Every long-distance biker thinks about it. Power (for your laptop, camera, cell phone, etc) and the lack of it can be very hard on the road. Especially when you are in desolated areas with a lot of kilometers to cover between you and the next town. You want to take a quick picture for your Instagram or one beautiful landscape but the juice of your phone ran down to zero and nobody is there to help.
There are some easy and quick solutions depending on your needs to fix this problem.
E-werk, keep on biking.
I want to talk about the E-werk made by B+M. This is a little device that can transform power into electricity. The only thing you need to do is biking. This doesn’t work on every bike and it’s one of the most expensive options. You would need a hub dynamo to be able to use this device. It is a great and powerful tool when you bike big distances. It works already at a low-speed of 8km/h. It charges your phone, power-banks and so on when you are on your bike. For me, this is the best since I like to keep my impact on nature as low as possible. I still can survive while generating my own electricity. The only small disadvantage is that you can’t use your E-werk and your bike lights from the dynamo at the same time. But most people don’t ride in the dark, so most of the time this isn’t a big issue. The price would be around 100 euro for the device itself. There are some extra accessories that you can connect to the device (power banks).
Power to the power banks!
If your trip is not too long and you have the possibility to charge your devices, then a power bank would be enough. There are a lot of options depending on which devices you use and how much you use them. A power bank of 3000 mAh can charge your phone about 1,5 times. For small trips this is perfect. When you need a lot of power and/or it is not possible to charge every day, there are better solutions. It is always good to have a charged power bank around for when u would need it.
My recommendation would be The Anker PowerCore 20100. It works perfect and it has enough juice to charge your phone at least five times! Of course, there are thousand of power-banks on the market and I am sure you will find one that fits your needs.
Oh, lovely sun.
When you don’t have a bike with a hub dynamo or you don’t bike at all it is worth thinking about a solar panel. Nowadays there are some good brands out there and they always have a decent power bank included. The good thing about this is that you don’t need to do anything to let it charge. The only disadvantage is that it can be slow to charge and you need a lot of sunny days. Like an E-werk, it is super clean and you can use it anywhere (except during the night). When I was checking this option out, my eyes fell on a waka waka solar panel. They try to make a difference in the world with good (humanity) projects and they are a fair trade product.
There are many good options out there to fulfill your need for power. None of them has the upper hand. It all depends on your needs. Think smart and think a bit about what is best for nature. And also remember, power is not everything. Enjoy that free moment without your phone or tablet. Feel the freedom. Feel the nature. Sometimes disconnection is the best way to recharge yourself. Reconnect when you are ready again.
Do you have a comment, tip (some other devices) or ideas about this? Don’t wait to leave a comment!