It’s been a while, time for another automotive blog! I like using a well equipped trailhead approach vehicle (TAV) replete with items such as tire chains, tow strap, emergency tools, etcettera. More, I’ve always favored the idea of having dual batteries in my truck. One for normal use, and one in reserve for running campground accessories or starting the engine if we return from a climb to a dead truck because we left something switched on or plugged in. But installing dual batteries is expensive. Solution is to carry an emergency battery pack that doubles as a power source for electric lanterns and such — and will jump start your car if necessary. I picked up one such device the other day at Wal-Mart, and it’s working great. During our trip to El Diente we used the Dynamite PowerPro to power a campsite lantern, and it gave me peace of mind when I let my boot warmer, laptop and cell phone run for hours off my truck battery.
|PowerPro Dynamite 22 amp hour battery pack includes a work light, wall charger, two 12 volt accesory plugs and built-in jumper cables.|
PowerPro battery packs are sold in different sizes, you can get a smaller one if your ride is downsize, or a massive unit as shown here that works nicely in concert with a full-size truck like my Silverado. Only thing missing is a 12 volt charger that works off car cigarette lighter socket for re-charging the PowerPro if you run it down, but you can get this item at Radio Shack. And come to think of it, a small solar panel charger would be cool as well. I guess that’s another blog…
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.