XGRID Solar Charger Kit + Battery Pack

 XGS9USB – 9 Watt USB Solar Charging Kit

We can admit that we are living in the age of technology. Imagine the changes we’ve seen in the last few years? Technology is always evolving! There’s always something new and something to improve.

Just look at the cameras on our cell phones! We mostly use our cameras to take nice pictures for our blogs, posts, and videos.  It’s actually doing a great job better than other cameras when it comes to pictures!

When we go out on a trip, my wife & I bring our phones with us all the time.  It’s a big part of our work. One of the obstacles is the fact that we need power to keep our phones going and not let the “juice run out.”

A few years back I started bringing our own solar panel & battery pack wherever we went. This has solved a lot of problems for us. Some of you have seen the video I made about that SOLAR PANEL & BATTERY PACK KIT FROM SUNJACK.

Gigawatt Inc DBA SUNJACK

Now we have a new addition to the family! This one is pretty cool! Another gadget to consider if you are looking for one!

THE XGS9USB – 9 WATT SOLAR CHARGING KIT.

XGS9USB USB Solar Charging Kit

 

 LET’S TAKE A CLOSER LOOK!

XGS9USB USB Solar Charging Kit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5X BRIGHTER

  • 100% = 250 Lumens x 4hrs
  • 50% = 125 Lumens x 8 hrs
  • 10% = 25 Lumens x 72 hrs
  • STROBE = 250 Lumens x 120 hrs

DIMENSION

  • 16.3″ (414 mm)
  • 16″ (406mm)

WEIGHT

  • 18.4 ounces (Solar Panel Only)
  • 25.4 ounces (Entire Kit)

 CLOSED SIZE

  • 13.0″ X 6.5″ X 1.2″

 

Things I Like About It

  • RUGGED
  • POWERFUL
  • BLACK
  • PORTABLE
  • COMPACT
  • LIGHT
  • EXPANDABLE  AND CAN LINK UP TO 12 PANELS TO ADD POWER

Depending on where you’re going and for how long the XGS9 USB will do the job!

XGS9USB USB Solar Charging Kit

This is XGB3L INCLUDED in the kit – ultra-compact and has portable LED flashlight.

XGS9USB USB Solar Charging Kit

XGS9USB USB Solar Charging Kit

If this whole kit might be too big for you then you can settle for the smaller version – the XGS4USB.

INCLUDED IN THE KIT 

  • XGS9
  • XGB3
  • FLEX5V XGC USB REGULATOR
  • MICRO USB CABLE
  • USER GUIDE & WARRANTY INFFORMATION

I’m very pleased and satisfied with the XGS9USB.  SO FAR SO GOOD!

 

NOCO Genius On-Board Waterproof Battery Chargers

 

 ONE MORE COOL THING!

CHECK OUT THE XGB12 12,000mAh USB RUGGED BATTERY PACK 

XGS9USB USB Solar Charging Kit

 DIMENSION            5.3″ x 3.3″  x 1.2″ thick

 THIS IS SOLD SEPARATELY & NOT INCLUDED IN THE KIT I MENTIONED ABOVE.

XGS9USB USB Solar Charging Kit

This is the one that I carry on my short overnight trips. It doesn’t take a lot of space in my backpack, very handy for quick charge without taking out the entire kit. 

XGS9USB USB Solar Charging Kit

The XGB12 can charge 2 at the same time should you need it. Sometimes both camera and phones can run out of juice! This is a KEEPER for me! Personally, I like that rubberized protective casing, it looks and feels military!

XGS9USB USB Solar Charging Kit

If this is something that might interest you just check it out what would be best for you. Thank you Folks!

I hope this has been helpful, thank you for all your support. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome!

Enjoy The Great Outdoors & God Bless!

Mike & Josie


AMAZON CANADA

NOCO XGrid XGS9USB 9W Portable Solar Panel and USB/LED Flashlight Kit

NOCO XGrid XGS9USB 9W Portable Solar Panel and USB/LED Flashlight Kit

AMAZON.CO.UK

XGrid Rugged USB 22Wh Battery Pack – by Noco

Noco XGrid Lithium-Charger USB 3Ah 11,1Wh Power Bank Battery XGB3

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THE SJCAM 5000X ELITE – BUDGET FRIENDLY!

SJCAM 5000X ELITE (ACTION CAMERA)

SPECS:

12.4 MEGA PIXELS SONY IMX078 Sensor
• WIFI
• 70°-170° Adjustable Viewing Angle
• HDMI Real-Time Record
• 4K @4fps; 2K @30fps
• 2.0″ LTPS LCD
• Slow Motion Record
• 30 METERS Water Resistant
• GYRO Stabilizer
• Motion Detection
• Burst Mode 3 Pics/Sec
• Video/Photo Lapse

  • DIMENSION

LENGTH 61mm
WIDTH 25mm
HEIGHT 42.4mm
WEIGHT 74 grams with battery (lightweight)

 

• SJ5000x Elite Adopts the Sony IMX078 sensor for Fast image processing Speed.

So far so good! It jammed a bit while using it with the WIFI but it was not a big deal. The film was fine after the whole processing of the film was completed.

Get the APP if you intend on using your cell phone! Available on (App Store & Google Play). Search and install SJCAM ZONE.

The image has good quality capturing the very colors of what you’re filming. It CANNNOT ZOOM IN OR FOCUS. After all it is an ACTION CAMERA!

 

• Comes in different  colors (black, red, white, yellow, golden, blue, and silver) to choose from.

• Simple and Easy to Use.

It is easy to operate without getting lost into the details. Easy access with the buttons clearly indicated even with the water proof case on.
The SETUP ICON provides seven screen pages of detailed information if you want to change some of the settings or just leave in default.

Also check the provided MANUAL for the full details of other ICONS.

 

• MEMORY CARDS RECOMMENDED WITH SJCAM CAMERAS

16GB or 32GB original, well-known brands with high quality, high input/output writing speeds, and class 10 at least. SDHC versions are recommended. The following micro SD memory cards have been tested and performed well with all of the SJCAM devices:
• Silicon Power Micro SDXC 64GB Class 10 (only with selected models)
• Sandisk Extreme Pro 64GB (only with selected models)
• Samsung EVO C10 32GB
• Sandisk Extreme C10 32GB
• Lexar EVO C10 32GB
• Transcend Premium 300 C10 32GB
• Sandisk C4 32GB
• Sony C10 32GB
• Sandisk C6 16GB
• Transcend C10 16GB
• Kingston 16GB

You can always play with your budget, the higher the GB the more you will pay. Just go with your budget and definitely consider the storage depending on what you do. It is worth having a bigger storage and even have another extra card with you just in case. I’m just using the KINGSTON 16GB MICRO SD CARD; cost around $15. Don’t go below 16GB!

• BATTERY CHARGER ACCESSORY (SOLD SEPARATELY)

This is totally up to you if you want this additional accessory. The USB CABLE provided in the package will do the same thing. IT WILL STILL CHARGE YOUR BATTERY USING YOUR COMPUTER.

IMPORTANT TIPS:

When you charge the camera with the provided USB CABLE; you will not see the BATTERY ICON really charging. The camera screen will display (MASS STORAGE & PC CAMERA) so there is no telling when the battery is fully charged or not.

WHAT I DID:

Using my Samsung Tablet or Cell Phone CHARGER, just plug the SJCAM USB CABLE TO THE SAMSUNG ADAPTOR and you will see the BATTERY IN ACTION SLOWLY CHARGING! It took a good part of the day to FULLY CHARGE THE BATTERY for the first time.

SJCAM 5000X ELITE - ACTION CAMERA SJCAM 5000X ELITE - ACTION CAMERA

 

• LOTS OF ACCESSORIES INCLUDED

SJCAM 5000X ELITE - ACTION CAMERA

Depending on your setup, these accessories are great to have. Of course one of the cool features is the WATERPROOF CASE that allows you to dive up to 30 meters. If you dive with it make sure you set it up with the underwater setup.

Below is a link to a video I made. The water was murky due to the rains that we had but I can’t imagine the filming it will give under clear waters.
Of course there are other accessories available like (Selfie Stick, other mount for bikes, snowboards, car kits charger, SJ SMART REMOTE WATCH, bags & cases, tripods & monopods).

Another Video Using The SJCAM: Click Here (The Black River Trip) 

• UPLOADING FILES TO THE COMPUTER & CONVERTING

UPLOADING TO PC

Plug the USB CABLE to the camera. Turn on the camera then plug the other end of the cable to the computer. On the screen SELECT (MASS STORAGE). This will automatically do the upload.

CONVERTING
There are two options to choose from: MP4 & MOV. I’m using WINDOWS MOVIE MAKER to EDIT my videos. But then I discovered that both formats are not recognized by Windows Movie Maker!

 

IMPORTANT TO KNOW:

You have to CONVERT THE VIDEO TO WMV using a converter. I use an AVS VIDEO CONVERTER and only AFTER converting them that I was able to start editing the videos using the Windows Movie Maker.

An example is …. I had 13 scenes converted and it took almost all morning to convert them! So KEEP YOUR SCENES SHORT & SIMPLE!

 

CONVERTING UPDATE!

I can’t explained it but for some reason when I uploaded my films to my pc, I DID NOT HAVE TO CONVERT IT! It was fine & I was able to load it directly to Windows Movie Maker. So, I guess you’ll be fine but if not just let me know and I’ll see what I can find for you. Thanks again!

 

So Folks, I hope that these informations helped you a bit.  If you have any comments or questions, please let me know and I will be glad to answer them for you as soon as I can.

Thank you for your patience! We always appreciate your support!

Mike & Josie

 

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WINTER FUN!

Do you like Winter?

Folks ask me often the same question since I’ve been here, “Do you like winter?” It may sound surprising but I do! I like the change of atmosphere, the crisp of the snow and the fresh air. I like the smell of wood burning from the woodstove. I consider myself blessed to be able to experience the four seasons of this beautiful country, Canada.

During my first year in Quebec, Mike & I lived in a country where we used to get a lot of snow. It was a beautiful place from the Lord. Back then I saw many wild animals that passed by our road and that was amazing!

During the winter time, we would suit up and go outside and have fun. Even the simple task of shovelling was fun & exercise at the same time. I think my favorite was sliding on a crazy carpet ending up on the frozen pond; that was great!

A few years later when the house was sold we moved to a new location and sure enough we still had to do outdoor stuff. Mike initiated me to Snowshoeing. I personally like it better than skating.

Yesterday was an amazing day, a full perfection of everything; thank you Lord. The sun was beautiful, not too cold. Perfect weather, not windy at all; it was a very mild winter day.

 

THINGS WE ENJOY ABOUT WINTER

SNOWSHOEING & MAKING A TRAIL

snowshoeing

 Snowshoeingsnowshoeing

 

WINTER SCENERY, BIRDS SINGING, WATCH ANIMAL ACTIVITIES, RELAX & LISTEN TO THE RUNNING WATER FROM THE RIVER

Mike Barton

 

 

Winter Relaxing In A Tarp Tipi

SETTING UP CAMP

Winter Camp Setup

 

TESTING SOME NEW GEARS

Condor Parang

Pocket Boy Saw Condor Parang

 

OUTDOOR COOKING AFTER A HARD DAY’S WORK 🙂

Winter Outdoor Cooking with BushcraftBartons  Winter Outdoor Cooking with BushcraftBartons

 

A NICE FIRE, RELAX & SOME PICTURE TAKING

Winter Fun with BushcraftBartons

 

I know that it’s WORK! But after doing it  you will be glad that you have done something in the forest and breath some fresh air, change your mind a little (refresh), have something to eat, play around with your gear and gadgets, and finish it with a good bonfire enjoying the good company of your friends or family.

It was a perfect beautiful day for Mike & I! I hope that you can enjoy the great outdoors & have fun even in the winter!

 

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DIY Gear Bags

How important it is to keep things organized! The thing about it is you don’t have to spend a lot of money to buy them, so why not make your own? 

DIY GEAR BAGS  DIY GEAR BAGS

 

I’ve been making them for some time now. It all started with Mike’s cooking pots, thanks to him I made a few since then which allowed me in return to practice.

I just like the idea of keeping things together where they belong; group them and keep things in order. Basically knowing where my stuff is, is very important especially when my backpack is full.

Now recently Mike asked me to make a bag for his GSI Kettle, Mors Pot & Stainless Steel Bottle from his old pair of cargo pants! It was custom fit and he was happy about it.

DIY GEAR BAGS DIY GEAR BAGS  DIY GEAR BAGS  DIY GEAR BAGS 5 DIY GEAR BAGS

While I was on it I made a few gear bags of my own. Here’s one where I could put my flashlight and headlamp. DIY GEAR BAGS

For this batch of bags I didn’t have any more cord stoppers but that is always easy to install; I just simply inserted some leftover paracord; made a knot on both ends and voila! My bag is done!

I was satisfied with these bags but next time I would like to make some more from another type of material; maybe ripstop nylon. I think it will be cool and I might show it to you as well!

DIY GEAR BAGS

Until next time friends and as always Mike & I appreciate you so much!

God Bless!

Josie

 

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