22 years ago, on the TransAmerica bike tour, do you know how many rechargeable batteries I took? None.
But today, whether on a bike, car, or plane, there always seems to be a shopping bag full of electronics to lug along.
I decided that the following battery-powered devices were important enough to bring on this trip:
- LED flashlights (2)
- Cell phones (2)
- iPod touch
The cyclometers use button cells that are not rechargeable, and merit no further discussion. The camera and LED flashlights both use AA NiMH batteries, so we must bring a AA charger. The iPod touch has a unique Apple connector. We have two cell phones, each with a unique charger. The netbook has its own power brick. This is the largest of the chargers, when the line cord is taken into consideration.
And here is what I’ll be taking:
I was able to find very short cables for the iPod and one of the cell phones on the internet. I couldn’t find a short charging cable for the tracfone, so I got a regular data cable, and shortened it These three USB cables plug into the wall adapters at the top left. If we had infinite time, we might get away with two or even just one adapter. However, having three will let us charge all our devices at the same time, and also, if one breaks, we won’t be dead, just slowed down.
The Panasonic battery charger I got at a flea market for one dollar. It works great, and has the feature of fold-in power prongs, so it packs nicely.
Nothing could be done about the netbook charger, which is already smallish for a laptop charger. However, I was able to pick up a spare cord for a dollar at a flea market (I get a lot of things for a dollar), and shorten that to about a foot long.
The final set of chargers is smaller, lighter, and has the added bonus of not having long cords to tangle.