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PostHeaderIcon United Cutlery Black Ronin Field Test & Review

I found the Black Ronin survival tomahawk at a garage sale a while back. This is made by United Cutlery and is a handy tool to have around the homestead as well as a good all around survival tomahawk. I like the feel of it in my hand. But it is not a quick draw weapon due to the spikes on the sides and the 550 cord handle, both of which catch on the sheath when you pull it out.

Black Ronin Survival Tomakawk

The Black Ronin is not very heavy but packs a good punch when chopping trees or branches. It whacks off branches with a single swing. It is not fast for hacking down trees though due to its light weight but that is offset by the fact that it is not tiring to swing all day. I can tell you this from experience. I was using the Black Ronin from United Cutlery all day out in the woods as I slashed a path through the woods for my chicken fence.

The United Cutlery Black Ronin tomahawk is made of 420 stainless steel which is coated with a non reflective coating. The ax head itself measures about 3 1/2 inches long and the entire tomahawk is about 15 inches long from tip of the handle to the top of the ax head.

When you get this tool be aware that the original 550 cord handle will most likely have to be wrapped again. These tend to come loose with use. Once you wrap it again properly it should provide you with many years of trouble free use. The one I have I got second hand and it is holding up very well under extreme use in the woods.

United Cutlery Black Ronin Review

The Black Ronin tomahawk is made of a single piece of steel so I do not think that I will ever break it under normal use. And normal use for me is hacking and slashing at trees and branches. In the field I will be using it to cut fire wood and wood for shelters. At the homestead it makes a nice ax for light work.

The spikes on it, although they look cool and dangerous, are in the way in my opinion. If I thought I could cut them off without harming the balance of the tool I would. But I have not yet tried this in throwing. I plan to one day and I will record my results and share it with you.

You can find the United Cutlery Black Ronin survival tomahawk here: United Cutlery Black Ronin Tomahawk

Watch the video review here on YouTube: United Cutlery Black Ronin Field Test & Review Video

PostHeaderIcon Field Test & Review Of The SunJack 14 Watt Folding Solar Panel

GoGreenSolar sent me their SunJack 14 Watt folding solar panel with two 5 volt USB outputs. This portable folding solar panel is good for camping, hiking, back packing, outdoor sports or even off grid living such as for myself. This convenient folding solar panel keeps all of my small electronic devices charged every day no matter where I am or what I am doing.

SunJack 14 Portable Folding Solar Panel

I have taken this portable folding solar panel fishing with me and kept my camera and cell phone charged up. It goes with me on road trips as well and I use it on the weekends when out with my church to keep my power hungry cell phone topped off. I also use this folding solar panel from SunJack on a daily basis at the off grid homestead charging my tablet, cell phone, camera, portable power packs and USB LED lights. This frees up my main solar power in the off grid tiny house for my laptop and indoor lighting.

The SunJack 14 watt folding solar panel has two 5 volt 2 Amp USB outputs. Two outputs are very convenient because now I can charge up two devices at the same time. And I am often doing just that. The 14 Watt output gives me enough power to charge up both devices in sunny to partly cloudy conditions with no problem.

SunJack 14 Watt Portable Solar Panel
SunJack 14 Watt folding solar panel charging two devices

The SunJack folding solar panel measures about 7 x 9 inches when folded up and is just over an inch thick. It weighs about 2 pounds so you must take this into consideration when hiking. When fully opened up the SunJack folding solar panel measures just about 31 inches long.

I have tried a lot of portable solar panels like this in the past but most drain the device it is supposed to be charging if a cloud goes over. The net loss is more than the gain over time. With the 14 Watt output capacity of the SunJack folding solar panel I have not had this problem even as the sun is going down. This is such a relief because now I am not stressing all the time if a few clouds set in.

The SunJack folding solar panel was shipped with a 8000 mAh battery pack which I will review separately. I have been keeping this topped off as needed using the folding solar panel. I also got a 5700 mAh waterproof LED light stick with yet another USB output. I keep this topped off on the SunJack folding solar panel and use it as my main source of light in the tiny house living room since I got it. I will do a full review on this later as well. As you have most likely already seen, I have two 5 volt LED lights that came with the package and I will be doing a video and blog review on these separately later on.

The SunJack folding solar panel comes with a whole lot of loops for attaching it to your backpack, bike, boat, car or whatever as needed. This makes it quite versatile for using it on the go. It also has two carabiners in the zippered pouch for fastening it to things. The pouch came with a USB cord for charging devices and the battery pack fits nicely in there as well.

SunJack 14 Watt Portable Solar Panel
SunJack Folding Solar Panel for hiking, climbing, boating, fishing and outdoor sports

The SunJack folding solar panel folds up neatly in its own case. It has four solar panels to give it a lot of power output. 14 Watts of power is a fair amount for portable devices and I have not had any trouble charging up anything from my tablet to my camera on the go, even at the same time.

I will be taking this out in the field hiking and camping in the near future so stay tuned for more videos and reviews on the SunJack folding solar panel.

I would say that this is the best portable solar panel I have had in my hands to date and it will be a permanent part of my gear from now on.

Watch my full video review here: Video of the Sunjack 14 Watt Folding Solar Panel Review & Field Test

You can find the company’s websites here:
Go Green Solar:

And you can find the SuJack folding solar panel on Amazon right here:

14 Watt Solar Panel: SunJack 14 Watt Folding Solar Panel

Waterproof light: SunJack waterproof LED light stick

7 Watt Solar Panel: SunJack 7 watt folding solar panel

USB LED light: SunJack USB LED lights