Off-the-Grid Energy Source — Bushnell PowerSync SolarWrap Mini

By Lisa Metheny published on in Guest Posts, Preparedness, Reviews, Survival

Let’s face it; we live in a generation obsessed with electronic devices. It seems like anything, and everything, requires some type of power source these days. Many of us are slaves to our cell phones or other devices, and we have unknowingly trained ourselves to stay within eyesight of an outlet. Sadly, being tethered to some sort of powercord or car adapter has become a way of life for many.

A hunter in brown camo and orange safety vest/hat kneeling on a wooded area with a Pack and Solar Charger on his backFor the most part, it is not too big of a problem because there is usually a source of power available from the office to the airport to restaurants and everywhere in between. However, how do you keep a charge on these electronics when you venture off the grid; when there is no electricity to be found such as on a hunting or camping trip? Or what if you have no electricity at your home, as in the case of a power outage? What are we supposed to do with our cell phones and other electronic devices then? Do we leave them behind or completely do without?

Many health experts would recommend we ditch our devices every now and again. If, for no other reason than simply to help us recharge our own internal battery. In truth, many of us find it difficult to do that—even if it is good for us.

Bushnell PowerSync SolarWrap Mini Fully ExpandedThe good news? There is a product which is portable, easy to use and designed specifically for charging electrical devices, such as your cell phone without electricity. The Bushnell PowerSync Solar Wrap Mini offers the perfect solution to those who want to go off-grid while staying connected. Capturing solar energy from the sun is not new, however building gadgets and devices to capture the sun’s energy is an evolving science. The engineers at Bushnell have developed a whole family of devices to capture the energy of the sun.

The Bushnell PowerSync series uses advanced amorphous silicon thin-film solar technology. In layman’s terms, it performs in less-than-full sunlight plus it collects energy more efficiently than other crystalline products on the market. Redundant wiring throughout the solar panels means each cell collects energy independently therefore a damaged cell doesn’t significantly reduce the overall performance of the unit. Because it carries the Bushnell name, you know it is more durable and portable than rigid crystalline panels.

Bushnell PowerSync SolarWrap Mini Takes Up Very Little SpaceOne of nine products in the Bushnell PowerSync line up is the Bushnell PowerSync Bear Grylls SolarWrap Mini. This flexible solar panel scroll:

  • Charges an integrated lithium ion battery.
  • Accepts any USB connected charger in its USB port.
  • Has a standard USB port you can plug into a standard wall outlet for charging if the sun is not out.

This device is lightweight—weighing in at a mere 3.1 ounces—and easily rolls up to 4.3 x 1.25 inches making it compact and easy to tote when being used. When it is fully unrolled, the SolarWrap Mini measures 18.25 inches long.

The Bushnell PowerSync Bear Grylls Solar Wrap Mini offers maximum portability and reliable power with solar power storage charging your devices and is a great solution when you decide to go off-grid.

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Have you ever been without power and wondered how you would get along without all your electronic devices? What did you do? How would the PowerSync SolarWrap Mini have saved your day? Share your stories in the comment section.

Lisa Metheny is a published award-winning outdoor writer, photographer, speaker and outdoor skills instructor. Lisa holds several instructor certifications and conducts a number of women-focused outdoor seminars on topics such as archery and hunting throughout the year. She regularly teaches hunters education and archery classes and has become an advocate for promoting traditional outdoor recreation to families across the United States. Lisa is also an avid and accomplished hunter with many big game species to her credit. She is a member of POMA and former Board of Directors member as well as a member of the NRA, RMEF, MDF and DU.

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Comments (6)

  • Bill from Boomhower, Texas

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    I use these in 12v 1amp for wet and gel cell batteries to run lights and radios from. You can use UPSs from there for wall warts to charge, as well as 12v lighter plug type chargers. The difference is, that the ones mentioned here are flexible and therefore not as fradgile as the ones I now use, which are rigid, like the 5amp ones on gate openers, which work well also. I’d like to see 12v roll up models. The flexibility would make them sturdy and reliable.
    Apparently, these have some type onboard battery, because the ad talks about these charging from a wall. Maybe that’s what make them $70, but that seems to assume obsolesance at some point. I prefer to do the 12v thing, but I like the roll up concept a lot, and I can see where someone with a laptop or pocket electronics on the move, or on a day trip, could benifit from this. Thanks Lisa.

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  • Lisa

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    Thanks for reading Bill.

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  • Allyn Babcock

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    I don’t think there’s a battery involved in this device. Probably just wiring passing through it to let one charge from household current.
    Any information on how many amp output , or. How long it would take to charge a cell phone or iPad that is say,down to a 20% charge?

    Thanks,Allyn

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  • Sean

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    “Charges an integrated lithium ion battery.”

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  • James

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    It says in the article that it has an integrated lithium ion battery. It’s the first of the three bulleted characteristics.

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  • Bill from Boomhower, Texas

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    I went back and re-read the ad. CTD shows three models which look to be idential, but have different catalog, or part numbers. They all have identical specs. It may be the way it’s worded, but it says ; charge from wall: 4 hours, charge from solar: 10 hours, power output: 5v 1a, battery type: Li Ion. In reading the specs, it doesn’t say it’s only meant for charging a lithium ion battery, so it appeared to me there must be some type of onboard source. Maybe not.
    The stuff I use enables you to simply use a 12v car charger for phones, and with the UPS, any wall wart chargers or power for small appliances with 330 watts of 110v @ 4.6 amps, but you’d need a wheelbarrow for it. My stuff is for power outages, or field radio setups. I can see where perhaps, if you were hiking/biking with a need for charging a phone, laptop, or gps, that having durable portability would be the selling point here. By the way, I dug through some of my stuff, and found some different new in the box flashlight/radios, some with weatherband, all with USB ports at 6v, 1a that I forgot I have, and they’re all hand crank
    powered.

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