If you like to take pictures and/or make videos you end up with quite a lot of electornical devices during a trip. Its the same in our case even if we try to optimise it (no double cables an so on) we travel with quite a lot of electro stuff.
In this chapter we would like to show you some of our solutions and why we chose them.
With all these gadgets you need a lot of power. If you travel by motorbike and plan to do a lot of camping, then this can be difficult because you need to figure out how to charge all this items. We already did some research and adjustments on our earlier trips and installed 12V DC sockets (on Xenia’s 660R with two USB sockets and on Martin’s bike a standard 12V socket) on our motorbikes.
On the 660Z Martin can also draw power directly from the battery via a USB cable. If we don’t sleep in the tent we can charge everything from a wall socket but even this requires some things.
With this set up we can charge all devices and powerbanks if we stay in a guesthouse in quite a short amount of time because we can charge seven devices at once (5 USB, 1 powerbank and one device via the powerbank). Provided that the fuse allows it in the guesthouse.
On the motorbikes we can charge up to five USB devices respectively three USB and one powerbank via 12V. Because we camp quite a lot its good that we can charge all our gear, even our laptops and Martins beard trimmer.
There is the possibility to charge the Powergorilla also with a solar charger, which is great if you are travelling by bicycle but because we have the motorbikes we don’t need this option.
SENA – SMH10 bluetooth headset (in use from 2014 – 2016)
On our first trip together to the Black Sea and back we had some communication problems. Three riders, three different motorbikes and tank volumes, three different opinions about directions and when it would be time to have a break. After a month and 6000 kilometres with gesticulating and stressed nerves it became clear that we need a communication system.
At the Swiss Moto 2014 we tested the products of Scala Rider and SENA and decided that SENA has the perfect product for us: The SENA – SMH10 Bluetooth headset and intercom.
Here the reasons why we chose SENA over Scala:
Better sound quality
Compact case, no antenna that could snap
Easier handling: a small on/off button and a bigger push/turn button (Scala Rider uses for example six buttons in the same size), therefore the handling with gloves is no problem (even with thick winter gloves, we tested that in Iceland)
Last but no least because of the great consulting of Marco and his team of bikerheadset.ch / e-performance
After two years and over 15’000km (Iceland, Morocco, smaller trips in Europe) we were still very happy with our SENAs.
The gadgetry have been often used in very harsh conditions (same as we). Dust, sand, mud, strong winds, torrential rain, snow, several crashes and temperatures between -5° and +38° degrees.
The strain was far above average but nothing could damage this two little gadgets. Until now we never had a single problem or a malfunction.
Function and facts about the SMH10 we like the most:
Intercom, the communication between riders. Even if we only make a short stop to take a picture we don’t have to take our helmets off and yell at each other make sure the other understands us. Even on bigger distances we can give instructions for a picture or what to buy in a shop (yeah we go sometimes shopping with our helmets on)
Range up to 900 meters
Long battery time up to 12 hours
The intercom can be charged while using, USB (Xenia) or via 12 volt power socket (Martin).
It weights only 60g
Free software updates, which are easy to install
No annoying wind noises because of the helmet mount
Connection possibilities from headset to headset, headset to GPS and headset to mobile phone – all at the same time and wireless! I listen often to music from my iPhone, which is fading out when an incoming message by another rider or the GPS.
The SENAs are water resistant
In the scope of delivery are more than enough components to mount the SENA on nearly every helmet type
Even when we are riding by ourselves and don’t use the intercom we can listen to music, hear GPS directions or receive phone calls
SENA – 10C bluetooth headset with action cam (in use since 2016)
Since 2014 we only had positive experiences with the Sena SMH10. In February 2016 we visited Swissmoto again and went straight back to the booth of bikerheadset.ch to see what they news they had to offer. To our surprise the manager recognized us immediately probably because we had so many questions the last time when we visited them.
He introduced us to the latest Sena 10C product and patiently answered all our questions. We were very impressed with the progress of the communication system and even more with the integrated action cam. Thanks to the great support of Marco from bikerheadset.ch / e-performence.ch we were shortly afterwards proud owners of two new Sena 10C and two handlebar remote controls.
Since spring 2016 we are now riding with the Sena 10C and the handlebar remote controls and are more than happy with this set up!
Functions and facts of the 10C, which we love:
The bluetooth headset and the video camera are very compact to mount as one device on the helmet.
Lightweight construction, 94g.
Full HD video and 3.5 Mp photo resolution
The camera angle is adjustable
The lens is rotatable up to 30 degrees
Radio range of up to 1.6 kilometers
Smart Audio Mix – this allows our music and our voice to be mixed directly into the video and the same during the recording
An app for our smartphones
Advanced Noise Control
Music sharing – we can both listen to the same music
Optional handlebar remote control (not included)
Easy operation thanks to push / turn knob (jog dial)
Waterproof even in rain and snow
Can be charged by USB or 12V during the ride
The unit is mounted very close to the helmet which means less risk of gettin stuck somewhere and also the weight is less noticeable near the helmet than for an example a GoPro.
What makes the 10C better than the SMH 10 (our most important points):
There are four devices in one (headset intercom, video, photo, music)
The app to make the configurations is very helpful
Controllable with handlebar remote control
Even longer talk time (10C 17h – SMH 10 12h)
Our input, specially for people who ride in a team: Buy a communication system and the SMH10 is a great choice, which we can recommend through our owen experience. Your nerves and vocal cords will be forever thankful!