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!

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

Chargetech Battery: https://amzn.to/2NhNgS9
Solar Panel Equivalent: https://amzn.to/2OyhIMt

Here is a smaller, less powerful AC Power Setup:

Charger: https://amzn.to/2Nh2nv2
Panel: https://amzn.to/2DURpvQ

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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CTEK Multi XS 3600 battery charger teardown & repair



In this video, I reveal the sheer horror that resides inside one of these CTEK chargers, and I track down and remedy an issue that causes the charger to be unresponsive to the mode switch. When done, it does a good job of charging batteries at 4 or 0,65 A, but I’m not sure if one should rely too heavily on one of these.

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