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A Walk in the Woods

by on Feb.13, 2012, under Afield

Finally, I took the time for a Walk in the Woods…

While outside the house early this morning, the sound of a Pileated Woodpecker rattling his (or her) brains caught my ear…

It was like the thunder of a Harley to my ears, I was hooked…  I had to go…  So, I put on my boots and headed for the woods…

Lucky me, the woods I grew up fishing, hiking, camping, hunting, and of course – dirt biking in… is now a state park – preserved, and accessible…

I had been hearing heavy equipment down at the bridge, and figured they were back dealing with erosion…  Sure enough, they were…

I struck up a conversation with the supervisor, who turned out to be a backpacker…  He clued me in on something I hadn’t known – there are people that will shuttle you back to your vehicle when hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Talking to this fella, reminded me of backpacking as an application for our Global Solar SUNLINQ portable solar chargers…  I’ll be thinking about that on my walk.

I chuckled to him before I left that the old wood, steel, and concrete bridge hadn’t seemed to have any problem standing up to the years of storms…  but in the few years since this new concrete bridge had been built, crews have been back several times to deal with erosion – LOL

The trails are pretty much the same as they were when I was a kid…  Wasn’t long before I jumped a half dozen deer – in one of the usual places…  A small amount of snow left on the ground from a few days ago, made seeing them all the easier…

Wow – it felt good to finally be out for a walk in the woods…  When I was younger, it was more the rule rather than the exception…  Gonna have to do something about that…  Too good for my head to not be doing it regularly…

I came across a couple of the old stone foundations I remember finding when my buddies and I began exploring deeper and deeper into new areas…  Fond memories…

Heard a few more Pileated Woodpeckers, and several Flickers…  Eventually, I jumped up another group of deer…

Alone with my thoughts, I began thinking of backpackers as a market group again…  Maybe it would be worthwhile to offer a free Global Solar SUNLINQ USB Plus portable solar charger to the first backpacker to post a comment to this post – telling me they’d like to try one out.  I know I’ve sold them to backpackers, but I haven’t found them to be bloggers…  That wouldn’t be that much to ask of the winner… a comment saying they’d like to take me up on the offer…  and maybe one in followup to say how they like it, how it’s working for them, etc…

These portable solar chargers are great for maintaining a charge on hand held electronics – cell phone, iPhone, GPS, etc.  Certainly of interest to those who make wilderness trips canoeing, kayaking, rafting, or simply camping.

So, how about it…???  Any wilderness trekers willing to take me up on an offer like that…???

Email welcome at: bohemianbiker@bohemianbiker.com

Additional information and interaction available at our other blog site:  www.sae2pin.com

Products are available via our ecommerce store at: www.solarcapitalist.com

Solar Capitalist LLC is our sister company specializing in the Deltran line of Battery Tenders and accessories(including solar powered units), Global SUNLINQ Portable Solar Chargers and accessories, as well as, SAE 2 Pin connectors, leads, and cable assemblies.

Bohemian Biker LLC and Solar Capitalist LLC are authorized dealers for both the Global Solar and Deltran lines of products.

Capitalize on the Sun’s Energy !

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SAE 2 Pin Surface Mount 12V Power Connection w/cap & leads

by on Aug.02, 2009, under SAE 2 Pin

SAE 2 Pin Surface Mount

SAE 2 Pin Surface Mount

So, here’s a product I stumpled upon that seemed like it might be useful to do-it-yourselfers like us!  We’ve been obtaining quantities for a couple years now, and they have become very popular.  Hoping to see some comments as to how they are being used, as well as pictures.  Seemed like tank bags might be a possible application, and some have mentioned this as being the plan.  This molded surface mount connector w/flange (1-7/8″ diameter) has four 3/16″ holes for mounting (fasteners not included), and (2) 12 AWG leads – approximately 11″ long.  As supplied, the red lead is mapped to “male” pin / black lead mapped to “female” socket side of 2 Pin.  For use as a power port, the “protected female” socket should be the “hot” (+) positive side – therefore, insulation colors would not be consistant with standard practice, i.e., red being “hot” positive.

We welcome email at: bohemianbiker@bohemianbiker.com

This product is available through our new e-commerce website at:  www.solarcapitalist.com  

Here’s the link leading directly to the product discussed above:

http://www.solarcapitalist.com/sae2pin-surface-mount-connector-pigtail.aspx

Solar Capitalist LLC is our sister company handling products such as those discussed above, Deltran Battery Tenders, as well as Portable Solar Chargers – Capitalize on the Sun’s Energy !

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Voltaic Solar Bags & Backpacks

by on Apr.12, 2009, under Solar

About a year ago, I became a dealer for Voltaic Systems, and able to sell their line solar bags, backpacks, and accessories at a discounted price.   

Voltaic’s support page  is well worth checking out specifically – it provides instructions and answers to frequently asked questions.  

Now that I’ve had the opportunity to use one of the Voltaic products extensively (in addition to selling many),  I have some thoughts and observations to share.

For almost a year now, I have been strapping a Voltaic Converter Bag  onto my Road King, taking it with me in my truck, and toting it around with me on foot.

Right off…I appreciated the ability to continue charging my cell phone…even when I had the bag out of direct sunlight.

As you may have read in other blogs I’ve posted…I have used my motorcycle’s battery and charging system to charge my cell phone…but having the ability to keep on charging while carrying and having use of the phone, adds a worthwhile dimension.

Although with Voltaic’s setup you have the ability to charge directly off the solar panel output…the provided battery pack  facilitates continuing your cell phone charging…even when the panels are seeing no sunlight.

Along with each Voltaic bag or backpack, cables and adaptors are provided…including those to enable you to charge the battery using 110 VAC or 12 VDC.  Therefore, the Voltaic system battery could be charged using a motorcycle’s battery and charging system, as well.   Even when you lack access to the sun, you have mobile charging capability with Voltaic’s system.

The Converter Bag is easily secured to a motorcycle’s passenger seat backrest using its ample number of high quality straps.  They are long enought that I have even managed to secure my novelty helmet in between the bag and the backrest.  This bag is also easily secured to the backrest while sitting on the luggage rack.  Other variations I have used are mounting the bag on my laptop case and other luggage secured to my motocycles’s seat, backrest, and luggage rack – the pictures above show a few examples.     

Also appreciated about the Converter Bag is its compactness.  This bag is much thinner than the Voltaic Solar Backpack…which makes it a great choice when the added volume of a Voltaic Backpack is not necessary.   I especially appreciated this aspect when carrying the Converter Bag on my back in crowds, but it also contributes to the ease with which it is mounted in various applications.  For example, the relatively shallow thickness dimension of this bag is a plus when mounting it on top of other luggage.

So…when carrying capacity of a Backpack is not a necessity…the Converter Bag is a great choice.  It not only provides you with the charging capability, but gives you a worthwhile amount of carrying capacity…while preserving your mobility.  None-the-less, the Voltaic Solar Backpack  may be called for when the capacity to carry books or other payload are desired in addition to charging capability.

The layout and placement of the solar panel leads work out well for connection to the battery (while clipped to one of the pockets provided inside the bag).   There are elastic bands strategically located to retain the connected power port and power plug while connected just above the battery, and then additional pockets for your cell phone, mp3, etc.

I have found the internal padded sleeve/pocket handy for an 8-1/2” x 11” atlas or other paperwork, and the external sleeve/pocket has been useful for items to which I’ve wanted to maintain ready access (like an event program or map).

There are actually two additional Voltaic Solar Bags that could potentially fit your particular needs, the Messenger and the Generator.   For more on them, please see Voltaic’s website.

As you have no doubt gathered by now…I am indeed thrilled with my Voltaic Converter Bag…and highly recommend the Voltaic line of solar bags and backpacks!

If you’d be interested in purchasing any of Voltaic’s products, please cantact me at bohemianbiker@bohemianbiker.com or 302-562-1706.

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