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Old 04-22-05, 08:14 AM
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Solar Powered Tent Light

Several weeks ago I purchased this solar powered garden light for no other reason that it seemed to be a bargain at $CAN5. On the way home I got to thinking that it might be a great light for my Hennessy hammock.

The unit consists of a top piece containing the solar panel, NiCad batteries and a single white LED bulb, there are three pieces you fit together for the stand, as well as a jar shaped reflector unit. I disposed of the latter and using an awl, pressed a hole for a hook in the top piece.

Later that same night I set up the hammock on my deck to see if it worked. Voila! The perfect solar powered light just in time for Earth Day (which is today!)

I went out and bought another one to use as a light for the entrance to the hammock.

To charge, just leave them somewhere on your bike. Has anyone else tried this?
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Old 04-23-05, 01:41 AM
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haven't tried but sounds like a good idea, don't know how easy it will be to charge it up, depends where u r i suppose.
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I haven't tried that setup though I did have a solar panel that charged 4 AAs when I went canoe touring for two months and needed to charge batteries for lights and GPS.

I'd be careful about leaving a charger sitting on a bike without it being fixed somehow. Someone'll pinch it. I thought about solar panels on my touring bike, but fragility convinced me to take a normal charger and plug it in now and then. I was hoping to use a dynamo and switch it on downhills but they didn't have enough oomph.

I met a touring cyclist about 500km west of Townsville last year. He had a solar panel to charge a motorcycle battery. Boy did have some electrical gear with him apart from lights: radio, cassette, and 12v motor and pump for a handheld shower fed from a 5 litre water container. He had a trailer to carry everything and was in it for the long haul - already three years on the road when we met him, so I suppose he needed his small comforts.
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Sounds interesting but can you turn it on and off?
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Sounds interesting but can you turn it on and off?
Yes, there is an OFF/AUTO switch. The AUTO setting allows for charging in the day, and it comes on automatically at night. In my hammock I turn it to the off position when I'm ready to call it a night and turn it to AUTO when I attach it to my bike in the morning.
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Do you have the name and details of this light? I'd love to see if I can find one for myself. This is the perfect solution for my early evening riding.

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Old 04-25-05, 06:38 AM
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The one I bought is in a 'no-logo' box in French and English (typical for Canada). I bought it at a discount food store that has a dollar store section. It was $5 Canadian, or currently around $4 US.

Has anyone seen these for sale in the US? If so where can you find them?
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I was wandering how long it would be before it poped up on this forum. well done, Did always wonder about it, is the light you get good enough to read at night, or to cook with...
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I'm currently running two of these and I am going to take them along on my shakedown tour in a couple of weeks. From my observation currently, the brightness of the bulb appears to be related to the amount of charge. On very sunny days they will be bright indeed. I'm now experimenting with where to put them on my bike for maximum recharging.

The one in my hammock is quite bright enough for reading as it is about a half metre from my head. As for using it outside at night, I've also experimented with that but I'll have to get back to you after the shakedown, as there is too much light pollution from other sources here in the city.
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Hmmmmm.. maybe I'll troll google for a bit to see if I can find them. They sound like a great deal!

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Done it for you Koffee https://www.carmanah.com/?source=google, did not have time to properly check it out, I was looking at the solar charged LED lights, sounds good
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Originally Posted by JoeLonghair
Done it for you Koffee https://www.carmanah.com/?source=google, did not have time to properly check it out, I was looking at the solar charged LED lights, sounds good
Thanks! I'm going to look into their full line of products.

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