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Live Event Info: How to Manage Electronics and Batteries in the Backcountry (Member QA) – December 12, 2021 10:00 AM US Mountain Standard Time (MST)

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More and more electronic devices are becoming useful for backpackers: cellular phones (smartphones) that can be used for GPS and mapping, journaling, photography, and more; digital cameras; flashlights and headlamps; GPS devices and satellite messaging communicators, fitness and GPS watches, and more. Managing their (sometimes rechargeable and sometimes not) batteries can be challenging. Add portable power banks (battery banks, a.k.a., portable battery banks) to the mix and you can really start to add a lot of pack weight and wonder why and how to manage it all. In this Member QA, you’ll learn about portable power bank planning, battery management, and more so you can minimize weight and maximize the performance of your backcountry electronics.

1. Keynote: AN OVERVIEW OF BACKCOUNTRY ELECTRONICS (~30 minutes, by Ryan Jordan and Andrew Marshall)

    • an introduction to backcountry electronic devices and why they are useful
    • calculating power requirements on a multi-day backcountry trip
    • selecting a portable battery pack
    • managing backcountry electronics to maximize battery life and longevity

2. Backcountry Electronics QA (~30 minutes)

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