I just got back from another great fly fishing trip on the Deschutes River in central Oregon. It was our 2nd annual 3 Generations trip – granddads, regular dads, and their sons. Where exactly, I’m not going to say, because this isn’t a blog about fishing and I don’t want to see you there next year – no offense. I’m writing this post because I want to share a little about some of the technology I came across in the field.
One of the things I love about camping, and fly fishing for that matter, is the gear that you get to bring along on every trip. I’m always looking for that new piece of gear that’s going to make the next camping trip just a little more comfortable; and that fly fishing doodad that’s going to help me land the big one. Fortunately, or unfortunately if you’re running out of room in the garage for the Action Packers you use to store your gear, innovations in technology are constantly fueling the development of new and improved gear. I love my gear, and I love talking to my fellow campers and fisherman about their gear too.
On the Deschutes trip, I bumped into Tom Fratzke, a photographer I met on the same trip last year. Photographers are usually gear heads, and Tom is no exception, so I was excited to talk with him about the new gear he’d picked up for the field this year.
Tom had a bunch of cool stuff, but his new FAVI B1 mini projector stood out. There’s a picture of Tom’s projector set up below. Tom uses the projector to watch movies in the field on a 60″ portable screen – he’s watching True Grit here. Now True Grit is a good movie, but it’s even better in the field after a day of fly fishing and a good dinner, with the sound of the Deschutes flowing in the background. The B1 SPEC is impressive considering you can hold it in the palm of your hand. It puts out 35 lumens, has a native resolution of 800×600, 1 GB of online storage, and a media card slot that can support SD/SDHC memory cards up to 16 GB . Tom connects his iPod Touch to the B1, and it works beautifully.
Tom powers the B1 projector with a Brunton Impel renewable-battery system – the yellow brick under the tripod supporting the projector in the picture above. The Impel can charge nearly any electronic device through built-in USB and includes 12v, 16v and 19v outputs. The Impel can store 13,000 mAh, and handles the modest power needs of the B1 beautifully. If the Impel is depleted in the field, Tom uses a Brunton Solarroll 9 to charge it, but it usually isn’t necessary.
I thought Tom’s projector set up was pretty cool and worth sharing. The FAVI B1 mini projector, combined with the Brunton power system is a great, and fairly affordable way, to bring a little extra entertainment along on any trip. I’m not saying you should spend your evenings in the field around a projector, as opposed to a good fire, but a good movie in the field can be a lot of fun. Thanks for sending the picture over Tom. See you next year.