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    Default Charging an iPhone

    Ok so I am looking at several devices to charge and add to battery life.

    These r what I found so far:
    Eton frx3 radio
    aqua tek s case
    powerpot
    biolete stove
    various solar panels/batteries

    So I figure the only way to keep a full charge is to take a multi angle approach so the radio has solar/hand crank the case has solar(the solar from these I doubt will do much but hey every little bit) they also have batteries the case will add to the battery life and the radio can charge the case/phone/case from its battery. The stove/pot may play into it not sure yet.

    So I guess all I am wanting to know is am I mmissing anything and is there any gear like this I am missing or would be better than these?

    Please don't rant about light and fast. I have a ul setup that is under 20 lb base weight and setup around 40lb base that I use alot more and a BOB that is more like 60-80lb never weighed it lol.

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    I use this when I have to have a back up charge for my phone! I can usually keep my phone charged for 4-5 days! Maddog
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    Just leave the phone turned off unless you need to make an emergency call. You'll survive without being connected all day, every day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maddog View Post
    I use this when I have to have a back up charge for my phone! I can usually keep my phone charged for 4-5 days! Maddog
    http://www.amazon.com/New-Trent-Thun...=trent+charger

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    I normally do survive without it... I was just wanting to play with it on the trail... Like gps mapping which really drains a battery and also try and do some video work... Granted its not the best device for either but it is a multifunction item.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maddog View Post
    The Trent line is the way to go, no 2 ways about it.

    That said, I just took my iPhone on my Long Trail hike and I kept a charge for 4 days by leaving it on airplane mode and only turning the cellular data on when I needed to make a call.

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    I just ordered: New Trent IMP500 $32
    http://www.newtrent.com/iphone-battery-imp500.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by pyroman53 View Post
    I just ordered: New Trent IMP500 $32
    http://www.newtrent.com/iphone-battery-imp500.html
    They really work as advertised which is pretty amazing too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gnatx View Post
    I normally do survive without it... I was just wanting to play with it on the trail... Like gps mapping which really drains a battery and also try and do some video work... Granted its not the best device for either but it is a multifunction item.
    Just an FYI... my iPhone GPS doesn't work without a cell (or wi-fi) signal....

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    Motion x does I have used it u just have to download maps prior to hitting the trail.


    In other words the gps can locate where u r but u can actively load a maps say from google

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10-K View Post
    The Trent line is the way to go, no 2 ways about it.

    That said, I just took my iPhone on my Long Trail hike and I kept a charge for 4 days by leaving it on airplane mode and only turning the cellular data on when I needed to make a call.

    How do you recharge the Trent line? USB to computer, USB to wall outlet, or both?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spokes View Post
    How do you recharge the Trent line? USB to computer, USB to wall outlet, or both?
    Both...

    I got the one that'll charge an iphone 3.5 times. I was actually shocked that it did - I figured I'd be lucky to get 2 charges out of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10-K View Post
    Both...

    I got the one that'll charge an iphone 3.5 times. I was actually shocked that it did - I figured I'd be lucky to get 2 charges out of it.
    +1 on the Trent chargers. I got the 5200 model, 4.2 oz., good for 3.5 charges. Assuming you resupply every 4-5 days, it's just enough to get to the next resupply point where you can charge both the phone and the charger.


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    I got a 4200 mAh battery that slips on the Iphone like a protector case. I got 7 full days of my kind of use checking the internet, phone, apps, ie out of it. the one thing I read about using these things is don't charge your phone more than 80 percent, that it takes more power to fill up that last 20% of the phone battery. so, I just charged every day from about 35% up to 80%. YMMV, HYOH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spokes View Post
    How do you recharge the Trent line? USB to computer, USB to wall outlet, or both?
    I use a NewTrent IMP120D and it has to be charged from a wall socket. They have models that can be charged from a USB outlet, but they are of lesser capacity. I do wish I could charge mine from a USB connection, but it hasn't been a problem so far.

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    Here is a gadget that might be useful in recharging your iPhone:

    Hamster powered generator.jpeg
    Of course, you would not have to bring a hamster along. Just use one of these (available at any shelter):

    shelter mouse.jpeg

    This gadget offers a good alternative:


    aire-iphone-charging-mask.jpg

    No kidding ...they really are working on this thing:

    http://laughingsquid.com/aire-iphone...thing-into-it/

    Also in development:

    walk-charge-shoe-1.jpg

    Now, if they could put this into a hiking shoe/boot...
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    "I use a NewTrent IMP120D and it has to be charged from a wall socket."

    I've found that a lot of batteries/devices that aren't sold with USB rechargers can actually be recharged from a USB wall charger, IF it's powerful, say 2.1 amps, and if you can find or kluge together the right connector.

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    You might want to look at a kickstarter project that is happening right now called limeade. USB battery that can supposedly recharge an iPhone 12 times

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    http://www.newtrent.com/store/iphone...e-battery.html

    I got the EasyPak online at Amazon and a 'freebie' choice.

    Put iPhone on Airplane Mode turn off all Notifications and most Location Services. You should be at a place to recharge phone and battery pack every few days.

    REMEMBER that cold weather affects batteries ... keep your phone and battery pack protected from extremes of heat and cold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10-K View Post
    The Trent line is the way to go, no 2 ways about it.

    That said, I just took my iPhone on my Long Trail hike and I kept a charge for 4 days by leaving it on airplane mode and only turning the cellular data on when I needed to make a call.
    I prefer the Anker Astro 5600mAh over the Trent charger. It has a larger capacity (5600 vs 5200), it's lighter (4.0oz vs 5.3), smaller and only costs $29 at Amazon.... plus it has a LED flashlight. I've had mine for well over a year without issue.


    Also, the next size Trent battery is 9900mAh weighing 8 ounces. You can use 2 of the Ankers for 1120 mAh for the same weight.

    http://www.amazon.com/External-Flashlight-Thunderbolt-Incredible-Lightning/dp/B005K7192G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370073644&sr=8-1&keywords=ankers+5600

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