A few days ago, we reviewed the Powerfilm Solar Panel. Now we’d like to give you a chance to try it for yourself.
Since we don’t really need a solar panel (we have our dynamo hubs), we’re giving away the the solar panel that we tried for the review.
It’s been very lightly used and should help some lucky cyclist to keep their small gadgets charged up on tour.
Just leave a comment and tell us why you’d like to win. It’s that simple!
You have the rest of the week to enter. We’ll announce the winner on Monday, April 30th.
24th April 2012 at 3:42 pm #
I would love to win this most excellent piece of portable power equipment to charge my phone and camera on the road. I really like that it fold up for storage.
Very cool, Jack
25th April 2012 at 6:35 pm #
IThis year I am doing LEJOG with my partner Dan, who I have managed to convert into a cycle tourer! I prefer to get away form it all on tour, the only gadget I want to look at is my cycle computer. Dan, however, likes to use cyling apps, like the NCN Iphone app, as we go. Since we are camping, we won’t be able to charge up, so he would love this bot of kit!
25th April 2012 at 6:36 pm #
i would like to win the solar panel as it is not only be helpful to charge my mobile & camera on the roads but more interestingly i will be recharged on the road & use of energy is solar as an alternative energy resource as we r using d energy so recklessly that in near future the natural resources of energy will be at an end. so to use the alternative power i would like 2 have this powerfilm solar panel on my way of bicycle touring of india. it wl also keep me independent
25th April 2012 at 6:36 pm #
IThis year I am doing LEJOG with my partner Dan, who I have managed to convert into a cycle tourer! I prefer to get away form it all on tour, the only gadget I want to look at is my cycle computer. Dan, however, likes to use cyling apps, like the NCN Iphone app, as we go. Since we are camping, we won’t be able to charge up, so he would love this bit of kit!
25th April 2012 at 6:37 pm #
This year I am doing LEJOG with my partner Dan, who I have managed to convert into a cycle tourer! I prefer to get away form it all on tour, the only gadget I want to look at is my cycle computer. Dan, however, likes to use cyling apps, like the NCN Iphone app, as we go. Since we are camping, we won’t be able to charge up, so he would love this bit of kit!
24th April 2012 at 4:00 pm #
The only thing better than enjoying beautiful weather on the bike is the knowledge that you can save it for later use! My partner and I have found dynamos to be priced a bit out of our range, but still want to be able to charge our cameras, phones, and possibly even an iPod for sharing tunes in our tent. However, we’ve had to leave all these things at home, as they tend to become dead weight when we can no longer keep them charged! I’ve heard great things about the PoweFilm AA + USB Solar Charger, and from your review it seems perfectly suited to our needs on the road.
24th April 2012 at 4:00 pm #
I would like to win the Solar Panel you are giving away. 🙂
I think I’m addicted to bicycle touring, basically all my vacations and saved money I’m spending on bicycle trips,
in May, I’ll do week long trip Austria, Slovakia, Hungary and Czech Republic. In June, two weeks in Japan, in October 3 weeks in Kenya and Tansania.
If I will have ability to charge my gadgets without access to the electricity, I will be able to do camping all the time and it will contribute to save money for my dream to do 2 year around-the-world trip.
Cheers, your follower
24th April 2012 at 4:18 pm #
Hi Andrew & Friedel,
my name is Michael and I think I could make good use of the solar panel because I just started my bicycle tour around the world and I currently don’t have a solar panel. I thought I could do with an external battery pack but it seems that won’t really cover it.
In either case, I might be passing through the Netherlands soon so maybe we will get a chance to meet 😀
24th April 2012 at 4:31 pm #
Woohoo, count me in!
I haven’t yet achieved the financial freedom to do any long bike tours, but I sneak in some multi-day bike-camping trips whenever possible.
My favorite trips involve taking the local forest roads, which are maintained just well enough to allow for my bike and BOB trailer. A solar panel would allow me to explore deeper into remote areas while keeping my GPS and other devices charged.
I’ve lived without a car for almost five years, which can be difficult in the USA. Almost every piece of touring equipment I purchase gets used regularly for my day-to-day trips. A solar panel would be a welcome luxury!
24th April 2012 at 4:46 pm #
It’d be great to keep my gadgets charged so I can update my blog more on my two-year trip!!
24th April 2012 at 4:49 pm #
I could really use the solar panel on my next tour to charge my tablet.
24th April 2012 at 4:50 pm #
I’m trying to prepare for the zombie apocalypse.
24th April 2012 at 4:51 pm #
I’d like to win because I DON’T have dynamo hubs. And my Solio doesn’t cut it. The Power Film solar panel will come in handy when I circumnavigate Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas this Summer!
24th April 2012 at 4:52 pm #
I would love to have a way to charge my electronics while traveling. I love the idea of being completely self sufficient for my energy needs!
24th April 2012 at 4:53 pm #
OOOo I have been looking for something like this for the last 5 months… I am about to set of on the biggest adventure of my LIFE… cycling 18,000 KMs around Australia with 3 guys.
we are taking 4 HD cameras, 4 HD Go-pros, mp3 players, mobile phones and laptop computers.
I need a Solar panel that is good, but my funds are running real low ( I will be camping in the Bush for about 90% of the time because the hostels are just to expensive.
If I got this … that would be a massive MASSIVE step for the LIFEuphoria group 🙂
we are at the moment down to a small Solar panel (TINY) and some extra batterys… and what better place to use Solar panels than Australia….. plus we are riding for Climate Change so the less we use plugs the better.
This would be LEGENDARY to our trip 🙂 we could even put up some videos in the trip to say a HUGH THANKYOU!!!!
we want to be able to take as many amazing videos (diary videos, animals videos, scenry videos …etc) Pictures and update our website everyweek with as much as possible and this could be an answer to power.
WWWOOOOOOOOOOO send me message!!
24th April 2012 at 4:54 pm #
I’d like to win one, because it saves me buying one. Obviously I’ll be using it to charge things on bike tours.
24th April 2012 at 4:58 pm #
I am just starting out with bike touring and I have a few of the essentials. This would be a nice thing to keep me connected with others and help my mother know I can reach someone should I need to.
24th April 2012 at 4:59 pm #
I would love to win the portable solar power unit. I plan on riding GOBA (Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure) this year and it would certainly make it easier to keep the bike computer and phone charged. Too bad it doesn’t charge riders as I may need it after a long year battle with breast cancer….I won the battle 🙂
24th April 2012 at 5:04 pm #
Im tired of being a slave to a power outlet when I’m touring. I spend too much time tethered to an outlet when I could be out exploring my new location.
24th April 2012 at 5:06 pm #
It would be lovely to win the portable solar power unit as it would come very handy as I float down the Mississippi River this Summer on an Old School Timber Raft… Think what Huckleberry Finn would have floated on.
This gadget will keep my phone and cameras charged so I can share the love of adventure with the world.
24th April 2012 at 5:07 pm #
Wow! This would be so great!
We’re going on a tandem tour in Europe this summer and this solar panel would be just in place as we’re already planning on buying one.
We already got so many great tips from you and this could be just about wonderful 🙂
Thanks 🙂 🙂
24th April 2012 at 5:07 pm #
I’d love to win this solar panel, it is light, folds up small and would power up my android and other small gadgets. I am planning a 3400 mile bike tour with ActiveHereos.Org to raise funds and awareness for military families in need. The tour will begin in Seattle, travel down to San Diego then across to St. Simons, Ga. We will be hitting as many larger cities as possible inbewteen. This panel would see plenty of use, thats for sure!
24th April 2012 at 5:13 pm #
I would love to win this so when I do my trip across Canada I will not have to be tied down to places where I need to be on the grid, and the less I am on the grid the more I can give to a great cause.
24th April 2012 at 5:22 pm #
This looks like a great asset on a tour. I live in Thailand and tour as often as I can here and in Laos. I try to utilize campsites, bus stops, and temples as much as possible and would love to use the panel, save some energy and maybe keep me out of a night at a guesthouse. Things I bring that need charging are my cell phone and headlights.
Love your blogs, keep it up
24th April 2012 at 5:23 pm #
I’d like to win so I can go bike camping and still have a phone for emergencies!
24th April 2012 at 5:26 pm #
I live in a rural area and having power is vitally important. When traveling by bike and not having a dynamo hub it has been more than inconvenient when I try to make a call to be rescued or to rescue another stranded traveler and not have any juice in my cell phone. I’m planning some long bike camping trips this year where there may not be places with power within 50 miles and having a way to keep my cel charged could be a life saver. BTW, I’m 64 and still riding.
24th April 2012 at 5:38 pm #
Keeping track of my journey as I inspire other cancer survivors to follow their dreams is important to me. Having camera, phone and other devices charged as I do this trip solo is a bonus I can only hope for.
24th April 2012 at 5:39 pm #
I would love to win the Powerfilm Solar Panel.
I’m presently somewhere in the middle stages of planning my first bike tour (a two month trip through the Scottish Highlands, England, Holland, Germany and France) and a little obsessed with the whole idea and have been for about a year. last July I was gifted by my cycling mad grandfather (78) a handmade 1970’s roadbike with Italian parts that was (believe it or not) rescued from a rubbish skip hundreds of miles away in Liverpool. Since then me and my granddad have racked up the miles together but this summer is the time i spend really doing cycling heritage (both the bike and my life-long riding grandfather) justice.
the solar panel would mean i could keep in touch with my ever-worried folks back home with my phone and charge my camera for the spectacular sights i can’t wait to see. It’d be a cherry on top of the already perfect cake that is cycle touring.
one very excited first-timer from Scotland
24th April 2012 at 5:41 pm #
it’s great you want to give it away to somebody who needs it more.
In June, me and my dog are starting our three year long cycling trip around the world. It’s a beautiful story about human and animals, living and traveling together.
Anyway, still don’t have any charger 🙂
Greetings to you and all other brave cyclist! 😀
Snjezana and Onni
24th April 2012 at 6:04 pm #
I want it because here on Chile y cant acces to this kind o gadgets.
24th April 2012 at 6:08 pm #
I need it in my next tour cause I may camp and relax for a few days without pedalling. I am looking for a small wind turbine to install in my rear rack as well. So that I could have Pedal + Solar + Wind power to power up my gadgets!
GO GREEN by all means!
24th April 2012 at 6:09 pm #
My son is cycling Darwin to Darwin in Australia from June to Dec 2012 Lifeuphoria.com and I would like him and his friends to keep in touch with me (his mum) and their mums so we know the are alive and happy!! The are cycling for charity Greenfleet to buy trees to save the planet. Please help them to keep in touch!!!
24th April 2012 at 6:10 pm #
Hi Andrew & Friedel,
I am a big fan of solar and would love to win the panel. I really get a kick when people ask me things about my bikes. My touring rig always brings folks to ask about how far or where i am going or have been. On my Xtracycle people of course ask ‘What is it?” so have a panel can help build curiosity about biking and Solar adoption. It would be put to good use as well on touring camp outs. I really enjoy being a cycling evangelist here a the Los Angeles area where people drive everywhere.
24th April 2012 at 6:13 pm #
Hey! I´m starting to travel by bike. Having that panel would be great!
24th April 2012 at 6:19 pm #
I need one!!!!1 NECESITO UNO!. I’m living in the austral road, Chile.And i travel by bike.
24th April 2012 at 6:21 pm #
Hi, this would be fantastically useful for a sketchily planned trip around Europe this summer, with the aim of managing with as little external input as possible. Thankyou!
24th April 2012 at 6:22 pm #
Hi Friedel and Andrew,
We’re leaving next week (May 3rd) on our 6 month bike ride from the Netherlands to Turkey and in Ontario, Canada! We could definitely use a solar powered charger to power all of our electronics! Plus it would be way more sustainable!
Marieke and Anthony
24th April 2012 at 6:33 pm #
I’d love to win this solar charger. I’m just starting to try out self-supported touring and a solar charger is on my very long list of things to acquire.
24th April 2012 at 6:36 pm #
I would love to win this so that when I do my first long distance Bike ride next summer, the southern tier coast to coast from west to east, I can keep my phone charged as I am travelling solo I can contact my family and ket them know I am safe, also to keep my camera charged as I am following it up with a trip up the Gold Coast so I can treasure my memories forever with a million photos from my charged up camera!!
24th April 2012 at 6:39 pm #
I would like to win. I bike tour with a group of friends here in Portland OR. I would like to get all of their opinion of this neat little device.
24th April 2012 at 6:51 pm #
Can’t have the beard trimmer running out of juice while on the road, can we?!
24th April 2012 at 7:02 pm #
I’d love to take this on great divide route ride this summer which has limited resources to charge devices.
24th April 2012 at 7:02 pm #
Did my first tour last summer,after two test weekends. Only six days from door to door in Englang. I’m hocked on the freedom. But some power on the road was needed. So I would put it to good use on a longer trip, if I get lucky.
Keep up the good work
24th April 2012 at 7:08 pm #
I’d like it because this place:
is on my bucket list, and there’s no power!
24th April 2012 at 7:13 pm #
It would be great to know I could power my emergency items like cell-phone and GPS cycle computer, as well as some luxury items like an iPod.
24th April 2012 at 7:28 pm #
Last weekend we took our local Scout troop on a two day cycle expedition in the Brecon Beacons in Wales, they had a fantastic time, it trashed it down with rain, they were covered in mud and soaking wet but grinning like Cheshire cats throughout, they camped in a wet field ate spag bol and slept in their patrol tents.
I use the gps and mapping software on my smart phone for route planning and navigation on such trips, it is invaluable on the move. At present I end up taking a netbook with me to charge my phone which has pretty abysmal battery life. A solar charger would be a great way to charge my phone on the go, allowing me to run the mapping software for longer rather than having to keep switching the phone off and back on all the time to make the most of the battery life.
24th April 2012 at 7:29 pm #
We would love to win this solar panel all the evidence you heard from my colleagues: Our Partner load electronics: camera, gps, head lamp, etc.
But what sets us apart is our next trip: Morocco cross bike, will think it’s a nice trip, exotic but normal, and you bear a point. What makes it different is that it will be our honeymoon
So we thought it would be a very practical gift for our honeymoon on wheels, as we will need a lot of autonomy:
* To take millions of photos to share with our family, to get porfin understand our desire to travel.
* To share the photos with the world through our blog so they can enjoy in some way, with us the journey of our life.
* To avoid getting lost on these roads because of a poorly marked detour and a GPS without batteries. If we lose we will give reason to those who have told us that a honeymoon should not be done by bike, let us prove them wrong
* To not ever stay in the dark so as not to accidentally step on any animal, no nail to puncture the tires and no hole through which we can fall off.
For all this would be nice to have a little luck and win that solar panel how well we come.
Thank you very much and good luck to all.
(sorry for my English, I write from Spain and used a online traductor 🙁 )
Nos gustaría mucho ganar ese panel solar por todas las evidencias que han comentado mis compañeros: cargar nuetros aparatos electrónicos: cámara de fotos, gps, head lamp, etc.
Pero lo que nos diferencia es: nuestro próximo viaje: cruzar marruecos en bici, pensareis que es un viaje bonito, exótico pero normal, y llevais parte de razón. Lo que lo hace diferente es que será nuestro viaje de novios ¡¡¡¡
Por eso pensamos que sería un regalo muy práctico para nuestra luna de miel sobre ruedas, ya que necesitaremos mucha autonomía:
* Para echar millones de fotos que compartir con nuestros familiares, para conseguir que porfin comprendan nuestra ansia por viajar.
* Para compartir las fotos con todo el mundo através de nuestro blog para que puedan disfrutar, de alguna manera, con nosotros del viaje de nuestra vida.
* Para no perdernos por esos caminos por culpa de un desvío mal señalizado y un gps sin batería. Si nos perdemos les daremos la razón a aquellos que nos han dicho que una luna de miel no se debía hacer en bici, dejadnos demostrarles que están equivocados ¡¡¡¡¡
* Para no quedarnos nunca a oscuras y así no pisar accidentalmente ningún animalito, ningún clavo que pinche las ruedas y ningún agujero por el que podamos caernos.
Por todo esto estaría bien tener un poco de suerte y ganar ese panel solar que tan bien nos vendría.
Muchas gracias y suerte para todos.
24th April 2012 at 7:35 pm #
Cycling Zwolle – Rome this summer I’d love to use this solar panel to keep my gear charged and be able to update my travel blog.
24th April 2012 at 7:35 pm #
Hi! We’re a couple of spanish cyclists… We’ve been trying to buy that kind of solar panel in Spain, but we could never afford it.
We’ve been following your trips many years ago, and you inspired us to start travelling with our bikes. I’d like to win this solar panel to power some of the electronic items while travelling… ( But it would also be a great honour to say that it was a gift from “the travelling two” themselves!
Candela y Miguel.
24th April 2012 at 7:41 pm #
As I am one year away from my set-off date for a bike journey from Manhattan, Kansas to Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina, I am gathering the final pieces of equipment I will need. Having this solar panel will allow me to maintain contact with loved ones as well as being able to blog about my journey while in the middle of it.
24th April 2012 at 7:49 pm #
In 37 Days I Start my 5/6 month tour of Europe by bike. Enough said! NO!
Ok , do you really want to think of me spending hours charging up all my gadgets ! Still not enough!, No
I read every page of your site( well almost) Am I winning you over yet?
I would be very grateful and put it to good use.
My knees are now hurting from all the begging, and crawling.
You are wonderful parents, thats my last hope 😉
Alex Morrison (aka Geordieonabike)
24th April 2012 at 8:04 pm #
Just starting out with bicycle touring so I have the “Everything’s got to be perfect” jitters. A solar charger to keep my phone (lifeline), minewt (light) and Ipod (tunes) would go a long way to making me feel better about the whole thing.
24th April 2012 at 8:23 pm #
This solar charger would be ideal for my lands end to john o’groats cycle ride for charity that I am doing with my friend .it is an unsupported ride so we will be carrying all our stuff ourselves over 900 miles .this is the first ride we have done like this so it a completely new adventure for us.
24th April 2012 at 8:31 pm #
Oh, man, would I LOVE to win that solar panel. I’m getting ready to leave on my first serious ride (Cambodia, Laos, Thailand-using your routes, thanks!), and I plan to exhaustively document my successes and failures (of which I anticipate many. Failures, that is. It currently takes me about twenty minutes to change a flat).
I expect to document my trip so exhaustively that my camera and computer will more-or-less constantly be running low, and require recharging. What better way to recharge than with a PowerFilm solar panel?
And, when I return to my other life as a teacher, having the solar panel will allow me to sit in the park and lesson plan for hours, instead of being cooped up in my dank apartment, or in an overpriced and noisy cafe.
24th April 2012 at 8:36 pm #
i was looking into this model..
i think the one i was interested in is made by “Brunton”
never could get a satisfied answer to my questions…
on the adaptable connections,amps that it puts out,and does it need to be immobile for it to charge items that i want to charge…
what was your experience with this item???
where did you purchase it???
were you satisfied with its performance???
what was your cost???
hope to hear from you…
like your articles
24th April 2012 at 8:41 pm #
I loved my Powermonkey charger which brought an air of the 21st century to my wild-camping adventures across deserts and remoter areas of the Australian outback and New Zealand. That was until a month ago I spotted a Kea bird in Fiordland, New Zealand flying off with it in his bill.Not the morning scenery I was looking for as I munched my stove oatmeal breakfast! If you’ve ever come across a Kea bird you know how pesky and determined they are…opening pannier buckles is an easy walk in the valley for these annoyingly beautiful birds! I’m a firm believer in swings and roundabouts so maybe this is my roundabout chance 🙂
Tailwinds from the pacific coast on the way to Mexico!
24th April 2012 at 8:59 pm #
I have just lost a lot of my savings investing in solar energy stocks. It was a beautiful idea I had that would give me independance to travel-cycle. I imagined that each time I would stop to look up at the big burning sun, I would feel all warm inside at the thought that the big burny was also topping up my bank acount so that I could keep pedalling…It was not to be.. Take a look at what happened to shares in solar energy companies and you will see where my savings went:(
I would love one, and would use it. But to be honest none of us NEED one. The alternative is not so bad, turn off the phone except for an hour a day and use a map and compass like we used to.
Here’s hoping the Sun God smiles on me this time..
David in Oslo
24th April 2012 at 9:03 pm #
Because it’s nice to tour but always good to keep in touch and that requires power!
24th April 2012 at 9:15 pm #
Powerfilm Solar Panel ! Now that’ll be great for my coming overland bike travel from France to Malaysia 😉
Affendy in France
24th April 2012 at 9:25 pm #
You should give that doodad to me because I love stuff and I like to carry lots of stuff on bike tour and anything that enables me to carry more stuff is a good thing!
I do lots of tours in the back country of the Sierras in California so mostly Id use it to keep my phone charged and maybe my ipod.
Thanks in advance!
24th April 2012 at 9:38 pm #
oh please give the panel to the lifeuphoria group.
The guys are cycling around Australia for charity and they’ve already put so much of their own money in that trip (all the charity events / wristband they’re selling / posters and stickers they’re giving out etc.) and they don’t have any more money to keep their equipment charged.
This solar panel would be awesome and just the thing they’d need for the trip.
24th April 2012 at 9:43 pm #
I would love a solar charger to power my tiny speakers when touring for weeks. Sometimes it gets lonely out there, only music can help pass the time.
24th April 2012 at 9:51 pm #
I would go straight to the point:
I’m going to tour from my home in Poland to Santiago de Compostela in Spain; the budget is ultra low (wild camping, fishing, dumpster diving on occasion – no shame); this gadget will be very useful to charge my phone so I can stay in touch with my mother. Thats it.
24th April 2012 at 9:52 pm #
I would really love this solar charger as im cycling London to Barcelona in a months time and camping all of the way. it would allow us to charge our phones in order to be able to update our blog with photos and stories.
24th April 2012 at 9:55 pm #
Traveling in cycle itself is a environmentally friendly and it will be icing on the cake if I use solar power instead of batteries when I travel. So I would be glad if I win this 🙂
24th April 2012 at 9:57 pm #
I remember my first tour in 2000 – I was teasing my brother that brought his discman and couple CD’s with his favourite music along.
The second tour we had a cellphone, once a week we had to stay at a hotel, to get it recharged…From 2006 on I have been touring by myself, and now I can’t even imagine a trip without all that energygulping gadgetry: cellphone, GPS-device. Touring has been made that much easier, yet the batteries need some recharging. As summer comes I’m cooking up more and more trips & endevours, and I would very much like that Solar Panel, as it would be a genious leap into cycling independence from an electric socket.
Happy Trails and Best of Regards
24th April 2012 at 10:05 pm #
I’m preparing for a cross country tour in the USA. Add that to the fact that I am the person who emailed you a couple weeks ago asking if you had ever reviewed a solar charger. It’s like fate! On a more practical note, a solar charger is my approach to keeping all my fancy gadgets going during my trip and I have yet to make the financial investment in one.
24th April 2012 at 10:05 pm #
A couple of days ago, my friend Julian and I were trying to figure out interesting ways to try to generate energy while riding through the various regions in Spain for a few months. Julian, being the wacky, whimsical, and often irrational fellow, conjured up this elaborate idea of trying to fit a biodiesal generator (or something like that. I often stop listening to his ideas midway) on our bikes and charge what ever appliances we had on us.
I suggested we just fit some solar panels on our bikes. Of course, I am sure in his mind, he was thinking about hauling some giant 40 lb. panel you would put on a house- But something light and foldable would be a perfect fit for hauling through those rough catalonian mountains with some good ol’ rock, or lighting the roads for us when we get stranded in Morocco.
So please, let us use (and review!) this panel before Julian gets any more asinine ideas and tries to drill frame compromising holes in his bike to make them a reality.
24th April 2012 at 10:09 pm #
My husband and I would love to win the solar panel so that we could actually keep our camera charged. We ran out of power on a self supported tour through the Former Soviet Union and missed some beautiful shots. It would be great to not have that happen on our trip from Wyoming to Chicago this fall!
24th April 2012 at 10:20 pm #
I really need one, I am running the Marine Corps marathon for the Semper Fi fund and am now doing a 1000 mile ride to ear money for them and would love to have juice to keep up my blOg and keep in touch with my kids.
24th April 2012 at 10:51 pm #
I’m heading off around Africa next year on my own. I don’t need the charger to help take fantastic pictures with my digital slr, or to blog to my followers on my netbook – it’s to power my kindle and iPod.
It’s my only hope of not going completely loco when I’m alone. I’d hate to torture the people of Namibia with my rendition of “Uptown Girl” due to boredom. 😀
24th April 2012 at 10:53 pm #
You have chosen a good date for the contest: it would be very nice to win the Solar Panel on 30th of April, hopefully a very sunny Queensday, always one of the nicest days of the year here in Holland.
24th April 2012 at 11:00 pm #
This gadget will help me during my bicycle trips through Europe because I camp often at sites were I just don’t have electricity power to charge my GPS system or my mobile phone.
24th April 2012 at 11:04 pm #
Hi there, first of all many thanks for your helpful newsletters and all the valuable tips on your webpage! It inspires us over and over again. We’ll head for a one-year trip from Switzerland to Asia next spring and would love to take your solar panel on our journey.
24th April 2012 at 11:21 pm #
I’d love to win the solar charger because it would serve me well as I commute, run errands, or lead social rides in Austin, TX, such as a ride to the Zilker Park Kite Festival, a tour of the Funky Chicken Coop Tour, and a tour of some of the sites on the Coalition of Community Gardens tour this weekend. Lovely newsletter and info, by the way!
24th April 2012 at 11:26 pm #
After reading all these other comments I can’t ask for it — I want to send my vote to Nick Scafie because more than most, he really wants it for all the right reasons, including sounds like he really needs it! (If this is just a random drawing, forgive my attempting to influence the randomness.)
24th April 2012 at 11:45 pm #
I would like to win it because I, as you, do not need it. Contrary to you thought I like things that I do not need. Just come over to my garage…
24th April 2012 at 11:52 pm #
I would like to win the solar charger because we have to charge a lot of devices:
1. two cell phones
2. two iPods
3. one Asus Transformer Prime eee Pad
4. two camera battery packs
5. four feet warmer accu cells for cycling in winter
But the most important is: WE DON’T HAVE ELECTRIC POWER ON HIDDEN CAMP SITES IN FRANCE!!!
And: If we don’t have power we can’t update our travel blog; if we have cold feet we won’t be able to cycle and if we don’t cycle there would be no need for a solar charger!!! 🙂
25th April 2012 at 12:15 am #
Rediscovering cycling 18 months ago changed the way I travel to work, go out with friends, and enjoy the sights of London. It saves me money, time and keeps me fit. We are heading on our first cycling holiday this summer, camping in Holland and we can’t wait! Our cameras are on our phones so we will need some charge. We respect and love your reviews and guides, keep it going and we will keep on reading. The solar charger will gets lots of use if it is sent to us.
25th April 2012 at 1:21 am #
I would love to win the Powerfilm Solar Panel it would be a great asset while pedaling down the road to gather the sun’s rays and charge my cell phone. I go on many bike/camp tours where there is no electric the whole week and by the end of the week I have no cell phone to contact my family and love ones at home. I could also share it with my friends who always like to travel with me so they could keep in touch with their family and pets. Besides it is so cool to recycle and go green it helps clean up Mother Earth!
25th April 2012 at 1:36 am #
Hi Guys we really love your travelling 2 site- last year we did our 1st big tour- only 6 weeks but we covered 2500km in this time( and we were quite unfit to start with- but certainly fit by the end, we have a journal of our adventure on crazyguyonabike-a ride from cairns). We rode from Cairns to Cape Tribulation & then down to Brisbane with much of the time on back roads & dirt roads where there was nothing for days at a time. On this trip we travelled with a large 3 panel wagan fold out solar panel, we had done quite a bit of research on this & it was the best we could find buying from Australia, we were trying to use this to put power into a storage battery which we then used to charge everything else. Peter had this strapped across his rear panniers & it just didn’t work & we carried the dead weight for the 2500km. So if there is something else out there that you recomend we would love to give it a test run on our next trip which is coming up soon on June 19th doing 900km’s of dirt on the Mawson trail in Adelaide & then another 1000km’s down through Kangaroo island. This being the middle of winter in Australia would be a great test on the power films robustness & usefulness. We would be happy to then pass it on to someone else who is cycle touring to test it out in another part of the world! Thanks for your site keeps our apetite wetted for the next trip!
25th April 2012 at 1:55 am #
Living in Australia , can be frustrating at times. Long distances between battery charges, lots of sun and the overall need to have juice in your cameras phones when cycling long distances,about to head into the hills between Canberra and the east coast for 4 weeks. Lots of hills ,valleys, eucalypts and solitude plus the lack of towns and power outlets.
25th April 2012 at 1:58 am #
It would be great gift to give to my local chairity so they could generate more money for their upcoming drawing.
25th April 2012 at 2:17 am #
I’d like to win it since my own one is broken and I’m about to cycle (plane leaves tomorrow) around Australia! Could use some solar powered goodness for my gps, phone and AA batteries
25th April 2012 at 2:29 am #
Because it would make me more attractive to the ladies!
25th April 2012 at 2:44 am #
I don’t like searching for a place to plug in.
25th April 2012 at 3:17 am #
A solar panel would not only be handy on tour, especially when I am out where plug-ins don’t exist, but it would also be a great conversation starter. One of the things I love about touring is talking to people. I can imagine it now, people walking by, checking it out, and wondering what in the world it is. They do that enough, when the see my bike and gear, but it would be even more if I pulled out a solar panel.
25th April 2012 at 3:19 am #
wow i would love to have one of those to charge up the gps and the kindle .Rod and i love to listen to a story in our tent at night after a hard days cycle. We did two coast to coast last year from MORCOMBE to Bridlington and then from Sunderland to Whithaven UK and ended up spending a fortune on batteries for the GPS. We are coming over to the Netherlads this year in June July and August so there is a chance if i had one of these it would work in the good weather i hope you will be haveing. We are both old age pensioners (67 and 66) SO can not afford to buy one on our very limited budget.
25th April 2012 at 3:23 am #
I am going to be graduating with my bachelors degree in June and my wife and I are going to embark on our first bike tour of the Pacific Coast of the United States. The solar panel will be extremely helpful in keeping our gadgets charged so we can keep our friends and family updated on how our trip is going.
After our tour we plan on continuing biking and it will help us keep our electronics powered through our tour and beyond.
25th April 2012 at 4:20 am #
Why I would like to win:
Because solar power is awesome and charging stuff is cool! 🙂
25th April 2012 at 4:22 am #
The solar charger would be an excellent example for the bicycle riders on RAGBRAI this summer as well as my son’s Boy Scout troop as we go camping every month (yes, even throughout the winter). On RAGBRAI, there are always shortages of power outlets to recharge cell phones, GPS loggers, cameras, or whatever. If I had the solar charger, I could show folks that there is a green alternative to the typical power outlet while sharing the free power with tons of other riders.
With the Boy Scout troop, I could demonstrate renewable energy while we’re camping in a variety of remote locations. Again, we could charge cell phones, GPS units, or other communication devices. The charger could eliminate the weight and waste of extra batteries typically brought on a trip.
Thanks for the opportunity!
25th April 2012 at 5:22 am #
We, like you, are taking our children more and more out for cycling on overnight trips.
I have DIY’d a number of battery based recharge systems but have been waiting for a decent solar product, in my research, this is it.
We would love to win this for the ability to charge our mobile phones for safety and security as well as our home-made camping lights that make a trip that much more enjoyable for our young children. AND the sun we get here in Australia makes this a common-sense way to go.
Thank you, Dan, Janelle, Emma & Tom
25th April 2012 at 6:16 am #
Well when I tour I dont actually take much that needs power other than my camera, However I would like to win as it would make a great present for my friend who’s embarking on their first cycle tour (south east asia) with a considerable amount of electrical goods!!
25th April 2012 at 7:04 am #
I want something simple to charge my electronics. Just something *simple*!
25th April 2012 at 7:40 am #
My husband and I are planning our first cycle touring adventure for next year as our delayed honeymoon/2yr anniversary celebration. We intend for this to be the first of many more cycle tours to come both at home and abroad.
We are keen to wild camp as much as possible, and are in the middle of gear collection mode. Finding a way to charge our gadgets and gizmos has been one of the problems I have been trying to solve. I know the Powerfilm Solar Panel would come in super handy and I can guarantee it will be getting lots of use from us for years to come.
25th April 2012 at 7:46 am #
Biketouring + Technology + Work Mobility is everything we do. This little beauty is the one thing on my list that I’ve never had the opportunity to use but have always wanted.
My Partner Sabrina and I are currently spending 2.5 years traveling around the world on our Kona Sutras promoting the potential for work-mobility and the power technology has to give people the freedom to live their lives AND ALSO live out their dreams of traveling. We tour and build software while managing our jobs on the road stopping for 3 days out of 7 to work online with laptops, a router and other mobile gear. We think this kind of freedom should be available to everyone.
A charger like this was always something I wanted to use and couldn’t get. This would be a wonderful addition to what we do and I would be a grateful winner should I be lucky enough for you to even have time to read all these comments let alone pick us to win! :).
25th April 2012 at 8:03 am #
Guys: Chuck – The Chuck Norris been following me for a decade, I’m starting to realize that I need this Solar Panel just to escape from him!
25th April 2012 at 8:21 am #
Dear A & F,
I am a beginner in terms of cycling experience, though some day I wish to do long-distance biking. My son (Sid) has started cycling in earnest in the past few years and is interested to do long-distance biking. I would love to gift the power-film solar panel to Sid to encourage him in his cycling endeavours.
25th April 2012 at 8:42 am #
OOOOh I want one of this, there are many gadgets what need it!!!!! 🙂
25th April 2012 at 8:51 am #
Getting this charger would totally help support the cross Canada trip I’m planning for this summer! Got a few thing to charge up (the usual, iPod, camera, etc) so it would be perfect. Thanks for giving us a chance to put our hands on this fine piece of equipment. Cheers!
25th April 2012 at 9:25 am #
It would be great for my ongoing plan of making a world round trip by bicycle! I am going to start as soon as possible and I am getting gear right now!
Regards from Latvia!
25th April 2012 at 9:26 am #
I’m planning a tour through Holland and into Germany and back from York in the UK. I’m going to take 3 weeks over it I think.This charger sounds ideal for charging up mp3 players, cameras and phones so it would be a very welcome addition to what will be my first tour. Thanks for the opportunity
25th April 2012 at 9:39 am #
I am an avid touring cyclist, and I carry a rechargeable bike light and an iPod while on the road. A solar panel would be handy to keep those items topped up. And I’m thinking about getting an iPad (everyone else has one, right?).
You may remember me, I touted your Web site to the Sydney Cyclist local bike blog.
I’m now back home in the States, having ridden all over Australia and New Zealand. Not sure where my next bike adventure will be!
25th April 2012 at 9:42 am #
We are off to Kashmir & Ladakh, Northern India and then further into the Eastern side of the world – by bike, of course. And since we can hardly save money for the trip itself, we can not afford such useful (but for us luxury) things and so we have rely on the local electronic system while on the road – which is (I guess you know it by yourself) quite unreliable. And anyway, we have to carry at least our cell phones (+ GPS) with us, unless my mom would go crazy I guess 🙂 … okay, she will go crazy anyway when she sees we really mean this journey 😉
25th April 2012 at 9:46 am #
This could really give me a sense of “i’m doing some good here”..Could there be a better way to continue to “go green”? Even more-so when your cycling around! This would be a great prize for anyone and the planet, however, it’s especially sunny in Wales, so I am sure that this will come to good use!
25th April 2012 at 10:16 am #
I’d love to win this solar charger. I’ve only been on one cycle tour (last July) and I used my phone to navigate us around. When
my phone battery died, I was stumped!
I’d love to do more cycle touring around areas I’ve never been to, so I need my navigation system more than ever. This will help no end, even in typical British weather 🙂
25th April 2012 at 10:17 am #
Probably too late to the party on this but my partner Natalie and I are cycling from London to Sydney starting 7 June and a solar charger is on our “luxury wish-list” (along with a bunch of Icebreaker gear!) – it’d be a huge help.
25th April 2012 at 10:20 am #
Well who wouldn’t want this great littel gadget. This powerfilm charger would be able to record all your great adventures. I think to be able to keep your camra and communications charged up would be sweet.
Your friends and family might not think the same way when they have to look at 1000 odd photos of your trip.
My camra batterie run really low on a LEGOG trip this Easter 2012, I had to stop taken photos from Fort Williams which was a shame just in order to get John O’groats photo.
This superb gadget would have prevented that and kept me green and the footprint, tire track is important, awesome.
25th April 2012 at 10:29 am #
I would really like to thank you for sharing with us all,
The chance to win this item by writing on your wall.
So now I will outline my needs and try to make my case,
And paint you all a picture of me, though you do not know my face.
I cycle and recycle and try to make things last,
And ride a 26 year old Peugeot (but do not ride too fast).
My bike and I have seen good times round Ireland through the years,
Exploring lanes and byroads on a limit of 10 gears.
In woods and secluded beaches you’ll find us with a tent,
Or on a lonely mountainside as we make our slow ascent.
We rise at dawn to birdsong, and at the end of every day,
Watch the Connemara sun set over lovely Galway Bay.
To travel around Ireland has my dream and wealth,
Despite some limitations caused by ongoing ill-health.
No longer can I speed along – 100 miles a day,
I now must learn to pace myself and learn another way
To see the things I want to see, and learn to travel wise
And make the most of every trip – each sunset and sunrise.
This piece of kit would help so much on my journey on life’s road,
To keep my phone and batteries charged in each temporary abode.
Instead of notebooks in my bags, to keep a daily log,
I could take a small computer and start to write a blog.
I’ve dreamed a dream for many years to travel far and wide,
To see the many wonders, which therein may abide.
To ride the ancient pathway, the Camino of St. James,
from Galway to Santiago de Compostella of great fame.
Then on to the Alhambra to view Moorish history,
Then to Saintes Maries de la Mer to join the Romani,
To join them as they carry Kali Sara to the sea,
A European version of their Indian history.
And then to follow their journey back to where they first began…
To somewhere far, far in the East, near glorious Rajastan.
The journey of a lifetime is now within my reach,
I’ve learned a lot from all you write – the skills you so well teach.
This charger would so help me, as I travel on this way
To share the story as I ride – the highlights of each day.
To help inspire others, as you have done for me,
To pack their bikes and start to ride beyond the seventh sea.
So now, to you, I’ve made my case, along with all the rest.
It may not be the winner, but I have done my best.
So all that’s left is to say is may your road be often flat,
and when it is not, as we say in Ireland, “Go n-éirí an bóthar leat”!
25th April 2012 at 10:37 am #
Hello, I would like to win one !!!
I’m a follower of Travelling two from Barcelona (Spain)
Thanks for your reports and yours newsletters.
25th April 2012 at 12:28 pm #
What can I say that the others didn’t say yet? I’m a kind of geek and I spend a lot of time on the road with my beloved bicycle… so this gadget is perfect… for me and for everybody 😀 This summer I wanna start a new cycle tour and it would be really useful to have it with me.
Great website. I discovered it 2 weeks ago and its great :-)Thanks!
25th April 2012 at 1:00 pm #
Been looking to buy one…
25th April 2012 at 1:33 pm #
It would make a great birthday gift for my wife!
25th April 2012 at 1:47 pm #
In 106 days a friend and I are leaving to cycle from Cairo to Cape Town to raise funds for the Chesney Trust. Winning this solar pannel would mean that we were able to take more photos and download more film footage of our journey allowing us to update friends and family and raise the profile of the charity more. Can’t wait!
25th April 2012 at 1:48 pm #
I’ve got two challenges this year and next year – to cycle round the wilds of Spain, and hike across the Alps. I need something I could use for both situations, and the panel looks great, as I want to take up travel blogging, and share my experiences as I go.
25th April 2012 at 1:50 pm #
As an aspiring bike tourer on a nearly non-existent budget, winning this would be amazing! I could tell you the sob story about how I survived a brain tumor which made me realize I want to see the world on a bike, or the fact that the tumor may be back, but I won’t. Oh wait…
25th April 2012 at 2:33 pm #
Thank you, now a wonderful technological comfort for the open road!
25th April 2012 at 2:34 pm #
Hi this is great …i almost sent for this model last week its £100 but desided to wait to see if the price came down just got your news letter today and saw my chance to win….how to …what can i say….it will save me £100…and thats a lot of camping days…me and the wife are coming over to Holland this summer for about 6 weeks on our cycle tour…via ferry Hull to Hook….lookin forward to this…….yes so give it to me….we will need it and use it…….seeya….rodnanne
25th April 2012 at 2:43 pm #
My recent touring exploits have been raising money for charity. To keep the interest of my sponsors and friends alike, I blog. To do this I tend to use the mobile phone or a small notebook. Finding power to charge these devices is always difficult! The Powerfilm would be fantastic to store the days energy for the on-line publications in the evening!
25th April 2012 at 2:50 pm #
We are gearing up
year long, 10,000 mi US TOUR
beginning this August.
We are new to this, and excited, but man is there a lot to buy….
I plan on blogging about it for the
benefit of all 🙂 WHICH
means there may be DAYS when the computer will
run dry, and the nearest plug will be a hundred miles away,
and i will be on my knees weeping,
staring up at the sun and
Why dont I have a powerfilm solar panel???
Why didn’t they pick ME??
25th April 2012 at 2:53 pm #
My partner, Carolyn, and I are currently recording and cataloging cycle touring routes in Poland. Last year we covered about 1200km of routes in Central and Eastern Poland using inaccurate local maps, iPhone, iPad and good intuition. Cycle touring resources are scarce in this part of the world, but the riding is great and costs are low for European standards. We want to make it more available to other folks. Last year it was extremely difficult to keep everything charged while riding through areas where one may or may not have access to electricity. Having a tool like the Powerfilm Panel would greatly speed our travel and recording of information and reduce side trips to find electricity. This year we plan to utilize a GPS recorder, iPad, iPhone and a DSLR. Too much to simply charge on a dyno. We will be happy to return feedback, pics of our exploits featuring the Powerfilm, reviews, travel/usage tips etc… and even go one better: after using the Powerfilm for one year we will do exactly what you are doing here and give it away via our blog one another deserving cycle tourist.
25th April 2012 at 2:54 pm #
My partner, Carolyn, and I are currently recording and cataloging cycle touring routes in Poland. Last year we covered about 1200km of routes in Central and Western Poland using inaccurate local maps, iPhone, iPad and good intuition. Cycle touring resources are scarce in this part of the world, but the riding is great and costs are low for European standards. We want to make it more available to other folks. Last year it was extremely difficult to keep everything charged while riding through areas where one may or may not have access to electricity. Having a tool like the Powerfilm Panel would greatly speed our travel and recording of information and reduce side trips to find electricity. This year we plan to utilize a GPS recorder, iPad, iPhone and a DSLR. Too much to simply charge on a dyno. We will be happy to return feedback, pics of our exploits featuring the Powerfilm, reviews, travel/usage tips etc… and even go one better: after using the Powerfilm for one year we will do exactly what you are doing here and give it away via our blog one another deserving cycle tourist.
25th April 2012 at 3:18 pm #
As a veteran cycle tourist in the lucky country with 5 trips across Australia already done and planning to ride all the way around Australia in 2013, I know the power of the sun is a great add to a trip when combined with this Power Film solar charger
25th April 2012 at 3:21 pm #
Would help if I could spell
25th April 2012 at 3:21 pm #
I am going on a touring holiday in Italy with my friend this summer. I want to keep my phone charged so I can track our routes and post them on my mum’s facebook page so she can see how we are progressing. Your Bike Touring Basics book is coming in so handy! Thanks a million
25th April 2012 at 3:23 pm #
Hi Friedel and Andrew!
I’m leaving at the end of May for a 6-month around-Europe solo tour. Really around Europe since I will start in southern France and moving clockwise to Turkey by way of Norway.
At this point, I will evaluate the next leg of my journey.
Solar panels were definitely the order of the day for me and I had to check the date twice on the blog because I couldn’t believe my good fortune that you were offering this up just as I am getting my gear together for the trip.
Great info and podcasts on your blog. I’m just starting to put together my blog before leaving.
Your fellow Canuck,
25th April 2012 at 3:27 pm #
during a recent trip in sri lanka where everyone just tells you to call them when you are nearby to give you directions (and i quickly got tired of arguing with them)
i ran out of battery on my mobile, which was also my gps.
on that particular road people weren’t too kind
and made me feel like there was nothing worse than the humiliation of being reduced to begging for something so basic
which they refused to me even when i offered to pay
in the end, it almost cost me my life when it got dark on me and a pack of men very intent on hurting me (the solo female cyclist) appeared out of nowhere
that was my first day of my cycling tour when i learnt the hard way my mobile’s battery life didn’t last as long with the local sim card as i does at home
i then spent the rest of the trip playing around with the (wifi/ringer/etc) on/off trying to save on energy and missing calls from people/hotels that needed me to confirm something or other, were checking up on me…
i so wish to have this solar panel so i don’t have to relive that experience again on my next trip & actually enjoy it
25th April 2012 at 3:44 pm #
HOLA FROM CHILE!!!
I want to get this great solar charger…you know her I can use it in many ways…bike trips…after a earthquake…jijiji
well…anyway a big hug or all of you …thank you for share tips for bike`s fan..
25th April 2012 at 3:53 pm #
Cycle touring equates to great freedom,
witnessing life up close from such travel,
but the needs of my iPod and gadgets,
beg for a Powerfilm Solar Panel.
The new friendships to make are abundant,
with other languages troubling to handle,
but this task is made simpler by my lap top,
and thanks to your handy solar panel.
Bicycle trips are total adventures,
as I’m clad in shorts, helmet, and flannel,
panniers to the brim with my equipment,
and adorned by a Powerfilm Panel!
25th April 2012 at 3:58 pm #
Juste parce que j’en ai justement besoin pour mon prochain voyage à vélo en Mongolie. (Just because I’m actually looking for my next bike trip in Mongolia)…
25th April 2012 at 3:59 pm #
Greetings friends and bicycle lovers 🙂
We are a couple of youngsters that love touring with our two-wheel pets and a little gem like this would make all the difference on the road.
We are big fans of everything environment friendly, and there is nothing like powering up on solar energy.
We would be thrilled to test it out on our Tuscany tour this summer!
Thanks and kudos on the website, it is absolutely fabulous!
All the best to you from CROATIA!
25th April 2012 at 4:08 pm #
As a once power-hungry war-lord exiled from my university office I require a nuclear reactor and a robot army.
Failing this, I’ll settle for your solar panel to put on my recumbent bicycle so that I can update my loyal facebook army when my journeys take me where there is no free Mcdonalds wifi.
P.S. When in no-mans-land, look me up!
25th April 2012 at 4:30 pm #
Hello bike loving friends,
Well, my boyfriend and I are preparing for our first bike touring adventure: one month in Mongolia, and we realized that we’ll definitely need to buy a solar panel, to charge our camera and GPS (no, we really don’t need to update our Facebook while on the road!!). So, if we can get one for free, that’s really cool!!
Cheers from Quebec.
25th April 2012 at 5:57 pm #
My husband and I have just retired and are about to start bicycle touring. We are busy acquiring the necessary gear and doing a lot of research on the web. Since we want to do this right, we would love to have the Powerfilm Solar Panel, which we feel is the best product out there for cycle touring!
25th April 2012 at 6:22 pm #
I would love to win because I need extra power for my Garmin 800 during 24h rides.
25th April 2012 at 7:26 pm #
I am 94 years old, and _still_ bicycle and tour. It would be wonderful to win the solar charger so I can keep my phone charged and stay in contact with my family while I am out on the bike. I’ve so enjoyed following your adventures; what an inspiration!
25th April 2012 at 7:36 pm #
Just quit job to make lifestyle change so need all the help I can get! I love reading and was given a kindle so would be great to be able to charge it so I can read when camping on my travels.
25th April 2012 at 9:12 pm #
Simple…………to keep my GPS charged so as I can find the nearest pub at the end of a long day in the saddle.
25th April 2012 at 9:24 pm #
Am touring this summer using a Dahon Speed TR with a Burley Trovey Trailer and rear panniers, the Powerfilm Solar Panel would fit nicely on the back of this trailer ensuring maximum sun/charging capacity.for AA batteries for bike and tent lights. Thanks for giving away these select goodies for fans of your Zine. :^D
25th April 2012 at 9:33 pm #
Oh, that will be really useful for charging small gadgets on the road. I would like to win that device to use it on my tours. Foldability is a great plus, but usefulness depends on the efficiency of the solar panel. I hope to test it soon!.
GOOD LUCK TO ALL CONTENDERS!
25th April 2012 at 9:40 pm #
Hello to all bikers!!!
Where is your next trip to?!?!? 😉
I always make pictures on my bike trips to save the memory but often appears the problem with low batteries. That’s why I need that solar panel so much! Will be happy to have it with me on the road!
Greets from Bulgaria
25th April 2012 at 11:56 pm #
I would love to win this – thanks for the give away!
26th April 2012 at 12:46 am #
Hi From Spain,
I really like the solar panel. How I can´t find a job in Spain, I have deceided to learn English while I travel around europe. So I would like to win because I need to charge my mp3.
26th April 2012 at 1:55 am #
It would be so great to win the Powerfilm Solar Panel. My friend Maria and I are going on Tour de Sustainability (http://tourdesustainability.org/) in less than a month. It is our three-month cycling journey across Canada throughout which we will be filming our adventure and our conversations with local individuals about their actions to move towards sustainability. To achieve this we will have a couple of cameras and a small laptop with us so we can keep everyone updated on our discoveries. And, of course, gadgets need charging and what a better and more sustainable way than to harvest the rays of the sun to keep our tour on the go.
26th April 2012 at 2:02 am #
I crave the solar panel charger so I can feel good and GREEN while I am cycling my little white butt around the countryside. Not only will I be in STYLE, I will feel so good about myself and the planet to! I am on a budget and it is just the ticket for me and my bike (her name is Ramona).
I so love it you are getting ready to take the wee one on the road!!
26th April 2012 at 3:35 am #
Hi fron OZ,
Would be a great to have on my next trip through the outback of Australia. Plenty of sunshine and blue skys to keep my ipod charged.
26th April 2012 at 3:37 am #
Hey! We are “Fueled By Rice!” We did a trip from 2007-2008 from Beijing to Paris and this fall we’re going to the other way! We are biking to promote peace, a simple lifestyle, and to raise awareness for global warming. We are musicians, photographers, and film makers and hope to make a documentary to share our experience with the world!
Kallie (on behalf of Fueled By Rice)
old site: http://www.fueledbyrice.org
new site in the works: fbr.devinbrowndesign.com
26th April 2012 at 3:53 am #
I’ve been looking for a solar solution to my trip departing in coming June. the Power Film and the A-Solar Power Bag are both on my list and I’m going to choose which one to use in my trip.
My trip will start right off my home town Macau in East Asia. Head north to Mainland China and then all the way west to Cabo da Roca, Portugal. Here’s the route http://g.co/maps/z4zp2.
I expect frequent use of the Power Film to power my devices like GPS, Smartphone, 3G Modem. And I also expect putting a harder test on the Power Film when I’m in Central Asia and Iran.
Thanks for reading my comment!
Clancy Wai Cheong
P.S. I’m still in the progress of building my site. That’s not the final production 😉
26th April 2012 at 4:03 am #
Going to Oz in 2013 for around Oz trip. This little gizmo will surely come handy! Very handy as a matter of fact…
26th April 2012 at 5:11 am #
Days of Sunshine a year in Arizona = Over 300
Miles covered on our tours here = 40-60 a day
Devices needing charging = Lights, Ipod, GPS
Knowing you’re trip is human and nature powered = Priceless.
That is why I would like to win this contest.
26th April 2012 at 5:32 am #
I am a slightly overweight married father of four who has no chance of putting a piece of gear like this to reasonable use. I’d like to have it anyway, but it should almost certainly go to someone else.
I hope whoever gets it has a wonderful adventure
26th April 2012 at 7:02 am #
I reckon it’d great for charging the batteries of my camera. Not into all the gadgetry, so keeping it pretty simple. Just love capturing the magic of the scenery and the light when you stumble across it.
26th April 2012 at 7:18 am #
We are neebies with touring and just started out on our exploration. Came across your website and have found it brilliant already. The solar panel will help us stay in touch back home and who knows, by staying ‘charged’ we might be able to blog and link in with you. If we are lucky to receive the gadget, it will be a great help. We love solar at home and we would love it even more on the bike. Enjoy your bike blog – keep it up 🙂
26th April 2012 at 7:40 am #
We are keen to be green, which is one of the reasons why we like to travel by bike. Powering our electronics by solar panel means that our cycle tours will be even greener!
26th April 2012 at 9:01 am #
Hi Friedel and Andrew
30 years ago when I cycled 16,000km in one trip my family had no idea where I was until eventually a letter turned up in the mailbox. Now it is so nice to be able to keep family informed of your whereabouts and for them to know you are safe. The solar charger would be great for this when I am cycle touring and camping out. Love your site!
26th April 2012 at 9:24 am #
I am a 21 year old Biochem/Chem student at the University of Victoria and I am leaving for my first bike tour across Canada next week (!!) and this solar panel would be a very awesome thing to have along to charge my phone (so my mother can always get a hold of me! Ha ha) and so I can always listen to great tunes.
As a student, money is a bit tight, but I’ve been saving up for this trip for a while, and always considered buying something such as a solar panel, but it never really worked its way into the budget!
I think you guys have an awesome site, and it definitely was an awesome resource to get my started/ready for my trip and keep my burning bike touring flame a lit! Thank you so much for that, at the very least!
26th April 2012 at 9:43 am #
I’d love to win this solar panel because I always forget to charge my devices to full before a long day outside =)
26th April 2012 at 10:45 am #
I’m about to do my first bicycle tour Europe-India and this solar panel would be so useful for me.
26th April 2012 at 11:24 am #
Hi there, me too 🙂 When do u start?? Best wishes to your starting tour! Maybe we’ll meet somewhere on the road!
26th April 2012 at 10:52 am #
My wife and I are new to cycle camping. We are gradually getting our kit together for a ‘cultural’ cycle tour in France. So far no dynohub – budget expended!
It would be lovely to win the Powerfilm Solar Panel, particularly to recharge our digital camera.
Many thanks for generously allowing us all the chance to enter this competition.
26th April 2012 at 11:22 am #
Hi there ciclebuddies! 😀 Well i am about to start a huge trip, going from greece up to (probably) the Thibet. It will take between a year and two, and i am always in search of the biggest autonomy 🙂 Because music makes me as happy as bicycles, i was searching for the best option to be able to charge my music device, while avoiding to depend on a plugggg!
I like the idea to harvest my own electricity as if i was a cycling plant or tree, and would be super gratefull to carry a bit of you and a bit of sun all around!
BTW, great tips, i enjoyed your site! 🙂
26th April 2012 at 12:33 pm #
Hello from Greece.
Thanks to your insparational book,I’m planning a trip around Europe by my bike…
That’s why I need this solar panel!!!!!!!!!1
26th April 2012 at 1:34 pm #
Heading back home to Scotland, I plan to do some touring. Think I deserve it for sheer optimism alone. If only you could get a rain powered charger, I’d be set.
Would have been extremely useful for the last eight weeks of almost unbroken South Island sunshine.
26th April 2012 at 2:28 pm #
Hi, I am currently cycling through Italy and am having a heck of a time keeping my iphone and ipod charged. They are small and light but don’t keep a charge for more than 24 hours at that. It would be absolutely awesome to win your solar charger. Good luck with your trip! Happy cycling!
26th April 2012 at 10:14 pm #
Hi! I and my Esteemed Colleague, Anya, are going to cycle across Canada this summer. Since our route lies North of the 49th parallel, we’ll be enjoying 15-16 hours of sunlight for much of our 3-month venture. It would be a shame to let it go to waste! This precious resource would go towards powering our computer, phone, bike lights (if we should need them… what with the long days), and most importantly our Video Camera. Our project is to meet regular people and collect/film conversations about sustainability. I’d like to close with, everything you learned about Canadians by watching South Park is totally 100% true.
27th April 2012 at 12:27 am #
Well ,, used , that’s ok with me ,, , I could Use it on the next trip I am going on to Alaska ,in a RV.camper,, no Doubt , not too many places to charge up, any Batteries there ..
and ,, there will be Soo much Sun up there , imagine – 18 to 20 hrs , the Land of the Midnight Sun,,,
It should be easy to Fully Charge the Cell ph , the little Lap Top, and the batteries for the 3 Cameras , we are taking up there,
Imagine , No fresh batteries ,and all that Scenery to Photograph ,, !
I notice that ,many others ,are also going North ,and on other interesting trips, we all need one , any one of us would be happy to receive it,
27th April 2012 at 12:28 am #
With a new little guy myself my wife will require 100% communications on my tours and this will keep the devices charged!
27th April 2012 at 12:11 pm #
Because I am not only riding but also backpacking and when I leave the bike behind going straight up to thew top of the mountain I’m out of electrical power sooner than later. Want to leave me in the dark in the Alps or in the Ural? Be nice to me! 😉
27th April 2012 at 1:04 pm #
My partener and i are planning a tour from UK to Oz. We have opted for one dynamo hub between us as i am so much slower that if i had a hub on my bike the extra resistance would mean i never catch up. I am concerned as to whether one hub will be sufficent to power up all of our devices.
27th April 2012 at 3:57 pm #
I am ashamed to admit that I only really became concerned about my carbon footprint and living a more eco friendly life after I moved to Netherlands. As I discovered bicycle commuting and later bicycle touring it struck me that that it really is something that anyone can do regardless of his or her circumstances. With a solar battery charger I can further cut down my eco footprint on bicycle tours this year (North Sea route along Denmark’s coastline). Also, as opposed to a hub dynamo I can also use it to charge my smart phone and rechargeable bicycle lights when I am not on a tour. With a bright summer predicted this year I am sure with a solar charger I can contribute that tiny bit more to the environment.
27th April 2012 at 4:28 pm #
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27th April 2012 at 7:59 pm #
It would be great to win this solar pannel! We are a “middle-aged” couple, half belgian and half spanish, we run a B&B near Girona and we are trying to get the money together for a quick cycling holiday all around the globe. Please give it to us, Spain is in crisis…….
28th April 2012 at 8:00 am #
im from mexico, im new in this thing about travell on bike, i only done one bike tour on mexico (8 days )…before i leave my home i had an idea make a documentary about my travell… the challange was record all interesting things , break of my bicicle,another cicloturist from rumania!,mexican people,cities,problems unrelated to mine (like one family with damaged car in the midle of the road)…. but there was a big problem with the camera i have big one memory for record 320 gbs, but the battery of the camera only last 2 hours.sometimes interesting things happen when I had the camera with empty battery! that’s why I like to have a solar panel!!! chek out the trailer of my documentary , the full documentary comes out on may! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qY4Ce-vN1KM
28th April 2012 at 9:45 am #
Well, I’m electrically charged, but my friendly touring buddies (i.e. updated Tracphone, updated iPad, updated GPS, updated IPOD) need power. My Surly Long Haul trucker, the steel horse, can only do so much with the generator hub so….I really deserve the solar panel. What you think? YES!
28th April 2012 at 10:32 am #
Well, the reason is very simple: a source of free energy. At my trip at 2009 I just used 3 garden solar lamps in a transparent plastic box. But it is not so comfortable. With solar charger I can charge my batteries for the camera, to use it for a light in the tent (I travel alone and I like to read book at the evening in the tent or to write in my diary)and to listen my old MP3-player without shopping a single used batteries (it is not so good for environment). This solar charger saves money – no need a camping for just charging your mobile phone or charge batteries for the camera.
Well, a friend told me that I can use my dinamo (6V), selfmade. And it is difficult for me.
28th April 2012 at 10:32 pm #
If nothing else, I should win for more pathetic entry. I am old and fat, but my daily commute has helped me deal with overwhelming stress the last EIGHT years. As you can find, on my open FB page, I have been avoiding foreclosure from Citi Bank over money they now admit THEY OWE ME! During this time, a son returned from Iraq needing hospitalization (after a CAMPUS shooting no less), our home burned, and my youngest just returned from deployment last year.
I have been forced to change careers to protect my sanity. Extended weekend bike camping getaways (and an occassional romantic weekend w/the wife) are the only “vacations” I have had in 30 years (changing that this year). Last year’s trip across Illinois would have been even more enjoyable had I a mobile charger (btw, you would love The Hennepin Canal trail across Illinois).
28th April 2012 at 10:34 pm #
With University ending on the 3rd May a friend and I are working every day we can over the summer then running off to China in September to cycle back to London.
The trip is on a shoe string budget and winning this solar charger would help us both out big time, and a nice end of uni present!
29th April 2012 at 5:27 pm #
This summer, I’d use the charger for my camera to tour around souther Ontario. Next summer, I will most probably head out to the Indian Himalayas, where finding power is a little more problematic!
29th April 2012 at 7:29 pm #
I’d like to win because my wife won’t let me buy one of these.
29th April 2012 at 7:30 pm #
Because we lost our house to hurricane Irene and we are building an off-the-grid home but will be living on-site in a camper for a couple months first. Our phones, etc. will be our lifeline but need to be charged!
29th April 2012 at 7:47 pm #
so i can use it at burning man, duh.
29th April 2012 at 8:03 pm #
I’d love to win this for my brother. He bikes a lot in S. Florida and I know he’d love it! He already thinks I’m an awesome sister but it never hurts to up my rep.
29th April 2012 at 8:58 pm #
Thank you for the very practical review of this AA charger. I was not aware that a AA charger was available with integrated USB inverter – very convenient to have this feature built-in, and the light weight is an added bonus. I would love to win this charger to charge camera batteries on the road. Love your stories and reviews.
29th April 2012 at 9:42 pm #
I’d love to win it because I’m just starting out and this would be a great boost to do some long distance outings!
29th April 2012 at 9:42 pm #
I would love to use this to charge our IPad, IPod, camera, and cell phone while camping. I like to upload my photos to share with my friends.
29th April 2012 at 9:45 pm #
i using more and more solar in and around my home. i would love to try out this product, one more way to less dependence on electric use. thank you for this opportunity.
30th April 2012 at 12:01 am #
This looks really cool would love to win. Definitely would use it all the time.
30th April 2012 at 1:28 am #
I’m homeless for 14 months.I could use this to change my cell,laptop,etc.it’s cold in Maine “USA”
30th April 2012 at 1:57 pm #
Not only I lived now almost 4 years on bicycle, before I lived for many years without power supply. Now I tried to charge different Accus on dynamo, but it didn’t work properly. Solar charging is a smart way, but expensive. Winning is the only option, I guess. Get it!
3rd May 2012 at 2:11 pm #
Too late, but I would be the one to give his full use as In june I will ride the artic circle and as you are all aware is 24 hour sun 🙂 Better reason than this is impossible! However I have made a device which uses Solar and own bike dynamo to charge all my devices (GPS, MP3, Phones, and Laptop) Trip live shared while in Sweden!
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