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az.mountain runner
07-16-2013, 06:51 PM
I'm gonna b in Idaho elk hunting last two weeks in September, and thinking of getting a lite weight solar panel to charge my phone so I can bivy out 2 or 3 times during that hunt, any feed back on the new solar market?

wolftalonID
07-16-2013, 10:18 PM
I use the Goal zero set up. The adventure kit works well for charging up a phone or batteries for other gear. I also use it for my iPad mini on long flights to extend its life. The battery pack that came with the solar kit is really nice for a lot of things.
I have the nomad 7 solar panel. The battery pack is the guide 10. It also sports a nice bright LED in the battery pack. As well the flex LED wand that connects to the USB power port on the battery pack was very nice for a tent light. It lite up my wall tent plenty when it was dark.
I got about two charges on my iPhone before the batteries needed topped off. It has loops all over the solar panels that help you connect it to a pack as well.
Very worth the money.
Keep in mind the solar panel alone often won't charge an iPhone, but the battery pack will. So having both is essential to providing the power for iPhones or iPads. Just an FYI.
One day in good sun I charged the phone in 40 minutes! The batteries in 2 hours!

az.mountain runner
07-17-2013, 06:01 PM
Thanks for that info . I have a small solar charger but it was not charging my phone, so the battery pack was a missing piece of the puzzle I didn't have, and I like the goal zero too will probably get that nice option to have strap it on our pack and charging on the go .

az.mountain runner
07-17-2013, 06:03 PM
What did u like or dislike about the nomad 7?

az.mountain runner
07-17-2013, 06:10 PM
I'm gonna get a wolf tag too and try to help the cause.

tttoadman
07-17-2013, 06:24 PM
I have been doing this same research and i will be going with the goal zero Guide 10 Plus. I will get the AAA adapter, but I don't know if that very realistic for me. I will be hard pressed to be able to charge my Iphone and keep a set of AA's for my Garmin Rhino. People recommend that you save the big Rhino battery for emergencies so you can crank the transmit power up to 5W, and use the AA battery pack for navigating around on 2W. Look for another thread about this from a little while back. There was even more info about which models came with which add ons.

N.Y.ArcheryMadMan
07-17-2013, 06:24 PM
Very Cool on the Wolf Tag..... Hoping to see some Tags filled and Plenty of pictures......

wolftalonID
07-17-2013, 07:24 PM
First things in perspective. When I go out to hunt, I go to get away from life and be quiet and unplugged. I don't own the solar panel to keep me on facebook(not even a member) or twitter( oops got me there).
i got it for field work so my devices would have a back up if I was unable to get back on overnight work. It is also a great prepper item.
I like it a lot, it works, it's light, and offers a lot of options.
For those who can't let it go in the field while hunting? No help there from me. I don't use a GPS on the ground it's not that far when I am hiking to get lost. In the air, it is so having my foreflight app up is very helpful.

I see guys here hunting with their smart phones, GPS, cameras, computers. Etc. I can't knock that too hard, because I have been out with all that and more. Solar panels and products by goal zero are top notch and work!

For hunting and light electronics like smart phones for pic taking, light cameras, hand held GPS. Great option.
If you need more than that, leave it in camp or get a camera guy! Lol

az.mountain runner
07-17-2013, 07:28 PM
Me too! Gotta check the rules but I want to take a mouse squeeker .

hoshour
07-17-2013, 07:28 PM
I think the best solar charger out there in terms of performance, not weight, is the Orange JOOS. It can charge in the shade, charges up more quickly, and charges much more than any comparable device, and is virtually indestructible. Leave it in your tent rather than carrying it around all day. It will charge just fine there.

You may see a review of solar chargers in an upcoming Eastmans' journal.

az.mountain runner
07-17-2013, 07:39 PM
I'm with u I want to b unplugged as much as possible,but I need to let loved ones know I'm safe and having fun ,and hopefully I won't need it but just in case It's the next trip gone bad storey,I can call for help! And in those back areas u need a full charge to get it out some times.I'm the type of person that would rather have it and not need it , than need it and not have it. Kinda like that new show I just mentioned,all had taken precautions but didn't have it on them the moment their disaster happen.

az.mountain runner
07-17-2013, 07:46 PM
I'll check them out.

tttoadman
07-18-2013, 06:08 AM
First things in perspective. When I go out to hunt, I go to get away from life and be quiet and unplugged. I don't own the solar panel to keep me on facebook(not even a member) or twitter( oops got me there).
i got it for field work so my devices would have a back up if I was unable to get back on overnight work. It is also a great prepper item.
I like it a lot, it works, it's light, and offers a lot of options.
For those who can't let it go in the field while hunting? No help there from me. I don't use a GPS on the ground it's not that far when I am hiking to get lost. In the air, it is so having my foreflight app up is very helpful.

I see guys here hunting with their smart phones, GPS, cameras, computers. Etc. I can't knock that too hard, because I have been out with all that and more. Solar panels and products by goal zero are top notch and work!

For hunting and light electronics like smart phones for pic taking, light cameras, hand held GPS. Great option.
If you need more than that, leave it in camp or get a camera guy! Lol

Great!!.........I thought i was done researching these. now you have me thinking again.

Im with AZ. I am hoping to use my phone to get out to call in. My wife gets a little freaked out when i go by myself.

25contender
07-18-2013, 06:41 AM
Since I have no cell signal where I hunt. I will be bringing a SPOT 2 with me this year. At least when I am out of contact for five to seven days at a time I can send out a "everything is fine" message every now and then. I do bring a small video camera and a gps with me as well. I use lithium Batteries and carry a few extra sets with me. I don't leave the gps or other electronics on all the time.

LintonOutdoors
07-18-2013, 09:17 AM
Another vote for the GZ Guide 10 kit, if you are needing AA or AAA batteries recharged. The only thing I dont like is the weight of the recharging battery pack, so I just leave it at home. All of my electronics these days usually have a microUSB port that allows for charging without removing batteries. If you have that then you can skip the battery pack and just pick up a lightweight solar panel (6"x9", .8lbs). The solar panel by its self has a USB and 12v output port that you can use a standard USB cable and the solar panel to charge cellphones, headlamps, cameras, or anything else that can be charged by a simple USB cable. If you are looking at this option, check out the Brunton Explorer Solar panel (http://www.lintonoutdoors.com/brunton-explorer-solar-panel/) (4.5"x9"x1" compacted, 14.8oz) or the Goal Zero Nomad Solar Panel (http://www.lintonoutdoors.com/goal-zero-switch-8-solar-recharging-kit/) (6"x9"x1" compacted, 12.8oz) Another cool product that goes along with this is the Brunton Glacier 115 (http://www.lintonoutdoors.com/brunton-glacier-115-headlamp/) headlamp, which has a USB port built in for recharging, so no need for a battery pack charger or extra batteries.

Another really cool options for the ultralight hunter is the Brunton Ember (http://www.lintonoutdoors.com/brunton-ember-2800-rechargeable-battery-with-solar-panel/). I have been using this brand new product since this spring and love it! Its a small rechargeable lithium battery pack that also has a solar panel on one side to recharge its self. The Brunton Ember is (3.5"x2.5"x.75") and weighs 5oz. Plugging it into the wall or or computer will charge it in about 2hrs, recharging via the built in solar panel take about 7-8 hrs of direct sunlight to fully recharge. Not the fastest, but pretty easy to leave it out to recharge at camp. Even without cell service in my area, I use my cellphone as my gps, camera, etc. and using the Ember I can fully recharge my phone 3 times before having to recharge the Ember. Also the charging time is quick. It will recharge my phone 1-1.5% per minute in my testing. This item will be in my pack for sure this fall.

az.mountain runner
08-01-2013, 07:15 PM
Thought I'd let everyone know I went with the Goal zero plus 10, .I'll put it to the test during early deer season , before heading to Idaho. Thanks for all the input and I'll let everyone know how the test run went.

tttoadman
08-01-2013, 07:46 PM
I got my 10 plus a couple weeks ago. I put it to the test and it failed. The initial work was great. Charged my phone about as fast as a car plug. I was thrilled to see it charge the big battery on my garmin 530. It pushed it from 50% to 60% in a few hrs. Slow like they said it would be, so I think the AA battery pack is still going to be needed for that.

Then it died!! I am sending it back and the replacement is already on the way. The service people have been great.

az.mountain runner
08-01-2013, 08:15 PM
Even new puppies die , but It's great to see a company stand behind their product with good service, without good service , the best product is crap. In my opinion

LintonOutdoors
08-06-2013, 08:27 AM
Here is a cool lightweight product that I have been using. Not as quick of a recharge time, but much lighter and a lot more compact.


http://youtu.be/rhKZHQxKJfs

az.mountain runner
08-15-2013, 12:59 AM
I will heed ur info on the rhino .

az.mountain runner
08-15-2013, 01:05 AM
I've had a chance to test my solar panel and I like the way it works,went to batteries plus and picked up a extra set of AA and AAA to take, with hope that fills my needs.Thanks for everyones imput ,cash is running out so no go pro camera this trip.

N.Y.ArcheryMadMan
08-24-2013, 10:59 AM
They will probably have something better out next year any ways; that is how it always works.......