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mhrackin
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Re: More functions than you can swing a stick at
mhrackin   1/27/2015 11:09:16 AM
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@zeeglen: "... can you draw circles with it?"

Yes, in a way: get lost in a desert where you have no idea where you are (hence no knowledge of where to go), and try to find your way out using the compass.  Your feet will draw a circle of footprints....

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Re: More functions than you can swing a stick at
zeeglen   1/27/2015 10:49:44 AM
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@Max it comes equipped with a multi-function compass

But can you draw circles with it?

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Re: More functions than you can swing a stick at
antedeluvian   1/27/2015 10:05:47 AM
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Max

 a multi-function compass (I'm not quite sure what that means -- off the top of my head I can think of ony one function for a compass, but what do I know?)

It can also detect time of day- hold it out in front of you. If you can see it it is daytime, if not...

Also a wind speed indicator. Outstretch your arm and dangle it from your hand. You can see how stiff the breeze is by the angle of its deflection.

What about a rainfall indicator- I am sure you get the idea.

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Re: More functions than you can swing a stick at
Sanjib.A   1/26/2015 11:12:57 PM
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@elizabethsimon: "It would be interseting to know how long you'd have to set it in the sun for it to charge."

Looks like the panel has a rating 5.5V, 70mA (= ~0.4W). Theoritically it would take ~10 times longer than a 5W charger. The power bank is 2000mAh. Hence it is going to take a looong time to charge the battery from no charge to full charge.

 

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elizabethsimon   1/26/2015 6:08:09 PM
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The SP-1000 Fire Starter does look rather nice. The only question I've got is whether the TSA would confiscate it...

It occurs to me that I could use something to charge my smartphone while out camping or the like when not in reach of a power outlet. I'm thinking that the dynamo powered ones would be more generally useful since it's likely that it would be carried tucked away in a bag or under clothing where it wouldn't see much light.

It would be interseting to know how long you'd have to set it in the sun for it to charge.

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More functions than you can swing a stick at
Max The Magnificent   1/26/2015 4:55:04 PM
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I was just bouncing around the SecurProducts.com website -- they actually have quite a few interesting items. One theme that seems common is for these products to be multi-use. In the case of the SP-1000 Fire Starter, for example, in addition to being a fire-starter (a function I would be more than happy with in its own right), the unit also acts as a LED flashlight, plus it's got a DC-out you can use to charge your smartphone.

Now, that would be more than enough for most of us, but the SP-1000 also has an integrated emergency whistle, plus it comes equipped with a multi-function compass (I'm not quite sure what that means -- off the top of my head I can think of ony one function for a compass, but what do I know?)

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