Guide 10 Plus Adventure Kit by Goal Zero
$119.95 at Amazon.com
There’s still enough summer left for a good long hike. And with this lightweight solar power system, you can take along a cellphone without worrying about battery life. All you need is sunshine.
The Guide 10 is thin and light, with handy attachment loops; you could easily tie it across your back during a long hike. It features a pair of solar panels that soak up daylight and turn it into watts. You can plug a phone directly into a built-in connector. The company says their panels will recharge a standard cellphone in one to three hours, or a smartphone in two to four hours, assuming you’ve got full, direct sunlight. Obviously, cloudy days are a problem.
But then you can use the Adventure Kit’s backup power source, a pack loaded with four rechargeable batteries. The pack can be charged in advance, and it’s got a USB port, so you can use it to power your phone when the sun goes down. The battery pack also has a small but bright LED flashlight that’s supposed to be good for 100 hours.
I try never to be more than 50 feet from a power outlet. But if you’re the adventurous type, the Guide 10 will let you stay charged up all day long.
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