Turns out I wasn’t quite done shopping for the trip. I started trying to fit all the electronics into the camera bag, and discovered that the camera bag did not formerly belong to Mary Poppins and actually could not hold an infinite amount of stuff… While shopping for shoes, I came across a Ritz camera, and decided to poke my head in and look at their bags. I talked to the sales person, and she found a rather nice bag that was larger than the existing bag I was using. I asked if I could load it up before purchasing to make sure it held everything I needed it to. She agreed, and as we were walking to the counter I glanced over and spied a funny looking bag on the floor. My geek eyes were immediately drawn to the top of the bag, that resembled a series of solar panels. I was intrigued, and grabbed the bag as we walked by. The clerk excused herself to assist another customer and left me holding the bags. 🙂 (Ok, I had to say that) I began putting things into the bag she had chosen, all the while staring at the magical bag I had found. I noticed the writing on the side that stated “Eclipse Solar Gear”. Hmm… “No way” I thought… At that the sales person returned. “Ok, tell me… Is this really actually a solar panel?”
“Sure is! It’s really cool!”
“…and it actually works…”, I said fumbling for my 12V charger, assuming the bag was 12V…
“Yeah, believe it or not, we charged one of our iPods on it the other day”
“Ok… this I have to see”
“You will need…”
I dangle my 12V batter charger in front of her interrupting her.
“… exactly! come on!”, and she excitedly headed for the front door of the store.
By the time we reached the parking lot,she had already attached my charger,and battery to the bag.
“Take a look!” and she pointed out the status indicator lights on my charger.
“Holy cats!!! Thats Awesome!!!!!”
I stood there playing with the panel watching how much needed to see light to get a charge going…
We then returned inside the store, where… after loading in all of my equipment, and noticing there was plenty of room for everything else I needed to put in it, I bought it.
Oh, did I mention it was on sale… $50! HA! MSRP $139.95