OK so anyone who exists in the real world these days has a device that needs power. For most of us it is an i-pod, smartphone, tablet or laptop. You can even get USB powered toothbrushes these days (an expensive option I know but it looks pretty good!).
From the vantage point of a comfortable room in the South of England, surrounded by all the gadgets and gismos that support us through the perils of everyday life – we don’t seem to be able to catch a train, assess the weather or even have a conversation without our phones these days – the subject of power on my trip seems to be one of utmost importance (I am however suspicious that might change once I get into the swing of things on the road).
Anyway I have set out 3 products that I think are excellent options for the power thirsty traveller whether they are trekking in the mountains or staying on well trodden paths.
So first up we have the Mophie juice pack power station XL. This pocket sized battery packs a serious punch and from fully juiced can charge you smart-phone a whopping 8 times!!! If that isn’t enough to get you to your next power source then you need to stop playing so many games and start looking around you. With two standard USB and 1 micro-USB ports you can charge multiple devices at the same time.
Product Dimensions: 2.80 in x 4.50 in x 0.91 in
As you can see from above it is a sleek looking device and is no bigger than a deck of cards. Cost at the moment is $130/£80 so the only real question is, “can you afford not to have this in your bag when you step on the plane”?
Next up is a power supply for those looking to truly step off the grid. The powermonkey extreme 12V is a portable, solar-powered charging device which also happens to be waterproof up to 1m for 30minutes. With the recent 12V upgrade and whole host of adapters it will charge almost anything you own.
The solar panels have a nifty bit of technology they call MPPT (maximum power point tracker) technology. This allows the panel to charge the unit more efficiently in low light conditions. In optimum light the pack will be at 100% in 18-22 hours and will then charge your phone up to 4 times and your i-pad twice. Currently selling for £120.
Next up is one of my favourite gadgets, if I was planning an expedition in the true sense of the word, this would be one of the first things in my bag. The Biolite Camp Stove is a true camper’s delight. Make a fire from the twigs and wood you collect to cook your dinner or brew a coffee. At the same time the thermoelectric generator converts the heat into power that charges your phone, i-pod and other gadgets. You can even us the Biolite to charge the Mophie juice pack mentioned above.
Product Dimensions: 8.25 x 5in
Weighing only 935g this is a truly portable piece of kit that allows you to dump the petrol can and utilise a readily available renewable energy source whilst keeping you connected to the wider world. All you need to worry about now is signal! Currently selling for $130/£80.
As well as the above I’ll also be taking the obligatory Universal plug adapter and will probably find space for this mini adapter – perfect for getting a quick top up on those taxi transfers from the airport .