Electronics in the North Woods

Why would you bring electronics with you when you go camping or hiking or fishing? Aren’t you trying to escape the day-to-day barrage of electronic distractions? Especially if one is going to an extremely remote place like the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota? My reason? An overwhelming urge to share – via photography and video – the amazing things I see on these trips.

For the Minnesota trip, my good friend Randy Wilson and I spent six days in the boundary waters and another day on the shores of Grand Marais, MN. That’s a long time to use a battery for a camera or phone or video camera, so I brought along my Goal Zero Guide 10 Solar Kit. It was my first time using these solar panels and I was a bit skeptical as to how many times I would be able to charge my electronics. I have to say, it did not disappoint.

All the equipment was easily charged up during the week thanks to the many charging options the Guide 10 has – two phones/mp3 players, two GoPro cameras, one point and shoot camera and one DSLR camera, none lost any battery time. And along with the solar panel charging option, there is also the battery pack. I charged that before taking my trip and on the second day I used it to charge up my phone and a GoPro battery and it still had juice left to charge Randy’s phone as well. At the same time I was using the battery pack, I had the panels out in the sun charging my other GoPro battery!

It seemed like I used the Guide 10 every other day, as listening to music at night and then taking photos and video during the day quickly drained batteries. But with the solar panels there was never a photo op missed or a video shot lost.

The panels weigh in at .8 lbs and the battery pack with batteries weighs a mere .4 lbs. For this trip I didn’t have to hike the kit anywhere, it stayed at base camp. But when I take my next backpacking excursion, the Goal Zero Guide 10 will definitely be coming along with me – so I can continue to capture and share these indescribable experiences. A picture is worth a thousand words, and I don’t want to miss even one!

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