2019 Best Portable Power Bank | myCharge Adventure Ultra Power Bank Review!

I really believe that the myCharge Adventure Ultra Power Bank is the best 2019 portable power bank this year. Multiple ports and it’s a solid device to carry around for travelling purposes.

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Battery Charger Meter Adventure

I planned on putting in a digital volt/amp meter in this charger with a bad meter. Things didn’t go as planned. There was some smoke so no digital meter. Watch how to not to replace a meter. It’s all fun even when it fails.


BEST Portable Charger-mycharge ADVENTURE MAX 10050mAh Powerbank for Smart Phones and Tablets



The AdventureMax rugged portable charger is a must. Come with a carabiner clip, it is the ultimate solution to charge your devices when hiking, go camping or mountaineering. The AdventureMax boosts 10500mAh of power and 2 USB ports, ideal for extending the life of your tablet, smartphone, bluetooth speaker.


Solar Charging Systems for Off-Grid Adventure

Whether you’re overland or oversea, in this how-to video we share the fundamentals of selecting a solar charging system for your adventure. We also cover the gear we use and review the Zamp Solar kits that have been with us from the Gulf Coast to the Arctic Coast and back again.

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South Carolina Adventure Travel

British Adventure Traveler Claire believed that she might enhance her adventure vacation by planning it with the help of someone who lived at her target destination. On previous trips, Claire either cooperated with a local tour company or she hired a local guide upon arrival. For her trip to South Carolina in the United States, she tried something different. Through BritishExpats.com, she made contact with countrymen who live in Charleston, South Carolina.

With their help, she determined to fly over for the final week of Charleston's Spoleto Festival and one of the expats that she contacted offered to guide her while she vacationed in Charleston. She also suggested that Claire break up her trip, to experience "Chuck town," (Charleston) on the front and back ends of her holiday by renting a car for a trip upstate to get at a Carolina peach, freshly harvested from the orchard.

The Carolinians consider the Spoleto festival as a kickoff to tourist season, and while many of the events directly connect with the Italian celebration of the same name, the festival means party long and well. For the well-heeled, Spoleto Charleston provides opera, Shakespearian plays, and opulent balls. For Claire, an open-air jazz festival, dirty dancing in the street, and fireworks juiced her interest in American pub-style fun. She booked her flights with Aer Lingus after she learned that she could get a seat on one of their flights mostly occupied by Spoleto-bound revelers. As she hoped, that group adopted her during the flight, welcoming her to join them to experience as many of the Charleston events that she wanted.

Claire got little sleep in the first few days of Spoleto. She enjoyed a sumptuous dinner before a street party every evening, followed by a main event and fireworks. Up early the following day for a grand southern American breakfast with lots of coffee, Claire toured old town Charleston by carriage and she traveled by boat to Fort Sumter in the harbor. Claire power-napped whenever she could "recharge her batteries," not wanting to miss anything. During her nap on the boat ride back from Fort Sumter, her sleepy head rocked over onto the shoulder of a British Navy Officer who had also traveled to Charleston on the Aer Lingus flight.

Gallantly, he did not wake her until the boat docked. After treating Claire to coffee, he invited her to join him for a tour of a visiting British warship at the Charleston Navy Base. At lunch aboard the ship with the officers and their wives, Claire mentioned her plan to go get a peach, and they all got into that too! Two days later, they whisked her away in a convoy of four cars as the British Navy Couples bulldoze on a "staff ride" to the King's Mountain Battlefield in upstate to pay their respects to Major Patrick Ferguson and his men, British casualties in the American Revolutionary War.

But, for Claire, their stop at a peach orchard in York set the stage for the high point of her holiday. There, for the first time in her life, Claire took a big bite into a dead ripe freestone peach. The incredibly sweet juice exploded in her mouth! It splashed onto her cheeks, dribbled down her chin, and onto her dress! Surrounded by cheers and the laughter of her newfound friends, Claire experienced the signature moment in her latest adventure travel. # TAG1writer


The Adventure Kings Battery Box does so much more than protect your battery!

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• Combine this with a deep-cycle battery for an incredible portable power station that will run your fridge, lights and more for an entire weekend of camping!
• Has heaps of sockets and outlets so you can charge tablets, phones and more, and a clever inbuilt gauge to show you how much battery power you have left
• Can be recharged multiple ways! Charge off your dual-battery system in your 4WD as you drive, plug an Adventure Kings solar panel straight in, or charge it off your battery charger in the garage at home
• Either mount it permanently in the back of your vehicle, or keep it portable so you can remove it when you don’t need it thanks to the heavy-duty handles
• Fits all standard ‘N70’ sized deep-cycle batteries, and works perfectly with the Adventure Kings AGM batteries


Finishing the Electrical System in the Adventure Bus! – Charger, Isolator, & Wiring

Today we finish the Adventure Bus’ electrical system by installing a 35 amp converter/charger, a battery isolator, and running all the wiring for the house plugs!

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In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great – An Archaeological Adventure across Turkey

It all stemmed from a photograph in an old dusty book. The scene was of towering mountains enveloping a verdant river valley, through which Alexander the Great apparently passed 2,300 years ago. Like the photographer, the explorer Sir Aurel Stein, I too wished to wander in the depths of Asia in search of clues to the ancient past.

For more than two thousand years Alexander the Great has excited the imagination of people around the globe. I became fascinated by Alexander some 18 years ago when a history teacher at school unravelled a map of the classical world and traced the outline of his journey with his finger. Who could not be intrigued by a man who inspired his soldiers to march for 12 years, beyond the known ends of the earth. They tramped some 22,000 miles; from Greece all the way to India and back to Babylon. By the time the Macedonian king died at the age of thirty two in 323 BC much of the known world lay beneath his feet.

Having studied his campaign in libraries I wanted to get out on the ground and see how the landscape with its mountains, rivers, and deserts shaped his strategies and determined his route. Geography so often governs history, and I wanted to see it up close for myself. I decided to organise an expedition focusing on Turkey, ancient Asia Minor, retracing his footsteps from the enigmatic city of Troy to the site of the Battle of Issus. What better way than to walk the 2,000 miles, travelling at the marching speed of his army and experience something of the physical rigours he faced. I wanted to behold the monumental ruins of cities he visited or attacked, and to search for ancient roads, upon which his soldiers trekked. It took Alexander and his 40,000 soldiers eighteen months to reach Issus. I would refrain from fighting battles, besieging towns, and the occasional spot of pillaging, and so hoped to complete the route in some twenty weeks, covering about fifteen miles a day.

Turkey is a veritable treasure trove for those enthralled by Alexander. First stop should be Istanbul’s magnificent archaeological museum. There, pride of place, stands the Alexander sarcophagus. This was not Alexander’s personal coffin, the whereabouts of which has been hotly debated. Instead this tomb was excavated at Sidon and probably belonged to Abdalonymus, a mere gardener who was appointed as the local ruler by Alexander. In death as in life he wanted to show his continuing respect for his overlord, and so had Alexander depicted on his tomb.

To marvel properly at one of the finest pieces of craftsmanship from the ancient world you really do have to drop to your knees. Carved in lustrous white marble, the sides are adorned with reliefs of battles and hunts charged with energy and grace. If one looks carefully, it’s possible to see the remnants of painted colours that highlighted the figures all the more, and the tiny holes where once tiny spears and swords were carefully positioned. One side shows Alexander at the hunt, a popular pastime amongst the Macedonian nobility and one of Alexander’s favourite pleasures. On another is Alexander at war, astride his trusty steed Bucephalas, rearing up on muscular legs above a fallen Persian horseman. The king himself, his head encased in a lion helmet, symbol of Hercules, stretches his right arm back over his shoulder with spear at the ready.

It was in the spring of 334BC that Alexander embarked on his epic expedition to overthrow the Persian empire. As he sailed from the Gallipoli peninsula across the Hellespont, the modern Dardanelles, he stopped mid way to sacrifice a bull and pour libations from a golden cup to placate Poseidon and the ocean. Then, dressed in full armour at the prow of the royal trireme, always a king with a showman’s instincts, he hurled his spear into the soil claiming the continent as his, won by right of conquest. Needless to say he was the first to jump from his ship and set foot on the sands of Asia.

When I visited Troy the start-point of my walk, I felt rather like many travellers first exploring the site, confused and a little disappointed. There are no great colonnaded streets decked with marbles and mosaics to inspire awe, instead you have to let your imagination fly and let ancient myths consume your thoughts. This is what Alexander did almost immediately after arriving in Asia Minor. He stripped naked, anointed himself with oil, and ran to place a garland on the tomb of Achilles. It was a symbolic gesture, the new great warrior paying homage to his own personal hero, who had fought a thousand years before Alexander (if there is any truth in Homer’s story of the Trojan war). Next, having climbed up to the temple of Athena, he donated his own suit of armour and was given in return the finest relics from heroic times, including Achilles’ celebrated five layer shield, which was to save Alexander’s life during a siege in India.

My walk began in March and as I walked inland I shivered my way through hills decked in snow. Thankfully welcoming villagers were on hand calling me into their tea houses, plying me with hot cocoa, and presenting me with a cornucopia of tasty treats. Heading south having already worn out one pair of boots, I reached Ephesus. While Troy requires a leap of faith, this city needs no effort at all to bring its ruins to life. Although almost all of what can be seen today is Roman, dating to the time when the city was the capital of the province of Asia, it was an important city hundreds of years before when Alexander marched through.

In Alexander’s wake I visited the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world. Coincidentally it was burned down by a madman the night that Alexander was born. Nowadays the temple stands forlorn and melancholy. Just one column rises full above the swampy ground. It’s hard at first to see in the sparse ruins one of the greatest buildings ever built, but the sheer length of it offers the first easy clue. Since so many buildings in antiquity were frequently damaged then rebuilt, or in a state of construction for centuries, I find it quite refreshing to see a celebrated temple left plain and unreconstructed. Alexander offered to defray all the costs that had been incurred in the rebuilding of the temple on the proviso that they would dedicate it in his name, but the citizens of Ephesus politely declined his attempt at PR and propaganda ‘because it did not befit one god to do honour to another’. Not far south, however, he found a far more willing recipient for his largesse. The town of Priene, always a poor cousin to Ephesus, was only too glad to take his cash and allow him to dedicate their new temple to Athena.

Today Priene stands like a veritable time capsule to the Hellenistic period following Alexander. Designed on a rigid Hippodamian grid square pattern, named after the architect from nearby Miletus, the stepped streets march up the steep hillside almost oblivious of the geography, to Athena’s temple. Standing here, looking out on a breathtaking panorama high above the vast alluvial plain of the Maeander River, the passage of time is instantly obvious. 2,300 years ago, all the land below was sea. Islands which were once witness to great naval battles are now mere bumps in a seemingly endless flat. Yet strolling around Priene, almost always empty of tourists, it’s almost possible to hear the marching feet of Macedonian soldiers amongst the sound of cicadas.

Heading further south, Alexander reached Halicarnassus, the glistening capital of the Hecatomnid dynasty, built on a lavish scale by Mausolus, whose tomb, the ‘Mausoleum’, was ranked as one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. It was also a key naval base occupied by the Persians, who manned the city’s 6.5kms of fortifications. These giant walls, bristling with towers, were a technological masterpiece and only a few decades old. They still snake their way over the hillsides above Bodrum. One can get a real sense of their majesty at the Myndos gate on the west, which stands well preserved and resolute not far from a newly built supermarket.

As big and strong as they were, Halicarnassus’ walls were built to defend in a bygone age. For Alexander was equipped with a new type of weapon, the torsion catapult. Designed by engineers at the court of Philip, his father, it was powered by animal sinews that could unleash far more power than anything previously seen. Until then siege warfare had generally been a case of surrounding a town and starving it out. Now a new arms race had begun. With these catapults Alexander could actually knock down walls, and literally smash any cities that stood in his way. One can almost imagine the look on the faces of the Persian generals, encamped in Mausolus’ old palace probably beneath the city’s Crusadar castle, as Alexander’s troops wheeled up siege towers several stories high, and let rip the first volley of stone boulders.

Three months into my expedition, I walked through the depths of central Anatolia, a never-ending patchwork of wheat fields, to the city of Gordium. Situated on the Persian Royal Road just west of Ankara, this was the capital of Phrygia, a kingdom founded by Gordius in the 8th century BC. It was expanded by his celebrated son, Midas, whose touch according to legend turned everything to gold. It was here that one of the most celebrated moments in Alexander’s career occurred. Alexander was attracted by the story surrounding a ceremonial chariot that marked Gordius’ grave. The wagon’s yoke was attached by a knot no man had ever been able to undo. Not unlike the story of Arthur and the sword in the stone, people believed that whoever undid the knot would become Lord of all Asia. Surrounded by a crowd of onlookers Alexander struggled to loose the knot. Growing frustrated he drew his sword and slashed through it. Apparently Zeus himself approved of Alexander’s actions, for “there were thunderclaps and flashes of lightning that very night”.

In the baking heat of August, I headed southeast via Cappadocia, across the Taurus mountains, and on past Tarsus. Where the coast of Turkey turns south to the east of Adana, a great mound lies, excavated in recent times. This earthen ‘huyuk’, like many scattered around this part of the world, marks an ancient settlement, in this case, the town of Issus. It was here that Alexander left his sick and injured soldiers before moving south hot on the trail of the Persian Great King, Darius. Unbeknownst to Alexander, however, Darius’s army was actually wheeling around behind him. When Darius reached Issus, he cut off the hands of the Macedonian sick he found there.

Today the area is far removed from its ancient past, an industrial zone crammed with smoking factories. But it was here that one of the most significant battles in history was fought. On the banks of a small river, Alexander assembled his force. He had chosen the site carefully, a narrow plain hemmed between mountains and sea, to prevent the Persians from using their vastly greater numbers. I remember walking around the area, armed with the ancient writers who described the battle, trying to make sense of the landscape.

As was usual, Alexander himself led the charge at the head of his finest cavalry, a true leader who showed his men the way. He aimed right at the heart of the opposing army to Darius himself. The scene is immortalised in a mosaic found at Pompeii. Alexander gallops steely eyed straight for the Persian Great King, who turns tail and flees as fast as he can. One of the ancient authors, Diodorus Siculus, wrote: “More than achieving victory over the Persians, Alexander wished to be the personal instrument of victory” It is a telling insight into the nature and personality of this legendary figure.

My walk finished just a few miles south of the site of the battle at the city of Iskenderun, named after a city Alexander founded here in commemoration of the battle. Four and a half months and 2,000 miles after setting off on foot from Troy, I could not believe my journey had finished. The myriad ancient cities I had seen were embedded in my memory, but what remains foremost in my mind is the sincere friendship of the Turkish people, extended constantly to a weary traveller far from home. Every single day I was welcomed into their homes and showered with kindness and hospitality. Though just a brief affair, it was passionate in the extreme, and left me madly in love with the land that is Turkey.


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This VLOG covers the kit I use on my cycle touring adventures. This choice of kit has been inspired by over c.6000 km of cycle touring, including a 3700km cycle across South America. This kit is for those who want to be lightweight, compact and comfortable!

I will follow this VLOG with an overview of the clothing I took with me..

Bike: Genesis – Croix de Fer – https://www.cyclesurgery.com/p/genesis-tour-de-fer-10-2018-Q2514057.html?colour=4525
Handlebar bag: Ortlieb Handlebar Roll – https://www.cyclesurgery.com/p/ortlieb-handlebar-pack-ps21r-P4214083.html?colour=123
Seat bag: Ortlieb Seat Bag 11L – https://www.cyclesurgery.com/p/ortlieb-seat-pack-11l-P4224120.html?colour=123
Pannier rack: Tortec Tour Rear Rack – https://www.cyclesurgery.com/p/tortec-tour-rear-rack-with-spring-clip-P4314058.html?colour=124
Panniers (if want more space): Ortleib Back Roller pair – https://www.cyclesurgery.com/p/ortlieb-back-roller-classic-bag-40-litre-pair-P4114098.html?colour=3524
Lock: ABUS Bordo U Grip – https://www.cyclesurgery.com/p/abus-bordo-u-grip-5700-P5240002.html?colour=124
Mudguards: SKS Mudguards – https://www.cyclesurgery.com/p/sks-chromoplastic-mudguards-P5544018.html?colour=124
Lights: Lezyne Zecto Drive: https://www.cyclesurgery.com/p/lezyne-zecto-drive-250-80-light-set-P5134077.html?colour=124
Bottle cage: Lezyne CNC cage – https://www.cyclesurgery.com/p/lezyne-cnc-cage-P5524050.html?colour=124
Adjustable bottle cage: Topeak Cage – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Topeak-Modula-Java-Bottle-Cage/dp/B004NQ94EK/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1539106858&sr=8-13&keywords=Bottle+cage+adjustable
Battery: Powertraveller Powergorilla – https://www.powertraveller.com/en/shop/portable-chargers/professional/powergorilla-now-24000mah/
Solar Charger: Powertraveller Falcon 21 – https://www.powertraveller.com/en/shop/portable-chargers/outdoor-adventure/falcon-21/
Video recorder: Go Pro Hero 7 – https://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/p/gopro-hero7-black-free-32gb-microsd-card-EA414093.html?colour=180
Phone: Land Rover Explore – https://landroverexplore.com/explore-outdoor-phone/
Phone Bike mount: https://landroverexplore.com/explore-outdoor-phone/packs-accessories/
Tent: Vango Helium 100 – https://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/p/vango-helium-ul-1-tent-D1214008.html
Alternative Tent – Terra Nova Laser Pulse 1 – https://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/p/terra-nova-laser-pulse-1-tent-D1214015.html?colour=98
Sleeping bag: Vango Ultralite Pro 100 – https://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/p/vango-ultralite-pro-100-sleeping-bag-D2224018.html?colour=136
Sleeping mat: Thermarest NeoAir – https://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/p/therm-a-rest-neoair-xlite-sleeping-mat-regular-D2424185.html?colour=151
Sleeping bag liner – Blue Mountain Polycotton Sleeping bag liner – https://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/p/blue-mountain-mummy-shaped-liner-pc-D2524182.html?colour=108
Towel: Lifeventure Travel Towel – https://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/p/lifeventure-micro-fibre-comfort-travel-towel-large-E7414091.html?colour=108
Cooking pot: GSI Haulite Minimalist Cook Set – https://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/p/gsi-outdoors-halulite-minimalist-cook-set-D3312031.html?colour=180
Stove: Robens Midge stove – https://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/p/robens-fire-midge-stove-titanium-D3212187.html?colour=180
Stove gas – Jetboil 100g – https://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/p/jetboil-jetpower-fuel-100g-D3512033.html?colour=180
Spork: https://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/p/light-my-fire-spork-tritan-transparent-D3422045.html?colour=108
Cup: X-Cup – https://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/p/sea-to-summit-x-mug-D3432040.html?colour=157
Bowl: Sea to Summit XL Bowl – https://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/p/sea-to-summit-xl-bowl-D3414025.html?colour=108