EnerPlex Kickr IV
A rugged and very lightweight solar charger that folds up small and doesn't take up much space in my pack. It charges well even if it is overcast, and it will even charge a tablet. It is flexible and extremely durable. It has been a lifesaver on multiple occasions! I had been in the market for a small and portable charging solution for a while before I saw the Kickr IV from EnerPlex. The Kickr IV is a very simple fold-out solar panel wherein lies it beauty. It only has one output which is a 1.2A… Full review
Vermont Smoke and Cure Real Sticks
A healthy, responsible product from a cool company that, with a little tweaking could be great Vermont Smoke and Cure Pepperoni I admit that I dearly love pepperoni, a little too much. Many were the times when I have brought home pepperoni as a treat to the clones to have half of it disappear on the drive. I have made my own sausage my whole adult life and appreciate good ingredients and flavor. So naturally I was stoked that someone wanted me to give their product a testing. Probably the coolest… Full review
The AquaClip is a clever gadget that I recommend for those using Platypus-style water bottles. While the Ultralightest may cringe at the added 11 grams, this hiker is please to have my water bottle accessible, without having to contort myself to reach the water bottle in my pack’s side pockets. Preface: Five months ago, Brentbrook posted his review on the Aquaclip. That review focused on use with a disposable water bottle. I am not a fan of disposable bottles. So I asked in the comments section… Full review
This small, inflatable, solar powered light is fairly quick to charge and provides hours of light for your campsite or tent. While deflated, it can be strapped to your backpack or placed on top of your gear in a canoe in order to charge up during the day. It is also inexpensive and would be a great addition to an emergency kit. When fully charged and on the high setting we were able to light up an area with an almost 10 foot radius. The first time we used it, we were camping in a field with no trees… Full review
InstaPark Mercury 10 Solar Panel Charger
On a week-long, dark backpacking trip, I kept my phone/camera and GoPro fully charged. I can only imagine if I have SUN. Very affordable and would highly recommend. As weight conscience as I was, I never regretted bringing this on my trek. I looked and research other, more popular, chargers, but they offered less, lower watts, and cost more. This solar charger is a 10 watt, three-panel charger that includes two external batteries (USB and Micro connections) cables and even a special iPad/iPhone… Full review
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