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by Northumberlander
4 Jun 2020, 3:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Requesting tech advice on Power Bank for touring
Replies: 20
Views: 510

Re: Requesting tech advice on Power Bank for touring

Thank you, all, for your patient help and contributions here. I do now have a clearer idea of the features I'm looking for, which is what I hoped to achieve in asking. I appreciate your help. Will definitely check out the PowerAdd brand - always good to have user experience, thanks. Time to get away...
by Northumberlander
4 Jun 2020, 3:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Requesting tech advice on Power Bank for touring
Replies: 20
Views: 510

Re: Requesting tech advice on Power Bank for touring

here is an interesting idea http://allaboutwindowsphone.com/reviews/item/23888_RAVPower_PD_Pioneer_20000_AC.php has an inbuilt inverter to produce 240v mains Amazing. Would need to make the Bob trailer the de facto luggage-carrying option though... That review did point me to the Tronsmart PB20, wh...
by Northumberlander
4 Jun 2020, 2:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Requesting tech advice on Power Bank for touring
Replies: 20
Views: 510

Re: Requesting tech advice on Power Bank for touring

I don't know where you're seeing "PD". If you tell us I'll have a look. Ditto "output voltages". All USB charging is at about 5V, it's the current that differs between devices. Jonathan This random unit on Amazon (not necessarily on my shortlist!) refers to both the PD protocol,...
by Northumberlander
4 Jun 2020, 2:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Requesting tech advice on Power Bank for touring
Replies: 20
Views: 510

Re: Requesting tech advice on Power Bank for touring

It's a minefield (like most to do with USB). USB has so many optional capabilities that it's hard to find what each device can do. There's "Quick Charging" which is a trademark of Qualcomm who make some USB chips. Other brands call it "Fast Charging". Both require about 2-3A. Th...
by Northumberlander
4 Jun 2020, 11:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Requesting tech advice on Power Bank for touring
Replies: 20
Views: 510

Re: Requesting tech advice on Power Bank for touring

So, I started with only one criterion in mind before I got all confused, and that was the mAh number - not too small, not too big. Is this the only important thing, as far as you're concerned? You also need to ensire the power bank can output a high enough current for each device. Most modern ones ...
by Northumberlander
3 Jun 2020, 8:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Requesting tech advice on Power Bank for touring
Replies: 20
Views: 510

Re: Requesting tech advice on Power Bank for touring

PH, Jonathan, thanks. Good advice - two is a good idea, I see that. I can share the weight across both bikes :wink: So, I started with only one criterion in mind before I got all confused, and that was the mAh number - not too small, not too big. Is this the only important thing, as far as you're co...
by Northumberlander
3 Jun 2020, 6:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Requesting tech advice on Power Bank for touring
Replies: 20
Views: 510

Requesting tech advice on Power Bank for touring

Having tried to research my specific needs by reading around, I'm now totally confused about power bank specs - so thought I'd come here to ask for advice. I see one or two other refs to power banks in the forum, but not found any to untangle my confusion. I want a powerbank to take bicycle touring....
by Northumberlander
11 Oct 2018, 8:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: A Holland-touring newbie seeks wisdom...
Replies: 33
Views: 2109

Re: A Holland-touring newbie seeks wisdom...

Having received so much helpful advice here, I felt I should come back to say what a really great week I had. Everything you hear - about the brilliant infrastructure, the easy route-planning, the friendly people - is true. Oh, and the bit about the wind too... :shock: I had a lovely tour, did not e...
by Northumberlander
20 Sep 2018, 9:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Needing some help with https://en.routeplanner.fietsersbond.nl/
Replies: 4
Views: 261

Re: Needing some help with https://en.routeplanner.fietsersbond.nl/

I chose to buy the Basiskaart set of maps (full set covering the whole of the Netherlands), rather than the specific Zuiderzee-only route map. This was because the postage cost was almost as much as the single route map, whereas it was only half of the full set - which therefore looked like the bett...
by Northumberlander
20 Sep 2018, 9:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Needing some help with https://en.routeplanner.fietsersbond.nl/
Replies: 4
Views: 261

Re: Needing some help with https://en.routeplanner.fietsersbond.nl/

You can set a distance when you do a circular tour, but not for a one way trip, I think. What you can do, of course, is pick a destination that you expect to be roughly how far you want to go, ask the system to design a route, and then see how far this actually is. I agree it would be nice to have ...
by Northumberlander
20 Sep 2018, 7:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Exeter to Dover
Replies: 4
Views: 460

Re: Exeter to Dover

Sorry, this is not helpful - at all - with regard to your original question, but the word 'Topsham' has me responding... Our daughter has recently relocated there (400 miles from 'home') and a couple of weekends ago we visited her. We rented bikes from Route2 Bikes, and spent a lovely Sunday tootlin...
by Northumberlander
20 Sep 2018, 4:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Needing some help with https://en.routeplanner.fietsersbond.nl/
Replies: 4
Views: 261

Needing some help with https://en.routeplanner.fietsersbond.nl/

I'm planning my upcoming tour in the Netherlands, and have found the fietsersbond.nl route-planning tool to be absolutely excellent. Except for one thing... I can't find a way to measure distances along the route (in my case the Zuiderzee LF route.) Suppose I want to plan a 100km day (or in fact, an...
by Northumberlander
9 Sep 2018, 9:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: A Holland-touring newbie seeks wisdom...
Replies: 33
Views: 2109

Re: A Holland-touring newbie seeks wisdom...

Thehairs1970 wrote:
Buy a map. Use the fiets planner. Be prepared for wind. It can get really blowy.

Have fun.


Thanks! I've ordered the basiskaart set of maps. I have mastered the fiets planner tool, I think - it's great. I'm working on a sail attachment for my bike :lol: And I'm looking forward to some fun.
by Northumberlander
9 Sep 2018, 7:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: A Holland-touring newbie seeks wisdom...
Replies: 33
Views: 2109

Re: A Holland-touring newbie seeks wisdom...

Ron wrote:I found it interesting to visit Schokland, an ex-island!
https://www.werelderfgoed.nl/en/world-h ... rroundings


This does look interesting! Thanks for the pointer.
by Northumberlander
6 Sep 2018, 12:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: A Holland-touring newbie seeks wisdom...
Replies: 33
Views: 2109

Re: A Holland-touring newbie seeks wisdom...

I did the Houtribdijk but not the Afsluitdijk (I was surprised that the Houtribdijk was only a couple of miles shorter than the Afsluitdijk) and I expected it to be really dull, but I actually enjoyed the ride; maybe because it was a sunny calm day and there were quite a few boats out. The dike is ...