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mgw1mgw1 Posts: 3
edited January 2016 in Road buying advice
Hi, I am planning a bike tour and wondered how people manage with keeping a mobile phone charged while cycling. Charging up overnight wont be a problem as I'll be B&B'ing, but during the day with the sat nav and map my ride app running it wont last the day.

Does anyone use the new type dynamo devices such as or comparables - any thoughts on value? Do they add noticeable resistance?

Appreciate any suggestions or advice.


  • cougiecougie Posts: 22,512
    Or just use one of the battery recharges like the Pebble range? Charge phone and pebble up overnight when you stop?
  • grenwgrenw Posts: 803
    Or just use one of the battery recharges like the Pebble range? Charge phone and pebble up overnight when you stop?

    Have used one of these in the past. Once a ride goes over 10-12 hours of mapping even an Edge battery gives up. Tend to use Anker ones myself. In the Jersey pocket with a 1m cable means you can charge on the move.
  • crankycrankcrankycrank Posts: 1,830
    edited December 2015
    I don't have any answers for the OP but also try posting in the Touring Forum for a few more replies. viewforum.php?f=40003 I just noticed that Amazon has some reviews of the Siva charger and also read the "Customer questions & anwers" section for some good info.
  • Buy a cheap Nokia with no frills to use as your main phone, and put a pay as you go sim into your smartphone and keep turned off (or in airplane mode) whilst not in use.

    Plan your route in advance and put onto a Garmin Edge 500 as a breadcrumb trail, using your phone map only if you go wrong somewhere- that battery on the Edge 500 will last well over 12 hours of riding.
  • MatthewfalleMatthewfalle Posts: 17,380
    Be crazy and use a map, having planned out your route beforehand over a few bottles of red whilst getting all excited about your forthcoming trip.

    Seems to have worked for the past millennia or so.
    Postby team47b » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:53 am

    De Sisti wrote:
    This is one of the silliest threads I've come across. :lol:

    Recognition at last Matthew, well done!, a justified honour :D
    smithy21 wrote:

    He's right you know.

    This is the size of a credit card and requires no external cable. Fits ace into a jersey pocket while riding.
  • mgw1mgw1 Posts: 3
    Thanks for all of the comments and suggestions. The reviews of the various charging devices using the bikes kinetic energy don't fill me with confidence given the price tag. I could use a paper map as suggested and cut them out, laminate and throw away after moving to the next page but seems a bit crazy when it's all held on my phone already. I have been looking at the edge 500 and others but wonder if it's an extra unnecessary expense. Best option seems to me to be a recharger/power pack of some sort - thanks for the specific suggestions.

    Very helpful feedback and a happy new year to you all.
  • penskipenski Posts: 124
    I bought one of these portable chargers

    It's the size of a smart phone (a little heavier) and can charge a phone/tablet about 7 times over. It has been a brilliant purchase for use on all day excursions
  • GrillGrill Posts: 5,610
    Dynamo hub and Plug 3.
    English Cycles V3 | Cervelo P5 | Cervelo T4 | Trek Domane Koppenberg
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