KANZ Field Power Desk – when you just can't leave your job behind


September 21, 2012

The KANZ Field Power Desk is designed to serve as a self-sufficient mobile work station

The KANZ Field Power Desk is designed to serve as a self-sufficient mobile work station

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Do you know one of those people who are constantly checking their work emails on their smartphone, even when they’re supposed to be relaxing on a camping trip? Well, this might be the perfect thing for them, should they wish to take that type of behavior to the extreme – it’s the KANZ Field Power Desk, and it’s probably the closest thing you’ll find to an office in the woods.

First off, this thing is probably intended more for people like scientists, surveyors or soldiers than for workaholics.

It’s built on the platform of KANZ’s existing Outdoors Field Kitchen, which combines a camp stove, food preparation surface, and utensil storage drawers. Instead of kitchen supplies, though, the base 120 model of the Field Power Desk features things like a 240Wh lithium-iron power pack, a 20-watt mono-crystalline solar panel, a device-charging drawer with 12-volt and 5-volt outlets, a flexible desktop light, and – of course – room for a laptop.

The fancier 240 model includes two power packs and two solar panels. Each panel is capable of fully charging one of the power packs within six hours, as long as the sun is shining. Both versions also feature a cabinet made from Baltic birch and marine-grade aluminum panels, detachable legs, and a heavy-duty dustproof fiberglass front panel that closes over the desk when it’s not in use.

The 120 weighs 37 pounds (17 kg) and sells for US$1,995. The 55-pound (25-kg) 240 will set you back $2,495.

Source: KANZ Outdoors via Uncrate

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The only way I'd go camping is if I had that thing with me. Well, that and a decent 4G signal ;-)


@flink - Not really any need going camping then is there?


I make up one of these every time I go camping so having one all ready to go should be a winner.


Of course, the biggest problem, is if you are REALLY camping where are you going to get a cellphone signal???? You are generally out of range of signals unless you have a satellite phone.

John Waller

Where is the Satellite uplink/downlink connection provisions?? I suppose that a Satellite phone would serve the same purpose but I believe that the Data speeds of such phones are VERY limited due to the bandwidth limitations. It WOULD work but it would be slow. The more equipment that is added ,the more solar panels you would need to recharge them all ...and it would be that much heavier.

Jim Andrews
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