Kurt, please accept my application to test the Bushnell SolarWrap mini.
I have read and agree to comply with the newly revised Backpackgeartest
bylaws, v. 0609. I will pay careful attention to Chapters 4, 5 and 6 and the
new test format. I have been notified that my tester agreement is on file.
Name: Edwin Morse
Height: 5' 8" (173 cm)
Weight: 145 lb (65 kg)
Email address: ed dot morse at charter dot net
County, State, Country: Grand Traverse, Michigan, U.S.
Date: June 19, 2013
I started backpacking in 1979 with two weeks in northern Michigan, along the
shore of Lake Superior. My gear was cheap, heavy and painful. Starting pack
weight was just over 70 lb (32 Kg), with food but no water. Since then I
have made one- and two-week trips in Michigan, Maine, New Hampshire and
Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Florida. Now my pack varies between
22 and 32 lb (10 and 15 kg), including food and water. I'm slowly learning
what lighter gear works for me. I do NOT intentionally backpack when there
is the ground is snow covered.
Test Plan: I have two electronic devices that I take backpacking. I always
carry the smart phone, whether day hiking or backpacking. When backpacking I
also take an older Kindle to read at night. Both devices are charged with a
USB cable. I would like to take the newer Kindle Fire but it runs out of
power too fast. I aalso carry a GPS that uses AA batteries. Purchasing the
AA battery charger would eliminate the need to buy and carry extra
batteries. I will be doing several day hikes in July and August. I will be
doing a few one and two night hikes in July. My overnight hikes are often
planned the night before I go. I hope plans come together for a week on Isle
Royale in September. If selected I would carry (and use each day) the
Bushnell SolarWrap mini on all my day hikes and backpacking this summer.
There are a few specific features for which I will be looking. According to
the website; "High solar collectivity even in less than full sun
conditions." Does this mean I can charge my cell phone in partial shade? Or
does it just mean it will work when there are a few clouds? Can I use the
SolarWrap mini tied to the back of my pack so it charges while I'm hiking?
Will I be able to keep both my cell phone and my Kindle Fire charged enough
for daily use over several days?
With a weight of 3.1 oz the SolarWrap would be a small extra weight. If it
actually works it would save more even more weight. Adding the AA battery
charger might not save weight but it would save me over $100 a year in
The big test is if I will continue to use the Solar Wrap for backpacking
after the test is complete.
I have no other applications pending. I have two tests in progress. I am
testing the Helly Hanson Fast Flow jacket and just submitted my IR for the
Gerber Intense Torch.
I have done one Owner Reviews in the last year.
Older tests and reviews I have written may be found at the following
and, since I had to change my ID and password early last year the latest are
I have no roles other than testing.
My tester status page should be found at:
Thank you for considering this application and thanks to Bushnell for
providing this solar charger for evaluation and testing.
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