"ICP Exponent & BattPak" an application to test the formentioned widgit
- Please accept my application to test the ICP Solar Exponent & BattPak
. I have read the
Tester Requirements and agree to comply with the requirements in the
BGT Survival Guide v.1202. My tester agreement has been signed and has
been received by Shane.
Name: Thomas Peltier II
Height: 6' 0" (1.8 M)
Weight: 155 (70.3 kg)
E-mail Address: Thomas@...
City, State, Country: Bakersfield, California, U.S.A.
Backpacking Background: I have been in the outdoors since I was a
toddler. My mother introduced me to backpacking when I was in the
backpack. I in good turn joined the Boy Scouts to get away from Mom
on the weekend hikes. My first backpack trip with the Boy Scouts was
down a dirt road to a park and camp sight. That was my last trip with
the Boy Scouts. Since then I have been backpacking mostly in the
I have been a professional river guide and kayak instructor for
the last 11 years, however, I currently work at a family
establishment in Bakersfield, California. Working a "Real Job" keeps
me away from the outdoors a bit more than I would like. My summers
are busy between city work and river guiding. Much of my packing is
done on the river in the summer. This has driven me to long winter
trips and short summer trips for the last several years. I took up
snow shoeing to help get into winter packing. I have found that less
is often more in my backpacking. I find myself just as happy in a pair
of Chacos carrying my pocketknife as I do with a heavy pack and big
Winter is coming. That means back country ski trips and snowshoeing
trips. With winter weather and conditions. It also means more gear
and more hazards to be prepared for. It is times like these that
technology can make the difference between comfort and misery, safety
and at risk. A dependable charging system means a reliable form of
power. That power may just save my life, or at least make it more
comfortable this winter.
Testing Plan: I have not set up any trips for the winter yet. I have
however quit my job. I will be leaving for vacation and the East
coast no later than September 10th. I will return no sooner than
October 10th. When I return I have to make decisions about what I
will be doing this winter. Whatever I do I intend to have more free
time for backpacking and back country skiing. I may take a job in
Mammoth Lakes California and spend my entire winter snowshoeing and
back country skiing. I have several options to choose from right now
and all of them revolve around having more time for these sorts of
activities. Being on the road a lot and never knowing where your next
power outlet is going to come from makes the ICP Solar Exponent &
BattPak very appealing.
If I am chosen to test this product I will take it with me while
hiking, snowshoeing and skiing during the test period. I will use it
to charge electronic components, AA, and AAA batteries in a variety of
conditions. I want to know how fast it will recharge a given battery
or battery set over varied conditions. During full sun, partial sun
and cloudy days. I want to test the solar exponent for ease of use.
Can I easily tie the solar cell to my backpack or is it cumbersome?
Is the system rugged or delicate? Must I take extreme caution with
the device or can I leave it strapped to my day pack while skiing down
mountains? Does it's durability lie someplace in the middle?
Does the ICP solar exponent and Battpak save me weight by reducing the
number of batteries I need or does it end up increasing my weight?
How about convenience? How reliable is it?
Should I be selected for this test I will also run technical tests on
the device. Are the outputs in the range described by the web sight
and owners manual? Does it work as described? What type of day does
the device require to work at full output? How much fall off does the
device experience on partially cloudy days?
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