9 comments on “Keeping the Smartphone Charged

  1. Ryan, I admire and enjoy your various postings about gadgetry and technology as it relates to hiking. They are all (including this one) very concise, well-written, and most important, they are informative.


    • Thanks, John. I’m no expert, but I try to stay at least a little informed 🙂 The field is changing so fast, it’s hard to keep up to date!

  2. First, love your AT software Guthook, and use it religiously on section hikes. Keep up the good work! As for smartphone charging, I’ve also concluded that – at least for relatively short trips – the backup battery is the most weight efficient way to go. I use a functionally similar battery and get 2.5+ full recharges from it. My iPhone 5, with some careful app management, will burn through ~60% in an 8-hour day of hiking with a GPS tracking app turned on so I can upload to the web at the end of the day. This would give me ~5 days of hiking before running out of juice, maybe a bit less with internet use at night. Still, its an awesome tool to have on the trail – as long as you’re not dependant on it!

    • Thanks, Red! I’m glad you like it… I’m still trying to improve the apps as much as possible, but it’s not a fast process 🙂

      I’ve been happy with the external battery so far, especially since I try not to use the phone much on the trail. On my last trip, I ended up using the phone way more than I wanted to because I felt the need to keep up with the emails coming in about the apps. Now that most of the bugs are fixed, I get fewer emails about them, so I think I’ll go back to my first method of saving energy– conservation. But I’ll still bring the battery just in case. It does open up some more possibilities on the trip. It is pretty remarkable, though, that tracking your location with the iPhone GPS only burns through 60% of the battery in a day. Not bad!

    • I haven’t heard any firsthand reviews, but other Trent accessories get good reviews on Amazon. The problem I have is that there are just so many accessories out there, it’s hard to keep track of them all!

  3. I have been using the suntactis solar charger for about a year and it actually charges in a reasonable time. Spent a month in New Zealand and it reliably kept my phone charged even with listing to a fair bit of music use and game playing in the huts. I did get a ton of slightly snarky comments having it strapped to the back of my pack but feh, it worked.

    • That’s pretty cool! Of course, the snarky comments will always exist. It’s good to have a sense of humor about things like that. After all, it’s better to get snarky comments and jokes than grumpiness. Considering the controversial nature of electronics in the wilderness, that is always a possibility.

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