Walking through the woods along the river, I watch the birds fly from tree to tree and marvel at their breathtaking colors. I want to capture every moment. I want to capture those spectacular sights, sounds, and color in images. That’s why I always carry a great camera on a hiking trip, even though it does take up a bit of space in my pack.
I love the great outdoors and plan a hiking trip at least twice a year. I love the things I see, the animals, birds and incredible scenery. However, I’ve run into a real problem when it comes to taking pictures. At first, it’s great, but as the trip progresses, I often find that I can’t continue taking those great shots because I can’t charge the camera.
I mean, how do you charge a camera when there is no electricity and no way of plugging the camera into an outlet? Last year I finally decided to find a solution to my problem. Now I have a few options and decided to share them with you:
The Primos 6 Volt Solar Panel Charger
This is an inexpensive and small solar charger that is perfect for the hiking trip. This solar panel charger uses the sun to charge your trail camera. Just place the panel out in the sun and plug the camera into the outlet. This may take a little longer to charge than a regular electric outlet but it certainly works when you’re out in the wilderness. It is also durable because of the stainless steel case and glass frame.
The DC to AC Car Converter
This can be a solution for car trips but also for hiking trips, provided you have a base camp you return to at night or the following day. This solution also works when you have more than one camera and can leave one charging at camp. All you do is plug the DC to AC converter into your car’s cigarette lighter outlet and then plug your camera cord into the appropriate port, just like you would at home.
If you are looking for something extremely portable and lightweight, then you might want to consider something like one of these foldable solar chargers. You can carry this with you anywhere and it will charge your camera and can also charge your cell phone, your tablet and even your laptop.
The Allpowers solar battery charger can charge up to sixteen watts and its high efficiency even allows you to charge up to two devices at the same time. Simply unfold the solar charger and place it in a sunny area, then connect the devices you want to charge. When you’re finished, just slip the solar charger over one of your backpack hooks for easier carrying, because the charger comes with convenient eye holes for easy attachment.
If you have a large campsite you return to regularly, you might want to consider investing in a small power generator. These can provide your campsite with a source of electricity and charge up any of your devices when you are back at the campsite. You can use a solar generator that attaches to a couple of solar panels, like the Goal Zero Solar generator.
However, you can also use a standard generator that uses gasoline. Just add gasoline and press the electric start button. The start system is much easier than the old pulley, lawnmower style. The DuroMax, 4-cycle gas generator is a smaller unit so you can wheel it easily to your base camp area. Once you turn it on, you have 4400 watts of continuous power.
Other options that might work well on shorter hikes are bringing along additional batteries. You can always purchase additional camera batteries made specifically for your camera. Charge them and keep them on hand for when you need to change them out.
All the charging solutions are easy to use, but the item you choose will depend on the space you have available in your pack, and whether you have a permanent base camp site or not.