My bicycle trip around the world is going to last as long as three years. I'll be living in a tent most of that time and will be using a lot of electronic gear to keep in touch with the folks back home. I'll be taking along my cell phone, two cameras and an iPad for email and blogging. That means I'm going to be eating up a lot of electricity.
This Goal Zero Sherpa 50 Adventure Kit looks to be the best solar charging system on the market today. Add the Goal Zero Sherpa UI 100 watt Invertor and I'm all set to tackle the world.
I've researched a couple of different methods of producing all that juice. One way is to equip my bike with a generator hub and pedal the electricity to a power pack (a big battery, really). But it looks like a dyno hub just wouldn't meet my energy demands, plus, there's a lot to break down.
So I've settled on solar power. I think it's best because I can be collecting sunlight all day as I ride and mornings and evenings while I lounge around at camp. Some of my equipment needs to be plugged into a 110 socket so I'll have to add a UI inverter to my solar system to charge those devices.
I've never had any experience with solar charging systems and the few people I've talked to who have are not enthusiastic supporters. Still, the Goal Zero folks sound like they've got it figured out, so I think I'll give them a try.