Thursday, July 12, 2012

Solar Breakthrough

A few years ago we bought the little solar lights you put in flower beds and remote sections of yard not touched by moonlight or streetlamp.
Having them out there snagging sunshine during the day and then providing a little light each night was comforting and seemed like a good investment.
We paid $3 for them and several of them stopped working over the last few months. We bought new ones and we'd collected the old ones and I was about to toss them when I got an idea.
I flipped one upside down and looked and only three screws held them together. I don't think I could actually call myself a man if I didn't open one up and have a look.
I went to the shed and fetched a phillips head screwdriver and removed the screws. What I found inside was a few pieces of wiring connecting the solar chip on top to a rechargeable AA battery.
Hmmm, I thought. I wonder if regular rechargeable batteries would work?
When I went to the store this afternoon, I picked up a pack of rechargeables and charged them up. Tonight I removed the old, dead batteries and poped in the new ones and walah! Good as new.
I love it when a plan comes together.


  1. Hmmmm....Now if I try this with ours and it works do I tell Jack you were the genius who figured it out or should I let him think I'm the genius? Fugetaboutit, something tells me he'll know.

  2. Holy heck! I need to bookmark this little golden nugget for later use.


  3. You have the true handyman gene. I will store this away for later use.

  4. Hooorah for rechargeable batteries! Take care

  5. What a clever fella you are Rick! A bet lots of folks wouldn't even think about trying that. Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. What a clever gentleman you are. Some day I'll be trying that with my solar lights, thanks to you.



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