GCPC EPISODE 451 – Geocaching and Hiking Electronic Gadgets



May 11, 2016

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
Guest host Darrylw4 joins the gang to talk about geocaching and hiking electronic gadgets and gizmos. Should be loaded with nerdy fun!

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Powertraveller Powermonkey Extreme. A very slim, rugged, waterproof and portable solar charger that has a USB port and 9000mAh battery for when theclouds block the sun. [£120]
Ivation 7 W Solar Charging Panel, 1.8L Hydration Backpack/Bladder Bag w/Flexible Drinking Pipe, 10,000 mAh Waterproof Power bank $89.99
The one thing I think of is Juice and more Juice – Hydration for me and Power for my equipment. It looks like the Ivation 7 W is a double whammy there. Any good alternatives (Preferably Priced less than Goal Zero) for those of us who love our Camelbaks? Suaoki Solar Panel $45.99 (on Sale – list $95.99) 16W 5V to USB
Monoprice 15W, 5V Portable Solar Charger $39.95
FosPower PowerActive 10200 mAh Power Bank – 2.1A USB Output [Water/Shock/Dust Proof] $24.95 (on sale, list is $69.99)
RAVPower Portable Charger 3200mAh External Battery Pack Power Bank with Ultra bright flashlight $14.99 (on sale, list is $49.99)
Portable Charger RAVPower 3200mAh External Battery Charger with LED UV Flashlight (100lm) $14.99 (on sale, list is $29.99)
Head Lamp – Wide variety available in price, brightness and cost. But I’d recommend having one in your pack, even if you don’t plan on being out at night. I like to have one so it keeps my hands free.
Flash Light – It can be a 1000+ Lumen Cree LED powered beast to a cheap 80 Lumen LED, but make sure it’s one that’s going to last a couple hours, especially if you don’t carry a head lamp. You can get a good 1200 Lumen Cree XM-L for $15 with 18650 battery and charger Ultra Fire 1200. Note, that the batteries will drain over time, so you’ll want to charge them up before a good hike/night time cache find.
Life Straw – Light weight, water prufication (0.11lbs) $19.99
I’d also recommend a dry bag or two in the pack – you don’t know when it might rain or you need to cross a stream and it’s nice to toss the electronics in there to be safe. They start at about $8 for cheap ones built for smartphones and there’s ones for tablets, or ones with floatation in case you drop it in the stream or pond.
SPOT Gen3 $169.95
4 x AAA Lithium/NiMH
Basic Service $14.99/month, $149.99/year
Enhanced Tracking $4.99 or $14.99/month, $49.99 or $149.99/year
inReach Explorer $379.95/inReach SE $299.95
Internal rechargeable battery
Pairs via Bluetooth with Apple iOS, Android, or Kindle Fire with bluetooth
Initial account activation fee of $19.95.
Move down a plan at any time for $24.95.
Service ranges from $11.95 to $99.95/month
SPOT Global Phone $549.95
Interchangeable rechargeable battery
Service $39.99 to $149.99/month
JakPak Waterproof Jacket, Sleeping Bag & Tent. You can wear it as a jacket and instantly unzip some material to make it into a sleeping bag. It then can deploy a tent over your head for a warm, dry and comfortable sleep. [$199.99]
And we should mention BioLite for the campers.
CampStove $129.95
BaseCamp $299.95
NanoGrid $99.95
“The NanoGrid is a compact, powerful system of rechargeable lighting and power storage. An advanced energy hub, the PowerLight stores shareable energy in the palm of your hand while the daisy-chain SiteLights provide a home-like network of overhead lighting.”
SolarPanel 5 $59.95
“The SolarPanel 5 features the same optimizing function and design of the SolarPanel 5+ but removes the battery to bring you an ultra-minimal panel with one of the best dollars-per-watt on the market. Power phones, tablets, and BioLite gear in real-time with this lightweight and slim 5-Watt monocrystalline power supply or pair with an external powerbank for an easy energy storage solution.”
There’s also an interesting device one of the GeoGearHeads shared;
2 pack $199
4 pack $389
Sony Digital Recording Binoculars. 25x binocular magnification with image stabilization during video recording in full HD and 3D modes. [$1999.99]

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