Road Trip Gear
This road trip presented a huge number of planning and logistical hurdles. Flo was instrumental in planning our route and trip details (read: almost EVERYTHING). As usual, my area is all about the gear and technology.
Being a photography centric trip, we not only packed our iPhone 5s, we also brought along our Micro Four Thirds (MFT) cameras. Flo shoots with a Panasonic GX1 and I shoot with an Olympus PEN E-P5. Our lenses include: Olympus 12mm f/2.0 & 17mm f/1.8, Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 & 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6. Using a Fotodiox adapter, we were also able to use a few legacy FD lenses (circa 1976), a Canon 25mm f/2.8 & Vivitar 70-150mm f/3.8.
One of my main concerns was how to keep all our cameras and devices powered during our trip. While in the truck, I made use of the many cigarette lighter sockets. Our goto iPhone charger was the New Trent Dual high-speed USB port car charger NT88C
Charging the MacBook Air required AC power. So, I turned to the ENERGIZER 180W Cup Inverter. The inverter comes with 4 USB charging ports but I’ve only used the AC outlet.
While out shooting on our iPhones, we’ve often experienced times where we need a charge, away from any power source (AC or car charger). I considered Mophie battery cases but thought they made the phones bulky and didn’t provide enough backup power. I went with an external battery pack, the New Trent PowerPak+ NT135T (13500mAh) . It’s able to charge two devices simultaneously and has a huge capacity.
Since the Micro Four Thirds (MFT) cameras only came with one battery each, I had to purchase additional batteries. However, OEM batteries can be expensive. So, I searched on Amazon.com for alternatives. I purchased a Wasabi Power Battery and Charger Kit (for Olympus) & Wasabi Power Battery and Charger Kit (for Panasonic). Although the batteries are not from the manufacturers, you get two batteries per kit and both chargers are cigarette lighter compatible. They’ve come in handy, being able to charge camera batteries while driving.
There are other technology pieces and gear I haven’t mentioned here yet that have made our social media/photography centric trip a little more convenient. I’ll be adding content on photo storage and backup in the near future.
Without nerding out too much, I hope this information will be helpful to others. If you have any questions, please comment below!