When you make an excursion or a trip to the mountains, we have a pair of boots, two push pedals or skis on our feet, the only thing certain is that we want to squeeze out as many hours as possible of leisure time. . It is not rare, therefore, that we start at the first light of dawn, and then return home late at night. During all these hours outdoors, we are not the only ones to spend energy. Even the battery of all our portable devices is put to the test, especially if we use GPS.
In recent years, this useful portable navigator has become a powerful part of the hiring of the most technological hikers as a support for paper and compass, which have always been considered the fundamental tools for orientation, not only in the mountains but on every type of adventure terrain.
The main advantages of GPS are three
- Do the Fix that is to determine your position precisely at any time by providing the coordinates of the point where you are. Coordinates that can be easily reported on a topographic map (eg Tobacco, Kompass etc.) in the case of non-map GPS use.
- Drive towards a route after having planned it by inserting different waypoints located in the strategic positions of the route.
- Memorize the track of a route by recording at intervals of our position, leaving a trail of points on the display (the route traveled). The track can be shared and downloaded by other users equipped with GPS but above all it can be used as needed to tone up its own tracks (Track Back) in the case of poor visibility (fog or storm).
However the GPS perhaps even more than other portable electronic devices (go pro, cameras, etc.) has the limit of being particularly energivorous, that is to consume a great quantity of energy during the time that remains on. For this reason it is not at all possible to exclude the possibility of being with the battery discharged after half a day.
This problem is also subject to the smartphone when it is used with the same functions as the GPS, that is, as a navigator to help us orient ourselves in the most complex parts of our journey (there are many useful applications in this sense!)
Not to mention that in addition to GPS there are a myriad of other portable electronic devices designed for adventure sports lovers like go pro cameras and video cameras etc …
To hope that the battery of these devices arrives intact at the end of the day is often a utopia. Even the most modern ones are actually still unable to sustain long consecutive hours of use. The sudden shutdown of one of these devices can be a small setback or even a big problem, depending on the circumstances.
The solution to the problem of the GPS battery discharges
The wisest choice is to have a Power Bank, an accessory that can supply energy to any type of portable device. Lightweight and compact, especially in versions with lower charge capacity, portable chargers can completely recharge the battery of GPS, smartphones, GPS watches, cameras, camcorders, mp3 players and even tablets wherever you are. No coincidence that they are increasingly used by hikers and travelers of all kinds, who find they have no access to electrical outlets for a large number of hours.
The devices are loaded via USB or mini-USB ports, without any need to turn them off. In addition to the charging capacity, expressed in mAh (milliampere / hour), therefore also the output amperage has great importance, which determines the speed with which our device will be loaded. The most modern external batteries reach an output of 2.5A and a charge capacity of over 20,000mAh (a smartphone generally requires 2000-3000mAh).
Power Bank manufacturers seem to be focusing on hikers and nature lovers. In addition to creating increasingly compact, solid, lightweight and even waterproof models, they are increasingly developing the futuristic solar battery chargers, equipped with photovoltaic panels capable of storing energy and then transmitting it to the hooked device. These latter accessories, although not yet able to guarantee a reliable source of energy, are however excellent when coupled with a normal portable charger.
In short, the solution to the problem of the low battery GPS exists even if I remain of the idea that too much technology tends to kill that thin unknown thread that characterizes many outdoor outdoor activities and that perhaps
even unknowingly we were looking for. However, I believe it is right that everyone can freely make their own choices by taking their own doses of adventure aware of the existence of these new technological devices. Whether or not to use them is still a personal matter … or circumstances!