I’ve never been too good with wires and stuff. It’s complication, really. This is why I’ve always powered up on expedition with Powertraveller. Little solar panels and standalone batteries that ensure my Macbook, cameras and other batteries and electrical units remain with juice. I’ve used them for four years and have never had a problem. Never run out of power. Never wanted to tear my hair out with the frustrations of modern day technology. Powertraveller’s products just make me happy. It’s that simple.
What I like, being a bit of a monkey myself, is that all Powertraveller units are primates. Take the Solar Gorilla and the Power Gorilla, for example. The beasts of the range, combine these two and have enough portable power to keep your macbook ticking over, at the same time as making anything that charges with a USB very glad indeed. If you’re flitting in and out of towns, like on the Missouri where we found mains power every three or four days, you might even make do without the Solar Gorilla. Charge up the Power Gorilla Lithium Ion battery when you can and use it as a plug when needed.
If you want to travel light (or like on the Swim1000 expedition you have more stuff to power than IronMan) the PowerMonkey Extreme is a brilliant little creature. It comes in a gorgeous little case with all the adaptors you need, then combine small battery and solar unit to create electricity. Magic!
All Powertraveller solar panels manage to produce some charge even at low levels of light, I kept my phone topped up for a month with a direct connection to a SolarMonkey Adventurer panel despite hopping out of the river only 30 minutes before sundown. The sun is quite powerful, apparently.