Reading eBooks when the Grid is DownIf you're like me, then 99% of your prepper library is digital. Most of my books, ranging from tying knots all the way through military operation guides are eBooks of some form. If I lose the ability to charge my Android Tablet, then I lose most of my library. If you have an iPad, Android tablet, Kindle, or other eBook reader, you are in the same boat. Before we get to the solution, you need to ensure that your eBooks are stored on your tablet and not in the cloud. Make sure that your device has a copy of the books stored locally on your device. Most eBook readers do store locally, but verify that you can still access your books if you are not connected to the internet! A generator or car battery can charge your eBook readers and tablets, but have you every tried to carry a generator (or deep cycle battery) with you on a long hike? Not a great idea and not very practical either. The best answer to this is small Solar power charger. Solar cells have gotten smaller, flexible and more efficient. Here are 3 very strong contenders in that arena.
|Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Adventure Kit Goal Zero makes some awesome gear, and people who own these things swear by them. This panel and battery pack/battery charger combination is tough to beat.
Hang this panel from your backpack or set it up in camp and you'll always have AA and AAA batteries, and the ability to charge other devices!
|Instapark Portable Solar Charger - This solar panel seems to have it all. You can charge 2 devices at once with the built in Dual USB Ports for iPhone, iPad & all other USB Compatible devices. This will allow you to charge your iPad, Android tablet, Kindle, or other eBook reader and a USB battery charger at the same time.
If you're on the move or in a hurry, you can tie/strap this to the outside of your backpack and charge devices on the move!
|ReVIVE Solar ReStore XL & High-Efficiency Solar Panel. - This is a sweet system. It charges it's own battery pack then that is used to charge other devices. It also has a built in LED flashlight, which could be real handy.