Marc's WhiteWater Gear Reviews

Energy & Light

Fenix PD32 Flashlight

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My Fenix PD32 V2.0 flashlight may be ver compact and light, but it is nothing short of being practical and exceeding all you need for outdoor adventures. Being powerfull, waterproof (IP68), easy on the battery, a well placed clip, a large operating window (-35° to 45°C), a usefull beam config (spot angle 6.8°, spill angle 62°) and lightweighted, it ticks all the necessary boxes. It’s a 1200 lumen flashlight with 3 brightness levels and a strobe mode. It has a tail switch, witch I prefer, and is made out of A6061-T6 aluminum, with a HAIII hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish. Sized 13 x 2,5 x 2,4 cm, weighing 128 gr (including battery) and is using an ARB-L18-3500U – 18650 Battery, Rechargeablee Battery.
Robustness: When gold digging (recreational & unsuccesful), I tape this flashlight to my little shovel, to allways have the light bundle where I need it most. This means the flashlight takes loads of abuse by rocks and gravel. By now, it looks beaten up, but it works as new. I dig in rivers, at an armslength depth (max).
Waterproofness: I had the (questionable) opportunity to use the PD32 in waterproof-test-worthy circumstances, looking for a Gopro camera at a depth of approximately 5 meters, in a class 4 whitewater river. It withstood this test gloriously!

PD32 spot angle 6.8°, spill angle 62°

Wuben H1 Headlight

My prime headlamp is the Wuben H1. It has outstanding waterproofing, it’s rechargeable, very robust/sturdy and has loads of power if needed. It has two light sources. A dimmable 1200/400/80/1 lumen main light reaching 125 meter and a 10 lumen (red/white) auxiliary light. IMHO, the main features are:

  • IP68 Waterproof.
  • USB Rechargeable 18650 2600mAh Li-ion battery.
  • 1200 Lumens.
  • It has a blue ‘breathing’ locating light, enabling you to find the headlamp in the dark.

Charging Kit

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All my charging needs are solved by this small DIY charging station. A total of 7 Gopro batteries, 2 Nikon batteries, a Gopro remote, a Flashlight, a Headlight, my Powerbank and my iPhone are charged by using one power plug, needing one wall outlet.
All chargers are gathered on a 215mm x 130mm carbon fiber tray, with the powerbank underneath it. All usb wires are plugged into a two Quick Charge (QC) 220v to usb adapters (Quick Charge: managing power delivery by communicating with the power supply and negotiating a voltage.)

It’s all packed into one ultralight double compartment cube, with a mesh top to allow warmth to escape. It has one lead coming out, so when I charge (at, for instance, a lunchroom) the content of the board isn’t visible.

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RidgeMonkey Rechargeable Headtorch

Here’s my Backup USB Rechargeable Headtorch. It’s a RidgeMonkey VRH300. Equiped with a high capacity 2000mah lithium polymer battery producing 50-200 lumens, in three white intensity modes and two green modes, for night vision (low white/green, medium white/green, high white). The rubberised shell is durable and IP64 water/dust resistant.
As for charging, I use the RidgeMonkey Vault 15W USB-C Car Charger Adaptor, which can be used with other 5V USB-A and 5V USB-C compatible devices and detects the connected device to automatically supply the appropriate 5V current for optimum performance. Input: 12-24V DC, Output: USB-A 5V 2.4A, USB-C 5V 3A

CaseProof Waterproof Solar Powerbank

This CaseProof Solar Power Bank is waterproof and shockproof. It charges up to 5 charges for a smartphone. You can charge 2 devices at the same time (smartphone or tablet). Charging time: 10h for 20000 mA. Sun loading time: Minimum 25000 Lux sunlight intensity for 200 mA/h charging current.

PowerGorilla Powerbank by Powertraveller

Now this PowerGorilla is the ultimate powerbank. Imagine being able to charge your:

  • Action Camera – 12 to 14 times
  • Smartphone – 8 to 10 times
  • GPS – 15 to 17 times
  • Smartwatch – 40 times
  • Head Torch – 15 to 17 times
  • SLR Camera – 4 to 6 times
  • Laptop twice
  • Tablet twice
  • Satelite Phone – 3 to 5 times

All this means it weighs a little more than your average GSM-battery, weighing 700 grams. The Powergorilla has a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) feature when on the 19V setting so you can relax knowing that your essential devices will still be charged. Just select which voltage you require; 5V, 12V, 16V, 19V or 24V and the LCD screen will indicate which setting has been chosen, then connect your device and start charging. You can even daisy-chain, to charge several devices simultaneously. It comes with a ton of adaptors for mains and devices (I never saw a laptop adaptor set before) and a neat sleeve. It comes as a kit, including:

  • Powergorilla power pack
  • USB-C to USB cable
  • DC extension cable (80cm)
  • 19V universal AC mains charger
  • Female 12V in-car charger socket
  • USB-C to Micro USB adaptor
  • Laptop tip set (15 pcs)
  • Neoprene case
This video is made by Powertraveller.

Falcon 21 Solar Panel by Powertraveller

My Falcon 7 is an ultra-lightweight, foldable solar panel for charging 5V devices with the power of the sun. It produces 25-35% more power compared to conventional cells and has IPx4 rating. It weighs only 230g and makes has attachment eyeleds to attach it to washing lines, tents, where ever convenient. The kit comes with:

  • a 7W Foldable solar panel
  • a USB-C to USB cable (1m)
  • a Female USB-C to male Micro USB adaptor
  • 2 Carabiners

Powertraveller is a European company. Their products are built to last, are capable of being used in extremes of temperature and are resistant to the elements and harsh handling. They have a very high number of recharge cycles negating the need for using disposable batteries and are made using components and materials that can be reused or recycled.

Camping lights by MPOWERD

Why not add some ambiance to the camp site? The people at Micro Power Design must have thought so too. They make all-weather, solar charged lights that look friendly and are very practical. I own four of them.

The technical/functional is the smaller red EMRG. It can be used as a flashlight or emergency light. It has 5 modes: low, high, flashing, S.O.S and steady red. To me, this light is most fun hanging, dangling in the wind, spreading it’s moving light bundle freely. Having said that, this is a very good companion for hiking trips, as it’s extremely light (72 grams / 2.5 oz) and charges by sunlight, all you have to do is attach it (in compressed/deflated state) to your backpack to have a proper lightsource that night.

The green light is a Pro Series. This is the most powerfull of the four I own. This can be used very well when practicality is more important than ambiance. Repairing your car, charging your phone, searching through your tent; practical tasks.

Ambiance! That’s where the other member of the Pro Series comes in. With it’s warm light and matt diffusing surface, this your table or in-tent. It’ll even charge your phone.
Stepping this ambiance theme up a notch: On my wishlist are six of their ‘Candles‘. These are smaller sized, amber coloured lights, that can be used like all-weather candles.

The most attention seeking on the campsite are the String Lights. It has 10 lights that are bigger than you’d expect and very durable. (Don’t think christmas-tree-lights, these are 4 times as big.) With it’s 5,5 meter /18 ft cord it can be used to frame your tent, mark your dining/living area, or hang anywhere you like. This string provides 100 lumens and can be neatly packed inside the black expandable unit, which charges using sunlight and/or USB.

MPOWERD makes fun innovative products, with some nice features like: inflatable and floating, solar and USB charging, mobile charging, overcharge and over discharge protection, overcurrent and short circuit protection, battery level indicators and IP67 waterproofing.
This is a company that stands out in being modern and innovative, without losing practicality. Thumbs up!