I actually have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, it’s not unheard-of for me to live in a tent for several days while I’m working, in which case I need my phone to not die. On the other hand, if you’re heading out into the wilderness to go camping where there isn’t any electricity, isn’t a fair portion of the point of the exercise that you are unreachable by technology? At any rate, I’m including a few things in this post that can make it easier to go off the grid while still remaining on the grid. You know, providing you get signal wherever you are.

First is something you’re going to need anyway, so why not kill two birds with one stone? I’m talking about a tent, of course. This is the Katabatic 2 Tent, and it will sleep two people in its 36-square-foot interior. It stands 92 inches tall, and is actually designed to be used in all four seasons (although personally I would skip the winter). In addition to providing shelter, this has an added bonus: a Goal Zero solar charger, which is a triangular panel that folds up neatly with your tent for storage, but which connects to a battery pack that can charge your phone or GPS unit. Supposedly, it is able to maintain its output for 48 hours, which is pretty impressive for a solar charger. Of course, you’re going to pay for it…the Katabatic 2 Tent retails for $600.00 US.

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Another thing you’ll need while camping is some way to cook food, unless you plan on foraging for nuts and berries the entire time you’re away. Even if you aren’t planning on cooking, it’s not a bad idea to have a campfire both for warmth and for keeping wild animals at bay during the night. The FlameStower converts wasted heat energy from your fire and turns it into power for your gadgets. It even folds down to 7.75″ x 2.25″ x 1″ for easy storage in your backpack when not in use. All you do is unfold it, fill the reservoir with water, and put the designated end into your fire. Then just plug the USB connector into your device, and within 30 seconds you’re well on your way to charging. FlameStower will cost you $60.00 US.

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Whether you’re roughing it in the middle of nowhere or simply getting on a plane for business or pleasure, you’re going to need somewhere to put your clothes. What better place than luggage that charges your devices while you travel? This luggage from ECBC not only holds everything you need for a short trip, but it also contains a 4500mAh rechargeable battery pack that can charge your devices while they’re stored inside. Even better, the bags have a TSA-compliant high-density foam compartment where your gadgets can ride, making for an easier trip through the dreaded security checkpoint. There are three different rolling bags in this collection: The Sparrow garment bag ($399.99 US), the Pegasus backpack ($399.99 US), and the Falcon duffle ($349.99 US). They are all available for pre-order now, to begin shipping next week.

Source: The Gadgeteer

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