can charge my iPad or mobile phone charger.

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Re: Backcountry charging devices
« Reply #21 on: May 23, 2019, 06:18:02 AM »
I also have been in the market for one.

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Re: Backcountry charging devices
« Reply #23 on: May 23, 2019, 07:48:00 AM »
I've used quite a few over the years and I've come to two conclusions.

1. I need guaranteed energy so solar is 100% out of the lineup.

2. No matter what charger you get, a small dry sack or ziplock is a must.  Keep those things dry folks.

Personally I run a big Anker (not sure the exact size).  My last one still works after 4 years but it wont ever fully charge anymore so I got a few new ones. 
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Re: Backcountry charging devices
« Reply #24 on: May 23, 2019, 07:59:53 AM »
Battery packs are fairly inexpensive, very reliable and good for your phone, inreach, sometimes headlamp and anything else you want to drag out there.  I've never messed with pv panels because I don't want extra cords, setting it up, hoping for sun, etc.  With pv, if you aren't pointed directly at the sun or have the smallest amount of shading, the power drops off amazingly quickly.  In a big pv panel with 36 cells, if you shade just one of them the power can drop off 75%.

Here is a good tool to get a rough idea how many charges of a specific phone you can get out of a given size battery bank.  I have a small, light battery bank for day hunts and a larger one for extended trips.

https://www.ravpower.com/charging-calculator

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Re: Backcountry charging devices
« Reply #25 on: May 23, 2019, 08:38:11 AM »
I've used quite a few over the years and I've come to two conclusions.

1. I need guaranteed energy so solar is 100% out of the lineup.

2. No matter what charger you get, a small dry sack or ziplock is a must.  Keep those things dry folks.

Personally I run a big Anker (not sure the exact size).  My last one still works after 4 years but it wont ever fully charge anymore so I got a few new ones.

I've had really good luck with Anker too and they are reasonably priced.

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Re: Backcountry charging devices
« Reply #26 on: May 23, 2019, 08:47:10 AM »
I've used quite a few over the years and I've come to two conclusions.

1. I need guaranteed energy so solar is 100% out of the lineup.

2. No matter what charger you get, a small dry sack or ziplock is a must.  Keep those things dry folks.

Personally I run a big Anker (not sure the exact size).  My last one still works after 4 years but it wont ever fully charge anymore so I got a few new ones.

I've had really good luck with Anker too and they are reasonably priced.
oh yeah! My last one was like 38 bucks on Amazon and lasted 4 years. I'd call that more than reasonable
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Re: Backcountry charging devices
« Reply #27 on: May 23, 2019, 08:47:56 AM »
I use the small dewalt lithium 20v battery and a USB adapter. I get about a week and a half out of it checking Facebook, insta, and hunt wa with a daily p-hub visit. The north side of the William o and the south alpine lakes has surprisingly good service.

https://www.amazon.com/Source-Converters-Outlets-Lithium-Battery/dp/B07HLW5FYG/ref=asc_df_B07HLW5FYG/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=241955516116&hvpos=1o2&hvnetw=g&hvrand=8631734867073429543&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=m&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9033692&hvtargid=pla-600197867185&psc=1

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Re: Backcountry charging devices
« Reply #28 on: May 23, 2019, 09:37:13 AM »
This guy does lots of reviews on solar, battery, and other options.

Here is one of his latest.



Otherwise, short term, battery pack is probably the best option.  Longer term, solar or some other way to make power (like biolite) is better or at least  a good complement to a battery pack.  Charge the pack, then take the charge off the pack for your devices, when you need it, regardless of sun light conditions, etc.

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Re: Backcountry charging devices
« Reply #29 on: May 24, 2019, 01:20:49 PM »
I got the big Anker one on amazon about 3 years ago. Never had any problems and charges my phone at least 8 times before needing a re-charge. Still going strong too.

 


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