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Old 10-16-2013   #1
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Battery only gopro/camera charging

I know there was this topic (see below) but there was a lot of reference to solar charging. I'm wondering if anyone has done a GC trip using only batteries for charging gopro/cameras. I don't have a need to charge much of anything else but those two devices.


Solar charger for Grand Trip?

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Old 10-16-2013   #2
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An alternate approach is to use of of the jump start packs, many of which contain AC outlets and USB ports. I decided to replicate that system, but skipping the things I didn't need.

My list, therefore:
- 18 Ah gel cell motorcycle battery
- AC Inverter with USB port
- Trickle Charger
- Cigarette Lighter on clips
- Pelican 1300

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I assume you don't take the trickle charger on the water since you are not charging the battery in this configuration?
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Yes, the charger stays at home.

The battery nests in the bottom of the Pelican, and the other items arrayed on top. You could also pack the whole kit into a .50 Cal ammo can, but I wanted to be damned sure there wouldn't be something to complete the circuit, thus the plastic.
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I did a Grand trip in Sept. I took a Duralast 600 jumpstarter. 15 days with 4 of us using it and at the end of the trip it still had 48% of its charge left. It only weighs 7 pounds and has a built in USB port plus I took an inverter. It was easy to get my wife's approval for the purchase because after the trip it went in her car for the winter.
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Old 10-16-2013   #6
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keep in mind you can get a nice stack of generic brand spares for ~$5 each off ebay.

that said, i realize i'm in the rafting gear talk section and the Keep It Simple,Stupid concept will get you nowhere here.

good luck.
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Old 10-16-2013   #7
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Generic spares for a go pro? What about for a sony, olympus or nikon P&S? The only part that is universal in the system is the 12v (and the usb)
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Old 10-16-2013   #8
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Battery Only/Go Pro

Hi There - we send our trips with a deep cycle marine battery, and a power strip...We recently had a group of kayakers (9 out of 16) folks, with 3 go pros, they took 2 deep cycle marine batteries, the inverter and power strip, and were set for the duration of their trip in terms of recharging anything they could think of...

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I saw a thinga mc dohickey in the cascade out fitters fall catalog, the power pot v battery bundle, boil your water it converts heat into dc electric and you can charge your electronics and cook your ramen noodles. Its on my wish list from santa, other than a lump of coal
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Old 10-17-2013   #10
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I really like the jump-starter idea. Years ago I used a battery backup for a computer and just disabled the alarm speaker. It worked great but I bet the jump starter would do even better and has a more practical use as well.

For what its worth, this year I used a powermonkey extreme which is waterproof and has a battery you pre-charge at home. On trips less than a week I never drain the battery. On longer trips you recharge the battery from the solar panel during the day with it clipped to the top of your gear pile and then charge in the evenings. I've been reasonably happy with it so far and it comes with adaptors to charge everything I've tried so far (Garmin units, Tri Tronics dog collars, Kyocera and Samsung smart phones, Olympus camera, GoPro, iPod).

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