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On 22 February 2016 at 9:20 PM, Lithoniel said:

The ever popular Aukey charger is on sale at the moment, this beauty got me through the entire festival last year and has been in my bag for work ever since.

£16 it's an absolute bargin.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Aukey-20000mAh-Portable-External-Motorola/dp/B00SR5N5HU/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1455104681&sr=8-8&keywords=portable+charger&tag=efestivals-21

My first purchase!! 

Now i should get on with buying a tent

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5 hours ago, thatcrazypenguin said:

vonhaus heavy duty sack truck reduced on amazon.co.uk http://www.amazon.co.uk/VonHaus-All-Terrain-Trolley-Capacity-Festivals/dp/B00HW54L10/ref=pd_sim_sbs_60_9?ie=UTF8&dpID=51qns2jwgAL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&refRID=1CP9Y8DG4A02NYCNGHTC looks hardcore enough to last a fair few years if treated right.

wish I could take something like this but not really suited to those coming down by coach

A group took one of these on the coach I was on last year, national express. Fit on fairly easily no questions asked, although they was first in the queue 

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47 minutes ago, VisionOfLove said:

A group took one of these on the coach I was on last year, national express. Fit on fairly easily no questions asked, although they was first in the queue 

The problem is, you couldn't know for sure that you're ok until the coach was fully loaded and doors closed - and for most people that's way too much uncertainty.

In the case of National Express (I assume the Seetickets coaches are fairly similar) - they've got a decent amount of luggage space available and will obviously try to fit everything in. But they can and do run out of space at times, especially when people are bringing enough kit or beer to last a month with them. When that happens, the people with sack trucks, large trolleys etc are likely to be the first ones affected. I've seen people being told they can't bring their stuff on a coach because they're taking the piss - not sure whether they were turned away or just bumped to a later / quieter departure, either way it's not something I'd want to risk.

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1 hour ago, Yoghurt on a Stick said:

Exactly what I needed, have just ordered one, think it will prove to be very useful, thanks Yog.  
Charm x

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On ‎22‎/‎02‎/‎2016 at 9:20 PM, Lithoniel said:

The ever popular Aukey charger is on sale at the moment, this beauty got me through the entire festival last year and has been in my bag for work ever since.

£16 it's an absolute bargin.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Aukey-20000mAh-Portable-External-Motorola/dp/B00SR5N5HU/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1455104681&sr=8-8&keywords=portable+charger&tag=efestivals-21

Cheers for the heads up on this!

I bought 2 of these this week - 1 for myself and 1 for my girlfriend. Cannot recomment it highly enough. Around 7 charges of an iPhone (and i've tested that on my many work train journeys this week).

As mentioned, for £16 it's absolutely incredible.
 

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Anyone got any opinions on these trolleys? Always see the paths littered with knackered trolleys and buckled wheels, but I thought if one would handle the terrain it might be worth it! On sale at the moment too! http://www.funkyleisure.co.uk/off-roader-heavy-duty-festival-trolley-294-p.asp

 

Also, GoOutdoors has a nifty little sale on at the moment, can pick up bits and pieces like backpacks to carry the days beverages etc etc. Proper prior preparation prevents piss poor performance!

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14 minutes ago, joeyjarman said:

Anyone got any opinions on these trolleys? Always see the paths littered with knackered trolleys and buckled wheels, but I thought if one would handle the terrain it might be worth it! On sale at the moment too! http://www.funkyleisure.co.uk/off-roader-heavy-duty-festival-trolley-294-p.asp

I'd bring some spare pins (can't remember their proper name) for the wheels. I had something similar to that shown on your link. It just about got me back to the car. It literally fell apart at the boot of the car on the way out of the festival. That we were walking in a demented manner didn't help it's survival.

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22 minutes ago, joeyjarman said:

Anyone got any opinions on these trolleys? Always see the paths littered with knackered trolleys and buckled wheels, but I thought if one would handle the terrain it might be worth it! On sale at the moment too! http://www.funkyleisure.co.uk/off-roader-heavy-duty-festival-trolley-294-p.asp

Get that one, but get it direct from the eFests shop for the same price to give this site a small slice of the money: http://camping.efestivals.co.uk/off-roader-heavy-duty-festival-trolley-1035-p.asp

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5 minutes ago, Brave Sir Robin said:

Get that one, but get it direct from the eFests shop for the same price to give this site a small slice of the money: http://camping.efestivals.co.uk/off-roader-heavy-duty-festival-trolley-1035-p.asp

Ah spot on, will do! Good to give something back, this site has served me well over the years. 

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1 minute ago, FloorFiller said:

personal salt and pepper. seasoning is a must

I had no taste buds at all last year. Harribo's sports mix were an absolute essential in giving me some sense of normality. The food I ate needed more than seasoning. I had a go of that hippy crack shit (never touched it before or since) and that tasted nicer than most of the food I ate.

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Phone charger (22400mAh) for £12.99 until 23:59 tonight, one of Amazon's Deal of the Day: www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00F5Q4F0U

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Anyone got any input on portable phone chargers vs spare batteries? I have the Samsung S4 so thinking I might buy a couple of spares and take them with me.

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Just now, sophlamb said:

Anyone got any input on portable phone chargers vs spare batteries? I have the Samsung S4 so thinking I might buy a couple of spares and take them with me.

Chargers are better.  3rd party batteries are really unreliable in their capacity.  Some are fine, many last half a day.  2 spare batteries still probably won't last the festival even if they were Samsung ones, but would probably cost more than a charger.

Only advantage of spare batteries is that if you're worried that you won't remember to charge your phone overnight, or don't want to carry the charger around with you during the day, then spare batteries are obviously a lot quicker to swap out.

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