Kit List

Page last updated on 31-December-2014

Bike & Components
Frame Hase Pino Tour 7005 aluminium read review
maintenance log
Fork Spinner Grind 1 (Hase standard issue)  
Front Wheel 20″ 48 spokes (BMX wheel size) (upgrade from HASE spec)  
Rim Gusset Trix  
Hub cartridge bearing tandem-specific  
Spokes DT Swiss (plain gauge)  
Tyre Schwalbe Marathon Plus 20 x 1.75 (normally)
‣ 2012 tyre lasted over 12,000kms – fully worn out when replaced
‣ tyre fitted Feb-2013 lasted 6,000kms – replaced due to sidewall split
‣ tyre fitted Jun-2013 lasted 400kms – have no idea why it failed so soon, sidewall split in 2 places
‣ cheap Thai tyre (Deestone) fitted Jun-2013
‣ usual Schwalbe Marathon Plus (sourced from shop in Bangkok) fitted in Jul-2013 lasted 10,412kms – rubber fully worn out when replaced
‣ old cheap Thai tyre (Deestone) re-fitted May-2014 – lasted approx 1,000kms – replaced due to sidewall split
‣ cheap Malaysian tyre (Camel) fitted Oct-2014 – replaced after 711kms but still okay
‣ Schwalbe Marathon Plus (sourced via mail-order from UK) fitted Nov-2014
 
Rear Wheel 26″ 48 spokes (MTB wheel size) (upgrade from HASE spec)  
Rim Alex DH19 (these cracked every 4-5,000km – 2012 trip started on part-worn rim & it cracked as expected)
‣ Sun Rhyno (fitted in June-2012 & still going well after 27,000kms in Nov-2014 – sadly they are no longer made we are to believe, but new ones turn up every now that then, somehow …)
 
Hub Shimano XT Tandem (hub number-3 now in use)  
Spokes DT Swiss (triple butted)  
Tyre Schwalbe Marathon XR 26 x 1.75 (tyre of choice but sadly discontinued and no longer available)
Schwalbe Marathon Plus 26 x 1.75 (normally – but since Jul-2013 we’ve been using cheap local brands, poor performance but very cheap thus good value for money. Not impressed by expensive Schwalbe failures)
‣ 2012 first tyre lasted 4,100kms which was pretty good (Apr-2012 to Jul-2012)
‣ tyre fitted Jul-2012 lasted 8,000kms which was excellent – fully worn out when replaced
‣ tyre fitted Feb-2013 lasted 6,000kms – replaced due to sidewall split
‣ tyre fitted Jun-2013 lasted 400kms – have no idea why it failed so soon, sidewall split
‣ cheap Thai tyre fitted Jun-2013
‣ replaced in Jul-2013 with Schwalbe Mondial (26 x 2.00) sourced from shop in Bangkok & cheap tyre carried as spare – Mondial carcass failed after just 1870kms
‣ cheap Thai tyre fitted Sept-2013 lasted 1450kms (less than 10% of cost of Schwalbe, yet lasted nearly as long as the Mondial). Sidewall about to fail
‣ cheap Thai tyre (Deestone) fitted Jan-2014 lasted 1490kms. Sidewall about to fail
‣ cheap Chinese tyre fitted Feb-2014 lasted 280kms. Tread blowout
‣ cheap Thai tyre (Deestone) fitted Feb-2014 lasted 1500kms. Sidewall about to fail
‣ cheap Thai tyre (Deestone) fitted Feb-2014 lasted 1451kms. Sidewall about to fail
‣ cheap Thai tyre (Deestone) fitted Mar-2014 lasted 1125kms. Sidewall failure and blowout
‣ cheap Thai tyre (Deestone) fitted Apr-2014 lasted 574kms. Sidewall about to fail
‣ cheap Thai tyre (Deestone) fitted Apr-2014 lasted 428kms. Sidewall about to fail
‣ cheap Malaysian tyre (??) fitted May-2014 lasted 684kms. Worn down and threads showing all way around
‣ cheap Malaysian tyre (Wanda) fitted May-2014 lasted 742kms. Worn down and threads showing all way around
‣ cheap Malaysian tyre (TKR) fitted Nov-2014 – wearing out quickly but replaced after 421kms as we’re off to China and want good rubber for there
‣ Schwalbe Marathon Plus (sourced via mail-order from UK) fitted Nov-2014
 
Front Mech Shimano Tiagra triple 9speed (broke after about 29,000kms of use)
‣ Shimano Sora triple 9speed
 
Main Chainset Stronglight 26/38/48 with 170mm cranks  
Rear Mech Shimano Deore XT (new Deore XT fitted in Thailand in Aug-2013, old one had done over 20,000kms and had too much side to side play, thus replaced)  
Cassette Shimano XT 11/34 9speed  
Gear shifters SRAM Centera twist-grip shifters these were sacked after becoming too difficult to use with sweaty hands in Southeast Asia
‣ Shimano Acera trigger shifters – finger & thumb operated, work well even with wet hands
 
Brakes ‣ Magura Louise hydraulic with 203mm discs front and rear – big and very powerful – not particular about what brake pads we use and these usually last approx 3000kms
‣ additional stoker-operated emergency V-brake on front wheel
 
Seatpost Thudbuster ST (short travel)  
Saddle (for pilot) Brooks B-17 – this saddle served well on both our old tandem and on our Pino and probably completed over 45,000kms but I think tropical-sweaty-ass syndrome killed it
‣ Brooks Cambium C-17 – a rubber & canvas, waterproof & no-maintenance creation from Brooks fitted Oct-2014
 
Lights ‣ Hawking 900 lumen rechargeable front light (new for 2012)
‣ Moon Gem 2.0 USB rechargeable front light (new for 2012)
‣ RSP Radient Twin USB rechargeable rear light (new for 2012) fitted to bike
2x Smart rear light – one died after getting wet and one got lost after falling off the back of the trailer where it had been mounted very cleverly
‣ Giant 5-LED rear light (bought in China March 2013 to replace lost rear light) fitted to trailer
 
Rear-view Mirrors Busch and Mueller long-arm  
Pumps ‣ Zefal wide-bore traditional style MTB pump with separate Connectors (lots of volume with every stroke)
‣ Lezyne Micro floordrive hpg (originally bought to get good high pressure – now just kept as backup)
 
Protective Tarp Footprint from old tent (MSR Hubba-Hubba) perfect size to cover both saddles & main transmission components  
Stoker Seat Cover Large waterproof rucksack cover (bought in Vilnius camping gear shop in June 2012)  

Luggage
Racks ‣ Rear – Tubus – crack found at start of 2013 and needed to be welded
‣ Front – Hase Pino Lowrider (incorporates kick-stand)
 
Panniers ‣ Rear – Arkel TT84
‣ Front – Arkel RT40
read review
Trailer Extrawheel Voyager (broke repeatedly)
‣ Bob Yak (original 16″ tyre on wheel, ruptured after 19,000kms – replaced in China Mar-2013. Next tyre lasted Mar-2013 to Apr-2014 and did 15,700kms)
read review
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Camping
Tent MSR Hubba Hubba HP (retired from active service at end of 2011)
‣ Hilleberg Kaitum 2GT (new for 2012)
read review
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Sleeping Mats ‣ In 2011 2x Karrimor x-lite 3/4 length self-inflating mats (delaminated after unwittingly left in hot tent)
‣ In 2011/12 2x Yate Outdoor 3/4 length self-inflating mats (1 or 2 proper punctures and loads of teeny-weeny holes suggesting product fatigue)
‣ New for 2013 – 2x Exped SynMat Ultralite 7 short (plus Exped Schnozzel pump bag) (mostly unused during 2014 and then when we did want them, they delaminated almost as soon as we put air in them, but manufacturer sent replacements to us in Malaysia)
 
 
 
 
 
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Sleeping Bags ‣ Tamar – Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32 (used with silk liner)
‣ Keith – Mountain Equipment Sleepwalker U/L (used with silk liner)
 
Pillow Keith – inflatable pillow & fluffy cushion  
Picnic Blanket unbranded rubber-backed tartan picnic blanket (essential!)  
Mozzie Coils RAID-Outdoor (or whatever brand available) slow burning anti-mozzie coils (used regularly)  
Rope 20m of 3mm static rope (bought in USA to hang food away from bears) used regularly but as washing line mostly  
Headtorches ‣ Tamar – Petzl Tikka XP
‣ Keith – Petzl Tikka-Plus (always fed new batteries for bright-light requirements)
‣ Keith – Petzl Tikka (always fed old batteries for low-light work inside tent – a good way to exhaust batteries before disposal)
Nov-2014 update – moving to rechargable batteries so 2 torches for Keith not necessary, and also plastic on Tikka’s has become perished and cracked, so both now dead and replaced with local brand
 

Cooking, Eating & Drinking
Stove ‣ Trangia 25 with gas burner
Optimus Nova Plus multifuel stove
‣ Trangia multifuel burner (new for 2012)
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read review
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Utensils ‣ mini, very thin, very light, wooden chopping board
‣ Scanpan Spectrum knife
Kitchen Devil Super Sharpener (new in 2012 – realised it was rubbish after replacing it with a new one from Russian supermarket for about 70pence)
‣ Cheap brandless knife sharpener which has given the knife a new lease of life
‣ Swiss Army knife
 
Eating ‣ 2x deep plastic plates
‣ Tamar – 1x spork (oops, broke while squeezing tea-bag – now using one of Keith’s teaspoons)
‣ Tamar – 1x mini pepper grinder (moaned all last year coz she didn’t have one)
‣ Keith – 2x metal dessert spoons & 2x metal teaspoons (also used for cooking as sporks melt!!)
 
Drinking ‣ 4x bidons (on the bike)
‣ 2x bidons (on the trailer – fitted in Poland for extra capacity)
‣ 2x plastic mugs (for hot drinks like coffee or soup)
‣ 2x plastic tumblers (for cold drinks like wine, or wine, or maybe beer … or juice)
‣ pack of 4x metal shot glasses (handy for sharing vodka with Ukranian vineyard guards – read 2011 blog)
‣ corkscrew (to enable us to complete our report on local wines)
‣ wine bottle stopper (preventing in-tent catastrophe) (gift from Eric Louis, Sancerre summer 2011)
‣ 1 litre sigg bottle (for whisky or local spirits) (handy for sharing vodka with Ukranian vineyard guards – read 2011 blog)
‣ water filter (MSR Sweet Water – used infrequently in Europe where good tap-water is easily found & in Russia & China where bottled water is cheap, but used regularly in Laos & Vietnam where bottled water was expensive and tap-water shouldn’t be trusted. First filter failed in June-2013 & new one sourced in Bangkok in July, but then discovered source of cheap water in Thailand, so using filter very little currently
 
Washing Up Kit ‣ 50ml bottle for washing liquid (topped up at every opportunity)
‣ half dish-wash sponge
‣ dish-cloth (mostly used for cleaning & drying tent)
‣ tea-towel
‣ universal sink-plug (not as universal as one would like)
‣ Ortlieb foldable sink (rarely used for washing dishes, but regularly for washing clothes or shaving etc)
‣ smallest possible bought bag of clothes washing powder (wool-sensitive for Tamar’s delicate merino)
 
Other ‣ 2 litre plastic lunch-box for mixing salads (new in June 2012)
‣ Large-ish mesh bag for holding vegetables
‣ Neoprene wine-cooler bag (for occasional bottle of white wine)
 
Gadgetry
Netbook Samsung N220 (plus 2nd spare battery bought at start of 2013)  
External Hard Drives ‣ Samsung S2 Portable 1TB (used for archiving files & photos)
‣ Western Digital Portable 1TB (new in May-2013 solely for storing whole computer backups)
‣ Western Digital MyPassport 1TB (new in July-2014 used for films and music and attaching to other peoples computers)
 
Tablet Computer 7″ 51-CUBE U30GT-mini (cheap Chinese brand – to allow both of us access to wi-fi at same time – new in Nov-2012)
‣ 8.4″ Samsung Galaxy Tab-S (treated ourselves to an upgrade in Nov-2014 with lots of bells and whistles, including GPS which is proving handy and well liked)
 
E-reader Sony PR-650 (Tamar’s most precious possession)  
Camera Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 (suffered irreparable damage on falling from a moving tandem in Oct-2012)
‣ Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 (new in Oct-2012, bought in China)
 
Mobile Phones ‣ Tamar – Sony Ericsson Walkman phone (with pre-pay SIM card)
‣ Keith – Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini-pro (quad-band with contracted SIM card but expensive to use outside EU)
EKit V4D (new in 2012) – quad-band dual-SIM phone with international SIM card from Go-SIM (cheap to use in most countries outside EU & dual-SIM allows us to get a local SIM) – ditched handset in May 2013 as horrible to use
Cheap Chinese made dual-SIM, quad-band Android smart-phone, pretending to be a Samsung – replaces EKit handset and now has Go-SIM & local SIM inside – seems to work well & much nicer to use than EKit thing (Nov-2014 new Samsung Tablet does everything this phone used to and more, so handset ditched)
 
Solar Panel MyMobilePower MMP16-25W (would not buy again) review to follow
Auxiliary Batteries ‣ Tekkeon myPower ALL MP3450 R2 (sold with the solar panel as part of a “Laptop Recharging Kit” – would not buy again)
‣ Maplins Storage Battery – 9000mAh, single output 5v/2200mA (new for 2013 to increase our capacity to carry electric from stops where we have access to mains. Can also be charged using solar panel)
‣ Samsung Storage Battery – 13000mAh, dual output 5v/1000mA & 5v/2100mA (bought with new Samsung Tablet in Nov-2014 for extra storage)
reviews to follow
Mains USB(2ports) charger XtremeMac USB 5v, 2A travel charger with interchangable heads for different plugs around the world (new for 2013 – really pleased with this space saver, but it died near the end of 2013)
Lundy USB 5v, 2A travel charger with 4 interchangable heads (overheated and went pop Nov-2014 when attached to new Samsung Tablet & auxiliary battery)
‣ Lenmar USB 5v, 4.4A (with 3 ports) travel charger with 4 interchangable heads
review to follow

Bike Maintenance, Spares, Medical kit & Miscellaneous
Bike Maintenance ‣ tyre levers
‣ puncture repair patches and glue
‣ spoke key
‣ multi-tool – allen keys and screwdrivers
‣ multi-tool – ‘Cool Tool’
‣ spanners (8/9mm & 10mm)
small adjustable spanner (ditched in 2013 – duplicated by Cool-tool)
‣ large adjustable spanner
‣ set of long allen keys with ball-ends, up to 5mm (new for 2013 – they make bike rebuilding so much easier than a multi-tool)
‣ cone spanners
‣ chain gauge
‣ crank extractor
‣ cassette tool
‣ Pino stoker’s freewheel remover
‣ Bottom Bracket remover (new for 2013 for bike rebuild)
‣ pliers
‣ tube of grease
‣ chain lube (cheap normal stuff, nothing fancy that falls off in the rain or every other day)
‣ aerosol of 3-in-1 oil
‣ assorted zip ties
‣ hose clamps (for emergency repairs)
Brooks Proofide (saddle cream – no longer needed for C-17)
pedal spanner (carried in 2011 but lge adjustable does job so left out for 2012)
‣ cable cutters (carried in 2011 but not necessary so left out for 2012 … but wished we still had them when fitting new gear-cable in Russian market-place, so re-included for 2013 and used many times)
Bike Spares ‣ inner-tubes (26″,20″,16″)
‣ brake pads (for disc brakes – as we left EU in Jul-2012, we had 5 sets spare. In the UK in Dec-2012 we got 5 more sets for 2013. We use about 2 sets per 3000kms )
‣ spokes (for front & rear wheels)
rear rim (set off in May-2012 with Sun Rhyno but it was fitted 10-Jun-2012, now not carrying spare)
‣ front tyre (Schwalbe Marathon Plus 20 x 1.75 – used in Jun-2013) replaced with cheap local tyre
‣ rear tyre (Schwalbe Marathon Plus 26 x 1.75 – used in Jun-2013) replaced with cheap local tyre
folding rear tyre (Ritchey Tom-Slick 26 x 1.4) as emergency back-up – used in Jun-2013, lasted a whole 150kms – waste of time & space and will not be replaced, 26″ tyres easily enough found everywhere we’ve been
‣ 2x free-hub body for rear wheel (first one exploded after just 4000kms so we stocked up, but none failed since then)
Pino stoker’s freewheel body (carried for 24,000kms then fitted in Feb-2013 in China when original failed)
‣ brake disc (203mm hard to find & in 2011 an errant stick buckled rear disc. This spare is old front disc from 2011, replaced as part of 2012 pre-trip maintenance)
‣ assorted nuts & bolts
‣ rim tape
‣ gear cable
Medical Kit ‣ chamois cream (rather difficult to source in far-flung lands)
‣ various pain relief pills
‣ pain relief gel
‣ antiseptic cream
‣ tick tweezers (brilliant for removing the little blighters!!)
‣ vaseline
‣ tiger balm
‣ diaoralyte sachets
‣ indegestion pills
‣ hayfever pills – antihistamine tablets also good for treating any other alergic reaction such as bee-stings
‣ hydrocortisone cream
‣ anti-fungal cream
‣ anti-diarrhoea pills
‣ antibiotics (ciprofloxacin & metronidazole)
‣ antimalarial(doxycycline) (bought in UK in Jan-2013 for SE Asia)
‣ bandages & dressings
‣ tape
‣ emergency splint
‣ emergency sterile kit
‣ foil blanket
 
Miscellaneous ‣ mosquito net (used regularly when in cheap accomodation with questionable mozzy defences)
‣ sewing kit
‣ super glue
‣ electrical tape
‣ small stanley knife and spare blades
‣ travel backgammon
‣ playing cards
‣ maps
‣ documents
‣ guide books: birds, plants, fungi
‣ small orange trowel
‣ loo roll
 

Keith’s Clothing
Tops ‣ waterproof jacket (Goretex Paclite)
‣ synthetic down jacket (Mountain Hardwear)
‣ day-glo full-zip long-sleeve bike jersey (Lusso Breathe)
‣ button-through long-sleeve shirt
‣ 2x button-through short-sleeve shirt
‣ 1x zip-front short-sleeve cycling top
‣ 1x thermal t-shirt
‣ 1x thermal long-sleeve top
‣ 1x zip-front & mesh-back cycling gilet (great for wearing when really hot so that not bare-chested in conservative neighbourhoods)
‣ 1x anti mozzie smock (to keep pesky beasts away from delicate skin) new purchase in Vilnius supermarket June-2012
Trousers ‣ 1x baggy cycling shorts
‣ 1x off-bike trousers for smart wear (Karrimor with zip-off legs)
1x off-bike trousers for campsite mozzie protection (Tamar stole them)
‣ 1x thermal long-johns
 
Underwear ‣ boxers (Paramo Cambia)
‣ 2x short socks
‣ 1x long socks
1x long thick socks (bought in China in cold Nov-2012 & ditched when it got warm again in April-2013)
‣ swimming trunks
 
Extremities ‣ long-finger cycling gloves
‣ long-finger thick cycling gloves (bought in China in cold Nov-2012)
‣ short-finger cycling gloves
‣ peaked cap & mozzie headnet
‣ cycle helmet
‣ reading glasses
‣ cycling glasses (multi-lens)
Barmah Sundowner Leather Roo Hat (left in Russian hotel in 2011 – gutted!)
 
Shoes ‣ Adidas Kanadia (used for cycling & everything else)
‣ Open-toed sandles first bought in Vietnam to stop feet from rotting in sweaty shoes and replaced as necessary
Timberland covered-toe sandles (used when not in other shoes … but finally died in Oct-2014 after many years of good service)
 

Tamar’s Clothing
Tops ‣ waterproof jacket (Mountain Equipment Women’s Firefox)
‣ hooded down jacket (The North Face)
windproof smock (Paramo Fuera) (sent home end 2012 as surplus to req.)
‣ full-full zip fleece (Next)
long-sleeve button-through shirt (Tu) (binned in Moscow- did not cope with sweat and sun)
‣ long-sleeve button-through shirt (Marmot) bought in Moscow July 2012 for on-bike use
‣ short-sleeve button-through shirt (Marmot) bought in Moscow July 2012 for off-bike use
‣ 2x long-sleeve t-shirts (Embers Merino/Icebreaker) 1 for on-bike, 1 for off-bike
‣ 2x short-sleeve t-shirts (Icebreaker)(2 further t-shirts were posted home as surplus to req.)
‣ anti-mozzie smock (to keep pesky beasts away from very delicate skin) new (& much loved) purchase in Vilnius supermarket June-2012
Trousers ‣ waterproof trousers (Berghaus Women’s Deluge)
2x 3/4 length cycling-specific trousers (sent home as surplus to req.)
2x full length zip-off trousers (Rohan/Craghoppers) (1 binned, 1 sent home)
‣ 2x full length trousers (Mountain Hardwear/Topsky) (new for 2013, 1 for on-bike, 1 for off-bike)
‣ thermal tights (Jack Wolfskin)
 
Underwear ‣ 2x sports bras
‣ 1x off-bike bra
‣ 3x knickers
‣ tankini style swimming costume
 
Extremities ‣ 2x long socks
‣ 1x short socks
‣ down booties (bought in Bishkek Sept 2012 – luxury footwear for frosty nights in the tent)
‣ gloves
‣ glove liners
‣ fleece hat/neck gaiter
‣ buff
‣ fine linen scarf (invaluable draped over head in hot weather)
‣ sunhat & mozzie headnet
‣ multi-lens cycling glasses
‣ cycle helmet
 
Shoes Keen Newport sandals (love them but they’re heavy – sent home end 2012)
Inov8 Roclite (binned in Almaty Sept 2012 – soles worn smooth)
‣ Raichle Storm LS walking shoes (bought at bargain price in Almaty Sept 2012 to replace Inov8s)
‣ Vibram FiveFinger KSOs (new for 2013 to replace the Keens)
‣ flipflops
 
 
 
 
 
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7 responses to “Kit List

  1. Proud to have provided the fine linen scarf x DPF

  2. Heyup, T+K. Amazed there isn’t a column listing the mass of each item, go on…

    • Heyup Dunks. I thought about that….but shame prevented it. We are not weight weenies.

      And in any case, as we can’t bear to part with anything we are going to have to lug it along and doing so feels a bit easier if we remain in ignorance about the tonnage. :-)

  3. Hi,

    Very nice reading all about your travels. I found your blog while googeling around for long distance travel with tandems and have enjoyed reading your stories.

    But a minor question. Since you noted in the kit list above you wouldn’t buy the “MyMobilePower MMP16-25W” again. I was wondering why. I am considering buying it myself as a power supply for my next trip but you suddenly got me to rethink.. If you have a part of the review about it ready, please let me know.

    Thank you.
    Joachim

    • Hi Joachim,
      Sorry, I haven’t written a report on the solar panel yet, but basically, it was marketed as a “laptop recharging kit” but it is not up to the job. The solar panel is good for charging a mobile phone or camera battery and in good sunshine can charge my smartphone in about 2 hours. The Tekion battery that makes up part of the kit is also good when you recharge it using mains electricity (but the battery is becoming very temperamental), and it will store about sufficient energy to add 30% power to my Samsung netbook computer. But the solar panel is completely incapable of recharging the Tekion battery, and in a full day of summer-time east-european sun, or a full day of central Asian, or Russian sunshine, it will not recharge the battery, nor even come close. So if the Tekion is flat, and I have it on charge all day, it will perhaps give my computer an extra 3% or 5% of power. This would barely power the laptop for 10 minutes. Thus a whole day of sunshine for just 10 minutes of laptop power, is not what I would call a “laptop recharging kit”.

      I did contact SOLARIFLEX about it last year, but they just told me I was using the battery the wrong way and that I should not try to “recharge” the computer with it, but should “run” the computer using the battery on a lower voltage than the computer is meant to run. They did not address my issue about the fact that the solar panel, will not recharge the battery.

      However, in terms of finding the solution to charging a laptop or netbook while traveling – I haven’t found anybody else who has managed to solve this problem either, whether by use of solar power or by use of dynamo-hub on the bike, but we are currently looking into getting a dynamo hub. Laptops are just too power hungry, and perhaps our better solution would be with a tablet computer which I think runs on 5volt rather than 19volt, but again, more research is required on my part.

      Thanks for reading – hope this is helpful. I will try to get a full review written soon,
      Keith.

      • Hi Keith,

        Thanks for the explanatory reply :-)

        Interesting to read your experiences.. I think I will hold off buying it then. I can however give you my experience with a PowerMonkey Extreme and an iPad. I used the combination last september in Scandinavia (I hiked from Abisko to Kilpisjaarvi).

        I wanted to use the Powermonkey to recharge my camera batteries and iPad, unfortunately I had about the same experience as you did. The PowerMonkey would be charged about 15% to 20% on an average day. It would require 3 to 4 sundays to recharge my camera battery (Panasonic GH2) and there would be no charge left to recharge my iPad. As the iPad can hold quite a charge it wasn’t a huge problem. But it did run out of juice 1 day before we arrived in Kilpisjaarvi. In the meantime I was able to charge it one time from 21% to 40%.

        The iPad is nice as a backup for pictures but the capacity is quite limited. Mine is 32GB’s and since I was also filming a lot I quickly run out of space and had to delete some apps to make room for data. Especially on longer trips this would be a problem.
        I did solve this to some extent by jailbreaking the iPad and then attaching a portable USB drive to it. This was quite tricky as the iPad doesn’t give enough power to let the drive run by itself. This is what I did:
        iPad –> USB camera Connection Kit –> cheap USB hub –> Harddrive (with the drive connected through a dual USB cable which was plugged into the hub and the USB outlet of the Powermonkey).
        Without the USB hub, the iPad wouldn’t create a USB connection, the Powermonkey was used to power the drive.
        Using a program named “iFile” I was able to copy files from my iPad to the drive. I couldn’t copy directly from the SD card to the drive.

        Summarizing, I am still looking for the perfect mobile computing solution. It would be wonderful to have a fully fledged laptop that can be charged over USB or a tablet with built in SD card reader and powered USB output.
        If all you need to backup is pictures an iPad could be perfect, but for larger files (video) it is simply to clumsy.

        I did hear about a wireless 500GB drive that you can connect your iPad to, via WIFI. This could be a nice solution. Connect your camera using the Connection Kit and wirelessly backup the data to the WIFI-drive. It is however quite pricey.. (http://bit.ly/Oyo4lf)

        I hope this helps you.

        Kind regards,
        Joachim

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