[Stargate] Alternative power for computers and cell phones at long camping events

Mike Dudley casualgeek at gmail.com
Fri Oct 15 08:53:31 PDT 2010

Won't run a microwave, but for longer events like Gulf Wars, we pack
our Powerpack.
It keeps the cameras and cellphones charged for a week.  Have an extra
motorcycle battery that can be hooked up to it for extra charging
power (as I usually end up charging other people devices also).   Its
28Ah, but its an alternative to the DIY version.  It charges via AC or
DC (I think that solar panel would work on it, I think I might look
into that since the battery is pretty dead after a week of use), and
has a DC outlet, 3 AC outlets, a radio, light, and comes with jumper

Have also used it during power outages.  During Hurricane Ike, we used
it at night to power stuff, as I didn't want to run the generator
while we slept. And I have used it plenty of times to jump start

- Mike Dudley / Collwyn O'Snowdon

On Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 2:11 PM, Steve Scott (Dietrich)
<dietrich.strobelbart at yahoo.com> wrote:
> For those of you who find that they just cannot go a whole week without their
> laptop; check out this alternative for charging a laptop or cellphone at long
> camping events:
> Deep cycle marine battery     $75.00--$150 depending on how big you want.
> http://www.batterymart.com/c-deep-cycle-marine-batteries.html
> 12vdc to 120vac inverter      $79.99
> http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200422356_200422356
> 15 watt 12v Solar panel        $79.99
> http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200422042_200422042
> Charge controller                 $29.99
> http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200422043_200422043&issearch=121182
> Battery Box                          $10.00
> http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200321559_200321559
>    Total                            ~$275.00
> This setup would be enough to pretty much keep your laptop going continuously,
> assuming at least some fair weather.  These solar panels are pretty good, even
> on a cloudy day.  A 32Ah battery will give you about 15 hours of charge time for
> most laptops by itself, without recharging.  There is also a 5 watt solar panel
> with a built in controller and a smaller inverter if all you want to charge is a
> cell phone.  For that you get out under $150.00!
> Or you can get a larger battery, a larger inverter, and link several solar
> panels, and run whatever you want!  How about a microwave in your tent at Gulf
> Wars? ;-)  You could pull that off for about what a generator would cost.  And
> all without the noise and stink of a generator!  And you don't have to buy any
> gasoline!  Keep in mind that generators are rather frowned upon at Gulf Wars!
> ;-)
> Now, let all the screaming about "that's cheating!" begin!  ;-)
> Just my 2 pence....
> YIS,
> Dietrich
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