dontpanic42: I already had one of these Maha MH-C401FS chargers from a while ago, and it has been an absolutely incredible charger. 4 independent smart charging channels, and it has manually switch-able fast (100mins) and slow (5 hours) charge options. Anyway, it runs off 12volts so have been testing this on the 12volt output of the Nomad 7 solar panel and it has been working like a dream. I'm even thinking that this could be a slightly better AA/AAA battery charging option as you don't have to always have 4 x batteries in the charger like you do with the Guide 10 battery pack. A little more testing is probably needed, but this could be a winner. In fact, I think I had both the Guide 10 power pack and the Maha charging at the same time, and they seemed to be working well. Not so much when the sun was not blazing, but good to see what the panel was capable of handling.That Maha MH-C401FS may well be the only smart charger to work with the Nomad 7? Looks like you and the-crazy-guy-on-a-bike are the only ones who tried it:-) I too feel the pull of away-from-wall-socket power:)~
richms: IME running LIPO chargers off a solar panel looks like it is charging, but really there is stuff all going into the battery unless there is enough light for a proper charge.
Also the charge current off the cheap ebay desktop chargers is about 80mA when I measured it, thats over 12 hours to charge. I gutted the insides and soldered a JST plug to match my hobby charger, so I can charge at an amp which is closer to what the phone charges with. Funny thing is the knockoff ebay battery will only charge at 300mA even when flat, going straight to constant voltage mode at anymore.
bener: Probably a bit late to jump back to the original topic but here are some prices that I didn't see in the postings, apologies if someone else has quoted it...
Shipbuktu charges $41 for 500g, $49 for 1Kg, $65.50 for 2Kg, $82 for 3Kg and $296 for 15 Kg.
BuyUSA charges $70 for up to 1 Kg, $77.50 for 2 Kg, $84.50 for 3 Kg and $204 for 15 Kg.
Hope that helps someone.
bener: Haha I know right! I ordered a watch from a Singapore distributor recently (admittedly not as far-flung as the states) - the P&P was marginal and it was here within 3 days!
dontpanic42: Lol...Not gonna quote that book sized post. It'll crash the system ;) But there is something damned intriguing about the whole self contained, everything-on-your-back/bike traveling that makes you want to write books about it. I've done a few longish bike trips and week-long tamping trips, before the internet and too much technology (and kids/marriage) dragged me into its embrace:)