On my last tour I employed a Brunton Explorer foldable compact solar panel charger and back up battery to keep my smartphone, camera, and hardrive charged. I was able to stay powered up throughout my trip and never once was without power for my media kit. The downfall was that T-Mobile seemingly had no service from Phoenix, AZ until I neared Denver, CO, perhaps the best part of my trip. I was able to capture media but had to rely on wifi to publish in many places throughout my trip.
Another downfall I had was the media kit itself had way too many pieces, weighed too much, and took up too much space.
Left to right: Bungees [stuff sack] to attach solar panel to pannier bag, Brunton back up battery, camera battery charger, smartcard reader hard drive, 3 USB cords and a headset/mic cord, below sits my Brunton Explorer solar panel. I would stuff it all into the orange stuff sack. It’s cumbersome and heavy. The only thing I am taking from this set up is the back up battery. A full charge of this can charge a smartphone twice and have a little left over to add an additional 10-20% charge.
In it’s place will be a Son 28 Dynohub and one smartphone. I can’t wait to see what is available in smartphones 8 months from now.