Portable Solar Power Harvesting – Part #8 : The Summary

portable solar panel units reviewsSo by now hopefully you’ve read my previous articles; the introduction and subsequent reviews of each of the six solar panel charging units. Oooppsss, the solar harvesting units. If you haven’t read those articles I would suggest you read each in order so that you understand this “summary” article in context.

Start reading the previous articles if you haven’t already – < Portable Solar Power Harvesting – Part #1 >

This wasn’t as easy as I thought it was going to be. Before I really started this overarching project I just wanted a unit to keep my batteries charged…no big deal. But the more I got into it the larger the project got, I went from evaluating “combo” units like the SolPad and Goalzero to realizing buying individuals pieces was a way better to approach this. And…there were enough options to make my head hurt.

Then there was the dilemma of 5vDC USB units vs. 12vDC units, and which was the best option for an emergency, disaster, or grid-down situation. Of course there was the nagging issue of “cost” as well. If we all had unlimited funds there would never be this problem of money vs. value. As this project grew in complexity I had to go back to basics…What was the mission of the unit?

“Provide a highly portable way to harvest solar power.”

Would I change the mission statement at this point? Yes. It would read something like this…

“Provide a highly portable way to harvest solar power in the most efficient manner and compatible with the most needed and used preparedness equipment..”

So I went back and looked at each unit again in strictly terms of mission and nothing else. Then I prioritized other issues, second of which was cost. As I went through that exercise it started to become pretty evident which unit was going to be my pick. Before I give you the final answer let me go over some of the more prominent pros and cons to each unit. With a couple comments thrown in there.

The SolPad 7 unit –

Great little unit, I used it for several years now and I’ve not been disappointed. Bad thing is…it is no longer for sale anywhere that I can find. Looks like it was a clone of the Goalzero Nomad 7 unit…but at a realistic price.

Goalzero Nomad 7 unit –

Nice unit, love the 5vDC and 12vDC options. Solidly built but not noticeably better quality than any of the other units. Way, way overpriced for what you get! The company is preying on folks based on a perception of quality vs. actual quality. This unit is nowhere near worth what they are charging for it…even if it was on sale. I will not buy this unit.

Aukey BP-P4 –

I really liked this unit. Was powerful, charged devices quickly and obviously had an “intelligent charge controller.” Well priced, well built, and worked great. This unit was kind of the middle of the road in everything…neither the best, nor the worst in each category.

Anker A2421011 –

I really liked the quality of this product. I especially liked the way the charge controller was protected from the elements. The controller/charger on this unit was a “smart” one as well. The unit adjusted to different charging rates as needed and would shut down and switch between USB outlets to maximize charging capabilities.

Sunkingdom AMTCS19.5_B000046 –

This appeared to be the smartest of the units tested so far. This unit would even shut done the charge controller once the device was charged. It even had the ability to monitor both ports simultaneously and adjust both ports at the same time to maximize the charge on the port that needed the most amperage. Sweet! I didn’t like that the charge controller was exposed to the sun.

Eco-Worthy AM-L02SC30W-1 –

Hands down the coolest unit I tested. It was the highest wattage and had the 12vDC option to it. Actually it has 18vDC capability. That is awesome! Since it had so much more capability that the other units I spent more time with it doing testing. This unit will do more for the prepper than the others…period…hands down…discussion over.

Comparison Chart –
Portable Solar panel unit comparison chartSummary –

 Anker Solar Panel

 

 

If you are looking for portability as your primary priority: Anker A2421011

Eco-Worthy Solar Panel Eco-Worthy AM-L02SC30W-1

 

 

If you are looking for the most powerful: Eco-Worthy AM-L02SC30W-1

 

 

 

Sunkingdom Solar Panel

 

 

If you are looking for the least expensive per watt of charging power: Sunkingdom AMTCS19.5_B000046

 

 

 

 

Sunkingdom Solar Panel

 

 

If you are looking for the lowest priced unit: Sunkingdom AMTCS19.5_B000046

 

 

 

 

Eco-Worthy Solar Panel Eco-Worthy AM-L02SC30W-1

 

 

If you are looking for the most versatile: Eco-Worthy AM-L02SC30W-1

 

 

 

 

Eco-Worthy Solar Panel Eco-Worthy AM-L02SC30W-1

 

If you want the overall Top Choice unit: Eco-Worthy AM-L02SC30W-1

Buy It !

 

 

 

 

 

Units I wouldn’t buy –

SolPad 7: No longer available so I can’t buy it even if I wanted to.

Goalzero Nomad 7: Way too expensive! Low power. Not a unit I would buy…period.

Notes –

#1) The Aukey unit was a decent enough unit. I wouldn’t have any problem using it. It just wasn’t the best of any category, but also not the worst. Each category had a better rated unit than the Aukey, but the Aukey is plenty good enough to get the job done.

#2) Watch for an upcoming article where I tie the Eco-Worthy unit into an amazing storage device that is a wondrous piece of gear for the prepper.

 

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Portable Solar Power Harvesting – Part #7 (Eco-Worthy AM-L02SC30W-1)

PortableSolarHarvestingSuningdom-700This is the seventh article in this series regarding the harvesting of the sun’s energy. In other words…solar panels collecting the sun’s rays. When this series of articles is complete you will have a solid understanding if this unit meets your needs and is worth your time and money. And of course you will have my overall “buy” recommendation as well when all is done. Yes, not till then. I will have a chart in the last article that provides a comparison of each unit against each of the other units. It is eye-opening to be sure. And it shows what is the best value for your hard-earned money.

If you haven’t already read the Introduction post to this series I would suggest you do so now.

< Portable Solar Power Harvesting – Part #1 >

To make sure we are on the same page let me quickly review two things…

Mission Statement –

“Provide a highly portable way to harvest solar power.”

Requirements & Restrictions –
  • Must be reliable.
  • Must be portable.
  • Must be efficient.
  • Must be weather (water) resistant.
  • Shouldn’t be cost prohibitive (i.e. should be affordable).
  • Should be as compatible with as many power storage options as possible.
  • Should be waterproof.
  • Can’t be weather/water intolerant.
The Eco-Worthy AM-L02SC30W-1 –

Portable Solar Harvesting Eco-Worthy 28wFirst thing I noticed right off the bat is the bulk and weight of this unit. It is way larger (i.e. fatter) and heavier (i.e. up to 3-times the weight) of the other units by a large margin. But, 3lbs for the ability to generate power can be a modest price to pay.

What really drew my attention to the Eco-Worthy unit was not the weight, it was not the size, it was not the 28w capability…it was the 12vDC option. Remember the Goalzero unit also has a 12vDC option on it…but at 1/4 of the wattage. That means the Eco-Worthy unit can push four times more power than the Goalzero unit at virtually the same over price. That is a significant difference and advantage that easily makes the Eco-Worthy unit far superior to the Goal zero unit.Eco-Worthy 12vDC & 5vDC USB

As I inspected the Eco-Worthy unit I found it to be very well constructed. The case was quality material, loops well attached to the case, panels well protected, and overall just and solid piece of gear. Then I noticed one of my pet peeves…the charger/controller unit…it was exposed. I would much rather it be protected in some fashion but it isn’t. When using this piece of gear you would have to find a way to ensure that you aren’t going to get rained on. Also, in the southwest it is common to have blowing dust, protection from this PortableSolarHarvestingEco-Worthy-705menace will have to be figured out. And finally, this is not a sling on the outside of your backpack portable solar harvesting unit. Well, technically it could be. But, it has a much larger footprint than the other units, at least double. I could see this unit being more appropriate for in-camp use.

As I kept looking over the unit I had neglected to recognize the remaining contents of the box. There were the Eco-Worthy 28w accessoriescustomary four Carabiners in there which is nice but not mandatory. And there was a 3′ USB cable as well, nice. And, there was a 40″ 12vDC power cable as well. Remember, this unit has 12vDC capability. And then there was the final surprise…10 adapter plugs for various devices to help ensure that your 12vDC device is compatible with the 12vDC cable that comes with the Eco-Worthy unit. SWEET!12vDC vehicle power socket adapater

Here is a “con” that I wish the Eco-Worthy folks would have thought about…a vehicle power socket with a DC5521 plug. Now please, don’t let your eyes roll back in your head, there is method to my madness. I want options to utilize the 12vDC capability of the Eco-Worthy unit. The most common 12vDC power delivery system at this point it the vehicle adapter socket and plug. That gives me a serious range of power options with the Eco-Worthy unit.

So why the 12vDC option? I want to be able to charge my Baofeng radio batteries with the standard charger base Eco-Worthy 28w testingand the 12vDC power cable w/adapter. So why not go direct into the unit’s 12vDC plug? I did try that and I am not sure it is truly compatible with what I am trying to accomplish. I used a USB cable Eco-Worthy testing 12vDCand my Baofeng charger base. I plugged in the unit and saw the correct voltage in the charger base. But, when I placed the battery in the charger base I didn’t get the steady red light indicating charging. What I got was a flashing red light, actually more light a spasmodic red light that I believe indicates that I am not getting a good charge.

So I went back into my shop and started digging around, 30 minutes later I have my vehicle adapter cable all ready to go. I repeat my test with the right cable, adapter, socket, and BINGO! I am in business. It works just as I wanted it to. Now I have a way to charge my Baofeng radio batteries from a highly solar panel unit. That is one of the big goals I wanted to meet.

Here’s how that test went…

I the cable I made worked perfectly and shows the panel putting out 18.27vDC just as advertised.

I the cable I made worked perfectly and shows the panel putting out 18.27vDC just as advertised.

 

I attached the vehicle power outlet to my new cable.

I attached the vehicle power outlet to my new cable.

 

Next came the 12vDC power adapter.

Next came the 12vDC power adapter.

 

The adapter turns 12 - 24vDC into 5vDC.

The adapter turns 12 – 24vDC into 5vDC.

 

I attached the DROK USB 2.0 Digital Multimeter and my regular multimeter to that the power cable now turned the 5vDC into

I attached the DROK USB 2.0 Digital Multimeter and my regular multimeter to that the power cable now turned the 5vDC into 10vDC (+/- 1vDC) to power the Beofeng charging cradle.

 

The Baofeng charging cradle shows the correct voltage in the cradle to charge the battery.

The Baofeng charging cradle shows the correct voltage in the cradle to charge the battery.

 

I slipped the battery into the Baofeng charger and the light immediately turned solid red indicating that it was charging the battery. Seeral hours later I had a battery ready to go to work.

I slipped the battery into the Baofeng charger and the light immediately turned solid red indicating that it was charging the battery. Several hours later I had a battery ready to go to work.

If you are interested here in the guts of the charger cable. The little circuit board is what turns the 5vDC into the 9 - 11vDC power for the charger.

If you are interested here in the guts of the charger cable. The little circuit board is what turns the 5vDC into the 9 – 11vDC power for the charger.

Another interesting thing happened while I was doing my research on this unit…Eco-Worthy is big time into solar power. They make a wide range of solar equipment all the way to complete systems. And all of their stuff gets really good reviews. But, let’s take a challenging approach to this unit…Are there other 12vDC solar units out here comparable to the Eco-Worthy? Yes.

I looked them over, five other units in all. They were all over $100 with the exception of one, which was over $90 (16% more expensive). None of them rated as highly as the Eco-Worthy unit. So why test units that are significantly more money with poorer initial ratings? Well, coz I am a dummy. I will be ordering one of those $92 units from Sunkingdom to make sure I am getting you the best info possible.

Technical Specs –

Watts: 28
Amps: 2.1a
Voltage: 5vDC
USB Port: 1
Other Port(s):  1 12vDC (DC5521)
Maximum Efficiency: >17%
Panel Weather/Water Resistance: at least water & weather resistant ( I think it is waterproof but I can’t actually verify it)
Weight: 3.1lb
Amazon Rating: 4.9 out of 5
Warranty: 2yrs
Price: $53.99
Cost per Watt: $2.57
Extra Accessories Provided: 1x USB Cable, 1x DC cable,10x Laptop/Device connectors, 4 Carabiners

Product info from manufacturer –
  • Automatically adjust the current and voltage to achieve maximum power.
  • Dual Output: Standard USB output fit for 5V device, 18V DC&5521 output for 9-18V laptop and 12V car battery.
  • Scratch resistant monocrystalline solar cells. Made of PET laminated, PVC waterproof fabric.
  • ECO-WORTHY solar panel will fully charge a smart phone, iPhone, GPS, or e-Reader in about 2 hours.
  • With Sun Track Technology you never have to worry about clouds or shade disrupting the charging connection or displaying error messages on your device.
  • Strong Volt solar chargers can charge all of your USB powered device such as phones, Go Pro’s, cameras, battery packs and Power banks almost as fast as a wall outlet.
  • It’s super lightweight, foldable and includes convenient grommet holes and carabineers clips so you can hang it from backpacks, chairs, tents, trees and more.
  • Features: Auto-Reconnect, LED Power Indicator Lights, Device Selection Switch, Wallet Size Design, Lightweight, Grommets for Hanging.
Summary –

Due to the 12vDC option on this unit I really like it. It sure gives you a lot more capability than simple 5vDC USB units. And the price per watt absolutely crushes Goalzero…and with just as good of quality, if not better, than Goalzero. This Eco-Worthy is a prized piece of equipment for my preparedness cache!

Note: There is one other aspect to this panel that really impressed me. But, you will have to wait until I write the articles about storing the harvested solar power. Yes, it will be worth the wait.

 

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Red Rock Outdoor Gear Rover Sling Pack

Red Rock Rover sling packA couple of years ago, OK…like eight years ago, I was going through trying to find the right backpack. I found it in the Expeditionary Pack. It is tough as nails, comfortable, and large enough for a 30-day journey. But, it was just that…HUGE! I started looking for something smaller. Since then I’ve found several decent smaller packs, one was perfect for many applications, Fieldline Surge Tactical Hydration Pack. It was especially well-suited for the Field Trauma Care Kit (FTCK). But I still wanted something more portable, more applicable to urban escape & evasion where low-profile is a top priority. I found a great pack just for that purpose – the Red Rock Outdoor Gear Rover Sling Pack

Mission Statement –

“A sturdy low-profile backpack of sufficient size to carry supplies, gear, and equipment for 72-hours in an urban setting.”

Requirements & Restrictions –
  1. Must be sturdy.
  2. Must have multiple internal pockets and compartments to organize contents.
  3. Must have a concealed compartment for a pistol.
  4. Should be highly weather resistant.
Technical Information –
  • Ambidextrous shoulder strap
  • 9 liters of total storage
  • Quick-release buckle on main strap for rapid deployment
  • On-the-go style carry handle
  • Snap-closure concealed-carry sleeve on back panel
  • Two external pockets for quick access to items
  • Master compartment houses a slip pocket with touch-fastener closure
  • Master compartment accommodates an iPad or other popular tablets
  • MOLLE webbing platform on front and shoulder strap for adding pouches and gear
  • Rugged 600 Denier Polyester construction with PVC lining
  • Size: 8″W x 12″H x 6″D
From the Manufacturer –

Our most popular concealed-carry pack is the Rover Sling Pack. The Rover is equipped with an ambidextrous sling which allows for quick, hands-free access. A concealed-carry sleeve on the back panel of the bag easily and comfortably houses a pistol. The main compartment of the bag is large enough to fit most popular tablets. The three storage compartments are large enough to tote a first aid kit, binoculars, ammunition, or many survival essentials. Internal and external pockets contain admin dividers and organizers.

Features & Findings –

The first thing that struck me was the apparent quality of the build. The pack is well sewn, reinforced where needed, and padded where required. The 600 denier material appears to be pretty dang decent and has held up well. The color is very subdued and blends in well in almost every environment. Then there are the pockets.

The overall interior is plenty big enough to match the mission statement. Remember, this pack is not meant to be some GOOD BOB or even a 3-day tactical mission bag. This bag is meant for a short-term (up to 72-hours) requirement or when low-profile is the top priority.

The interior has plenty of pockets of various sizes. You know me, I believe that a pack’s contents must not only be organized, the contents must be properly stored in an organized format. You don’t want a big blob of contents just floating around in a bag. Results of that mess would be never finding what you looked for without dumping everything on the ground. You won’t have that worry with this bag.

Colors…

The Rover comes in all of the standard colors plus some camo options as well. The options are –

  • Red Rock Rover sling packACU
  • Black
  • Coyote (lighter brown)
  • Flat Dark Earth (darker brown)
  • Olive Drab
  • Woodland Digital
  • Tornado
  • Coyote Brown with Olive Brown MOLLE Webbing
  • Olive Drab with Red Stitching
  • Tornado with Black MOLLE Webbing
  • Tornado with Royal Blue Stitching

You know me a little by now, the only colors I would suggest are the Coyote (lighter brown) or Flat Dark Earth (darker brown). Black will be a bright white beacon under night vision. Any camo pattern will make you stick out. Olive Drab looks to military. Any of the combo colors just isn’t my style. And I have no idea what the “Tornado” color looks like in real life.

 

Conceal Carry…

Two basic options…in the main compartment or the rear pocket.

Pistol in the Main compartment but well secured.

Pistol in the Main compartment but well secured.

Pistol in the rear pocket up against your back. But the pack is well-padded.

Pistol in the rear pocket up against your back. But the pack is well-padded.

Plenty of room for spare mags and tactical light.

Plenty of room for spare mags and tactical light.

The pack also has a nifty little strap that can be used to stabilize the pack if needed. And if you were getting really physical while wearing the pack the strap would come in real handy.

Red Rock Rover sling pack

RedRockRover-300Summary –

Amazon Rating 4.4 stars out of 5.

I like this pack, I like it a lot, it has a lot of great features. Plus, it is low profile as well. You don’t look like a survivalist specialist, former Special Forces, death machine while wearing it. You look like just another person wearing a sling pack.

What you know, that they don’t, is this pack is extremely sturdy, well laid out, plenty of organizational pockets, and that great little hide-a-way pocket for your weapon. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t advocate not carrying your pistol on you. But, should you find yourself in the situation where it isn’t the right thing to do…then this pack keeps that weapon close at hand while being well hidden.

How much do I like this pack? I own one and I bought another for my wife.

Red Rock Sling Bag

Buy It !

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Escape from Tucson: Day 15 – Wednesday

Escape fromTucson by AH TrimbleI was scared out of my mind all through last night. I walked till about the middle of the night, maybe midnight, I am not sure. Hell, I don’t even care! I walked until I hit the edge of Bowie, I held-up there for an hour watching for any kind of danger. What a waste of freaking time! There wasn’t anything there, there wasn’t anyone there, there wasn’t even a stray cat there! So what happened to Bowie??? Who freaking cares…I just walked on through that stupid little town daring someone to try and jump me.

I guess I should be grateful for one thing, rather two things…both of ’em rabbits. I managed to catch a couple of rabbits yesterday in my snares…my day off. Luckily I didn’t catch them both at the same time. I caught one overnight, the other late in the afternoon. Beans likes rabbit.

I skinned the first one very carefully and set out the pelt to dry. I buried the bones and guts about 100 yards from camp to try and keep the coyotes away. I built a fire, yup…a fire, and cooked the rabbit really well. I actually cooked it past the point of it tasting good. But, I wanted to make sure it was cooked enough to kill any parasites, bugs, worms, etc. I ate half of it as fast I could and threw up. I ate the last half a lot slower, I didn’t throw up. As I was finished the second half I noticed that Beans was nowhere to be found. She came trotting back in later looking very full. She found the bones and guts…ate every single bit of it. No more than an hour later the pelt was gone as well. She threw up later. No big deal, she ate that pile as well.

I found a stock tank about a mile away, made several trips, drank plenty of water. Late that afternoon I found the second rabbit. Repeat of earlier in the day but I didn’t eat so fast on the first half. I bet I took 2 hours to eat the whole thing. I didn’t throw up.

It was weird not walking Monday night. I didn’t sleep too well, but I did sleep. My sleep pattern is so messed up, almost as bad as this upside down world. Did God do this to us? Are we really that bad that He felt the need to beat us up so badly? I mean, what could we have done that brought this kind of wrath down on us? Or, is it just me and I am insane. Am I sitting in some lunatic hospital with drool dribbling down my chin and this is all in my head? Or worse yet, did I die and is this hell, my personal hell? Do I even care anymore?

I kept walking and I made it about half way to San Simon. I will get through there tonight if I am lucky. Yeah, everything seems to be about luck!  Bowie was completely empty when I went through there and that mean something went terribly wrong. Or someone went terribly wrong. Either way, it doesn’t bode well for me. Yeah, it is all about me right now! Who else is there besides ME?????  I’ve got nobody! Nobody I know or loves knows I am alive or if I am dead. Hell, I don’t know who is left that I loved and cared about!  What freaking difference does any of this make now?

Where is God????? Or is He just leaving it up to luck now for us mere freaking mortals? His children!!!! Yeah, right. We’re on our own…God is dead…if there ever was a God. I no longer care if I live of if I die. All I care about is dying quick and getting it over with…it’s going to happen anyways.

 

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Portable Solar Power Harvesting – Part #6 (Sunkingdom AMTCS19.5)

PortableSolar Harvesting Suningdom 19.5wThis is the sixth article in this series regarding the harvesting of the sun’s energy. In other words…solar panels collecting the sun’s rays. When this series of articles is complete you will have a solid understanding if this unit meets your needs and is worth your time and money. And of course you will have my overall “buy” recommendation as well when all is done. Yes, not till then. I will have a chart in the last article that provides a comparison of each unit against each of the other units. It is eye-opening to be sure. And it shows what is the best value for your hard-earned money.

If you haven’t already read the Introduction post to this series I would suggest you do so now.

< Portable Solar Power Harvesting – Part #1 >

To make sure we are on the same page let me quickly review two things…

Mission Statement –

“Provide a highly portable way to harvest solar power.”

Requirements & Restrictions –
  • Must be reliable.
  • Must be portable.
  • Must be efficient.
  • Shouldn’t be cost prohibitive.
  • Should be as compatible with as many power storage options as possible.
The Sunkingdom AMTCS19.5 –PortableSolarHarvestingSuningdom-600

This unit was much different than any of the others as I took it out of the box. By now I was getting a little bored with this project. Don’t get me wrong, at first I was all excited about this option for generating (harvesting) power to keep my batteries up and running. You see, all of these units were performing well, they were all doing exactly what they were supposed to do. This unit was no different. One thing I noticed with this unit as I took it out of the box…slightly heavier that the others. I couldn’t identify why exactly but the solar panels themselves appeared to be better quality, or at the very least really good quality.

I also noticed at that time that the back of the panels were really well padded. These panels appear to be able to Suningdom dual USB porttake a decent impact from the backside and avoid damage. No, I am not going to test it with a hammer or any such thing. Why? Because that is not what would happen in the field under anywhere near normal conditions. But, while I was looking the unit over in regards to the panels something did stick out to me that I am not sure what to make of it. The dual USB port is completely exposed. It’s not tucked away in a pouch, not even a flap to cover/protect it.

Not only isn’t it not protected, the USB port charger/controller isn’t even on the backside of the unit. It is was then the it would receive some protection from the tilted, or leaning, unit itself. As it is the USB port charger/controller is exposed to the sun for one which will cause the plastic to degrade quicker. On top of that, any blowing dirt or sand will have unrestricted access to the internals of the charger/controller unit. I don’t think I am real crazy about that idea.

Speaking of the USB port charger/controller…it has built-in smart technology that senses what amperage that your device needs. It will adjust to that amperage specific for your device. If you have two devices plugged in, one in each port, and one device requires that full 3.9a draw, the other port will shutdown so your higher demand device gets enough amps to charge it. When that device is charged the unit will switch that port off, and transfer the power to the remaining, previously de-powered, port. Kind of nice capability in my opinion.

Technical Specs –

Suningdom solar panel chargerWatts: 19.5
Amps: 3.9amps max (2.1a port & 2.5a port)
Voltage: 5vDC
USB Port: 2 (2.1a & 2.5a)
Other Port(s):  no
Maximum Efficiency: 18.5%
Panel Weather/Water Resistance: waterproof & weather resistant
Weight: 1.6lb
Amazon Rating: 4.3 out of 5
Warranty: 1yr
Price: $45.99
Cost per Watt: $2.36
Extra Accessories Provided: none

Product info from manufacturer –
  • Highly Portable and Ultra-thin – Unfolding size 29.2 x 0.1 x 9.7 inches and folding size 9.27×7.48×0.31inch; 1.6lb light weight.
  • High Quality – Dull polish surface for scratch-resistant; Waterproof; Environmental protection.
  • Wide Compatibility – Compatible with iphone 6 5S 5 4 4S,Samsung Galaxy, PDA, MP3, MP4, PSP game console, digital cameras, GPS, Blackberry, mobile DVD, Bluetooth headset and any 5V USB device.
Summary –

Nice unit overall, decent price per watt, sturdily built for sure. At first I thought the attachment loops were a bit lightweight but I am not going to complain, they are 1/4″ nylon strapping so unless you really try and tear them off, I am sure they will be fine under normal field conditions. And there are plenty of the attachment loops so that is nice. There is a pouch for attachments and I like that, but they should have put the USB charger/controller unit in the pouch. And that brings up the one point I am concerned about…that USB charger/controller unit is exposed to the elements. And to me that is not acceptable. I do like one aspect about this panel that really impresses me…it is one of a line of solar panel units. In the Sunkingdom line you have from a 16w unit all the way to an 80w unit. Yup! An 80watt 8-panel portable unit. I like that option to pick a unit based on my power usage/need.

 

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Escape from Tucson: Day 13 – Monday

Escape fromTucson by AH TrimbleWhat has happened to the world!? I am sick to my stomach…really sick. I’ve thrown up a couple of times already. There are some very sick people running around out there. I know that for a fact.

After trying to rest for a couple of hours I finally gave up, I was still amped up from the shootout last night. Beans was fit to be tied, I think she was hungry but I also think she wanted to scout around and see what was going on. I know I did.

Like a train wreck you just have to watch, I headed towards the buzzards. There weren’t many flying around by the time I headed that way. Not that there weren’t a lot of buzzards, they were just on the ground not in the air. It was one of the most sickening sights I had ever seen. Having been a firefighter on the streets for two decades I have seen a lot, nothing prepared me for this.

I could smell it well before I could see it. And I wish I had turned away. But, in a way I am blessed for not turning away. I wouldn’t now have a Smith and Wesson Shield 9mm pistol in my procession. I only have twenty-five rounds in three magazines, but at least I have a gun, I have a real way to defend myself now. Unfortunately, at someone elses expense.

I got to the point where I could see all the buzzards, there must have been fifteen of them eating, but not all in the same spot. The reason? Whoever “won” this gunfight mutilated the body. Arms and legs had been severed and thrown away from the body, just tossed around. The head had been severed as well. From the looks of the tracks and markings in the sand I think it had been rolled around for awhile. It was a woman. I threw up shortly after I found the head. Her eyes had been cut out. There was a single gunshot to the head, right under the chin. I went back to the body and saw she had been shot a couple of times in the torso. One of the legs had a really nasty wound to the knee.

I hated to do it, but I searched the body. In the small of her back was the pistol. In one of the rear pockets of her jeans was the two spare mags. Whoever killed her must not have taken the time to search her, I am thinking a killing frenzy was taking place. And I honestly think the shot to her head under her chin was her own.

Anyways, I didn’t find anything else of use. Don’t get me wrong, I was grateful, very grateful, for finding the pistol. I am sorry she had to die. For the first time in a long time I had a prayer by myself. I said a little prayer and hoped she would find peace in the next life. There is a next life, I really hope there is a next life. I am hoping she is over the trauma of dying and resting in whatever paradise lies beyond. Jim would have done better, he explained the whole to me…I think he called it the plan of salvation or something like that.

Once I figured out there was nothing else of value to scavenge I got away from the area as fast I could and found a shady place. I broke the gun down to clean it but it was already clean as they come. I just wiped off some sand and a spot of blood. I took each round out of the magazine and wiped them all down. Then cleaned each mag. I really want to test fire it but there are two problems; 1) I don’t want to waste a round or two, 2) I don’t want anyone to hear me and come looking. Especially I want to avoid whoever killed her. Killed her and I am assuming whoever else was with her earlier in the gunfight.

I have to believe that she was better armed than just the pistol. There was too much firing going on for her not to have another weapon on her. And I’ve seen my share of gunshot wounds from my time on the street with the fire department. Her shot to the head under her chin was no pistol round, it was a rifle round, probably 5.56. They must have taken her rifle when they left. I am grateful that they didn’t really search her, I might not have that pistol now. I would rather she would have lived and not been shot up and died, but I am glad to have that pistol.

Once I got the pistol cleaned I was wasted. I think all of the adrenaline finally wore off. I just laid down and slept for several good hours. I am tired, real tired, but I am not staying here tonight. I am going to push on, I want to get clear of this area. I think it really isn’t safe. Now I am even more worried about going through the pass at the state line. That area is another pinch point, could be a very a dangerous pinch point. And I am not liking what the world is turning into.

I think there are some people that are very pleased with themselves the way things are right now. I think this whole EMP thing was planned. Yeah, I know it sounds like just another conspiracy theory but it just plays into what was going on. Our President saw himself as some great historical figure that would make America some wonderful place. Well, it was a wonderful place a long time ago until the Liberals and Progressives got their hands on it. He was going to vacate the White House next January to whomever won the election this fall. And I honestly didn’t think he wanted to give up being President. Well, maybe if he could be the head of the United Nations…he might think was pretty cool…or King of the World. He is addicted to the power of the presidency. And I think this might have been his answer to stop the elections and remaining in power.

While I might be way off base, I do know that he moved this country far, far to the left; a virtual socialist state. He also was crazy with Executive Orders. Granted, other presidents had used Executive Orders in the past but nothing like this madman. And just because other presidents had used them doesn’t mean they were constitutional.

Whatever happened, or will happen, all I know is I have to get home. I have to get to Lisa. I have to take care of whatever and whoever I can. I have to. I have to get home!

For now, I am going to rest for the day, I am exhausted. I will just drink lots of water, lay around sleep if I can, rest if that is all I can do. I will put a couple of paracord snares out, eat what I can catch. I gotta get my head together, I am starting to not think real clearly. I may not even walk tonight, I might just sleep. I am so tired, bone tired, exhausted. This world sucks right now…just freaking sucks!! Am I insane?

 

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Something to think about…

Clinton Crime Family Victims - 3July 2016 – Seth Rich dead at what authorities claimed was a robbery. Not a single thing was taken off his body during the robbery but Seth Rich was shot twice in the back.

June 2016 – John Ashe dead at what authorities claimed was a heart attack. The authorities later changed their story…they then claimed Ashe died when he dropped a barbell on his own throat while weightlifting.

August 2016 – Victor Thorn found dead by what authorities claim was a “self-inflicted gunshot” while hiking near his home.

August 2016 – Shawn Lucas found dead. Authorities are refusing to release the cause of death.

So, you might just  want to ask yourself…Really? Yup, and they all had one thing in common…Anti-Clinton. And all of those dead men were in the process of bringing to light crimes by Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Do you think they are the only ones?