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rose925
03-25-2011, 04:40 PM
Hey
anyone ever taken anything like this to charge up your ipod or cell phone? i know they have the cell phone charging tent just curious if anyone has used anything like this at previous coachella's

http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/arctic_cooling_arctic_c1_mobile_usb_charger,1.html

thanks in advance!

no asshole answers please--serious question

EastLos01
07-24-2012, 09:19 AM
Saw an infomercial for this last night. Has anyone used it yet, or heard anything good/bad about the company that makes it?


https://www.getcharger.com/?mid=2861295

jelwell
12-20-2012, 01:51 PM
I wouldn't bother with solar chargers IN the venue. Takes too long to charge with solar. And you need to have it out the whole time, best way to keep it out that I've seen is to attach it to the back of your backpack. Still, you won't get much juice since it'll need to face the sun all day.

You're MUCH better off packing a few extra external batteries that don't have excess solar panels - they'll pack lighter/smaller.
Joseph Elwell.

whatkilesaid
12-22-2012, 05:33 AM
I have one of these. http://www.amazon.com/Goal-Zero-12301-Nomad-Solar/dp/B00452EO7Y/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1356183148&sr=8-3&keywords=goal+0+elite I love it and have used it the past two years. Got it cheap at Costco. $40 maybe.

jelwell
12-28-2012, 11:09 AM
I have one of these. http://www.amazon.com/Goal-Zero-12301-Nomad-Solar/dp/B00452EO7Y/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1356183148&sr=8-3&keywords=goal+0+elite I love it and have used it the past two years. Got it cheap at Costco. $40 maybe.
A solar panel that large would be useful. Any of those tiny phone sized panels aren't going to be efficient enough during the festival. Grab one like whatkilesaid and strap it to your backpack, that would work. Not sure how you'd go about strapping it to your speedo and fanny pack though - too bulky.
Joseph Elwell.

RotationSlimWang
12-28-2012, 11:24 AM
Hey Joseph, you goddamn idiot, they're talking about it for the purposes of the campers. You fucking moron.

malcolmjamalawesome
12-28-2012, 12:09 PM
Joseph "The Dildo" Elwell

scenicworld
12-28-2012, 01:23 PM
I have one of these. http://www.amazon.com/Goal-Zero-12301-Nomad-Solar/dp/B00452EO7Y/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1356183148&sr=8-3&keywords=goal+0+elite I love it and have used it the past two years. Got it cheap at Costco. $40 maybe.

wow, $40 is a good deal. I've used this for the last couple years and it works well enough to charge 2 smart phones as well as the battery pack that comes with it to charge a third. it's only a little better than a trickle charge though, so be patient.

last year, someone in our camping group upgraded to the Goal Zero 30M (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004GUI15Q/ref=wms_ohs_product) and the explorer pack 150 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004GUEAOW/ref=wms_ohs_product) and it worked so well to charge several phones and other battery packs that I decided to purchase another of each. now we can run the 2 sets of panels in tandem and always have a battery pack charging while using another. combined with regular rechargable battery packs and smaller solar chargers we shouldn't need to use the car battery at all next year :)

CaseSensitive
01-02-2013, 10:52 PM
wow, $40 is a good deal. I've used this for the last couple years and it works well enough to charge 2 smart phones as well as the battery pack that comes with it to charge a third. it's only a little better than a trickle charge though, so be patient.

last year, someone in our camping group upgraded to the Goal Zero 30M (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004GUI15Q/ref=wms_ohs_product) and the explorer pack 150 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004GUEAOW/ref=wms_ohs_product) and it worked so well to charge several phones and other battery packs that I decided to purchase another of each. now we can run the 2 sets of panels in tandem and always have a battery pack charging while using another. combined with regular rechargable battery packs and smaller solar chargers we shouldn't need to use the car battery at all next year :)

Nice to hear that about the goal zero. I wish I would have went that route. Last year we used a car battery our friend converted just for cell phone use. A few months back I bought a portable charger (I'd list the name, but it's like 20ft away from my bed) and it's already a little buggy. Wasn't cheap either :( when it works I can get about three charges out of it. Worked great for end of day dead battery at FYF.

I was having a car battery problem on the way home from a mini road trip this year and bought a portable car jumper. I got the one with USB and other inputs and I am excited to use it at our campsite. Those cell stations always seemed crowded. I think it's a good a idea to be cell charging independent.