We are preparing for our July camping trip to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, and we are trying to figure out the best way to charge our phones so we have them safety and photos. I am sure the kids would like the iPad charged as well but I don’t care about that one.
I’m not as worried about the travel days because you can just plug them into the car (although we are wondering about a dual-plug adapter so we can charge both phones at once), but I am concerned about the days that we are in the woods hiking and on the campgrounds.
So here are some devices were are considering for camping:
* How are the solar chargers? I think this would be useful while we are on the campgrounds and not driving. Are they effective? Will they capture enough of a charge? Has anyone used these? (Here’s a review from CNET on the solar chargers.)
* What about an external back-up battery chargers. They ranged in price at Best Buy from around $20 to $100 but how how much difference would that make? Would the $20 one not work or are you a fool to pay $100? Eventually you have to charge those too so what do you if you’re camping for 3 or 4 days without driving someplace? This one is pretty cheap and it says it will do iPads too.
* Another option is a a battery-charged charger. I think with the micro-USB charger it should work for the iPhone 5. I know it would work with my Samsung. Since it’s lithium battery-powered, you don’t have to worry about charging the charger. Amazon gave the older version of this some pretty good reviews. Has anyone used this type of charger?
* 10 in 1 charging compatibility device – I’ve seen other versions of this but the price is right on this one less than $3 but will it work? Is it necessary?
So what are the most efficient and inexpensive ways to keep your devices charged while traveling or camping? Do you want your phones and iPads charged on vacation or is it better to let them not work? (I don’t really want the iPad to work, except maybe in the car. It is a 20-hour drive to Yellowstone. But at the campground, I want the kids doing other things!)