Travels with Charley

The cool camping blog. Trying to find gear, supplies, adventure and activities for the 21st century camper.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Misc Gear 2

For the new year, here are a couple of quick gear updates:

#1 Stowaway Grills - Here's a handy looking little piece of gear for cooking. With grill sizes from 6x12" to 12x24", these grills are perfect for over the campfire. And the best part is the disassemble and are stowed in a plastic tube. I love my grill when camping, but carrying it around is always a bit of a hassle. The Stowaway line solves this problem in a neat little package. This should also make it a lot easier to clean, as well.

#2 Orikaso Folding Dinnerware - We've written about these folding plates, bowls and mugs before. However, just before Christmas, I was at a local camping store with a friend and ran across their new versions. Orikaso has redesigned the dinnerware, removing the buttons and packaging them in envelopes made of the same material that can also be used as a carrying case. They have taken a cool product and made it better. Check it out.

#3 Rechargable NIMH Batteries - Nothing new here. You probably use at least some batteries while camping and traveling - flashlights, cameras and GPS units readily come to mind. Buying and using NiMH rechargeable batteries can save you hundreds of dollars per battery, if you consider that each battery can be recharged, FULLY, 500-1000 times. The new 2500-2900 milliamp/hour batteries last almost as long as alkaline batteries too. The best price I have seen for name brand alkaline AAs is .33 apiece; if you get 1000 charges, that's $333 you just saved. Thomas Distributing has a large selection batteries and chargers. I recommend one that you can use internationally - I use the MAHA-204.


  • At 5:22 PM, Anonymous Campy said…

    Reusing batteries is really GREEN. Keep it up!

  • At 9:57 PM, Blogger Accessory Genie said…

    Using rechargable batteries is the way to go. there is an excellent story here stating the reasons why rechargeable batteries are cost efficient and save the environment.

  • At 2:55 PM, Blogger J. L. Armstrong said…

    Excellent! When I tent or camp with our Boler, I use LED lighting.
    LEDs (light-emitting diodes) are the light source of the future, using 85% less energy than incandescent bulbs. Because of this efficiency, these electronic light sources are ideal for portable applications such as camping and hiking.

    I recently purchased a LED work light for use mainly doing vehicle repairs, but I have used it both while tenting and in our Boler camper. It puts out a huge amount of light and runs for about 5 hours (rechargeable).


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