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Old 03-15-14, 06:31 AM   #1
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phone chargers? Solar?

all,

Just curious if anyone uses a solar charger to charge their phone while touring? I see the dynamo types etc... but am wondering if solar is a good way to go? I should say I will be towing a bob yak trailer.

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John

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Old 03-15-14, 08:18 AM   #2
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all,

Just curious if anyone uses a solar charger to charge their phone while touring? I see the dynamo types etc... but am wondering if solar is a good way to go? I should say I will be towing a bob yak trailer.

Thanks,

John
It will work as long as you're facing the sun with it. And with a dynamo, you need it to power the lights when it is dark, but is available for charging during the day. Either way then you won't be able to charge your phone at night. I doubt that's a real problem.

Report back when you're done. Someday I'll be retiring, and cross country touring is one of my retirement goals. That's after I pay for college for 3 kids...

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While hiking the Appalachian Trail I met several thru-hikers that were using the Goal Zero Guide 10 setup with plenty of success. They were able to pick up enough juice while walking through the "green tunnel" that they were able to keep their phones charged and hook me up with some extra juice too. I figured if it works despite the tree cover it should work pretty damn good on exposed roads and sure enough a couple years later I met a cycletourist who made his way from Alaska to Florida with one of them on his trailer and said it worked great for him.

I just picked mine up and have used it on some hikes and bike rides. My phone's battery is old and dies very quickly but I was able to use it while running a GPS cyclecomp app for an entire century ride this past weekend with plenty of juice. I'm thinking I could easily use this with my USB rechargeable lights and headlamp for long distance trips as long as I was smart about battery conservation.

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