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Gear Review: Soldier 7800mAh Power Bank

When it comes to “should-you-or-shouldn’t-you?” regarding to the use of electronic devices in the backcountry, the debate is still open. Some argue that the conveniences of modern life – whether that list includes cell phones, tablet devices, or even portable music players – are just that, conveniences, and they should be accepted and taken advantage of whether you’re sitting on a park bench in Midtown Manhattan or miles from nowhere on the Appalachian Trail. A cell phone can save your life in an emergency, the argument goes, so why not carry one at all times, even in the woods?

00000_Soldier_04_web-700x700On the other hand, why do we head out into the wild at all but to escape the steady drumbeat of modern life and the constant connectivity that accompanies the 24/7 online lives that so many of us live? Just leave the electronics at home and enjoy the journey. Tablets and phones and the like just distract from the experience, after all.

That said, for those that are in fact looking to not only bring their devices into the backcountry but use them there for extended periods, the Soldier 7800mAh Power Bank from Digital Treasures is a solid solution to a long-standing problem: keeping those devices powered up when you’re far, far away from an outlet or other power source. Built to withstand the rigors of backcountry travel, the Soldier 7800 comes equipped with a shock-proof outer shell and an IP67 rating, which means it is dust-proof and can be submerged in up to three feet of water for up to 30 minutes.

The unit’s 7800mAh charging capacity provides enough juice for any smartphone or tablet on the market, along with a host of other electronic accessories, and its MicroUSB and USB ports are sealed when not in use, protecting the connections from dirt and dust contamination. (Note: the Soldier 7800 does not offer a standard 3-prong wall style power outlet, only USB and MicroUSB connections, so plan accordingly.) And what outdoor-ready product would be complete without a built-in flashlight and blinking SOS light? Not to worry, the Soldier has those bases covered too.

While we many never reach consensus on the whole “smartphones on the trail” debate, at least now there is a safe, reliable way to keep the power flowing when needed, rain or shine. The Soldier 7800mAh Power Bank is available for $89.95 directly from Digital Treasures and a variety of other online retailers.

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