Each photography guide and local guide on our tours will now trek with a solar panel on their backpack and a 26,800mAh power pack for guests to use as they wish.
The Power Issue
Power can be an issue in the Himalayas as most villages still rely on their own smaller solar panels. When we get to a teahouse in the afternoon it can be too late to get a good charge when batteries are low. That’s why Far Horizon has decide to pack our own power.
We understand charged batteries are essential with today’s DSLRs and other cameras. What do you do in a region with very few power lines?
This summer we’ll test the RAVPower 24 Foldable Solar Panel and RAVPower 26,800mAh Power Pack. Additionally we’ll be testing a dual camera battery charger (this one for Canon LP-E6 batteries) that utilizes a microUSB connection for power input.
The idea is to soak up the sun during the day while we’re out shooting and trekking, then use the power pack to top off batteries at night. This will allow guests to bring less batteries and, for those who love their other electronics, charge other devices.
One power pack can charge approximately 13-14 LP-E6 batteries, which hold 1800mAh. We estimate one pack and panel will suffice for each three guests. The solar panel has three USB outputs and it can charge the power pack and two devices while we trek. We will have chargers available for every camera type on our treks.
The last thing we want is for any guest to not bring home gorgeous photos because they ran out of juice. We will report back with test results after the summer.
We’re excited to offer this remote charging to all Nepal Photo Trek itineraries. Let us carry the heavy stuff and all the power you need so you can enjoy and photograph until your heart is content.
It’s one more way we offer Photo Tours Beyond Your Expectation™.
Far Horizon Photo Tours leads enriching photography trips to Nepal and Bhutan accommodating any level of photographer. Our groups are kept to just six guests per trip to ensure maximum learning opportunities and an enjoyable trip for all. More information on tour dates can be found here.
Not into international tours but still want to learn photography? We also offer Photography Basics workshops in the Western US.