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Boating and Water Sports

Quick Prepper Tip: Solar Power When and Where You Need it

It does not matter whether you are a prepper, survivalist, hunter, student, commuter, boater, or parent. The world we live in depends on power. Recently, I discovered a product that has finally matured to point that it is worthy of cracking open your wallet and parting with a few hard-earned greenbacks. Portable solar panels and battery packs, have finally progressed to level of durability, size, and most importantly, longevity that make them a must-have item.

Picture shows a compact silver flashlight with solar panels on one side.

Gear, Parts and Accessories

The Five Most Useful Solar-Powered Gizmos and Gadgets

There are roughly eight or so hours of natural power a day. On a clear day, why not turn to solar power? (Alaska, you get plenty more during the summer.) The sun transforms four million tons of hydrogen into energy every second. Just one hour of sun provides enough energy to meet the world’s needs for a year. That’s a lot of free, renewable energy. Why not harness it? I found five of the most useful solar-powered devices for survivalists, preppers, hikers and campers.

A small pile of AA batteries from Sony

Camping & Survival

Battery Basics — Are You Prepared?

There are several different types of batteries but Lead, Alkaline, Lithium, Non-Lithium and Nickel are most common. Knowing which battery to stockpile may get a little confusing, especially when you start thinking about the number of different types of batteries you use on a regular basis. However, that is the trick to creating any good stockpile.

Kaito Voyager Front

Camping & Survival

Review: Kaito Voyager Emergency Radio

The Voyager is more than a one-trick pony though and can be operated or charged via the AC adapter, built-in rechargeable batteries, solar panel or USB port. And speaking of solar panels, the Voyager’s panel can easily be articulated. The Voyager features extremely efficient charging technologies that make sense. For instance, you can play the radio for about 20 minutes after charging the radio for about a minute using the crank handle. This is one of those mileage may vary statements, because signal strength, solar assistance and volume would all effect the charge, but you get the idea.