Re: The electronics fiasco
- A car battery...what an interesting idea! I'm getting overwhelmed trying to bring together rural and modern. On one hand I'd rather not worry about internet/phones/electronics and figure it out as I go, but on the other hand it seems that electronics may be important for our placement, especially as a secondary school teacher. I did recently purchase a cheap AA/AAA solar battery charger and rechargeable batteries, but I haven't thought about how to charge my laptop or cell phone. Do you all think it will be important to use these on a regular basis? I'd honestly prefer to be incommunicado and just be where I am in every way but I don't want to be irresponsible about it. Is anyone bringing a sleeping bag??
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Devon Murphy <devon.patrick.murphy@...> wrote:
> I am bringing a small netbook (Asus EeePc) with me, but I'll be relying on
> internet cafe's or cell phone internet hookups to send messages. To power
> the laptop, I have the Solaris 26W solar panels, and now I am looking for
> the cables to make sure that I can charge my batteries (AA, AAA and
> Laptop). I spoke to a lady who volunteered in the Dominican Republic some
> years ago, and she said that the best way to charge electronics is to charge
> a car battery and then use an inverter to plug all your components into. So
> now, I'm looking for the inverter and a charge controller so I don't fry the
> batteries. The list goes on!
> I'm trying to apply the ultralight backing philosophy to this trip, but I'm
> having trouble doing so with all the small additions here and there. Anyone
> else struggling with the "do I really need this?" vs. "I better have this
> because it's better safe than sorry" self-talk? What are you bringing for
> books, teaching aids, etc? I'm trying to keep as much of the literature in
> e-book format as possible, and I am hoping banking on the training covering
> how to teach with limited resources.
> On another note, has anyone heard of backpack slashing? I've had a few
> people tell me about people walking up behind you outside airports and
> during travel, going surgical on your backpacks base and running off with
> whatever treasures fall out. I've heard the same things can happen while
> your bags are being moved by baggage handlers from plane to plane.I haven't
> heard a lot about avoiding this, except to pack the expensive stuff with the
> carry ons and try to make your bag look less enticing (I've thought about
> wrapping mine in burlap for the trip).
> Take care,