Quad Lock Stem Bar Mount

Quad Lock stem bar mount

The Quad Lock stem bar mount is used to mount Garry’s phone onto the stem of his handlebars, simply twist and lock! The phone is attached to the Quad Lock with specially adapted phone cases which you can get for all popular phones. Unfortunately, there wasn’t one that fitted Garry’s phone! Not a problem you can buy a separate adapter to stick to the back of your phone case.

Quad Lock stem bar mount adapter
The adapter stuck to the back of Garry’s phone

Its position right in front of him allows him to see any incoming calls and it’s quick release system allows Garry to answer them before they ring off, even with gloves on it’s easy to release! Pull down the locking nut and twist to lift off!

The Quad lock has proved invaluable when Garry wants to use his phone as a navigation tool, no more having to try and ride along holding the phone in one hand and steering with the other hoping he doesn’t have to brake suddenly!

The quick release system also works well when Garry wants to take a picture it’s there right in front of him not buried somewhere in the bottom of the bar bag and once again it’s quick and easy to release.

An invaluable piece of kit for any cycle tourist.

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Anker PowerCore+ 26800

The Anker PowerCore+ 26800 is Garry’s latest acquisition.

It’s an ultra-high capacity power pack that is compatible with iPhones, Android phones, GoPro’s and most other USB-charged devices!

the search

After looking around at the various power packs that are on the market, Garry came upon the Anker power pack range and the Anker PowerCore+ 26800 in particular.

Anker PowerCore+ 26800
Three charging oulets

After reading some favourable reviews and its ability to charge different USB items at the same time with its triple outlets, coupled with the number of times it’s able to charge something before needing a recharge itself, Garry just had to buy one!

The Anker PowerCore+ 26800 coupled with the Anker quick-charge wall charger means it charges twice as fast, Garry’s first charge took 8hrs. And its Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0: Using Qualcomm’s advanced Quick Charge 3.0 technology, PowerCore+ allows compatible devices to charge 85% faster! It also has a bank of lights allowing you to know how much charge is in the unit.

It’s a bit bulky measuring in at 180x80x24mm and a bit heavy weighing 590g, but with all these power hungry items that we all seem to need these days it’s charging abilities far out way its weight and size! And should come in very handy on Garry’s next tour particularly if he ends up camping wild!

field test

To test the Anker PowerCore+ 26800 out Garry decided to take it on a little tour.

Garry was camping out for three nights and four days in some pretty cold conditions, but the Anker PowerCore+ 26800 performed better than expected, bearing in mind the cold temperature! In that time Garry managed to keep his phone, which was in constant use and his GoPro which was also being used to film the tour completely topped up.

He even charged them both from the Anker PowerCore+ 26800 on his return home to see if he could run it out, but the very useful led display was still showing more than half of its power left!

Anker PowerCore+ 26800
The LED’s showing how much charge is left

A very useful piece of kit and Garry can’t wait to take it on a longer tour, knowing that he will always have plenty of power to keep everything fully charged.

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Samsung Xcover 4

Garry’s newest phone is the Samsung Xcover 4.

Samsung Xcover 4 phone
The Samsung Xcover 4

After Garry’s old phone packed up, he needed to get a new one, so he started to look at the different Samsung phones around. (Garry’s had a Samsung for several years now and wanted stick with them!) After looking around, he quickly realised that most new phones have built-in batteries that can’t be changed by the operator! Garry had a separate battery and charger for his old phone and perceived not having a separate battery on a new phone as a bit of a pain!

Having a separate battery and charger allowed Garry to leave the battery on charge, be it in a hotel room, campsite toilets or from the Busch & Müller IQ2 charger on his bike, and still meant he was able to use his phone. He remembered what it was like before having a spare battery! Leaving the phone in campsite toilets to charge, where he then worried as to whether it would still be there when he returned!

The search

Garry looked at several different models including the new Samsung Galaxy X9, but with Garry’s lifestyle that seemed to be a bit too fragile! There was one phone however that stood out and seemed to suit most of Garry’s needs, the Samsung Xcover 4!

The Xcover 4 has a water and dust-resistant body and is designed to stand up to everything from extremely high and low temperatures to mechanical shock, rain, ice and sand! And it has a changeable battery!

Samsung Xcover 4 keys
The front keys that allow for easy operation when wearing gloves

The Xcover 4 also has several hard keys on the front making it easy to use when wearing gloves or if you have wet hands. A double tap on one of the keys opens the camera, very useful when Garry’s cycling along and wants to take a photo! Another key on the side operates a torch!

The Xcover 4 isn’t one of Samsungs latest models it’s about a year old, but as was previously said it suits Garry’s need!

Petzl Tikka Headlamp

Petzel Tikka headlamp
Garry’s Petzl Tikka headlamp

 

 

For those dark nights spent in the tent, Garry has a Petzl Tikka headlamp  which is suitable for proximity lighting and movement over short distances.

It has two lighting modes, mode one is for proximity work. Garry generally uses this when in the tent perhaps when cooking supper or when he wants an early start before sunrise and needs to pack his gear away.

Mode two is for movement and comes in very handy when Garry gets caught short in the night and needs to pay a visit to the bushes!