That may sound daunting, but let’s look at an example:
Let’s say you plan a four day trip and decide to carry
For your trip, you wouldn’t need to charge your inReach but would need to charge your watch every day and you’ll most likely top off your phone each night. Thus, you would need 4,589 mAh in battery capacity for the trip.
To reduce the amount of power you need, you could also consider bringing solar powered lights like our Luke Lights for a more specific “task oriented” light or the Lucci Light for ambient light.
If you have a short trip, or few power needs, you can opt for a simple battery bank. This is also a good option if you’re going to be hiking under a dense tree canopy, where sunlight will not be intense enough to charge a solar battery bank. Anker is well regarded, lightweight. You can check them out here.
The Nitecore NB 10000 is also a popular choice.
If you are going to establish a camp for a few days, and have the ability to charge your devices during the day, then it might make sense to save the weight of the battery pack and bring some solar panels with you. Goal Zero has a collection of solar panels that you can see here.
For longer trips, you should consider a battery bank that has solar panels! In general, you will need full, direct sun for optimal charging, so consider the environment that you’ll be traveling in when making this decision. A key factor here is ensuring that the solar panels and the bank are large enough to meet your power needs. The benefit of this option is that it gives you the best of both worlds: the weight savings of a smaller battery bank, but the ability to refill that bank as you use it.
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Taking all of these options into account, you now need to make a decision. Every trip may be different but in general, you should think through your most common use cases. Are you hiking in the high Sierras of California where there is ample sun exposure? Or are you hiking through the woods in New Hampshire, where tree cover is significant? Do you normally trek for a weekend, or are you embarking on a much longer journey?
Thankfully, power options are becoming more and more affordable, and over time, you may acquire a variety of solutions for different types of trips.
We hope these tips help you find the right power source to keep you safe and powered up on the trails. When deciding on a battery bank, we hope you consider our Chandler Charger. We are a nonprofit organization with a mission to light the world and for every Charger we sell, we donate one to someone living without electricity. To learn more about our programs, visit this page.