Possibly the worlds lightest lights for the Pacific Crest Trail

I recently stumbled upon a YouTube video regarding 20w and 100w LEDs. I’m not sure how it took me there since I was looking at something completely unrelated, but I had this idea that perhaps I could get something smaller for my travels. After searching Amazon for a little while, I found some wonderful USB powered LEDs. They’re only about 1 or 2 watts, but they’re probably quite useful if I want to take a photo of the tent from the outside.

Unlike most USB devices, these can work when they’re reversed too. They’re amazing. I’ve bought a couple, and I’ll see if I can use one of them in a reversed position, this way it would provide a 360 degree light source (a bit like a lantern) when they’re placed in a USB power bank. I’m not sure if these would be sufficient to replace a headlamp; I’ll provide an update soon when they arrive. It would certainly save a few grams. Considering the cost and weight of these devices, I think they’re at least worth trying out.


Voigtlander E-mount Lenses

I emailed Voigtlander about possible sponsorship or to try out lenses, and I asked them some other questions too.


As for new focal lengths after the first E-mount lenses coming this spring, we will have to evaluate the sales for the 10 mm, 12 mm and 15 mm E-mounts first, before thinking any further.

I do not want to copy the entire email, but I guess it’s possible we’ll see some more Voigtlander lenses for E-mount. It would be the logical business decision if the sales are high, but it’s nice to know they sound somewhat open minded :).

Data Storage Backup for Photographs on the Pacific Crest Trail

I’ve written various pages about GPS, batteries, storage and whatnot for travelling with cameras; however, I simply don’t have access to lots of Android or iOS phones to examine the transfer speeds of each device.


For this reason, I posted on the sdpcommunity forum, and I was informed about a product I had not heard of. It’s always fun to find new gadgets to potentially buy or play with.


The RAVPower Filehub Plus is a 6000mAh battery bank, to charge items via USB but it also lets your copy data from one storage medium to another. It does not have an internal hard drive, but this is a good thing because it keeps the weight down. It weighs 5.4oz or 154g but most of that weight is its 6000mAh battery. A typical standalone 6000mAh battery without any additional features usually weighs about 130 grams, so it’s not much heavier. I’m certainly considering getting one. If its speeds are the same as a phone, then it’s probably not worth me considering, but I’ll keep doing some research.


The sdpcommunity site is owned by Tony and Chelsea Northrup. They have a YouTube channel and do live broadcasts every week. They’re one of my favourite channels I like to watch :).

Site changes, upcoming reviews and news

I hope everyone had a happy Easter :).

I’m currently in the process of designing a new leg hinge mechanism for regular sized tripods. I have a complaint with all of the tripods I’ve seen (I first noticed it with the 3 Legged Thing Brian tripod), and that’s the leg hinge mechanisms used. When you move the legs enough, the screws unscrew themselves. Some companies try to get around this problem with threadlocker but it’s duct tape engineering in my opinion.

I’m also currently trying to design a miniature tripod. I had an idea to design a lightweight solar panel as well, but I’ve decided to buy one instead; both of which I want to take on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2017.

The miniature tripod takes priority over the tripod leg hinge mechanism.

I may remove the “code tutorials” section of the site and replace it with photography gear design ideas. At some point I want to make the site look nicer, but I have a few things on my plate right now.

I’ve also integrated Disqus into the site and migrated the few comments over.

Here’s a breakdown of my upcoming site related projects:

  • Tripod designs, miniature and large
  • Reviews of two bags, a small bag and a day hike bag
  • Review of the Yolk, Solar Paper Solar Panel. This might arrive towards the end of April but it has been ordered
  • Review of a 52mm Breakthrough Photography 6 Stop Neutral Density Filter
  • Possible reviews of other electronics

Solar Paper Ordered

I’ve ordered the Solar Paper. It was slightly out of budget, so I don’t know what I am going to do about that yet. It looks awesome though :).