Fast forward to a week or so ago and I stumbled upon the Omnicharge. It's currently far exceeding it's funding goal on IndieGoGo and it looks promising. I've been in touch with Omnicharge staff and I should have one to play with and review sometime in October. I plan to review it primarily as a means of charging my Companion, camera and other electronics I use when filming outdoor painting. It's said that a solar panel can be used to power the Omnicharge, so in theory, I can power my tablet indefinitely using green solar power! Basically, these can power anything you plug in to your wall outlet: TVs, lamps, blenders, you name it. And best of all, it's not very large. I think the standard model is close to the size of a smartphone.
It would be an understatement to say I'm super-excited about this. This is exactly what I need to take my Digital Painting Outdoors series to the next level. Of course, I'll have to test it to make sure it works as I hope it will. As with all electronics, sometimes things get hyped up without ever living up to the hype. I have a good feeling about this one though. If it lives up to its promises, this little device is going to make a lot of creative folks happy. I'll keep you posted on the status of the review.
If you want one of these, I believe the next batch they'll be shipping is in October. They aren't terribly pricey either. Also, I just want to clarify that I reached out to Omnicharge, so this isn't some sort of sponsored thing. I honestly really want one of these and I know a lot of you have been searching for the same kind of device.