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Hi Vince, 

 

I am also working on my GoBag, trying to improve it.

I had done some research on "solar chargers" and this 1 has the best reviews by some experts who have tested a variety of them. This 1 is a little more expensive ($65) but has more power than most, 28watts, works with Apple/Android, waterproof, and folds up nicely. There is also a 5% coupon on Amazon so this reduces the price a little.  Let me know what you think? Here is the link:

 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EXWCPLC?tag=thewire06-20&linkCode=xm2&ascsubtag=AgEAAAAAAAAAATt6

 


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3 minutes ago, Beggar for the Spirit said:

Hi Vince, 

 

I am also working on my GoBag, trying to improve it.

I had done some research on "solar chargers" and this 1 has the best reviews by some experts who have tested a variety of them. This 1 is a little more expensive ($65) but has more power than most, 28watts, works with Apple/Android, waterproof, and folds up nicely. There is also a 5% coupon on Amazon so this reduces the price a little.  Let me know what you think? Here is the link:

 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EXWCPLC?tag=thewire06-20&linkCode=xm2&ascsubtag=AgEAAAAAAAAAATt6

 

Looks great, good reviews, but no storage battery sounds like an issue. I'll let you know what I figure out. Rather than using waterproof matches, I used cotton balls and vaseline to create a firestarter kit. Got emergency whistles and many of the other things. Lacking only a few items now.

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33 minutes ago, Beggar for the Spirit said:

Hi Vince, 

 

I am also working on my GoBag, trying to improve it.

I had done some research on "solar chargers" and this 1 has the best reviews by some experts who have tested a variety of them. This 1 is a little more expensive ($65) but has more power than most, 28watts, works with Apple/Android, waterproof, and folds up nicely. There is also a 5% coupon on Amazon so this reduces the price a little.  Let me know what you think? Here is the link:

 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EXWCPLC?tag=thewire06-20&linkCode=xm2&ascsubtag=AgEAAAAAAAAAATt6

 

So, I bought this one. It may not have a battery for storing power, but it an charge a power bank which will store power.


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2 hours ago, bigvince said:

Looks great, good reviews, but no storage battery sounds like an issue. I'll let you know what I figure out. Rather than using waterproof matches, I used cotton balls and vaseline to create a firestarter kit. Got emergency whistles and many of the other things. Lacking only a few items now.

Can you tell me about the cotton balls and vaseline for the fire starter kit?  I have been revamping ours and I think I am going a little crazy on it.  I used cotton balls and matches and placed in straws, sealed the ends so that they are waterproof, but didn't use vaseline.  Any advice is appreciated.  I know it is probably extreme, but you never know how fast the waters could flood areas.  

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2 hours ago, bigvince said:

Folded it's smaller than a sheet of paper: 11.1 × 6.3× 1.3in, unfolded, it is pretty big, but in a situation where I'd need this, saving space won't be the concern.

I think you can power Millennium Falcon with it LOL  :loopy:

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18 hours ago, Jeanie said:

Can you tell me about the cotton balls and vaseline for the fire starter kit?  I have been revamping ours and I think I am going a little crazy on it.  I used cotton balls and matches and placed in straws, sealed the ends so that they are waterproof, but didn't use vaseline.  Any advice is appreciated.  I know it is probably extreme, but you never know how fast the waters could flood areas.  

Check this out: https://survivallife.com/diy-fire-starter-cotton-ball/

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4 hours ago, bigvince said:

VIncent!  Thanks so much for that.  I actually had no clue that vaseline would help it burn a little longer.  I appreciate the tip.  How do you store yours?  I got my idea off of Pinterest and used a large straw cut into sections and placed materials inside and then sealed the ends.  Is there a better way?

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On 1/5/2019 at 4:28 AM, Jeanie said:

Can you tell me about the cotton balls and vaseline for the fire starter kit?  I have been revamping ours and I think I am going a little crazy on it.  I used cotton balls and matches and placed in straws, sealed the ends so that they are waterproof, but didn't use vaseline.  Any advice is appreciated.  I know it is probably extreme, but you never know how fast the waters could flood areas.  

I'll check out bigvince's link.. looks interesting:  but as a spark generator i bought something like this.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MAGNESIUM-FIRE-STARTER-emergency-fire-steel-camping-bushcraft-survival-striker/361651499168?hash=item54341bf0a0:g:nd8AAOSw~AVYnHU1:rk:7:pf:0

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5 hours ago, Alan said:

I'll check out bigvince's link.. looks interesting:  but as a spark generator i bought something like this.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MAGNESIUM-FIRE-STARTER-emergency-fire-steel-camping-bushcraft-survival-striker/361651499168?hash=item54341bf0a0:g:nd8AAOSw~AVYnHU1:rk:7:pf:0

Thanks Alan.  I had to find one in the US but I was able to find one from Amazon.  Thanks for the advice!

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