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fireguy 08-15-2011 08:49 PM

Solar battery charger
 
I've been looking on the web at different solar battery chargers for AA, AAA, C, and D batteries. I don't want to depend on the regular batteries I have stored. I want to get the rechargeables and charge them up without needing the grid. Does anyone have a set up they like?

DrGonzo11 08-16-2011 01:26 AM

The Goal0 (read GOAL ZERO) is really nice, but pricey. I just ordered some chinese cheapies from ebay, I'll let you know if they are worth a damn when the show up.

hiwall 08-16-2011 03:05 AM

you can buy solar patio lights. they have 1 or 2 AA batteries in already and a solar charger. Plus can be used for lighting or as a flashlight. Harbor Freight has a solar charger for about $10 that has many good reviews.

fireguy 08-16-2011 03:10 AM

I looked at the Goal0 stuff on Promotive and I was like you, it is kind of expensive. I think I'll do a Radio Shack search.

Bigcountry02 08-16-2011 05:55 AM

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Originally Posted by hiwall (Post 563807)
you can buy solar patio lights. they have 1 or 2 AA batteries in already and a solar charger. Plus can be used for lighting or as a flashlight. Harbor Freight has a solar charger for about $10 that has many good reviews.

We have a few of them (less than 20) outside, around the house. Estimated lifespan of the 1 AA is between 6 to 18 months before completed battery burnout. The 2 AA models last about 18 months.

DrGonzo11 08-17-2011 02:05 AM

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Originally Posted by Bigcountry02 (Post 563913)
We have a few of them (less than 20) outside, around the house. Estimated lifespan of the 1 AA is between 6 to 18 months before completed battery burnout. The 2 AA models last about 18 months.

Just trade those out for batteries with higher milli-amp hours, the higher the number the longer they hold a charge, the larger the charge is and the more cycles they will complete. The ones that come with the lights are usually AA 600-800 and AAA are 400-600. You can buy AA up to at least 4000(probably higher too) and like 2800 on the AAA


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