I love hiking. About every other weekend my kids and I pick a different hiking trail around here in the Bay Area. We’ve been off on short hikes for about an hour long with others about three hours long would never do anything super-long. Until last weekend of course, when I stupidly, did not pick up a paper map at the trail head before we left, and about three quarters the way into the hike proceeded to get lost.
Luckily, we were able to get to a space with phone signal and I was able to download a copy of the PDF map onto my smart phone and realized we had to backtrack almost all the way back the last trial we took to get back to the car. We ended up adding another 5 miles to the hike in doubling the length. Luckily, and also been smart enough to charge my phone prior to going out. If I hadn’t done that we would totally have been screwed.
There have been plenty of times when I’ve been without charge. All of these new cell phones really use a lot of power nowadays. My Samsung Galaxy S4 isn’t too bad, but I know a lot of iPhone users who have a real problem with battery life.There’s been times when I’ve had meetings and conference calls and one battery charge just isn’t enough to take me through the day. Since I live in a sunny Bay Area, solar charger is just a smart idea.
Unfortunately, most of the solar chargers that I have seen, even though they’re pretty cheap, they also suck. Poor construction, terrible solar cells, they just don’t last very long and don’t charge very well. Now I don’t spend a lot of time in the woods but if I did I probably want something more along the lines of the sCharger-5 or the sCharger-12. These bad boys may be expensive, but when you talk about something that could help you in a jam, like the jam I was in last week you’d almost pay any price. If I was out of juice as well as out of signal I’d really have been out of luck. And there weren’t many other hikers on that trail that day either.
So if you find yourself hiking on the backwoods and the charging your phone does his last launch you should pick up one of these things.
Or at least be smart enough to pick up a paper map at the trail head.
This was a sponsored post for Suntactics