At anchor the biggest issue is power consumption. And we are
self confessed power hogs. Not only does refrigeration take a lot of power, but
with our tablets, computers and phones we seem to always be charging things. Especially
since we are working from the boat, we need to be connected through our phones and
email. The solar panels and wind generator are great - as long as there is sun
and wind. But we are always monitoring the house batteries and are hyper-aware
of power consumption.
Our newest purchase is a small solar panel to power phones
and tablets. It folds up for storage, weighs just over 2 lbs and you plug your
phone into it with a USB cable. We bought it on Amazon for $120. So far, I have
used it three times and it works really well for both Jay’s Blackberry and my Samsung.
I have even used it on a day that was
overcast and, although it took longer to charge, it still brought my phone and
tablet up to 100% power.
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