One of the challenges of any long-distance bike ride (beyond the actual pedaling, of course) is in keeping your phone charged. Most cyclists enjoy using GPS apps to track their route and ride stats; however, that drains the battery pretty quick. In fact, while battery life on my iPhone is twelve hours for a normal day, it's three hours or less when on a ride using GPS or with a mapping app turned on. That's a bummer given that you probably have both the desire to track a long ride like a century route (100 miles), but still be certain that you have enough battery to be able to make a call home in case of emergency or just to update the family on what time you'll be back.
That's why I was so interested to learn about solar-powered battery chargers and their capacity to solve this problem. A reader and touring cyclist who has used this type of gadget on his own rides suggested I check this out. What follows is a review of one of the more capable devices on the market, the Revive Solar ReStore XL + solar charger.
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