So there I am standing in line at Barnes & Nobles with what felt like 80 pounds of books, all three of them, when I spy on the shelf behind the counter a rather large box with the words on it; "AR Drone 2.0". There is a picture on the box that looks like something out of "Avatar", so of course, I was interested! I asked the salesgirl how much it was and if I could please take a quick look at it, but inside I already knew that useful scientific instrument (not a toy) was coming home with me.
I am looking at doing quite a bit of traveling this year, and decided upon new luggage. As I made my way through all the tasty samples they have for people to try throughout Costco on my way to the luggage isle, I saw a display that actually made me stop in my tracks. It was the answer to every Field Investigator's anguished plea to the cosmos for some way to power all our gadgets in the field!
This baby I call the "I think I have a hernia" model. It weighs about 100 pounds, which for all intents and purposes would make impractical in the field. Except for one feature that is it's saving grace. This unit has wheels on the bottom, and a retractable handle so it's extremely easy to move around once it is unloaded from your vehicle. Just make sure that you have one of the "Expendables" around to lift the darn thing.
I myself, being a better thinker than lifter, purchased the Yeti 400 and 2 of the 15" solar panel components that go with it. I was looking for a way to power my smaller sound board and wireless microphone unit while videotaping in the field, and this fits all of my requirements. As a member of MUFON, I am always talking to people about alternative energy ideas, and new technologies that can help improve the human condition everywhere. Solar power units like this are affordable, lightweight, and provide a clean power source for people who might be in a remote location, anywhere in the world!
I hope this weeks "Special Edition" was informative, and enjoyable. It's not very often that I put what I had planned on "hold" for something else, but I was so impressed with both of these products that I felt it would be worth it...I hope you do too!