Camping: Bring a Solar Panel for All Your Gadgets

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Guest Post: Going camping? Don’t forget your iPad

As camping season is quickly approaching, teens and parents alike won’t leave home without their favorite electronics such as iPhone, cell phone, MP3 Player, iPad, Kindle or portable gaming console . Thanks to high-quality portable solar panels, spending a weekend roughing it in the woods doesn’t have to mean spending a weekend in the Stone Age. While some might find dedicating valuable backpack space to portable electronics almost sacrilegious, the light weight, slim form factors and multifunctional nature of these devices make them a natural choice for campers who want bring a little civilization with them to the great outdoors.

Traditionally, the relatively small battery capacity of these devices made them impractical for camping wherever AC outlets were in short supply. Today’s solar-powered chargers can eliminate that problem. Just be sure to consider a few things carefully before choosing the one that’s right for you.

Is This Solar Charger Up to the Job?
Before you purchase a solar panel to charge your portable electronics/gadgets when you are far from the comforts of home, make sure you how much power you need. This is a crucial piece of information; without it, you could buy a solar panel system that is too small to meet your needs. If you have some time, you can learn how the calculations work but remember this: it’s always better to have more power than not enough.

Can I Easily Stow and Move the Unit?
Make no mistake, when you are camping, every item you bring is a trade-off. You want maximum utility from minimum space. Any solar powered charger system you take with you needs to be something that you can pack and move easily. Think this through carefully and you can be sure you will be able to spend your time enjoying yourself instead of wondering what you could have done differently.

Is the Unit Durable?
Finally, remember that your plan is to use this unit in what could potentially be a harsh environment. Even if you are being careful, the chances of dropping the unit or subjecting it to rough handling are quite high. Make sure the one you choose is up to the rigors of camping.

Your iPad, iPhone and other gadgets can enhance your next camping trip, but they need power. By carefully selecting and purchasing a portable solar panel charging system, you can use them no matter where the trail might take you. Got questions on which are the best solar chargers for your next trip, we here at EcoGeekLiving.com would love to assist – you can contact me directly at Chrystal@ecogeekliving.com.

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