Venturing into the backcountry for a few days is a great way to spend a weekend. Just you, your mates and your tent spending time on the trail with no worries and no distractions is bliss. But before you set off from the trail-head, you need to make sure that you’re prepared. Aside from the basics: tent, sleeping bag, water, map and compass, it’s a good idea to carry a power bank.
With our increased reliance on electronic devices, it’s useful to have a way to recharge off-grid. It could be for your GPS, your camera, head torch or even just your phone. Whatever it is, a power bank will extend the battery life of your devices.
We recently received the OUTXE Savage power bank which has been specifically designed to withstand an outdoor lifestyle, perfect then for a weekend in one of New Zealand’s backcountry huts.
The OUTXE powerbank has a whopping 20,000 mAh, which equates to around 7/8 full charges of your phone. You can even charge two devices simultaneously thanks to the dual charge ports, pretty handy when your phone and camera both need charging at the same time. The outer casing of the power bank is made from silicone meaning that it won’t break when it inevitably takes a knock, and the charging ports are sealed by rubber caps which make the whole unit dustproof and water-resistant.
We’ve taken the battery pack on a couple of missions so far this winter and so far it’s been excellent. True to the spec, you can get at least 7 charges on an iphone and I’ve been able to charge my camera battery a couple of times too. The powerpack enables super-fast charging too so your devices will charge up to 80% within half an hour.
The construction of the power bank is definitely true to the name (rugged) and it feels like you could use the battery as a weapon if needed. However, the extra weight may be an issue if you’re really counting kilos to travel fast and light. For an extended trip, however, the extra battery power could be useful. We’ve shared the power bank between the group on recent trips rather than all take one- something to consider.
Overall, I’ve been impressed with the power bank. The rugged construction, fast and reliable charging and ability to charge two devices at the same time makes it perfect for any adventure.
It goes without saying but never rely solely on electronics in the backcountry. Using technology is great but things have a habit of failing in extreme conditions so always have a backup!