How on earth do contestants on TV show "Alone" charge their camera batteries?

Publicity image from CH4 TV show "Alone"
Contestants from the first UK series of "Alone" (Image credit: Channel 4)

For the last few weeks, I've been hooked on the new TV series Alone on the UK's Channel 4. In the show, 11 people are left to fend for themselves in the Canadian wilderness - away from each other, so they are completely alone. 

Through the days or weeks, they try to survive with just a few basic bits of kit they take with them - an axe, a few fish hooks, a tarpaulin, and so on. Then, as they deal with the starvation, close encounters with bears, and the mental strains of being cut off from civilization, they film their every move. Each contestant is dropped into their new home with five cameras (mainly GoPros), and asked to film their every move from at least two angles.

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 15 Pro Max.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.