In this age of technology, we go everywhere with our electronics. Our cell phones, iPods, iPads, computers, GPS devices, and other electronics are always within reach. We don’t go anywhere without them. For many people, camping or backpacking, or even hiking, is a way to escape civilization for a time, and enjoy nature. But these activities come with the risks inherent in being alone in the wilderness. So perhaps we need not travel without some electronics, and it is really wonderful to have music for the long trek to that serene lake, mountain stream, or grassy meadow. But the charge in your GPS or iPod won’t last for the entire trip. So we need a way to charge them. It’s not practical to have another battery, because when that runs out, there’s no way to charge it either. The solution clearly presents itself as a solar charger.
If you’re just out for a day trip, perhaps you won’t need this novel device. But if you’re backpacking for a week, or two weeks, wouldn’t it be helpful to have your GPS, on the off chance you lose your way? Or your iPod to help you keep the pace on the long uphill trails? The solar charger can keep your devices charged for just those purposes.
There are many different portable solar chargers out there, and not all of them work very well. I recommend you don’t be stingy, because the cheap ones are not worth it. They break easily, they charge slowly, and they encounter all sorts of problems. If you’re going to go for it, then get a good one. They’re worth the extra money. They can charge at odd angles with the sun, inside of tents, in the shade, and even in light rain. They can survive weather, being dropped, and all manner of abuse. They are very durable. So next time you’re going camping or backpacking, make sure you pack your solar charger along with your GPS, iPod, and vPulse!