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>> Now Rich, it seems every where you turn these days people are talking about sort of clean renewable energy, whether that be wind or solar or whatever maybe. And guess what, sort of some of that technology has come to the land of sort of video production >> Yeah. >> And sort of tech goodness. And we can actually use mother nature to help power our devices. >> Well this came from a need. I was actually going to be spending a week at scout camp with my son. >> Yeah. >> And I wanted a way to recharge my cameras. And I was going to be out in the field. Well, I probably won't run out of batteries. I've got them all charged.
But let's have a backup. And oh, my phone and everything else. And I just wanted to find an easy solution so. >> And you probably weren't near your car, right? >> No, no cars. So, that's a solar panel. >> It is. So, this also actually doubles as serving panel or a coaster if you need to, nice hard plastic. But yeah, if you actually open this guy up, there you go, we have some nice Solar panels. And the nice thing about this one, and this is made by a company called Suntactics, is that these are actually fairly bit panels when it comes down to it. >> Yeah, this can receive a lot of light, more than enough energy to charge. Once you plugged that in. >> Right.
>> I'll be curious if the studio lights put off solar. Probably not. >> Probably not. But right on the back you can see right here there's a little connection. This is just a USB port, plugged right in. >> Yep. >> Open that guy up. And let's see if we're getting any juice. Nope. Studio lights aren't solar. >> Yeah, not, not the sun. And the thing about this is, this is something that you're not going to look for as a quick fix. Oh, we have ten minutes, we need to charge the batteries back up. This is a situation if you were out in the field for an extended period of time. Maybe you're doing nature videography or sort of field work that's going to bring you far far away from sort of traditional electrical power.
This is the situation you know during the middle of the day when you're not shooting, you can set some gear out and let it go. Now this is a pretty, you know pretty big overall, they do make bigger ones too. >> Oh, absolutely. They make backpacks with solar panels built in. They make these a lot larger. This was just a balance for me of size and cost. But, remember, you don't just have to charge the device. You know, for example, GoPro batteries, they have a USB port. You could charge those. You can get a full size battery pack that also has a USB port and you could charge this up. And you could run a camera off of one of these batteries. >> Absolutely. And so, these are really kind of useful, neat, sort of novel solution.
And, again, it's so nice and small. Tucks into your bag really nice and has a backup solution for when you have to, you know? You have some extended period of time where you can get access to the Sun, which is very rare for a lot of folks, this comes really, really in handy. >> Yeah. And, and, sometimes, I'll even just set that on the dash of the car while driving between locations. It can use that as a way to charge up as one more charging source. So many different ways to make this work. Now, of course, we did just mention using external batteries and let's talk a little bit more about those.
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