Kickstarter – Battery Backup for your Electronic Devices

Posted on February 26th, 2013 by Merlin.
Categories: Camping, Cell Phone, Gadgets, iPad, iPhone, Shopping, Travel, USB.

The Ultra Hight Capacity - Expedition and Adventurer

The Ultra Hight Capacity – Expedition and Adventurer

Here is a project I can get behind. I have backed about 10 different Kickstarter Projects and this is another one of their amazing ideas put into actions. I am backing the Ultimate Backup Battery.  There are three different units. I backed the 11,250 mAh Battery pack. It is stated to only take 4 to 6 hours to charge and after fully charged it can charge an iPad 1.5 times and an iPhone 7 to 10 times. This unit can last between charges too. I read on their Facebook page – a 6 week test – from freezing to 120 degrees and different altitudes. The unit only lost 1/4 of its battery power. This is mainly due to the slight circuit that checks the battery usage. I used to use the Zagg Spark – but after using it for about 9 months it failed to do any charging. They were nice enough to replace it – but the replacement unit soon failed too.  3 days past their warranty period for the replacement and I was told I would need to purchase a new one.  I loved having a nice battery pack around. Long Drives, Sitting outdoors listening to music, may places there are no outlets. So I am placing an order for the Ultra – HighCapacity “The Expedition” with dual outputs. I think I am going to order the Black one. To allow me to make a few nice vinyl cut stickers to place on the unit.



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Cool Tool: The Portable Burr Coffee Grinder

Posted on July 11th, 2010 by Merlin.
Categories: Camping, Coffee, Food, Hack.

Hand Coffee Grinder

This really is a nice Grinder for Coffee Beans – Portable and convenient.  I needed a easy to clean and something small and easy to stash. This fit the bill and works really well. I bought mine off of Amazon – As I do for alot of my items.

Some people call me a coffee snob as I like the best of the best coffee’s.  I still use my aeropress – I have a k-cup Brewer and I am trying my hand at roasting my own beans too.

This works so well for the Aeropress and for work when I bring in some fresh bean to all of us to try out. This is just such a simple grinder and so easy to use and works like a charm. Not much else to write about on this but go and buy one today for a nice Burr Grind.


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Camping Gear: Water Bottle Flashlight

Posted on October 17th, 2006 by Merlin.
Categories: Anything Else, Camping, Gadgets, Hack.

Camping Light This is the Firefly Light – It fits on any standard wide mouth waterbottle. This turns any of your liquids into a nice camplight.
You can hang this to light the whole tent or use it to finish reading your book and keeping a nice drink by your side.
The light in the lid has varible light levels from a nice nightlight setting to full to light the whole area.

Plus, Don't worry about using this as all the electronics are in a sealed compartment that will not get gunked up from juice or water. This also alows this to be used upright, sideways, or upside down depending on how you want to use this.

I really wish I would have know about this earlier in the year when I did some camping at Pymatuning State Park – You know the place that is know for its Bald Eagles – As PA's Largest State Park and Best known for where the Duck Walk on the Fish at the spillway. Pymatuning State Park is one of the nicest state run campgrounds that I have been to – Clean, Fun, Nice Beach on the lake. I nice place to get away from it all and still be close to home. I could see using this light at the table playing some cards, or fixing to make some mountain pie pizzas. This would definatly would have been a nice addtion to the trip.

But, I can see this handy now when taking the kids out trick-or-treating and having a nice glowing bottle of water at your side (nice if you have a red Nalgene Bottle). Or how about when you take a walk at the park and now that the sun is starting to set a little earlier each night would it not be wise to carry a flashlight at your side without having to carry extra items with you. The price for this currently at basegear is only $17.  Take a look and see for yourself.


Waterbottle Halloween Nalgene Flashlight LED Camping Lantern Safety Fish



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