is there usb charging at the new waterfall valley hut?

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is there usb charging at the new waterfall valley hut?

Postby tigercat » Wed 12 Aug, 2020 10:34 pm

Hi Hivemind
is there usb charging at the new waterfall valley hut?
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Re: is there usb charging at the new waterfall valley hut?

Postby Mark F » Wed 12 Aug, 2020 10:39 pm

21st century issue???
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Re: is there usb charging at the new waterfall valley hut?

Postby Warin » Thu 13 Aug, 2020 9:42 am

First assumption, it won't work when I get there.
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Re: is there usb charging at the new waterfall valley hut?

Postby mattbeam » Thu 13 Aug, 2020 1:22 pm

I hope not
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Re: is there usb charging at the new waterfall valley hut?

Postby Jon MS » Thu 13 Aug, 2020 2:06 pm

The new Waterfall Valley hut has lights and gas heating but no USB outlets.

Why didn't they go electric heating??? The adjacent rangers hut has 6.6 kW of PV and there is room for at least 15 kW on the bushwalkers hut.
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Re: is there usb charging at the new waterfall valley hut?

Postby headwerkn » Thu 13 Aug, 2020 2:25 pm

No USB charging - that would be taking things way too far ;-)

To be honest the 3 lights in the kitchen/common area are pushing it somewhat, though useful for conserving your headlamp batteries, and do give the place a nice ambiance at night.

The gas versus electric heating is an interesting question. Probably cheaper in the long run to fly in cylinders a couple of times a year versus install, maintain and replace enough panels and batteries to match the heat output. I can't imagine the batteries would be long lived out there in the cold of winter, and of course the panels would be covered in snow a fair bit too, reducing efficiency.

Can't complain about the gas heater though. It doesn't belt out heat obviously like a your average domestic heater, but it takes the chill out of the main area very well and looks pretty inviting too, especially when it's -7 degrees C outside.
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Re: is there usb charging at the new waterfall valley hut?

Postby tigercat » Thu 13 Aug, 2020 10:11 pm

Thanks headwerkn and Jon MS
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Re: is there usb charging at the new waterfall valley hut?

Postby headwerkn » Sun 30 Aug, 2020 11:25 pm

For anyone interested, I've put together a bit of a video on the new Waterfall Valley Hut. Hopefully shows it off a bit better and gives a sense of the place :-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0F851IVZxg
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Re: is there usb charging at the new waterfall valley hut?

Postby Overlandman » Mon 31 Aug, 2020 12:22 pm

Thanks Headwerkn for the video.
How far away is the Rangers / Hut Wardens Hut
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Re: is there usb charging at the new waterfall valley hut?

Postby headwerkn » Mon 31 Aug, 2020 5:41 pm

Overlandman wrote:How far away is the Rangers / Hut Wardens Hut


All of 10-15 metres or so - you pass it on your right as you walk towards the main hut. This was pretty convenient during our stay as their outside water tap was still flowing somewhat the night we were there, though it had frozen too by the next morning :P
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