Monday, March 27, 2023

Mobile tourist. How not to be left without charging while hiking


A modern tourist is no longer the enthusiast who had enough of a guitar and a bowler hat tied to a backpack on hikes. Now give the traveler a bunch of electronic gadgets that will help you navigate the area, capture highlights and at the same time allow you to always stay in touch with the city.

You can not do without a camera, smartphone, GPS-navigator, Action-camera and many other devices. All of them need periodic charging, so when going on a hike, you need to soberly assess their capabilities and take care of their energy supply.

The best way is to take with you only the necessary and proven devices, the capabilities of which are well studied from our own experience. Do not carry too many gadgets with you: because of them, the weight of the luggage that you have to carry on your shoulders increases greatly.

Counting watts and amp-hours
Before conquering new routes, make a clear plan for the power supply of portable devices. It will depend on several key factors:

the number of electronic gadgets, their total “appetite”;
the planned time spent away from the benefits of civilization and electrical outlets;
type and capacity of batteries that provide energy for each electronic assistant;
intensity of use of electronic devices.
It is necessary to meticulously and scrupulously calculate the energy “appetite” of each consumer who finds himself on the road with a tourist. Objectively evaluate how often the gadget will require recharging.

A push-button phone will hold a charge for more than a week, and a modern smartphone will declare “hunger” already on the second or third day.

Depending on the results obtained, we select the necessary accessories for autonomous power supply. But their type and the right amount – largely depends on the chosen option for outdoor activities.

Travel by car
Perhaps, in the most advantageous position are autotourists. After all, the car has a powerful battery and a generator that produces electrical energy. It remains only to choose accessories suitable for charging specific models of mobile devices.

The most popular are car chargers . You just need to keep such an accessory in the “glove box”. Even in the urban jungle, he will help out more than once.

When choosing a car charger, you should consider the type of plug for charging gadgets, output power and maximum output current.

Special attention to power! It should be higher than the power consumption of the gadget, or at least equal to it. Otherwise, the opposite effect will occur – charging will drain the battery of the device.

Another device that you should take with you on a trip by car is a car inverter . It will allow you to feel comfortable even in the middle of nowhere: connecting a laptop to a standard 220 V outlet or lighting a parking lot with LED lamps is quite a feasible task for an inverter.

Inverter MYSTERY MAC-300

Inverter AcmePower AP-DS400 2 199 *
The main thing is not to get carried away and prevent the car battery from being discharged to zero.

Short field trips
If a trip to nature is planned for only a few days, portable batteries (Powerbank) will be the best option in terms of the ratio of power reserve and weight . A couple of such devices of sufficient capacity will be enough for several cycles of full charging of mobile gadgets.

The main thing is to choose the right capacity of the portable “can”, and do not forget to charge it before sending it on the road.

Combined devices are very practical, for example, flashlights with a USB connector for charging gadgets.

Lantern Bright beam S-300A Megawatt

Lantern Smartbuy SBF-501-K
In addition, among the offers of portable batteries, moisture-, dust-proof and shock-resistant models are quite often found , which are best suited for lovers of extreme recreation.

Autonomous hikes
Going on a serious hike that will take more than a week, in addition to portable batteries, take a solar panel with you .

The solar panel works especially well in conjunction with a portable battery. You can charge the power bank right during the transitions by placing the solar battery on the surface of the backpack and connecting the battery to it.

The strength of the charge current is highly dependent on the illumination, and achieving ideal conditions (no shadows, clear sky, bright sun, etc.) is not always realistic. In addition, not every smartphone will be charged with low currents, but a portable battery will “absorb” energy to the last drop.

Solar panel Aukey PB-P2

Solar panel
To charge AA and AAA form factor batteries used to power photographic equipment, it would be useful to have a USB-powered charger in your arsenal . If necessary, we connect it to the solar panel, or we pump energy into it from the power bank. With this approach, memories will remain not only in the head, but also on digital media.

Charger Xtar PB2

Charger GP PowerBank U411 1 199 *
Alternative sources
Thanks to trends towards environmental friendliness and a thrifty attitude towards nature, alternative energy sources are gaining more and more popularity.

Wind and hydro generators are considered to be bright representatives of this trend. Energy is obtained in them by converting wind or water energy into electrical energy.

A separate area of ​​alternative sources is gadgets based on the thermoelectric effect. That is, an electric current is generated from heat, the strength of which is quite enough to charge devices.

Therefore, drinking tea in nature or preparing a hearty dinner, while also charging devices, are quite compatible tasks.

The main disadvantage of alternative energy sources is their low efficiency and not yet good enough efficiency indicators that hinder their widespread use. But, who knows, maybe the next generation of tourists will tie just such ultra-kettles to their backpacks!


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