How to Charge Electronics in the Backcountry

One of the biggest challenges of filming in the backcountry is charging camera batteries. These aren’t AA batteries, these things are huge and take hours to charge. And as we all know there are no outlets in the mountains. Until now….

Field producer Marcus Hockett explains the solar charging solution that he has found to work best for charging these beasts of batteries. Obviously, you can use this solar charging for anything that has AC or DC power. So go ahead and bring that blender or any electronics with you on your next backcountry trip with this solar charging solution!

We have not tested the below setups, but they are the closest things we can find that are currently on the market.

Chargetech Battery:
Solar Panel Equivalent:

Here is a smaller, less powerful AC Power Setup:


Also, Chargetech now has a panel offered on their website, but again, we have not tested it.

Solar Panel Charger for AC Battery Packs

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