OL was in chat earlier today and a fellow member [sugarcookies1] had a power outage and I was able to quickly link
THE POWER GOES OUT - What should you do? (by r2d246 posted on 10-10-2012 @ 11:33 PM) [ATS
In the course of the subsequent chat conversation they mentioned they would simply use their Solar Powered Garden Stake Lights ...
and I was
very impressed by this as my front door light broke a while back and my brother has since adapted with some of the same devices and I noticed just the
other day just how handy they would be added to any BOB or just taken for general use in camping.
I did search ATS and the only thing I found that was similar was this post
looking for Portable Power devices to survive Martial Law (Thread by admriker444 posted on 9-1-2008 @ 06:57 AM , reply by BlackSatinDancer posted on
13-11-2011 @ 09:27 PM) [ATS Survival forum]
ok... next thing... i have been playing with little solar stake lights for your driveway... you can get them for a couple dollars a piece. they
make neat little night lights for small spaces that use no power after the initial purchase... i have no idea how long those little batteries last
inside them though. it's enough light to see to sit on a toilet... and anything is a help... more than one can produce more free light. they have
sensors that make them come on at night only. you can take these apart and connect old pc fans to them for night time running fans unless you disable
the sensor i guess... not sure how to do that and they make tiny solar fans that just run when the sun hits them but they more expensive.... but the
little battery in it.... it's being charged daily. can this battery be used in other things? that might prove handy if you have some around and have
run out of regular batteries but i need to learn more about them, they are essentially little chargers!
And so I wanted to highlight that and expand on it as much as possible.
Here are the potential at face value uses I see ...
1] Obvious Torch Light Is Obvious!
2] Can be used to stake out tarps, tents and pathways.
3] Can be used as improvised hand held weapon, either as a clubbing and or stabbing tool.
4] The solar panels could be rigged to provide charge for other portable electrical devices.
5] Can be used as a gardening tool such as a seed hole poker or for digging small patches of soil.
Here are some of the interesting varients I found ...
There are some that come with motion sensor activation and these ones can be improvised to include an alarm that both distracts the intruder and
simultaneously alerts the camp.
Motion Sensor Solar Garden Light ($49.95) [oo.com.au]
Solar garden light
No electricity bill
Easy to assemble
Large solar panel charges the lights
Great for lighting up pathways, gardens or flower beds
Suitable for use outdoors
Dimensions: (Diameter) 13cm x (H) 38.5cm
1 x Solar lamp
3 x Rechargeable batteries
Solar powered spotlight ...
Premium SOLAR LED Garden Light (Price: $26.40
(including 10 % tax)) [ledcentral.com.au]
SOLAR LED Garden Light Specifications
Solar Panel (4V/240mA)
8 x White LED Globes
3 x 1.2V AA 1500mAh rechargeable Ni-CD/Ni-MH batteries (batteries included)
Automatically turns off in the Day and on at Night
Totally Waterproof Design
Fully Adjustable tilt Head & Solar Panel
2 Mode Installation - Garden/Wall
Item size: 16.5x13.8x58.8CM
SOLIG Solar Powered Uplights and Accent Lighting
Stake this chain of three uplights into the ground, let them soak up the solar energy during the day, and light up your nights! Chain of three
solar powered uplights, $9.99 in Black. Article Number: 701.774.39
Metal solar powered stake ...
Copper Plated Select-A-Color LED Solar Bubble Tube Garden Stake (Item #44317-C $19.99) [mrlight.com]
26" Tall Copper Plated Select-A-Color Solar Bubble Tube Garden Stake. Select and fix the LED as your favorite color: red, blue, white, green, or
rotating colors, or set the light to change automatically to a different color every day. The LED light makes the bubble tube glow from top to bottom!
Auto-On at night/off at dawn.
More ... Solar Garden Stakes [mrlight.com]
Smaller hand held memorial stake ...
Praying Hands Memorial Light: Solar-powered
memorial light (€ 19,95) [solarcosa.com]
Memorial light with an illuminated acrylic block and a three-dimensional lasered image of praying hands with a cross. Can be used as a
stake-mounted memorial light or as a prayer light placed in a quiet corner.
•3 white LEDs
•max. burn time approx. 12 hours when fully charged
•AA NiMh accu (1.2V)
•height without stake: 100mm
•height with stake: 260mm
So can my fellow members think of any other uses these awesome devices [or any varient] may be used for if and when SHTF?
Personal Disclosure: These would be perfect for anybody seriosuly contemplating any Z-Day scenerio.
edit on 13-10-2012 by OmegaLogos because: Edited to fix broken emoticon bbcode.