Cell phones in the outdoors may seem problematic. After all, aren’t they the chief devices we strive to avoid when we’re out in nature? Actually, today’s smart phones are a very important safety device, whether you hunt the Western Mountains or your stand behind the house. If you become lost, sprain an ankle, or fall from a stand, your smart phone can be a lifeline to a timely rescue. Adventure jurisdictions have learned that a cell tower is immensely cheaper than search-and-rescue operations; that’s why even in the way-out-back, you may have cell service… if your battery holds a charge, that is. GPS function can also save your bacon, but only if the battery powers things up.
The folks at Brunton offer three devices that can give you a power boost from several charges down to a few minutes in a device nearly as light as a ringtone. The Resync fits in your hand and stores enough power to recharge your cell phone six times… just plug it in. Charge the master unit with your cigarette lighter, wall plug, or USB port. Generate power with an even smaller device, the Ember, which contains an integrated solar panel. If your cell phone is dying flip it over on the dash of your car or outside your tent, and you can charge your phone two times. The Bump is so small it fits on a key chain and will harness enough solar energy to extend your cell phone battery an extra 15 minutes. These items are so small and inexpensive, you may want to own two or three.