Those who have known me know that I really like the Rockpals 500W battery power station for its compact size, but ultimately gave it away after falling in love with the Goal Zero Yeti 500x. It was no surprise then when one of my former coworkers bought the company's car refrigerator/freezer last month, the 26qt Rockpals RP-25L, and asked for my opinion of it. At first glance, I really liked the look: solid black with accents of bright orange in a compact size. I told him that it probably was good based on my past tests with the solid battery power station. As it turns out, the car freezer is Rockpals' first one ever. Did it live up to my expectations? How did it compare to my Foho 54qt car freezer? I asked him if I could borrow it for a week for evaluation, only to find a serious issue (and workaround) with the product.
A week ago, I took my young son on his first backpacking trip into the Sierra Wilderness on a multi-day journey. Naturally, my wife was worried for our safety, and that gave me the opportunity to finally purchase something I had been eyeing for a while: an emergency GPS satellite communication device. I looked into SPOT, Garmin inReach, and various other products, but ultimately went with Garmin for its reliability and Iridium global, satellite network. How did it work for the trip? Did it send timely updates on our status and whereabouts?
Did you know that there are refrigerators/freezers available that can be powered by the 12V port/battery of a car? One that could be operated with a battery power station and supplemented with solar panels? In this review, I purchased one for extended road trips, camping, and a 3-day simulated power outage, but most importantly: to surprise our children with ice cream in the middle of nowhere. How much power did it use? Was food kept frozen? I was pleasantly surprised.
For this review, my son and I took the CORE 9 Instant Cabin Tent out to the backyard for three days and two nights after he was disappointed our Sequoia National Park camping trip had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This was a perfect opportunity for some father-son bonding, to test out our new tent, put some of my other gear to use, and to get some sense of normalcy back into our lives.
"Athlete's foot (tinea pedis) is a fungal infection that usually begins between the toes. It occurs most commonly in people whose feet have become very sweaty while confined within tight-fitting shoes. Signs and symptoms of athlete's foot include a scaly rash that usually causes itching, stinging and burning." I got it after backpacking Yosemite.
Mammoth Cave in Utah was fun for our group of 11 adults, and the children we met there also enjoyed their time. The Caves were apparently formed about 2,000 years ago by volcanic lava flow, and exploring 3 of the 4 caves was quite an adventure!