Gear We Use
We love what we do, and bring quality videos, photos and blogs to you as you follow our journey. This has meant that we have researched all of the equipment we use, and have chosen what we consider the best for our situation. Every item and service we recommend on this website is gear that we use personally. We don't receive sponsorship for anything so you can be sure that what we list is stuff we think is worth letting you know about. Where we are given products, we will let you know and of course we still only recomment products that we use.
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The Solar Green hot water system works in conjunction with solar panels and has a 12 volt element that replaces the original 220 volt element in your water boiler. It works best when your solar panels create more power than you need to charge your batteries. Once your solar panels have charged your batteries, then the Solar Green system kicks in and shunts the extra power into heating your water.
More specifically, the Solar Green system connects to one of your house batteries and the smart controller identifies (1) if your batteries are charged to over 80% and (2) if the water temperature in your water heater is less than 50 degrees C. Once these two conditions are met, the smart controller switches the power being generated by your solar panels to the heating element and heats your water – keeping it between 43C and 50C. So simple and yet such a fantastic solution!
Video & Audio Equipment
This is the laptop Barry uses for writing his blogs, editing photos and videos and generally staying in touch with the world. The main reason for choosing this model was that it has the Intel 7th Generation i7-7500U 2.70GHz Processor which is needed for video editing and rendering.
Barry's laptop was slightly customised by installing a Samsung 850 EVO - 500GB - M.2 SATA III Internal SSD to be the C: drive
The factory fitted 2.5" 250GB SSD was replaced with a WD Blue 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 7200 RPM 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch Desktop Hard Drive for local storage of video footage while editing.
Underwater footage is filmed using the GoPro Hero 4 Silver
Additional underwater footage is filmed using the Sony action cam HDR AS300R. The main reasons for choosing this were the built in optical image stabilisation, the decent low light capability and the option to film video at 120fps which is great for slow motion. It also has an external mic input.
Still photos and videos are shot using the Canon EOS M3 with either the EF-S 18 – 55mm IS STM lens or the
EF-M 55 – 200mm IS STM lens. This camera also has an external mic input, a 180 tilt screen, touch screen
navigation and 1080p video @ 30fps.
The external mic attached to the Canon EOS M3 is the TAKSTAR SGC-598 shotgun mic.
To be able to use a shotgun mic on the Canon M3 camera while tilting the viewing screen fully forward this handy Vello CB-600 Straight Flash Bracket was added into the mix.
Keeping our sound quality up to scratch we use the BOYA WM8 dual UHF wireless lavalier microphone system.
Getting our cameras to attach to almost anything is done with the JOBY GorillaPod SLR Zoom. flexible tripod with ballhead bundle for DSLR.
We also use the Micover Stickover-Mini Universal Windscreens for DSLRs and small video cameras to reduce wind noise.