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Review: PowerTrekk charges your gear with technology…’from the future’

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It’s a good time to be a camping geek. There are cool gadgets like UV water purifiers and locater beacons; there are GPS receivers that can help you find the trail (or your car.) And there are scores of smartphone apps to enhance your outdoors experience, from GPS trackers to stargazing apps to knot trying guides and more. If there’s anyone out there still saying that tech has no place on a camping or hiking trip, they’re just not paying attention.

First Look: Eton Mobius solar charging case for iPhone

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We’re not big fans of solar charger iPhone cases (we much prefer a separate solar charger and external battery combination), but our friends at The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) took a first look at a charging case from Eton and they like what they see.

The Mobius sports a 1800 mAh battery — more than enough to give your iPhone a full charge — and can be recharged via USB. But its monocrystalline color cell can turn an hour of sunlight into up to 25 minutes of talk time or 20 minutes of 3G data use, according to it makers.

Interestingly, the company recommends taking the case off the phone while charging via the solar panel, which makes sense, but limits the unit’s effectiveness in protecting your phone.

The full review is available on the TUAW website; more information about the Mobius can be found on the Eton website.

Camp stove cooks meals, charges gadgets

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Sure, any good camp stove can heat up a pot of stew and maybe even let you warm your hands, but charge your iPhone? That’s the gimmick in a new line of stoves from Biolite, which makes a camp stove that converts heat into “usable electricity,” providing five watts of power to “charge your phone, lights and other gadgets,” according to the company’s website. The electricity generated by the stove also powers a fan to increase burning efficiency and temperatures.

About the size of two Nalgene bottles, one piggybacked on the other, the Biolite Camp Stove burns twigs, sticks, pinecones, pellets and other biomass and weighs in at 2lbs. 1oz and packs down to 8.25 x 5″.

The CampStove will ship “in time for the 2012 camping season,” according to the company and can be pre-ordered now for $129.

More information is available on the company’s website.

Sneak Peak of ‘The Geek Outdoors’ session at Macworld

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It’s a rare opportunity when my love of technology and my love of the great outdoors align, so I was thrilled when I was asked to deliver a seminar on “High Tech Camping” at next week’s Macworld | iWorld event in San Francisco.

If you’re coming to the event, I certainly hope you’ll consider attending my session. Camping geeks are as enthusiastic about their gadgets as technology geeks, and the two fields are converging in some pretty interesting ways, mostly thanks to the portability and versatility of the iPhone and iPad. Here’s a taste of what I mean.

Trailcamper at Macworld | iWorld

We’re excited to be a part of Macworld | iWorld, the biggest, most influential technology conference devoted to Macs, iPhones and iPads. What is a camping site doing at a technology conference, you ask? We’re going to talk about about what happens when high adventure and high technology collide — the iOS apps that can make your camping trip even better, and how to make sure they stay powered for the whole trip.