For this post, I'm going to add talk about all the electronics I plan to carry.
First, lets talk about cameras. Traditionally, I've liked and carried full-size DSLR cameras. My current one is the Canon EOS 7D. But it weighs 3 lbs 5.2 oz, including a 28-135 mm zoom lens, battery and memory card. It's just too much for a multi-day, let alone an AT, carry. Maybe if I was planning to do a professional video or photo product, but I'm not. I've taken Canon DSLR cameras on vacations to places such as Disney World for years. But recently, I wanted something a bit easier to stash and protect. After trying a couple of Canon hand-held cameras, I bought a Nikon Coolpix s8200. It has a 14x zoom, takes pictures with 16 million pixels, and weighs only 7.5 ounces. The photos are fantastic, the only problem with the s8200 is that it is not waterproof. I still have to protect it even in a light drizzle. AT hiking journals point to a lot of rain. This just wasn't the ideal camera for the trail.
|Nikon Coolpix s8200|
|Ricoh (Pentax) WG-4 GPS|
For iOS software, I have Guthook's AT Hiker for an AT map and digital AT Guidebook, Gaia GPS for general mapping, Eyefi Mobi for transferring photos from my camera memory card to the phone and then to an Eyefi Internet repository, Web Albums to allow use of Picasa Web Albums on the Internet, Blogger to create and manage posts, USPS Mobile for mail drops, Kindle for reading eBooks, Compass, and Mag Light Pro. I have a variety of other apps for travel and content creation and viewing.
The iPhone doesn't have a user replaceable battery, but you can turn off functionality, put it into airplane mode, and basically minimize battery usage. However, I'm only going to be able to conserve battery in a limited fashion. I want to journal and use the AT Hiker daily. The iPhone uses a Lightning USB cable, and I have one that's a few inches long.
So I'm covered between towns. But I still need a way to recharge the external battery and potentially the other devices when I get to an outlet. For that I have an Anker 20 Watt, 2-port USB wall charger. It has IQ technology to allow charging of all devices. And each port can support up to 2.4 amps. The Anker wall charger weighs 2.29 oz.
Here's what the various devices and cables weigh in summary:
|iPhone 5S with Lifeproof Nuud||5.35|
|Sandisk Sansa Clip Sport 8 GB (yellow) w 32 GB Micro SDHC||1.02|
|Ricoh WG-4 GPS (Pentax) Camera, 64 GB, Halcyon 1500 mAh||8.22|
|New Trent IMP120D External Battery, 12000 mAh||9.63|
|Anker 20W 4A Dual-Port Wall Charger, 7109 Power IQ 2||2.29|
|Halcyon Battery Pack, Li-50B/D-Li92, 3.7 V, 1500 mAh||0.56|
|Micro USB Cable, 8" (came with Sansa)||0.56|
|Lightning USB Cable (8.5", white), GadgetsPro||0.18|
|Ricoh USB charging cable (56", black)||2.1|
|Bose Ear Buds (white)||0.71|