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 Post subject: Battery Pack to recharge cell phone?
PostPosted: November 4th, 2015, 7:28 am 
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Looking for recommendation for a mini battery charger - any reviews?


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PostPosted: November 4th, 2015, 9:02 am 
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This is a imperfect but cheap low end solution, I have two. $5

http://www.gianttiger.com/product/64434 ... nd&from=fn

It's an encased aa cell. I have a variety of little electronics like most of us gps, flash lights etc. What I'd actually like is just a case to stick my existing aa I can being along and transfer to the gear. Simple thing but no body seems to make it or at least a reliable version of this. So for now it's GT boutique hilly billy for week long or less trips.


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PostPosted: November 4th, 2015, 1:27 pm 
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Try doing a search for "solar charger" in the forums.

I use something called a "Powerfilm USB Charger" (that's enough to find it on Google). They're around $100.00, so not cheap. You can stick AA batteries in them and usually charge your phone to about 50%. I bring a bunch of AAs, then use my phone as an e-book reader and sometimes as a GPS. I have found that the solar cells themselves aren't thrillingly-useful, so I really just use the thing as a way to get energy from carried batteries into my cell phone.

Someone once mentioned that they sell something similar in some dollar stores - where you can just insert batteries and plug in a USB. (But there are no solar cells.)


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PostPosted: November 4th, 2015, 1:47 pm 
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Are you thinking of a portable battery pack that you charge at home and then take on trail to charge your cell phone? Figure out how many phone recharges you need (x) and then find a battery pack that will recharge your phone x times. Good quality battery packs work better than cheap versions.
Or are you thinking of solar or other ways to recharge your phone such as Goal Zero
http://www.goalzero.com/p/195/goal-zero ... ad-3-5-kit

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 Post subject: Re: Battery Pack to recharge cell phone?
PostPosted: November 4th, 2015, 2:46 pm 
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I have two solutions that I use.

I bought a 10,000 Mah Royal battery pack at Costco (~$35), it works well so far, I use it to recharge GoPro batteries and my music player. The downside to these is that once drained they are just a heavy brick you need to carry around.

I also have a dirt cheap (Dollarama) USB charger that works off of AA batteries, I use Lithium AA's with it but in a pinch akalines work as well. This device works best with things that don't require a lot of power to charge. There are two versions of these, one uses 2 x AA the 4 X AA, the larger works better for devices with a high current draw.

I made an attempt to use a Brunton solar charger a few years ago, it had a small panel to charge a battery pack, It was pretty useless as the odds of getting full sun over an extended period isn't something I generally encounter while paddling. It also weighed more than several dozen Lithium AA's which could be used in many devices (headlamp, lantern) and used in the cheap Dollarama charger.

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 Post subject: Re: Battery Pack to recharge cell phone?
PostPosted: November 4th, 2015, 8:35 pm 
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Hi Red Pine,

Consider this battery pack:

http://www.amazon.ca/ALLPOWERS-Portable ... =allpowers

Good for charging a smart phone 6 times or so. Can't lose with that price.

And combine with this solar panel for total off the grid capability:

http://www.amazon.ca/ALLPOWERS-Charger- ... JGANVBE290

Much cheaper than Goal Zero. Good build quality. I used this set up over 10 days to charge GoPro and other camera batteries at night. I would recharge the battery pack during the day.

Everything packs down nicely into a small, lightweight package.


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PostPosted: November 4th, 2015, 10:00 pm 
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Thks for the ideas. I'm looking for a single charge..should be able to use one of the simple chargers.


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 Post subject: Re: Battery Pack to recharge cell phone?
PostPosted: November 5th, 2015, 2:33 am 
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This search on eBay (sort: lowest Price - Fixed Price Listings) will show you the one Dollarama had recently, scroll down a bit and you'll find the 4 x AA version.

portable usb charger AA

One warning, don't leave batteries in the charger when not in use, the switch can very easily be turned on in flashlight mode and drain your emergency back-up!

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PostPosted: November 5th, 2015, 1:18 pm 
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For a single charge you might get away for a free product.

I recall a bud light promotion when you got a phone/powerbank as a promo item.

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PostPosted: November 6th, 2015, 12:24 am 
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Another option, depending on the model of your phone is just to buy a few spare batteries for it. Then just charge them all up before you leave and keep swapping them out as they each run out.

The battery cover on my Sony Xperia smartphone can be very easily popped off just using my fingernail and the old battery swapped out for a fresh one in less than a minute.

The spare batteries were only about $6 each on EBay so I bought half a dozen and they've all worked really well. It's nice being able to keep at least 1 fully charged battery held in reserve strictly for emergency use only.

If you have an iPhone though, I think you may be out of luck since I'm pretty sure those batteries aren't nearly as convenient to get at as mine.


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PostPosted: November 9th, 2015, 1:41 pm 
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Another idea
You can get cell phone cases with built-in batteries. That would provide longer life between charges.

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PostPosted: November 9th, 2015, 9:10 pm 
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I just picked up one of these from Amazon and it works really well. Apparently it's one of the highest rated items on Amazon... http://www.amazon.ca/Anker-13000mAh-Portable-External-Technology/dp/B00BQ5KHJW

Supposed to charge an iPhone 5 about 5 times. I also use it for my Petzl headlamp.

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PostPosted: November 10th, 2015, 1:05 pm 
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Anker has a good reputation. In addition to the external batteries they also make foldable solar panels.

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PostPosted: November 12th, 2015, 3:10 pm 
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Steve E wrote:
I just picked up one of these from Amazon and it works really well. Apparently it's one of the highest rated items on Amazon... http://www.amazon.ca/Anker-13000mAh-Portable-External-Technology/dp/B00BQ5KHJW


I would recommend this product also. I purchased one in Feb and haven't been disappointed. i use it to charge my tablet and my phone.

i also have one of these:

http://www.amazon.ca/Anker-Generation-A ... GB796Y0419

it's good for charging a phone but it only holds one charge.


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 Post subject: Re: Battery Pack to recharge cell phone?
PostPosted: November 13th, 2015, 2:14 pm 
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I've added this just a couple days ago.

http://www.amazon.ca/PortaPow-Power-Eme ... op?ie=UTF8

Worked once so far :) Upside is I travel with lots of nmh rechargable AA batteries. I can use fresh once in steripen, gps, flashlight etc and can now use the spare aa to charge the phone as needed or a backup to the giant tiger encapsulated aa charger( i suspect many/most those 'lipstick' sized ones are just aa battery inside.

In any event price was $10 and arrived from the UK in just a few days. Might have been sooner than a letter from Toronna.


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