Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby Jdsk » 21 Nov 2020, 5:39pm

I hadn't heard about Nido before this. I know what's in it. What do people like about it, please?

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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby Paulatic » 21 Nov 2020, 5:50pm

Jdsk wrote:I hadn't heard about Nido before this. I know what's in it. What do people like about it, please?

Thanks

Jonathan

I can’t find any earlier reference to Nido in this thread if that’s what 'this' is?
Never heard of it either so had to search , I see it’s a Nestle product.
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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby Jdsk » 21 Nov 2020, 5:52pm

My fault. Wrong thread. But I was so fascinated by others' coffee arrangements...

Jonathan

https://forum.cyclinguk.org/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=142216&start=30#p1548190

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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby nsew » 21 Nov 2020, 6:06pm

Jdsk wrote:My fault. Wrong thread. But I was so fascinated by others's coffee arrangements...

Jonathan


Nido is a Nestle brand full fat milk powder that is widely available through North Africa and can nearly always be found in the African migrant stores in Europe.

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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby Cowsham » 21 Nov 2020, 6:28pm

Anyone use solar chargers on tour / camping ? -- I was thinking of taking one next year if the pandemic is sorted. I'd still take the power banks and charge them up at the campsite while off cycling through the day but toyed with the idea of using a folding solar panel on top of the tent charging the batteries while I'm away from the tent because sometimes you get to the mains sockets to find there's none left.

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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby Jdsk » 21 Nov 2020, 6:32pm

I had one that was designed for walking etc a few years ago. It could just charge an iPhone but was always pretty marginal.

Now I have a USB output from the dynamo, but it's a USB battery pack that does the heavy lifting. A solar panel wouldn't add anything.

Haven't had that problem at a camp site, but my pack would charge all of our devices for well over 3 days.

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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby Cowsham » 21 Nov 2020, 7:33pm

Jdsk wrote:I had one designed for walking etc a few years ago. It could just charge an iPhone but was always pretty marginal.

Now I have a USB output from the dynamo, but it's a USB battery pack that does the heavy lifting. A solar panel wouldn't add anything.

Haven't had that problem at a camp site, but my pack would charge all of our devices for well over 3 days.

Jonathan


I'm usually away 11 or 14 days depending on the boat times -- like you I have started using a big battery pack which charges the phone and stuff for about 3 days then when I get the chance I'll get it on the charge. I take an smaller lighter power bank with me for the days cycle but usually don't need it.

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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby foxyrider » 21 Nov 2020, 9:46pm

Cowsham wrote:
Jdsk wrote:I had one designed for walking etc a few years ago. It could just charge an iPhone but was always pretty marginal.

Now I have a USB output from the dynamo, but it's a USB battery pack that does the heavy lifting. A solar panel wouldn't add anything.

Haven't had that problem at a camp site, but my pack would charge all of our devices for well over 3 days.

Jonathan


I'm usually away 11 or 14 days depending on the boat times -- like you I have started using a big battery pack which charges the phone and stuff for about 3 days then when I get the chance I'll get it on the charge. I take an smaller lighter power bank with me for the days cycle but usually don't need it.


I have taken a solar charger on a couple of trips. My experience is that it charges a power bank faster than a device so it becomes a 2 step operation. The biggest issue is finding a position where it will charge, anything less than full sunlight and it starts dicking about so you might end up chasing it about the field to escape shadows! yeah, not brilliant but its got me a top up at a couple of sites that didn't have any public power sockets.
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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby Cowsham » 21 Nov 2020, 11:42pm

foxyrider wrote:
Cowsham wrote:
Jdsk wrote:I had one designed for walking etc a few years ago. It could just charge an iPhone but was always pretty marginal.

Now I have a USB output from the dynamo, but it's a USB battery pack that does the heavy lifting. A solar panel wouldn't add anything.

Haven't had that problem at a camp site, but my pack would charge all of our devices for well over 3 days.

Jonathan


I'm usually away 11 or 14 days depending on the boat times -- like you I have started using a big battery pack which charges the phone and stuff for about 3 days then when I get the chance I'll get it on the charge. I take an smaller lighter power bank with me for the days cycle but usually don't need it.


I have taken a solar charger on a couple of trips. My experience is that it charges a power bank faster than a device so it becomes a 2 step operation. The biggest issue is finding a position where it will charge, anything less than full sunlight and it starts dicking about so you might end up chasing it about the field to escape shadows! yeah, not brilliant but its got me a top up at a couple of sites that didn't have any public power sockets.


Anybody know what wattage to take that would be a good balance between weight and function.