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Subject: Re: Inca Trail and Battery Charging
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On 29/10/2017 18:39, Neil wrote:
> On 10/29/2017 2:28 PM, sms wrote:
>> My wife and daughter are going on an Inca Trail trip to Machu Pichu 
>> next year.
>> What are some ways to manage the lack of any way to charge devices 
>> along the way?
>> I can give them some USB power banks, though these are rather heavy to 
>> carry and the losses to charge one battery from another battery are 
>> significant.
>>  From what I've seen of the hand-crank USB chargers, they are really 
>> not practical, you'd have to stay up all night cranking just to charge 
>> a small battery.
>> There are some small solar panels that hang on a backpack, that claim 
>> to deliver 500mA of current, and that are about $100. These could 
>> probably charge a 1200mAH battery in five or six hours.
>> There is a wood-powered USB charger, but I don't know if it's possible 
>> to find fuel along the trail. This would be good to use at night, 
>> since solar obviously won't work. 
>> <>
>> Or I can just buy them four or five spare camera batteries each. These 
>> are for compact P&S cameras, not for SLRs, and after-market batteries 
>> are $10 each.
>> Has anyone here come up with a good solution for trips of several days 
>> where they will not have any access to electricity?
>> The other suggestion I made is that we resurrect one of our many old 
>> P&S film cameras and that they take a bunch of film.
> Of your choices, it sounds like the best option is to buy extra camera 
> batteries and a multi-battery charger when they have access to AC power.
+1. Assuming they will be taking "tourist" numbers of images rather than 
professional, and know how to switch off the screen (and wifi, for newer 
cameras). My impression from my kids (who are pretty serious travellers) 
phone charging is seldom a problem even somewhat off the mainstream routes.