Hiking

Jan 282014
 

PoweriSite Or How To Charge Your Smartphone With Your Power Tools
Sometimes, the best solutions are hacks of tools, stuff and gear your already own!

While you could buy a dedicated external battery to power your gear while on the go (something like the PowerFlask and 14,000mAh PowerPak Ultra) why not take advantage of the one sitting in your tool box? Most of us already own one or more power tools that come with powerful rechargeable batteries which can be used to charge smartphones and tablets when needed. Don’t get me wrong, I am not suggesting you replace that sleek USB charging unit in your business case, I am just saying that, with a little hack, you can you benefit of the extended juice of the power tools you already own.

Enter the PoweriSite – for a reasonable $17.95 you get a dual USB adapter which hooks to high capacity Dewalt (14-18volt) batteries and charges any USB gadget. PoweriSite uses the available voltage in your power tool battery. For example – a high capacity tool battery can charge your iPhone 4 up to 8 times with up to 3.1 amps of power.

While this solution is a bit bulky for day-to-day usage, given the high capacity of the power tools batteries, I see a lot of potential for outdoors usage such as camping, hiking as well as phone charging in remote areas with no regular access to electrical power.

PoweriSite comes after a successful funding campaign on Kickstarter and is available for pre-order with delivery scheduled for March 2014.

$17.95 | BUY NOW
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Jan 142014
 

Zippo Pocket Emergency Fire Starter Kit In Action
Featuring a similar size to regular Zippo lighters, the Zippo Emergency Fire starter Kit is a nice piece of gear to have in your pockets while outdoring, camping or even hiking!

ALSO CHECK these other cool Zippo products – Zippo Stainless Steel Wallet, Zippo 4-in-1 Woodsman -The Handy Camping Tool.

The Zippo fire starter sports a reliable flint wheel ignition and four water- resistant waxed tinder sticks all protected in a sealed waterproof case. Simply pull one of the tinder sticks, unroll it and activate the flint wheel. The sparkles will light the tinder and there you are … your fire is ready! Zippo waxed tinder sticks refills available here for $4.99.

$15.35 | BUY NOW
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Jan 022014
 

Garmin Tactical GPS Navigation Watch
Designed to be a trusted assistant in the wilderness, the Garmin Tactix offers a wide range of functions packed in small, wristwatch shaped, package.

ALSO CHECK – the Suunto Ambit and the Suunto Core.

The Tactix features high sensitivity GPS, altimeter, barometer, and compass, allows route creation and live recording with up to 1,000 way points, is equipped with ANT+TM capabilities and Bluetooth which allows sharing of way points and routes with other smartphones and Garmin devices. Other than these, the Garmin watch sports regular watch functions such as time, date, alarm, timer, chronograph, chimes and vibration as well as fitness functions (running and cycling profiles, laps, alerts, distance, pace, etc …) and skydiving options (high altitude release point, jump auto-detect and navigation to the desired impact point).

$449.99 | BUY NOW
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Dec 162013
 

LifeStraw Go Sports Water Bottle

EarthEasy, the company behind the acclaimed LifeStraw Portable Filter and LifeStraw Bottle, just released another new cool product designed to help nature adventurers: the LifeStraw Go.

The LifeStraw Go allows on-the-go water filtration, has a filtering capacity of 264 gallons (that’s 1000 liters) before replacement, removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria and 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites and contains no chemicals or iodine. Both the water bottle and the filter are made of durable BPA-free Tritan while the mouthpiece is made of food grade silicone.
Another cool part about the LifeStraw Go is that with every water bottle sold the seller provides a child in Africa with clean water for an entire school year.

$34.95 | BUY NOW
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Nov 132013
 

33 Wallet Gadgets To Supercharge Your Daily Routine

There’s one proven concept I learned a while back – “The best gadget ever is the one you have with you“.
Given you always have your wallet and your smartphone on you, and, as you can not squeeze gear INTO your smartphone (dah!!!), I compiled a list of 33 gadgets you can always carry in your wallet and use them as you need them to improve your daily routine. Well, not all of them at the same time, but you get the point …. – also check this cool post – 43 Cool Gadgets To Help You Sneak Booze Almost Everywhere!

Any other favorite gear I might have forgotten to add? Let me know in the comments and I’ll update the list …

 

Nov 042013
 

Birksun Solar Powered Backpack Gadget USB Charger
Today’s gadgetry is power hungry! Try to use your smartphone for a couple of hours, check the battery icon and you’ll see what I mean. Try game playing or video watching and you’ll surely need a charger in even less than that. Things are OK when you’re at home or on the road. you simply hook up the USB cable and the charging processing starts! But what if you’re out-there and you need to charge the device? External power packs like PowerFlask or the Trent NT120T might be of help, but what if you’re outdoring and there’s no electricity around to power the battery and the power pack?

Enter the Birksun Solar Powered Battery Charger Backpack! The backpack feature a 2,400mAh solar charged battery pack which allows charging your smartphone, tablet or even laptop. While 2,400mAh might not sound like lot of power (especially for a laptop), the extended battery pack is able to give a full battery charge to most smartphones out there (including iPhone and top Android smartphones as the Galaxy S series from Samsung) – also check the SunnyBag – The Solar Charger Messenger Bag.

The extended battery is fully charged by sun in about 6 hours or it needs about 4 hours for a full charge when hooked at an electrical plug. 45 minutes of sunshine only can power tour smartphone for about 1 hour talk time.

How do you manage your phone’s battery life to make sure you always have enough power for your needs? Let me know in the comments …

$136.95 | BUY NOW

 

Oct 312013
 

Zippo 4-in-1 Woodsman - The Handy Camping Tool

Zippo 4-in-1 Woodsman is a cool multitool that allows you to carry and use four camping/survival tools in one light package. The Woodsman sports a mallet, a 15″ bow saw, a stake puller and a 5″ blade hatchet and is a cool addition to your camping gear.

$79.95 | BUY NOW
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