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I am an avid adventurer, conservationist, teacher, and outdoor photographer whose photography celebrates the African landscape and its rich wildlife, people, and culture. My photographic safaris allow my travelers to not only enhance their understanding of photography, lighting, and wildlife, but to develop a life-long admiration for Africa ‘s beauty and culture.

Banana Republic recently used my photographs as the cornerstone of their Urban Safari campaign, and my images were seen in all 750 stores around the globe, as well as in their billboards, catalogs and annual report. I was also the winner of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year in the ‘Wild Places’ category in 2008 and a highly commended in the ‘Creative Visions of Nature’ category in 2007.

I launched Gura Gear in 2008, in an attempt to deliver lightweight camera bags to the market. I was looking for a lightweight camera bag to hold all of my photographic gear, and there was nothing desirable on the market that suited my needs. After spending 2 years with many prototypes, the Gura Gear Kiboko bag was born. More products are now available on the Gura Gear web site.




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What I like: Belkin Mini Surge Protector with USB charger


Ok, so I am a sucker for electrical travel devices which are multifunctional. Here we have a Belkin Mini Surge Protector which has 3 plugs, as well as 2 USB ports for charging such items as mobile phones, iPhones, iPods and anything else that can be charged via USB. I bought one of these items before a safari earlier this year, and I love that I can leave my dedicated USB chargers back at home and just use this single device. Highly recommended. B&H has a good deal on them here.

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Reader Comments (5)

I love this thing as well, although I've found that I can't connect both an iPhone and a Blackberry to the USB charging ports at the same time. If I do that, the Blackberry charges fine, but the iPhone starts flashing -- charging, not charging, charging, not charging.

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEric Cheng

that's weird. Works perfectly fine with my Blackberry and iPod Touch at the same time.

August 4, 2009 | Registered CommenterAndy Biggs

What would be even better is if it had all the international plugs built-in as well. It would be the ultimate for grab and go for traveling abroad.

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAravind

The device is rated for 500mA per USB port. They're probably running both ports off of a single internal 5v 1000mA switching power supply. So, if your two devices combined draw more than 1000mA, then the internal supply is overloading, the output voltage will drop below 5V and that will cause your charging devices to behave strangely, i.e. charge intermittently.

BTW, I checked the Belkin website and the device specs don't indicate its AC voltage range. Can someone clarify if it does operate from 120VAC to 240VAC? Thanks.

August 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHaroon

I have one of these and it is rated 125V/15A/1875W so this isn't going to work for travel outside the Americas.

August 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTim B

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