Extreme Solar Power
With Solar Power, You Don’t Have To Rough It…. Unless You Want To
An outdoor adventure is an exciting way to reconnect with nature. Some people see it as a chance to really rough it. Others can’t imagine giving up modern conveniences like their cell phone and GPS.
The good news is that with solar technology, you can count on all your gadgets to be fully functioning on your next extreme (or not so extreme) outdoor adventure.
Solar camping gear such as lighted tents, radios, lanterns, and chargers give you the power you need without leaving your carbon footprint on your favorite camping site.
Photovoltaic systems generate no pollution and require no water to cool the system. The chargers use the latest thin film solar energy technology to turn sunshine into electricity quickly and efficiently. So with minimal environmental impact, you’ll keep your GPS, cell phone, digital camera, and in some cases even a laptop charged.
If you’re more interested in how solar can help your self-sufficiency, try building your own solar oven. With cardboard boxes and aluminum foil, you can generate enough power to cook fish, meats, or items brought from home. To find out more on how solar ovens work, see this guide.
From Camping to Extreme Mountain Climbing
So solar power can get you successfully through your next camping trip. But how does it stack up to an arctic expedition? America’s leading high altitude mountaineer is proving the usefulness of solar power, especially in some pretty high places.
Ed Viesturs has climbed many of the world's most challenging summits. He recently completed a 16-year quest to climb all 14 of the world's highest mountains (above 8,000 meters) without the use of supplemental oxygen.
For recharging their cameras, laptops, and anything else that runs on batteries, Ed and his crew use a solar powered recharging system. By connecting the DC adaptor, the charger delivers 24+ watts of solar power to run the equipment and recharge the batteries at the same time.
Ed is currently climbing Mount Everest for the seventh time. You can follow his Ed’s daily dispatches at www.greatoutdoors.com.
To find out more about staying connected no matter where you go, see this guide to solar battery chargers.
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