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Hiking equipment will no longer be a secret for you.

Summer is the right time to go for a walk in the nature to work on your endurance or to recharge your batteries in the heart of the most beautiful landscapes of France or any other country. Alone, with family or friends, hiking, trekking, trail, etc. with several nights should not be prepared lightly, especially if you do not sleep in a refuge. In this article, you will discover the hiking equipment necessary for your survival, your safety and your comfort for an autonomous hike.

Think first about the hiking food

The first thing to think about when hiking is food and water. Take something to eat, including dehydrated food and cereal bars, but also utensils (plates, cutlery, multipurpose knife, cup, etc.). To heat your supplies or simply to warm up, the flint (also called fire starter) will be perfect to light a fire easily with small wood and a knife..

Stay hydrated with an insulated water bottle to keep the water cool or a filter bottle. Worried about running out of water? Pack a water treatment solution for your reusable bottle.

The hiking clothes to choose

Hiking clothes are important, especially to protect yourself from cold or insects. It must be comfortable, waterproof and adapted to all weather conditions as well as to hiking: jacket, pants, socks, shoes, hat, sunglasses, etc. Think also of breathable T-shirts that allow to evacuate perspiration. To stay warm, opt for thermal clothing, a fleece, a hat, gloves, etc..

A well organized hiking bivouac

The backpacking camp will be the place to relax and survive after a long day of hiking. Here is the equipment for your camp:

– Small tent,
– Sleeping bag adapted to the outside temperature,
– Self-inflating mattress,
Waterproof headlamp and/or rechargeable flashlight,
– Survival blanket,
– Protection against insects (for example a mosquito net).

We also advise you to bring a portable charger to install in your bivouac which can take the form of a foldable solar panel. Thanks to this solar charger, you will be able to recharge your electronic devices quickly and easily, by USB cable.

Survival accessories to take with you

Sleeping in the wilderness can be a real survival, sometimes in a hostile environment. Therefore, it is sometimes necessary to bring a few survival items in your backpack such as an emergency whistle. For your orientation, use a compass and a map of the area where you are going. In case of a small or big injury, the health kit will not be too much for you.

Do not forget the electronic devices for hiking

Electronic devices are not left out and can be very useful like the hiking GPS or the GPS watch that you can recharge with an external portable powerbank battery itself charged with a usb solar charger.

Powertec offers all these quality products for your hikes with the only concern of allowing you to connect and charge all your devices for the greatest energy autonomy and in the greatest respect of the planet!

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The drône is an accessory that has largely democratized and some manufacturers have recently brought the possibility of charging them with solar, such as DJI and its new DJI Mini 2.

The DJI Mini 2 drone presents many innovations such as 4K video definition among others. But the biggest innovation in our opinion is that of being able to charge it quickly and directly in 5V thanks to its new USB-C port, included both on the battery of the Drone (directly or via the charging hubs) and on the remote control.

Charging a DJI Mini 2 to solar becomes an easy thing for Powertec

Indeed, most of the drones used to use batteries with a voltage of 7 to 8V, which required the use of 12V chargers to be able to recharge 12V batteries.

The drone is a device that has many professional applications, such as the monitoring of planted areas but also to allow topographic reconnaissance during expeditions and opening of new routes.

With a DJI mini 2 drone, it will now be quite simple to leave light enough to be able to recharge – via a 5V solar panel (USB) – a powerbank allowing the charge via USB-C of both the remote control and the battery of the DJI Mini 2.

To do this, the ideal, depending on the use and the duration of autonomy of the expedition, may be to have:
1) a 5V panel: PTFlap6, PTFlap11 or PTPocket Power
2) that will charge a battery – Powerbank with USB-C port: PT10,000mAh or PT15,000mAh
3) a power socket with a USB-C
4) a USB-C cigarette lighter adapter for car charging
5) a USB-C cable

In this configuration, all the panels can work with the 2 batteries indicated, only the charging time will differ depending on whether you charge with 1000, 2000 or 1250mAh. By dividing the size of the tank by the capacity of the panel, we find the useful time to charge the battery (ex: 10.000/2000 = 5h for the couple PTFlap11 and PT10.000 ).

The real adventurers who leave in total autonomy for several weeks will be able to bet on the hybrid panels PTFlap16 and PTFlap21 USB-C which present the triple interest:
1) to integrate a MPPT (Maximum Power Point Tracker)
2) to operate in 5V and 12V, thus offering a wider range of charging capacity, especially in traditional photo/video
3) to be able to charge a PT111 battery which embeds a USB-C and will allow to charge everything, Drone, as Mac in roaming.

Powertec Design has been designing and manufacturing professional solar panels for 12 years, which allows it to be at the heart of electronic needs and to follow the charging trends of tomorrow.

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In Sun We Trust !

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If there is one expectation of many mobile workers, it is to be able to charge their Mac in full autonomy and at the heart of the journey.

This breed of laptop is quite special. Just like its cousins the iPod, Iphone or iPad Apple has always been quite complicated to recharge because of

  1. their own connectivity
  2. energy-consuming characteristics or batteries powerful enough to provide sufficient autonomy

So the challenge has always been great, but Powertec’s engineers have succeeded in a tour de force by relying on the new USB PD technology.

The USB Type-C PD, the solution to charge a Mac in comfort

Indeed, this new connection allows to provide an energy and a power such as we manage to recharge the MacBook type MacBook Air, MacBook Pro 45W 60W 85W and sizes ranging from 12, 13 to 15 inches.

Powertec’s latest battery, the PT111 / USB Type C PD has this port to optimize charging power to Macs that usually use 20V and 100W mains chargers. Weighing only 790g, it will be perfect to accompany you on all your travels and trips.

Using a USB-C to Magsafe 2 cable that will be plugged into the USB-C PD port of the latest PT111 battery, the trick is done…

But then you will say to me? How to connect this battery if not to the mains?

That’s where the latest innovation of Powertec PT Flap solar chargers comes in:
the PT21 – USB Type C.
Once again, the neat electronics of this 600g solar panel allows for innovation by offering, as standard, a triple output that features a 2.4A USB port, a 3A USB-C port and a DC5521 port for 12/15V connection to a cigarette lighter or other DC wiring.

By connecting the Type-C port directly to the Type-C port of the PT111 battery, we get a fast and adapted charge so that we can charge everything on the other 3 available ports…

All you have to do is go to the desert, the mountains or the Arctic, as the adventurers we accompany on their expeditions do, thanks to this autonomous solar energy kit capable of charging everything, in the hottest as well as the coldest temperatures… as long as there is light!

In Sun We Trust !

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The announced revolution is spreading to all smartphones and soon laptops.
The new USB Type C standard, Power Delivery (P.D) is capable of adapting to the needs of your electronic device to be recharged, and delivering on demand from 5V to 19V and 10 to 100Wh!

USB-C PD is capable of charging your devices much faster than devices with conventional USB.

With superior and controlled charging speed, you can charge 50% of all your iPhone 12, iPhoneX, iPhone Pro, iPhone 8 and 8 batteries in 30 minutes, iPad Pro.

Whether it’s a small smartphone or a laptop, the charger
USB-C PD detects the type of connected device to provide the device with the right amount of power so that it can be recharged as quickly as possible. This means a quick recharge without damage to internal circuits or energy overload

USB C Power Delivery is the technology behind Android smartphones
USB-C PD and behind the Quick Charge feature for iPhone.

This technology now equips all smartphones and tablets Apple, Samsung (S10 and later) LG, Google and others…

WHICH CHARGER SHOULD I USE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE FAST CHARGE?

You need to use a charger that can provide enough power (in watts) to your iPhone/iPad.

Thus, the BATTERY PT111 – USB Type C PD will adapt to the recharge and optimal power of your device equipped USB-C PD. This makes it easy to charge an iPad or MacBook.

To take advantage of the fast charging of all your devices with the USB Type C PD port, use a USB C cable with 3 USBC, Lightin, Micro USB quality and adaptable on all types of smartphones /tablets

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Preparing well for your hike is a guarantee of safety and unforgettable moments.

You dreamed of becoming an adventurer like Nicolas Vanier (known for the many films of his adventures), Mike Horn (extreme hiker), Ranulph Fiennes and Eric Larsen (polar explorers), Felix Baumgartner (parachutist and extreme jumper) and Kilian Jornet (mountain climber winner of great ultra-trails). Maybe these men inspire you? You too, push your limits and travel the landscapes when hiking, whether you are a beginner or experienced. However, treks are not to be taken lightly and require preparation. We’ll give you some tips before you go on an adventure, including some interesting tours to explore.

Conseils pour vos randonnées (GR)

Find the tour to go: The 5 famous hikes in the world to do

GR Tour du Mont-Blanc (France)

Mont Blanc is known all over the world. But, do you know you could go around it? A circuit of more than 200 km, starting from the Houches and traversing beautiful landscapes between ice, granite, waterfalls, torrents, pastures, etc. 10 days of walking in France (Savoie and Haute-Savoie), Switzerland and Italy. We advise you to make this Great Walk between the end of June and the beginning of September.

Appalachian Trail (United States)

You dreamed of knowing what was the longest hike? This is the Appalachian Trail, located in the United States. More than 3,500 km long, it crosses no less than 14 states across the Appalachians: from Georgia to Maine. For the more experienced, you can browse it in one season.

Grand Canyon Hiking (Usa)

I think you know the Grand Canyon in the United States. It’s an original landscape to see at least once in your life. You then travel 70 km in the heart of the desert, for 4 to 6 days. But, know that there are several other trails more or less long and difficult.

Trek to Everest Base Camp (Nepal)

Everest is the highest mountain in the world. A 110 km hike will immerse you in Buddhist tradition with the sherpas (Tibetan ethnic people) of the base camp and monasteries. But the icing on the cake is the beautiful view from the heights. A trek to do from March to May and from September to December.

Ascent of Kilimanjaro (Tanzania, Africa)

Kilimanjaro is also called ”The roof of Africa”. This 40 km long hike will take place in the heart of glaciers, tropical forests and lava formations. Be careful, it’s a pretty difficult trek.

Choose your bivouac equipment for hiking

The equipment to have for your bivouac

The bivouac is useful when you go hiking over several days. It is all the more important if you are in a hostile environment. Protection and comfort are the watchwords of a successful camp. You can rest from your long walk, but also eat there. Here is a checklist of material for your bivouac. However, you can add equipment depending on your needs and the location of the camp.

Small tent a place,
Sleeping bag adapted to the night’s outdoor temperature,
Self-inflating mattresses,
Rechargeable headlamp and/or flashlight,
Survival blanket,
Mosquito nets and other insect protections,
Emergency whistle,
Emergency kit,
Firestone to eat hot and warm up,
Knife, especially to light a fire,
Food-style utensils.

A portable solar panel for your survival

On a hike alone or even with several, it is possible to seriously injure yourself. So your smartphone is useful to call for help and save you. However, today’s phones with all sophisticated applications quickly deplete the battery. There’s a solution for you! Don’t leave without your USB solar panel.

This portable charger not only recharges your mobile, but also all your devices with a USB port: GPS , camera, tablet, GoPro, headlamp or torch, powerbank, etc.
In short everything that charges via USB cable.

Powertec advises you to opt for a flexible solar panel (new high-performance technology) for several reasons:
It is unbreakable,
Silent,
Water resistant and used in all weather conditions (rain, snow, cold, heat, etc.) even the most extreme,
Foldable and can attach to the backpack or tent,
Performant and lightweight  (less than 200g)
The solar charger is the best way to generate electricity for free and without effect on the environment. It is totally eco-friendly while creating CO2-free energy.

Find out about the risks before your hike

Weather-related risks

Cold weather can be the biggest enemy of hikers. If the temperature drops with unsuitable clothing, then the extremities of your body cool down, causing hypothermia or frostbite in the most extreme cases. Consider wearing suitable cold clothing, including a cap, scarf and gloves. Also beware of fog, because in this case you can easily get lost or injure yourself.

The second enemy, the sun for its painful sunburns and sunburn! Wearing a hat and sunglasses (category 3 or 4) are the order of the day. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen index 50. If you are hiking in high heat (such as in the desert), plan a sufficient amount of water.

Our advice, check the weather before you go hiking.

Land-related risks

Before your hike, study the risks associated with the terrain to limit injuries: possibility of avalanche, degree of slope, nature of the soil (marshy, crevices, stones, torrents, etc.). If a slope is too steep, you may fall and hurt yourself, or even fall into the void. In addition, if your ride is in the snow, at a certain altitude and off piste, then bring an avalanche victim detector (DVA), a snow shovel and a probe.

Altitude risks

The altitude in the mountains can be very dangerous and cause acute mountain sickness (MAM), as the oxygen level in the air decreases. Symptoms include headache, nausea and vomiting, increased heart rate, dizziness and difficulty breathing. This can lead to pulmonary or cerebral edema or even worse coma or even death. If you suffer from it, get down quickly.

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