Everyday Carry – Extended 2017

Overview

This details the Core layer of my EDC as per the model defined in my previous post. This builds on top of the core layer designed to last up to a day away from home. For example a day trip out, visiting family, etc. The key concept is designed for items to fit in pocket such as a jacket or coat pocket and / or a small hand held bag. Keeping at least 1 hand free (ideally both) so there is minimal interruption and being mobile is key. The extended layer is probably the one that has not been used on top of the Core layer as much as I have liked so far and I may reconsider my EDC layer concept.

Extended Layer

  1. Micro USB Cable
  2. TechRise USB C Adapter
  3. Anker SoundBuds Slim
  4. Anker 2nd Gen Astro3 12800mAh
  5. Moko Cell Phone Stand
  6. 2 ltr Karrimor Dry Bag

1. Micro USB Cable

A generic USB A to micro USB to charge a phone using the above battery pack. A 1 metre cable is long enough for this level of use. For example dangling the cable out of one pocket to another to charge a phone.

2. TechRise USB C Adapter

An update to my Core EDC for 2018 is that I’ve changed from an iPhone 6s to a Pixel 2 which uses a USB C cable. This is great for charging speeds however accessories as of writing is still very expensive for reliable sources of cables without causing damage to the phone. Whilst I’m waiting for the supply to increase to lower the prices I am using these small adapters so I can reuse the abundance of micro USB cables. I don’t get the fast charging that comes with USB C but far better value for money at this time. I was surprised to find these adapters also pass through the data pins so it can be used on a computer to access the media on the phone.

3. Anker SoundBuds Slim

Very affordable and acceptable earphones for music and more than adequate for podcasts. They are light and portable without being tethered to your phone. It can be charged using a micro USB cable.

4. Anker 2nd Gen Astro3 12800mAh

I’ve had this since 2014 and Anker kindly replaced it free of charge due to losing charge when not in use. The power output on the ports are 4 amps which charges devices like phones and tablets very quickly (sometimes quicker than from the a wall plug!).

5. Moko Cell Phone Stand

A recent addition to the kit. It’s very slim except for the lip at the buttom which holds the device. A rubber (grey) pad at the bottom is grippy and cushions the device when in use. It is mostly plastic construction so only time will tell how it will hold up. The number of angels the stand can be setup in is one of the biggest selling points.

6. 2 ltr Karrimor Dry Bag

Flexible bag to carry everything in if they cannot fit on my person. The bag can keep the delicate electronics dry if it was in the rain. The clip at the top forms a hoop for easy carry or it can be attached to your belt or bag externally.

Summary

A good starting point and can easily be expanded which the dry bag has space for. For example adding wall charger can greatly extend how long you can go without going home. Most of the equipment uses existing items I already had so I can already see areas for improvement with the goal of being able to go for 1 day. This includes having a smaller battery pack physically and amps (storage). The capacity of the current Anker is over kill and probably last 2+ days without being charged for everything in the bag and mobile phone. A more city friendly looking bag will make the setup less noticeable when out and about.

About Danny

I.T software professional always studying and applying the knowledge gained and one way of doing this is to blog. Danny also has participates in a part time project called Energy@Home [http://code.google.com/p/energyathome/] for monitoring energy usage on a premise. Dedicated to I.T since studying pure Information Technology since the age of 16, Danny Tsang working in the field that he has aimed for since leaving school. View all posts by Danny → This entry was posted in Blog and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

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