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I purchased my Powerocks at an NHL New York Islanders game with their team logo on it (Go Islanders!). I have never heard of Powerocks before seeing it that night on one of the players Instagram. I am a police officer and a volunteer firefighter and often need my phone charged frequently throughout the day.  I used it (and still do) almost on a daily basis.  I knew that when I, and my now wife, where going out of the country for almost 2 weeks on our honeymoon, that we needed to have ‘back-up.’  I bought this for myself, but now that I am married, you know that old saying, “what’s mine is hers.”!  We used our phones as our camera/video source, so we had to make sure to never miss amoment… and we didn’t!  She loved it so much that I basically lost it to her during that trip.  Couldn’t have been happier with my purchase. Powerocks made our honeymoon picture perfect, giving us the ability to use our phone/camera’s for hours on end!! Thank you again!

Sincerely,

Michael and Catherine Jurgens

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Thank you to Michael for sharing your testimonial! Michael recently won a Powerocks Facebook contest, so not only will he have a Powerocks Magicstick of his very own (again) but his team at the Valley Stream Fire Department will have ten more at their disposal so they can always #StayConnected when it matters most!

Congratulations and best wishes on your marraige, Michael & Catherine! 

A New Zealand Adventure: Tiptoeing through the Lupins

By James Appleton, Landscape Photographer

Driving through the central and fiordland region of South Island New Zealand in Spring was one of the most beautiful and colorful experiences I’ve ever had. I had read about the incredibly bright varieties of the non-native lupin flowers that crop up in December in those regions, but was still gobsmacked to see them in person. In particular one area near to Lake Tekapo, they had sprung up, fields upon fields, stretching for miles, carpeted with their colour, with the amazing mountains of the Southern Alps in the background. Hard to envision, awestricking to witness. Walking through them towards the end of a particularly clear day was a surreal experience, it felt like walking through a painting.

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On the road from Te Anau to Milford Sound, I happened across another valley, the one used in the latest “The Hobbit – the desolation of Smaug” film. It was a shock for me watching the movie on my return to the UK to see the exact same scene that I’d ended up photographing only a few weeks earlier. Whoever scouted the location for that film obviously shares an equally sharp eye for a beautiful setting! I decided to try and use this location as sunrise to capture some striking colors in the sky that would match the flowers, and ended up shooting for almost the whole morning as the sun rose. Rainshowers over the far hills kept conjuring up rainbows and the view was too good to walk away from without feeling I’d really done is justice.
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Sadly as with all things the lifespan of the lupins is all too short, by the time I came to leave near the end of December they were distinctly fading away. If you ever plan to visit New Zealand around this time I would recommend going sightly earlier in December to make sure you don’t miss out. Before my trip there I envisioned coming back with heaps of rugged mountain and coast photographs, but in the end some of my favourites are of more peaceful views. Almost always featuring the gorgeous lupins in the foreground.

James and crew were sponsored by Powerocks to make this incredible journey. We love getting to see the beautiful New Zealand landscape through his lens, and his equipment, charged by Powerocks! 

Backwoods with Powerocks

Powerocks is distributed exclusively by OFFWIRE, a wireless accessories solutions and distribution company in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. One of our valued clients has been selling Powerocks and sent their employees out with Powerocks on a Colorado adventure! 

Backwoods employees Brian Tipton and Jake Tostenson, along with our friend Tyler Warner and myself took off for Colorado 3 am New Year’s Day with our eyes set to attempt winter summits on Gray’s and Torrey’s peaks- two of Colorado’s famous 14,000 foot peaks in the Front Range.  Being winter in the mountains there were many factors we had to consider to stay safe while climbing- and camping, but the most important of all was avalanche danger.  That and maybe keeping our music rolling while we would be stuck huddled in our tent staying warm at our basecamp.  

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Photo: Sunrise over main camp at the base of Gray’s Peak

For safe climbing in the mountains during this season we needed accurate and up to date avalanche information and forecasting as frequently as we could get it, but with the roaming cell phone signals and single-digit temperatures we would have been hard pressed without our Powerocks portable chargers to juice up our shriveling batteries two or three days in- when we would need it the most. 

After a hard debate, ultimately we decided to abandon our summit attempt due to the extremely high avalanche danger coming in with the 18” of new snow.  Thanks to Powerocks, we were actually able to keep our communication open through the freezing weather and we were able to receive the news that would make us decide it was becoming too dangerous.  We tucked tail and settled our trip woes with the backup plan:  Snowboarding! We went to try out the fresh powder brought in from the snowstorms and of course we would need our GoPros to capture it. By this time, Brian had helped us suck the battery dry in one camera already, but there was a Powerocks for that! 

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Photo: Cutting fresh powder lines in the new snow * taken by Camera charged with Powerocks*

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Photo: Jake and I (Logan) riding Lift 9 into the heavens *GoPro photo charged by Powerocks*

On our other day off that we received due to our summit-bust, we decided to enjoy the weather down in Boulder and go for a hike up to the flatirons where we brought our Powerocks with us so that we could ensure that our cameras would be alive when we got to the top. By the time we were in the Flatirons, we had been powering our GoPros, Iphones, Our GoalZero portable speakers, our TurtleShell Speaker, and even our dazzling ENO tent lights for going on 4 days in heavy snow- all by our Powerocks chargers.  This was really impressive to every one of us considering the widespread knowledge that batteries just flat out don’t work in the cold.  We were expecting it.  We would have probably even been okay with it.  But they persevered.  Mind you, we took care to keep our chargers protected from as many elements as we could (storing them in our jackets on the move, and sleeping bags overnight) but the Powerocks were the only electrical devices that we brought that did not die in the cold.  Good thing they were the chargers for all the other devices! 

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Photo: Jake and Brian looking out on the city of Boulder after a short free solo of the 2nd Flatiron

The trip was great, and we will be bringing Powerocks again. These things are tough!

*All photos included were taken by devices that were charged by Powerocks 

Climb for Change: THREE Peaks, Two Beards & $5000

By Landon Faulkner: Make Adventure 

I checked my watch, it was 11am. We were 2.5 hours behind schedule and my body told me why with each step. It had been hard to get out of our sleeping bags that morning and even harder to start climbing. We had prepared for the two day, all out climb of two peaks, but that didn’t mean we were somehow exempt from the pain of it all. We knew it would be a tough climb, but we had made it tough with the purpose of raising money ClimbForChangefor Peak 7 Adventures, a non-profit that provides outdoor adventure programs for at-risk teens. We thought about the kids we were helping with our $5,000 goal with each step.

Andrew quickly joined me at 10,457 feet above sea level on the highest point of Lassen Peak. I double checked the altimeter and my GPS Topographical Map on my phone for final confirmation of what I already knew from the view, we could go no higher. Looking north Mount Shasta stood equally snow-capped in it’s brilliant 14,179 ft. Directly to the west and below us sat the Lassen crater, the remains of the active volcano’s last major eruption. Indeed we had a brilliant 360 degree view of mountains upon mountains.

We had done it! We had summited our second peak in two days, all that was left was the return trek to our vehicle to round of our 30 mile trip and to hopefully reach our fundraising goal (we currently need $422 to meet our goal). We snapped some photos standing tiredly, yet happily, upon the summit and prepared for our descent. I checked the battery on my phone, my primary navigation, photography, and all around used device; 24% charge left. I pulled out my Powerocks Rose Stone, plugged in my phone and hit the button to begin charging as I had 3 times already during the trip for a full charge each time. I tucked the device and portable charger in my pack and began the descent.

“2.5 hours behind schedule. We can make that time up on the way down” I said to Andrew.

“Yeah man, time for some glissading” he responded with a smile.

Once on an open pitch of snow we began sliding down the steep face of Lassen Peak using our ice axes as breaks in a maneuver which is called “glissading.” What had taken us a few hours to climb that morning took a matter of minutes to descend. Returning to camp we packed up and headed out hoping to continue to make up time. We followed the park road we had snowshoed up the night before in complete darkness continuing to make up time on the gradual descent. I checked my GPS map on my phone to double check a shortcut and noticed my phone was nearly back at 100% after about an hour of charging. I unplugged my phone putting it in my pocket and began climbing Diamond Peak ridge, our shortcut, and a third peak we had decided to add to the list at the last moment.

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By 6pm we had summited Diamond Peak and found our way back to the trailhead and our vehicle. We had officially finished! We had summited Brokeoff Mountain Friday morning and climbed to a base camp that same afternoon and evening. We started early Saturday and summited Lassen Peak, then Diamond Peak and had completed the three peak, 30 mile journey only 30 minutes behind schedule. A hamburger and a nap never sounded better.

Landon and his cousin Andrew tackled a total of three mountain peaks and over 30 miles of snowy terrian and raising over $5000 for Peak 7 Adventures. Powerocks was  proud to help them #MakeAdventure by giving them #PowerWithoutLimits! Landon and Andrew used Flash Magicsticks as well as two Rose Stones on their two day trip. 

Ultra Power

Joel, a Texas based attorney, and his girlfriend who goes by Turtle, are both accomplished ultra runners and overall very busy people.They give us a taste of what their lives are like using our Powerocks Rose Stone and Magic Cube portable chargers. 

    We got our Powerocks in November, right before taking a long trip to the East coast, on which we knew we wouldn’t have access to power for days at a time. We were excited about the opportunity to stay charged up using Powerocks to joel5blogresizedhelp us navigate and record our trip.  Unfortunately, our carefully planned trip took a turn for the worse.  A massive snow storm came in, roads were closed and airports shut down.  Our flights were canceled and we found ourselves stranded in Chicago. Although we had a great time together, our trip turned into a costly mess and we missed work for a whole week longer than expected.

    Thankfully we had our Powerocks! Naturally, we needed power for our phones, and by the end of this unexpected adventure, they were an integral part of our packing list.  Turtle’s iPhone and my RAZR Maxx have the largest cell phone batteries on the market, so while they last a long time, once they’re empty, they take a lot to recharge.  We get several full charges. Better than that, we can use the phones all day long with non-stop GPS, movies, audio books, etc., while plugged into our Powerocks!

    Over the next couple months, we both found ourselves using our Powerocks all the time.  We’re both ultra distance runners. Turtle is actually quite accomplished, with a 50 miler, 100km, joel4blogresizedand a half marathon all completed in January! In fact, this makes me feel a little inadequate, way to go Turtle! Anyway, we both like to record our runs using Runkeeper and/or Strava.  Trying to run your GPS, audio books and/or music for a twelve plus hour run is impossible, unless you have extra power.

    I’ve attached a couple pictures that Turtle sent me from her recent 100km (62 mile) running race. She was going to take more pics of her Rose Stoneafter the start, but then got distracted by joel6bigthe tough course, incidentally, her first 100k race.  (Powerocks note: We forgive you Turtle, we think it’s pretty awesome you ran 62 miles!) 

Thanks, Powerocks! 

Coming soon, a very smart and detailed product review for our Magic Cube and Rose Stone Powerocks from Joel and Turtle!