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Old Mar 9, 2005, 12:26 PM   #1
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Hi all,

Anybody know of any products that are light and convert solar to AC or DC or preferably both?

Any URLs that you can cite?
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Old Mar 10, 2005, 10:58 AM   #2
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Someone on travel web site told me they saw them on top of backpacks in Nepal.

Supposed to work well there.

Maybe this will tweak some forum members's memories :idea:
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Old Mar 10, 2005, 2:17 PM   #3
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I just had a look around a couple of web sites I was recently on and came up with the following

From Mountain Equipment CO-OP:

http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d...=1110481775037

From Canadian Tire:

http://www.canadiantire.ca/assortmen...=1110481913924


They look to be about the same thing... I have also seen both in person and they are very small for the 2.2watt (max) that they produce. If you have seen the 1.8wattsolar panelsthese are smaller than those when folded up by a fair margin and only slightly thicker.You might want to look up resellers closer to you for those same products as it may be cheapersince your notimporting them from the great white north (duty, tax, shipping, etc).


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Old Mar 10, 2005, 4:50 PM   #4
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Many thanks, tmmckay.

I have found a few sites with quite nice small solar charges but none state unequivocably that they will work with specific dig cams and/or have the appropriate adapter or safeguards to prevent "smoking" the dig cam.
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Old Mar 10, 2005, 6:50 PM   #5
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digcamfan wrote:
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Hi all,

Anybody know of any products that are light and convert solar to AC or DC
I'mnot expecting that you'll find a good, cheapsolution, but if you do, please let us know, quickly, bwcause we all needit. I fear it may be impossible at present


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Old Mar 11, 2005, 9:18 AM   #6
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Hi,

I am Belgian, but living in Nepal for the past 8 years. As an amateur I use a Minolta 7I and am sometimes for more then one month in remote areas without AC supply. I use a solar panel UNI-Solar, 1000 W/m2 with 2.68 W, 0.33 A, 12V. Very light which I put constantly on the back of my backpack. I charge trough antransformedsigarette car adaptor a seperate power pack, X Drive, and sat phone. I use a 150 W 12v-220v inverter Xantrex on bigger batteries (car, house solar, etc), if available. Usefull in cold temparature is to make with plastic Kodak slide boxes a power pack using Sanyo CR123A Lithium batteries. Cheap and never problems. Use only Sanyo AA rechargeble batteries, the rest is rubbish.

You can always contact me on: www.asian-trekking.com
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Old Mar 11, 2005, 9:39 AM   #7
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I have been looking for a solar solution as well. Here's a product I found that has the same voltage output specs as the 20D/300D/etc AC adapter.
It's $60 USD at batteries.com

If you are worried about it not working or trouble returning it, costco.com has it for $80 USD and it comes with the AA battery recharger that attaches to the solar panel... this would be a nice, light item to attatch to the top of a backpack.
EDIT: It also comes with 10 rechargeable batteries (no info on mAh rating).

I think I'll pick up the Costco one since their return policy is second to none.

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I had a site bookmarked but, of course, at the moment can't find it. Seems to me Thomas Distributing carries one. Will look for the site and pm you.

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Hi Suzan,

Thanks much...however, Thomas no longer carries them!

Oh well!
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Old Aug 26, 2005, 2:50 AM   #10
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The portable solar panels made by Brunton

http://www.brunton.com/product.php?id=256

look impressive, though expensive. They say themodel 9 is suitable for digicams and digicambattery chargers.

I have not actually used them. Good luck! :-)


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