Best Off-Grid Tech TheJourney 2023
You know what they say: the apocalypse is just around the corner.
Okay, it's maybe not exactly what "they" say, but with climate change wreaking havoc and our dependence on technology only growing, it's never been more important to make eco-friendly choices.
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That's why I'm here to share my favorite green tech products that have kept me sane and sustainable during my off-grid adventures. Whether you're a die-hard environmentalist or just looking to reduce your carbon footprint, these gadgets are sure to impress.
So, grab your solar-powered charger and let's dive in!
Power from Fire: BioLite CampStove 2+
The BioLite CampStove 2+ uses a clever generator to charge a battery while you cook your meal at camp. That battery can charge your phone, but it also powers a fan that ensures a cleaner-burning fire.
Portable Power: EcoFlow River 2 Pro
Having a big battery isn't just good for keeping the drone flying while out of town. It's also a fine backup in case the power goes out at home.
Cooked by Sun: GoSun Fusion Solar Oven
GoSun has this neat oven system that can cook meals with passive solar heating. Using two covers, it reflects sunlight into the cooking chamber, whipping up a meal for 5 in about an hour. For the night hours, you can use DC electric heat to get it going.
Your Own Grid: Goal Zero Nomad 50
If I'm going to be hunkering down far from civilization for awhile, I'm gonna want some solar power. I'm a fan of Goal Zero's offerings. They have a nice rugged canvas covering, lots of anchors for mounting, and are easy to set up.
Rugged Lighter: Lafagiet Outdoor Lighter
Fire's pretty important when you're off in the wilderness! I make sure I pack a lighter that can withstand wind and rain just in case worse comes to worse. Plus, because it charges over USB, I can use my other batteries to keep it going.
Toasty Mitts: Zippo 9s Plus Rechargeable Hand Warmer
I used to use chemical heat packs for my outings late in the season, but I always felt bad about tossing them in the trash afterwards. Luckily I found these electric packs that can keep my hands warm on fall hikes. It can charge up other devices, too.
Begone Bugs: Thermacell EX90 Mosquito Repeller
I love the outdoors, but I don't love the bugs. This rugged bug-repelling device keeps the mosquitoes at bay without using scents or leaving other pollution behind. It's built tough to handle the outdoors, and charges over USB just like all my other stuff.
Headlamp: Silva Scout H
It can be tricky to find electronics that are sustainably built. Silva has managed to make a headlamp out of hemp and recycled plastics, and it works great! It's comfortable, easy to use, and has all of the lighting I need when stomping around in the woods in the dark.
Water Filter: Grayl GeoPress Purifier
I love having a water bottle with a built-in filter. That way I can use local water when I run out, and I don't have to use disposable water bottles. This bottle is able to clear out particulates and pathogens while still being comfortable to carry. Grayl also donates a portion of their sales to environmental causes.
Site Light: Mpowerd Luci Solar String Lights
A headlamp is good when you're on the move, but it's not good enough when you've set up camp and have a wider area to light. These solar-powered string lights make sure I can see where I'm going around my site at night without tripping on rocks.
BioLite's CampStove 2+ is My Must-Have
I don't want to get too loaded down with gear when I'm out in the woods, but the stuff here adds a lot of the comforts of home. The BioLite CampStove 2+ is definitely my favorite piece of tech in the batch, though.
It's nice to mix high-tech demands with the essentials of a campfire, you know? BioLite was thoughtful about the design, and has a bunch of accessories that help you do even more with it. The grill lets you cook up bigger meals, and the kettle gets your coffee ready in the morning.
If I could only bring one thing from this list on my camping trips, it would be the BioLite CampStove 2+.
Power by Fire
The BioLite CampStove 2+ has been a reliable partner for my latest camping trips. It's compact and light enough to come along for the hike, can cook my meals efficiently, and has the added bonus of topping up my phone.