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Crazy Larry #1
09-23-2005, 06:14
Has anyone ever taken a solar charger on the trail? i know it takes awhile to charge a set, but did you find the charger to be econimical in the long run?

here are the stats on a universal solar charger Learn More> (http://www.siliconsolar.com/universal_solar_battery_charger.htm)

Frolicking Dinosaurs
09-23-2005, 07:47
I decided against using a solar charger because I just couldn't justify carrying 12 ozs and can't imagine reliably having the 8 hours of sunlight necessary to charge 2 AA batteries while hiking down the trail. I'm waiting for someone to come out with a charger that uses this idea http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php?t=10175

LIhikers
09-23-2005, 08:25
...that much of the time you're walking under the cover of trees and the solar charger won't be getting bright sunlight.

frieden
09-23-2005, 10:15
Ok, let's live in the now! ;)

http://shop.altenergystore.com/items~Cname~FLEXIBLE+%2F+ROLLABLE+Solar+Panels~Cc~ SPFLEXI~iTpStatus~1~Tp~.htm

I saw some lighter ones in a magazine that were made for backpacking, but I can't find it.

Lanthar Mandragoran
09-23-2005, 14:12
Ok, let's live in the now! ;)

http://shop.altenergystore.com/items~Cname~FLEXIBLE+%2F+ROLLABLE+Solar+Panels~Cc~ SPFLEXI~iTpStatus~1~Tp~.htm (http://shop.altenergystore.com/items%7ECname%7EFLEXIBLE+%2F+ROLLABLE+Solar+Panels %7ECc%7ESPFLEXI%7EiTpStatus%7E1%7ETp%7E.htm)

I saw some lighter ones in a magazine that were made for backpacking, but I can't find it.
Yeah, I had some bookmarked by a montana solar or something like that

Crazy Larry #1
09-24-2005, 06:25
...that much of the time you're walking under the cover of trees and the solar charger won't be getting bright sunlight. that's true.....the greeeeeeennnnn tunnelllllllllllll........................

justusryans
09-24-2005, 07:30
The problem I found with solar chargers is that to be effective they need direct sunlight for long periods of time. using 2300 NimH Batteries, your solar charger is going to take 3 to 4 days to charge. Why not carry a regular charger and charge when you get to town. They usually charge in 3 - 4 hours. or better yet, keep it in a bounce box.
I looked into solar chargers for our thru hike. Unfortunately they just weren't feasable for what I needed them to do. An alternative is lithium batteries.
If you want a good website for solar products try www.sundancesolar.com (http://www.sundancesolar.com)

HikeLite
09-24-2005, 09:04
The half ounce solar charger.

http://article.gmane.org/gmane.culture.backpacking.light/41397