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Battery Packs vs. Solar Panel; Semi-Urban Road Touring

Hey all,

I am thinking about running a solar panel during my summer tour down the Pacific coast from Oregon to Northern California. I am concerned about being tied to a campground bathroom or public power outlet to keep my power hungry smart phone, 4 usb lights and 2 battery packs charged.

Outside of dynamo hubs, how have you kept your electronics charged while on a road tour? Have you found yourself taking extra time at camp or in town just to get your batteries or phone charged?

Anyone who has used a solar panel, do you regret your investment i.e. found it not to hold a charge and/or not worth the weight penalty?

I understand solar panels can be great for desert touring but I am planning most of my future touring to be in the Pacific Northwest or New England area (or in similar climates abroad).


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