solar power

Lighting Up the Backcountry

Tested: Goal Zero Solar

Even the most seasoned adventurer has had that terrible moment: miles from the car on an arduous hike back from the latest backcountry adventure, your headlamp sputters out on a moonless night. If you’d prefer to make it back to civilization in one piece -- and have a little luxury -- on your next mountain excursion, having back-up batteries and a solar charger goes a long way. We tested out some of Goal Zero Solar's newest back-up batteries and portable solar panels on a recent backpacking trip through the Uinta Range in northeast Utah.

Icarus plus one

Kickstarter: Sunseeker Duo

Solar-powered airplanes are nothing especially new (particularly in this age of instant tech turnaround), but one that has the capacity to skim the heavens while carrying two people has never been done… until now. The Sunseeker Duo aims to be the very first date-worthy solar airplane, but first they need to raise some funding via...

Re-inventing precision

Timekeeping: Seiko Astron GPS Solar

The primary goal in the manufacture of any watch is precision; there is scarcely a watchmaker, from Patek Philippe to Citizen, that would argue that fact. After all, the whole raison d’être of a watch is to tell the time — if it does that poorly, you might as well be wearing a charm bracelet....

Keep your creature comforts

HiNation HiLight

Plenty of brands sell solar panels to help adventurers keep their gadgets charged no matter how far they wander off the trail. The HiLight (~$257) from Swedish company HiNation provides the same charging convenience for USB or Micro USB devices, while also serving as an LED lantern. Ten hours of sunlight charging can power the...

On holiday, off grid

Gift Guide 2011 | 10 Must-Haves for the Adventurer

No matter the destination or pursuit, there’s one unpredictable constant that entwines throughout the spirit of adventure — the ever-changing natural elements. Rather than limiting your lifestyle or altering your approach, we’ve compiled this list of 10 critical items that belong in your outdoor gear arsenal. Some you may be familiar with, some you may...

Venturi Eclectic Electro-Solar Vehicle

Energy Autonomous Ride With Atonomous Styling Round up the wagons Maggie, we’re goin’ green (Stephane Foulon) Before you yell “what the f**k” at your monitor, think about this for a second… the Venturi Eclectic is a energy-free vehicle. It doesn’t require a drop of gasoline, ever. Its self-powered. Additional information and photos after the jump.

Brunton Solaris i6 Foldable iPod Charger

There are some things in this world we just can’t be without. An iPod is one of them. Here in New York, I find being without my iPod actually makes me irritable. Want to make sure that it’s got juice wherever your adventure takes you? Well, so do the guys at Brunton. Their Solaris i6...