When I first saw the Powerpax battery holster, as a seldom user of spare batteries on the trail I dismissed it as a bit of a pointless gimmick. Now my needs have changed a little, and I’m rarely without a couple of torches and spare batteries, I see the need and have started using one of these in my own pack.
Moulded in a tough plastic, the Powerpax is designed so that you can slot in batteries to be held in place by a retaining tab. Both ends of each battery are protected to minimise the chance of them making a connection with anything.
The Powerpax is just about useable with one hand. It’s not the easiest thing in the world, but it is possible to extract a battery and place it in to a torch using one thumb, which could be handy on the trail if you’re holding your torch in the other hand.
The Powerpax I’ve gone for is a glow-in-the-dark model, which retains its glowiness for up to 8 hours after a soak in some sunlight. I reckon that’s a great idea for campsites and finding things in the bottom of bags. If you’re of the more subtle ilk, you can also get plain colours.
The one improvement I’d like to see is some way of attaching the Powerpax to things. I understand the need to reduce loose batteries floating around your pack, but then why not mould in a loop for attaching to velcro, a lash or some other way of fixing its location.
SUMMARY: If you need to carry batteries, and don’t want them hanging around loose in your pack, then have a look at this cheap solution to storage and carrying them securely. It’s not for everyone, but for those who do ‘get it’, it’s well made and tough.
Price: £4 upwards
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