Gadget Guru: Going Green with the Solio Rocsta
While I love roughing it in the great outdoors, I’m also passionate about the ways technology can enhance our travel experiences–and, even better, make them greener.
That’s why I reached out to the good folks at Solio to ask if I could use one of their nifty solar-powered phone chargers on my recent hiking/camping adventure to the Grand Canyon. Their chargers were highly rated by CNET and I was officially intrigued. Solio was kind enough to send me the Rocsta and I couldn’t wait to road test it.
I booked a cheap flight, threw my hiking gear in a bag, and was careful to pack my nifty new gadget. Would the mighty sun be able to keep me powered up all weekend?
My favorite feature of the Rocsta is that it clips directly to your pack. This worked out perfectly for me because my campsite at the Grand Canyon was pretty shady–and some of the characters walking around were a little shady too! I didn’t want to leave the charger at my tent where it could be stolen.
Instead, I clipped it to my pack and off I went into the canyon. While I did the hard work of scrambling down the canyon walls, my Rocsta kept up its end of the bargain collecting the sun’s rays. Later, back at the campsite, I plugged in my iPhone and let the sun’s power flow into my phone. It was like magic!
Thanks to this cool (and might I add cute!) gadget, I stayed powered up all weekend. And while I did try to limit my phone usage to picture taking and Kindle reading, I must confess I did peek at my email a few times.
Up next I’m planning to REALLY put my Rocsta through the paces on a four-day backcountry trip through Yosemite. Already my backpacking buddies are clamoring to borrow it. We’ll see, my friends. We’ll see.
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My name: Alison Presley
Nickname: Presbo, because I'm good police.
How I earn my keep: I'm the manager of Travelocity's Travel for Good program. Visit Travel for Good to learn more about our green travel and voluntourism initiatives!
What kind of traveler am I: I'm an intrepid food explorer. I usually starve myself on the plane (not that that's too hard to do) so that the moment my toes touch foreign soil I'm ready to sample new and exciting cuisine. I like to dine everywhere from hole-in-the-wall local secrets to Michelin Guide gems. Cannelés, poi, boiled peanuts, oxtail soup, poutine--there's no stopping this adventurous palate.
Greatest travel lesson I've learned: It doesn't cost a lot of money to do good. Offsetting your carbon impact only adds a few bucks to your trip, green hotels are very affordable, and volunteering locally during your vacation is a great way to give back and learn about the culture.