Shark Shield Solar Charging Options for Kayaks

Submitted: Monday, Jan 09, 2012 at 15:06
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Can anyone help with using solar options for charging the Shark Shield Freedom 7 unit whilst in use. It is 18v DC and with 0.5amp output.

I am planning an 4 day open water crossing and need to charge the unit during the day whilst I am paddling.

Any tips appreciated.
Thanks

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Reply By: Notso - Monday, Jan 09, 2012 at 16:38

Monday, Jan 09, 2012 at 16:38
Have a look at this.

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Follow Up By: DingoDog - Monday, Jan 09, 2012 at 17:25

Monday, Jan 09, 2012 at 17:25
Thks Notso, looks promising. Not sure about adapters though.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Monday, Jan 09, 2012 at 16:44

Monday, Jan 09, 2012 at 16:44
DD,

What about one of those flexible solar panels? You might be able to mount it with velcro, or press studs. Also, if this device is 18v, you may even be able to wire the panel direct to the device, without a regulator.

Otherwise, paddle faster.............much faster!!!

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Follow Up By: DingoDog - Monday, Jan 09, 2012 at 17:25

Monday, Jan 09, 2012 at 17:25
Thks for the encouragment Bob.
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Reply By: Member - Royce- Monday, Jan 09, 2012 at 17:14

Monday, Jan 09, 2012 at 17:14
Where are you paddling?
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Follow Up By: DingoDog - Monday, Jan 09, 2012 at 17:24

Monday, Jan 09, 2012 at 17:24
Not sure yet but hoping to launch from Woodside Beachm, around Wilsons Prom through to Venus Bay....
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Follow Up By: Member - Terra'Mer - Monday, Jan 09, 2012 at 20:38

Monday, Jan 09, 2012 at 20:38
Why do you need the shark shield? I have not heard of kayaks being harassed by sharks in this area? Are you abalone diving?
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Jan 09, 2012 at 21:43

Monday, Jan 09, 2012 at 21:43
Hi DingoDog

Firstly the photo above has been around for a long time and it is pretty amazing what you can do with photoshop.

The only time that I have ever heard of a shark ever being in contact with a kayak was around 18 months ago in Victoria. The great white circled the kayak a few times and then did the mouth test, grabbing the front of the kayak and shaking it, The chap was tossed out and he said it seemed like his whole life was about to end, and it took him about 1 minute to get back in the kayak. The shark did not hang around, but he lost his paddle in all the action and was drifting for around 1 1/2 hours before a boat came to his aid.

One chap I know here in Clare is a member of a couple of sea kayak clubs and said that they have seen sharks, but have never had any trouble. One time they were out from Rapid Bay, south of Adelaide. There were seals swimming near the group of kayaks and people were taking pictures of the seals in the water. It was only when they got home and looked at the photos on the computer that they could see a shark fin in the water closing in on the seals.

All that Bills tells me is that he has a far greater chance of having a car accident heading to the beach than encountering a shark in the water.

The only rear trouble that you can have with a kayak is in the northern waters and crocodiles can be a rear problem, but you will not have that trouble one hopes.

Now for the answer to your question. Engel now import a very unique product called Power Film. It is 100% made in the USA and has been tried and tested by the US Military forces for a number of years. They come in a good range of sizes and options and would be what you are after.

Here is a link showing just how good the product is, and check out the ones where they shoot 10 rounds into the film with a high powered hand gun, something that you could not do with your conventional solar set up.

Power Film link

Sounds like you will have great fun.



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