OffGrid Solar Backpack is Gadget of the Week

This may not be socially acceptable in camping circles, but we here at Go Camping Australia love our gadgets, such as our iPhone, iPad, iTouch etc. etc.    And we will not be parted with them, even on camping trips.
I know, camping is meant to be getting away from it all but I can’t do it.   

I need my iPhone.   End of story.  Non negotiable.

And with this in mind, we bring you the  Camping Gadget of the Week (or sometimes its gadget of the month)

It is....
Go Camping Australia gadget of week

 Voltaic OffGrid Solar Backpack.

What is it?

As mentioned, many of us  need to charge our devices whilst away.  Our current method is via our Thumper Battery pack or in-car charging.     

But should you be looking for something different to charge your devices, then this gadget may be one you might enjoy (or reading about!).

This solar backpack comes with a removable solar pocket which you can then attach to anything!  Not just the backpack it comes with.      

Plus not only can you charge from this backpack, the bag itself has a padded laptop sleeve and phone pouch (should you be so inclined to carry all of those things with you whilst outdoors).

The website says    4 Watts of Solar Power: 1 hour in sun = 3 hours talk time.

Go Camping Australia gadget of week
I think if you are travelling alone, having a working mobile phone is imperative.   In an emergency you don’t want a dead battery.

The solar panels are apparently

-          Lightweight
-          Waterproof
-          Built to withstand abuse (verbal? Physical? Mental?)

Should you need to charge the battery it comes with, then this can be done via a USB cable – so sunlight not imperative.    Details on battery:   Battery will be fully charged from 7 hours of direct sun, 5.5 hours from USB port on laptop or optional DC or AC

The backpack itself is waterproof, padded, weighs around 2050g (with the solar panel) and has place for phone, ability to thread cables and bladders through it and waist strap.   All the key things you look for in a backpack.

If you want all the really technical details of this product (and there are quite a lot, and I can’t be bothered to repeat them all here in case I get one wrong, you need to check out the website

Want to know if your device would be able to be used with this solar charger?  There is a list of all compatible devices here.

Would not rely on this product too much to charge our iPad –  the 4 watt charge would take some time to charge the battery to power the iPad.    I think smaller, less power consuming devices would be better suited.  

If you are looking for a small solar panel for your outings, this could be something for you to think about.   

I love my iphone
My iPhone - nothing to do with Gadget of the Week

Make sure you read up on what it can and can’t do, especially if you are changing voltage from 6V to 12V for your device charging.  Don’t want to fry anything.   

The most important thing is that iPhones are fully compatible with this charger.    And lets face it, if you don’t have an iPhone, well, we just feel a bit sorry for you!!! 

See more about it here:

What are your thoughts on this gadget?    Something you would be interested in purchasing?    Please drop us a note and give your opinion.