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Old 03-19-06, 09:45 PM   #1
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solar power

where can i purchase a solar- or something to power items such as a laptop, ipod and cell phone during my tour thanks
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Old 03-20-06, 06:06 AM   #2
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Moontrail has a bunch of Brunton brand solar options, some of which are powerfull enough to power and/or recharge a laptop. They also carry a bunch of other nifty stuff suited for lightweight hiking/backpacking/camping.

See there portable power page under accessories here.

They have very good customer service, as well as fast shipping. I'm still waiting on a battery charger I ordered directly from Brunton last week.

Another option may be to check out Iowa Thin Film (Google), as I believe Brunton's "Solar roll's" are just Iowa Thin Films re-badged.

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Old 03-20-06, 06:25 AM   #3
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here's something to check out:

http://www.modernoutpost.com/gear/de...dal_power.html
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I would check out the CCraine radio site or the Brigade military site both have solar cells
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Old 03-20-06, 10:05 AM   #5
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That's an interesting concept...but you have to be careful about those side mounted generators. They can eventually wear a groove in the sidewall of the tire.
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That's an interesting concept...but you have to be careful about those side mounted generators. They can eventually wear a groove in the sidewall of the tire.
I agree, and highly doubt one would be suitable for the OP's request to re-charge a laptop.

-Also, I recieved the AA/AAA battery charger from Brunton yesterday afternoon. It's pretty nifty. Charges fast off of grid power, has a discharge option (to fully discharge NIMH's prior to re-charging them).

Solar charge should be pretty good as well. I went out in the early evening New England sun yesterday just to see if it would work. The chargers LED's showed charging fine (4 2300mAh AA batteries), even with sun near the horizon, panel held facing the sun. The wire connector to the charger could be "beefier" to prevent popping out by accident, but should work well with care.
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