The Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa

Cell phones

We are using the transport service this year, not with a team. I’ve looked but can’t find info on cell phone charging stations. Anyone know if have these in campground? I thought it was funny when the guide book said they were developing and app for the ride, kinda hard to use on a dead phone though.

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Chris, July 5, 2013 at 7:19 pm

Typically a few outlets can be found in the camgrounds that are for public use. Check the school itself if the campground is a school’s grounds; someone(s) will typically bring a power strip with them and chargers will magically just start growing from them.

If you wanted to spring for it, GoalZero makes a few different models of very nice solar chargers, too.

We haven’t had too much trouble keeping our phones charged. We charged up a few times while we were eating dinner at a VFW or church. Have your charger and cable on you when you head into town after riding; you’ll find something. As stupid as it sounds, make sure you ask before you plug in at a VFW, church, library, etc. We’ve never had someone say no, but take the curteous route.

-Chris


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bramasoleiowa, July 5, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Good luck with signal in the smaller towns. The crowd will overwhelm towers. I’ve got a GPSr that has a messenger unit to update social media sites for one-way communications (great when trying to let family know best time to meet you in a pass-through town).


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tjdale, July 6, 2013 at 12:59 am

Most towns have libraries with free wifi and outlets. The wifi/communications trailer at the meetup and over night towns also has outlets.


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10usstring, July 6, 2013 at 8:18 am

The GoalZero solar charger will pack small and charge just about any small device. We will find more sun than electrical outlets on RAGBRAI.


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statrixbob, July 7, 2013 at 3:01 am

+1 on the GoalZero. I used mine in 2011 and it kept me charged up pretty well. I’ll be bringing mine again this year.

Aloha!


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mikesglobebike, July 7, 2013 at 9:22 pm

I second that I have a goal ten+. It will recharge smartphone 2 times. It cost $119.00 + taxit includes solar panel and a power pack.


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