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 Post subject: Fuel Cell
Unread postPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 9:14 pm 
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A new solution for power hungry gadgets?

http://www.engadget.com/2012/05/09/broo ... two-weeks/

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 Post subject: Re: Fuel Cell GIZMO
Unread postPosted: Thu May 10, 2012 2:07 am 
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Was just investigating options that don't look like they'll satisfy. 2 weeks worth of I-Phone 4 power is exactly what I need. Need it before the end of the year: need it now. Or rather in a month or so when I'm paddling for 1 to 2 weeks. That Brookstone fuel cell USB charger gizmo sounds like something the world needs.

I've read WCP threads about this before and don't recall a product that works.

Does anyone have a sure charge way of keeping an I-Phone charged for over a week? What do people do?


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 Post subject: Re: Fuel Cell
Unread postPosted: Thu May 10, 2012 8:40 am 
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I have a Brunton Restore, and I like it good enough (I know there are better ones on the market).

http://store.bruntonoutdoor.com/portable-power/panels-and-chargers/restore-trade-black/


Its nice to have the solar panal AND internal battery, so you at least have a bit of a charge even if it is cloudy and rainy your whole trip.

I've charged lots of stuff in my tent at night, and it will slowly drain the battery.

The other day I charged my phone during daylight hours, and in One Hour of sun, I brought my smart phone from 11% battery to 44% battery and the internal battery of the solar charger still said it was full! I'm sure if I'd let it sit for longer my phone would have been fully charged (I was heading home the next day so did not really care)

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 Post subject: Re: Fuel Cell
Unread postPosted: Thu May 10, 2012 12:26 pm 
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VanIslePaddler wrote:
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I've charged lots of stuff in my tent at night, and it will slowly drain the battery.

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It's really important to remember that most smartphones and tablets must be powered on to charge their batteries. Always charge them during the day (I usually try to do it while I'm making dinner) and then power them down at night. If you plug in the charging device while you're sleeping they will drain all of the power supplies energy and waste it.

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