To go with my phone.
Bluetooth earbuds, and a solar panel back up battery/charger.
The earbuds were the second to cheapest thing on ebay… real scietific choice, right? 😉 For sub $10 shipped, I figured I couldn’t really go wrong. They work great too, fantastic range, and great sound. On’y issue I have is that the smallest of the three rubber tip sies is still a bit big. I’ll be stealing the ones I really like off of my Nook buds, hopefully they’ll fit the Bluedio speaker nubs..
I started to get a solar backup battery that I saw on Instagram… but googling for their site I found the same thing, same capacity etc somewhere esle for less than half the cost. No brainer 😉
I’d been wanting a backup for my woods trips, where I use the phone in GPS lock for mapping, distance tracking etc, and obviously for a camera. But GPS EATS battery power. A couple hours hiking can eat 75% of a full battery on GPS mapping. Dead phone for the rest of the day is a pain in the butt, especially if you actually do have signal, and might need it for emergency use.
So a backup battery to carry is a great idea; A solar charged one even better, theoretically giving infinate re-charges on extended trips away from power.
It charges by solar panel, or micro USB input, and has two USB outputs to charge two devices at the same time. So far so good, although I have yet to carge anything from it.
It charges by solar automatically, I find it laying randomly in the truck or at the house with the charge light on, even under artificial light! I even found that it will charge from the light of my BC10 flashlight!
The power loss has to be epic there, going from a LiFePO4 rechargable CR123 out at 320 lumens, into the solar panel and back into a battery… But I guess it is nice to know that at some point I could get device power from the light… maybe.(I doubt it honestly… I’d bet that the loss is so much that you could run the CR123 dead and not get enough power into the other battery to power on my cellphone. I’ll have to try it some time.)
Another nifty feature, a built in LED light;
Its not much, but in an emergency, when your going to backup poser supplies to begin with, ANY light source can be a God sent blessing!