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  1. Nicole
    Nicole June 17, 2014 at 6:11 am

    Hi Ray,

    Interesting read! I just noticed that it was $180 on Campmore and REI and I just found it for $120 @ http://goo.gl/sTrfW8. I just wanted to pass this info on in case anyone wanted to purchase one and save some money 🙂

  2. Inga
    Inga June 17, 2014 at 6:35 am

    I use the Bushnell Solar Wrap Mini and love it for it’s light weight, compact design and effectiveness. To me, rolling up the flexible solar panel around the cylinder (4.3″ x 1.25″ ) is more space constrained than the flat “book” design of other chargers. The Mini only weighs 3 ounces! It rolls out to 18”. It charges from a wall outlet or USB in 4 hours so you start with a full charge, then it takes 10 hours to charge fully in the sun–that’s a long time but you can charge it partially and still charge a device. Starting with a full charge I can charge my Android smart phone and GPS after a couple of days of use, then leave it hanging off my pack to charge it up some more. $61 on Amazon. http://www.bushnell.com/all-products/bear-grylls/solarwrap-mini

  3. Matt Murray
    Matt Murray June 17, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Hey Ray,

    Great write up! I’m doing the JMT this summer and have one of those. I’ve done some testing and find it about an 8 out of 10. It does charge fast in direct sunlight. It can fully charge my iPhone 5S (which is my GPS, Camera and eReader), as well as my inReach SE and GoPro camera. It can be lighter (6.1oz actual), if you remove the “case”. That big plastic piece at the top part of the photo. I found mine at L.L Bean for a big discount, so shop around!

    A few real world negatives during my testing. First, you have to turn it on to begin the solar charging, it powers off when it looses sufficient charging light. So it works best in a single location. I would imagine it would turn itself off often on the back of my pack as it goes in and out of shade. Second, on my iPhone, when the SolarWrap get’s to the end of it capacity, the phone goes in and out of the charging mode and actually drains the iPhone battery. So you cannot just leave it plugged in and forget it, or you will have 2 dead batteries.

  4. Debra
    Debra June 17, 2014 at 8:05 am

    I, too, have the Bushnell Solar Wrap Mini, and used it on the JMT last year. Love it! I hang it from my pack during the day, and then plug in my iPhone at night. It takes a couple of hours to charge my phone at night. And since I use my iPhone as a camera, kindle device, Guthook’s app, pdf’s of the the Postholer maps, and excel spreadsheets of my itinerary, gear list, emergency phone numbers, etc. it makes having electronics on the JMT easy and, above all, LIGHT!
    Debra

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