Never buy bottled water again. (There is a version of this article on the Guardian) I'm pleased to say I haven't had to buy bottled water for a while. There are so many reasons why I think we shouldn't buy water in plastic bottles. For starters, it's not good for us or the planet we live on and seem to be trying to ruin so effectively. We consume 50 billion bottles of water every year. 30 … [Read more...] about Sawyer Mini Water Filter (a mini review)
I have been using the Solarmonkey Adventurer for around six months now. It normally sits in my office window charging and is often grabbed to take out with me to top up the battery on my iPhone 5 and iPad Mini. I have also been known to hang it in the window on a long haul flight when no seat power is supplied. This is a handy and portable free power solution but I mainly use the panel to solve a … [Read more...] about Solar Powered WiFi Solution Using the Solarmonkey Adventurer
UPDATE: This product was once recalled but the brand has new owners with some interesting new products. Since the early 90's I have always carried some form of water purification when travelling. This stems from nearly dying of Amoebic Dysentery in India. Not long after that adventure I found myself responsible for 18 travellers and myself as I would tour around Lake Victoria in Africa. The route … [Read more...] about Lifesaver Bottle 6000UF
So much for heading off-grid to get some writing done. Who am I kidding? I'm not a writer. I'm a bad typer at best. It's all very well heading out to darkest Norfolk thinking that with fewer online distractions I can work better. But I work in multimedia. I need access to the internet to research. I need access to my online backups and clouds resources. I need to upload.. download.. browse.. … [Read more...] about Off-Grid is for adventure, not work.
My survival kit now contains more than just the basics and it's inevitable that for some emergency gear like flashlights, GPS etc, you need power. As well as a small Powerfilm solar panel, I also need batteries. I first saw the Nopopo (NO POlution POwer) batteries a couple of years ago but had not seen them anywhere to buy till recently. I ordered a packet of 4 AA batteries for ??12 … [Read more...] about Wee Haz Power – The urine powered battery