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Old 05-12-10, 01:52 PM   #1
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Power Outlets on the West Coast

For those of you who live on the West Coast- what are the chance I will be able to plug in at hiker/biker camp sites along the coast
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Next to none anywhere. One point of providing "hiker/biker" sites is to avoid the cost of providing things like electricity. Typically, "hiker/biker" means "primitive".

If the campground provides for RVs, you might be able to borrow an outlet at an unused site.

It is possible that bathrooms might have sockets (over the sinks, for electric razors).
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solar charger for your equipment?
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solar charger for your equipment?
I had asked about a solar or crank charger in a different thread and it seemed to be a general consensus that a good solar charger would be large, bulky, and very expensive
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Op.. If you get a rechargeable charge pack it will eliminate much of your worries. Lets say that every two or three days you find an outlet. This will allow you to recharge your electronics for the next three or so days.

My Amzer battery charger will recharge my iPod touch 3rd Gen. and Garmin at least three days with a full charge. It weights 3 or 4 oz and is about the size of an iPod with a 3500 mAh's. Fill in those gaps you might have to deal with.
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Next to none anywhere. One point of providing "hiker/biker" sites is to avoid the cost of providing things like electricity. Typically, "hiker/biker" means "primitive".

If the campground provides for RVs, you might be able to borrow an outlet at an unused site.

It is possible that bathrooms might have sockets (over the sinks, for electric razors).
As njkayaker says the hiker/biker sites won't have receptacles, but places to plug in for a while are plentiful. Ten minutes here and twenty there are generally enough especially if you leave the phone off most of the time and are not using it much. Ask if you can plug in where you stop to shop, at a diner if you eat a meal there, at the library, etc. Plug in in the restroom at the campground while you are there. Plug in at picnic areas if there is an outlet.

I don't talk on the phone much... but never had trouble keeping it charged. If you insist on having the phone on all day or talk for hours, one of those charge packs might be worthwhile, but otherwise it is just another thing to buy and carry.

Note that a phone left on where there is no signal will kill the battery fast.

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I look for tables at restaurants close to the wall where there's an outlet. No one has so far said no when I asked if I could charge something. In campgrounds I've gone to the full-hookup sites, found a vacant one, and plugged into the post for 30-60 minutes.

A campground in Idaho had no outlets in the bathrooms, but they had a covered picnic area, and I found outlets on the support posts that were live.

I've also charged in bathrooms where there is often an outlet for electric shavers. I'm nervous about that though and like to watch my device. 15 minutes plugged in will do a lot. I don't use my phone much - only to make outgoing calls, and then I turn it off. My mp3 player will play for 3 or 4 days on a charge at the rate I use it.

For my flashlight, camera, and this year my gps, I use batteries.
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