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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby Ratty » Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:25 am

The box says, "Includes 2 spotlights for the price of 1". There was a pile of them for $5 each. Runs 8-10 hours on a full charge.There is a swiveling solar panel on top and 3 BIG LED bulbs inside. So it looks like I'll get to try solar out there. At least on a small scale. I only bought one box because my pile-o-crap is crowding me out of house and home.

That little solar panel is about 3inches by 4 inches OD.
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby tattoogoddess » Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:06 am

DAMN! Wish we could have bought some of these.
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby lucky420 » Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:19 am

I have several of those lights. They work really well and when our lanterns crapped out last burn they came in really handy
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby illy dilly » Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:10 pm

Ratty wrote:The box says, "Includes 2 spotlights for the price of 1". There was a pile of them for $5 each. Runs 8-10 hours on a full charge.There is a swiveling solar panel on top and 3 BIG LED bulbs inside. So it looks like I'll get to try solar out there. At least on a small scale. I only bought one box because my pile-o-crap is crowding me out of house and home.

That little solar panel is about 3inches by 4 inches OD.

We bought a pair of very similar solar spot lights (I can't say they are exactly the same for sure, but the price seems about right) in 2011 and they were super duper kick ass! We put them out side the dome to light it at night, so people could find us. WORKED GREAT!!!

Where we screwed up though- we put them away in a box, in the basement with all the Burn stuff... come 2012 we learned that putting solar things away for 11 months ruins the battery--- DUH!!! :roll:
I'd suggest leave them out so the batteries can get worked daily. We looked at replacing the batteries, and its almost cheaper to just replace the spot lights. Some of the other more unique solar gadgets we are going to replace the batteries because its cheaper or we can't find the exact same thing.
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby Rice » Thu Jan 10, 2013 1:57 pm

illy dilly wrote:
Ratty wrote:The box says, "Includes 2 spotlights for the price of 1". There was a pile of them for $5 each. Runs 8-10 hours on a full charge.There is a swiveling solar panel on top and 3 BIG LED bulbs inside. So it looks like I'll get to try solar out there. At least on a small scale. I only bought one box because my pile-o-crap is crowding me out of house and home.

That little solar panel is about 3inches by 4 inches OD.

We bought a pair of very similar solar spot lights (I can't say they are exactly the same for sure, but the price seems about right) in 2011 and they were super duper kick ass! We put them out side the dome to light it at night, so people could find us. WORKED GREAT!!!

Where we screwed up though- we put them away in a box, in the basement with all the Burn stuff... come 2012 we learned that putting solar things away for 11 months ruins the battery--- DUH!!! :roll:
I'd suggest leave them out so the batteries can get worked daily. We looked at replacing the batteries, and its almost cheaper to just replace the spot lights. Some of the other more unique solar gadgets we are going to replace the batteries because its cheaper or we can't find the exact same thing.

Or, open the battery compartment up and take the batteries out (store them in a plastic bag, tape to each light). Most of the solar stuff has an easy way of changing the batteries. I usually put the batteries back in a week or so before my final trip pack - set the solar panels out to get some sun. Then I verify they are still working as expected... (Gives me time to replace the totally dead ones)

I was able to get my solar light batteries to last 5 years this way.
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby trilobyte » Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:34 pm

Visited the local warehousapocalypticoutfitter joint today, and they had the 12 gallon flip-top bins we use to store everything on sale. Grabbed a half dozen more, which will come in handy as we continue the storage/loft/project juggling. Then I headed back over to our new storage place and got to work building the new triple-wide storage rack.

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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby tattoogoddess » Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:34 pm

what about if they have an on off switch?
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby trilobyte » Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:36 pm

For maximizing battery life you need to physically remove them.
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby Rice » Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:52 pm

tattoogoddess wrote:what about if they have an on off switch?

Rechargeable batteries seem to work better when taken completely out.

I have two sets of solar lights that I use to mark my camp site. I left the battery in one set and took it out with the other set. I found that the lights which I had left the battery in and just "shut off" are buggered, but the lights I removed the battery from are still working.
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby illy dilly » Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:22 pm

stretch80 wrote:
tattoogoddess wrote:what about if they have an on off switch?

Rechargeable batteries seem to work better when taken completely out.

I have two sets of solar lights that I use to mark my camp site. I left the battery in one set and took it out with the other set. I found that the lights which I had left the battery in and just "shut off" are buggered, but the lights I removed the battery from are still working.

I thought, it was best to 'exercise' all rechargeable batteries, and not just let them sit?

Though, I'm sure at least completely removing them from a gadget is better than doing nothing at all.
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby Rice » Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:31 pm

illy dilly wrote:
stretch80 wrote:
tattoogoddess wrote:what about if they have an on off switch?

Rechargeable batteries seem to work better when taken completely out.

I have two sets of solar lights that I use to mark my camp site. I left the battery in one set and took it out with the other set. I found that the lights which I had left the battery in and just "shut off" are buggered, but the lights I removed the battery from are still working.

I thought, it was best to 'exercise' all rechargeable batteries, and not just let them sit?

Though, I'm sure at least completely removing them from a gadget is better than doing nothing at all.


Rechargeable batteries are a picky in the best situations... So many factors can increase or decrease the life of the battery.

Unfortunately I do not have the space or available daytime light in the winter to properly charge solar devices. (at least with the cheap lawn lights I use) So taking out the batteries for the winter is my solution. So far, I have been lucky. One entire set of lights has lasted 6 years and still keep working all night.

as with many things YMMV. ..
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby Ratty » Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:13 pm

Thanks for the advice. I'll remove em. And oh well, I'll stop at the store tonight and make sure there aren't any more. So much for being sensible.
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby illy dilly » Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:17 pm

stretch80 wrote:Unfortunately I do not have the space or available daytime light in the winter to properly charge solar devices. (at least with the cheap lawn lights I use) So taking out the batteries for the winter is my solution. So far, I have been lucky. One entire set of lights has lasted 6 years and still keep working all night.

as with many things YMMV. ..

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I'm totally with ya! Our back patio is surrounded on 3 sides and gets about 2 minutes of direct sun during the winter. I wonder what our neighbors would say when we have 10-20 different lights and solar 'lawn art' all in a little jumble on our front patio!
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O man! The old folks next door would be soooo agitated! I'm sure they'd end up filling a complaint with the HOA!

Pulling the batteries out is a great idea, I was just wondering what the 'recommended' protocol was.
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby winebuff » Thu Jan 10, 2013 6:16 pm

Wow, yu learn something every day! I never thought about taking the batteries out during the winter. I also live in darkness during the winter, Oregon where mushrooms grow rampant in the winter and no sunshine, just liquid rain. Will even see where they hide those dam batteries for all my solar lights that are kicked around in the yard from the dog :D
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby AntiM » Fri Jan 11, 2013 4:50 am

Some years we pull the batteries, some years the chore gets forgotten. Some of my yard lights keep going and going... I have some crappy dollar store lights, we didn't pull them in and take out the batteries. Somehow they got enough light to be glowing under the snowfall last night. Weird and beautiful.
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby Ratty » Sat Jan 12, 2013 12:14 am

Our local KMart is in it's last gasp of closing up. Today I got flouriesent sun screen creams for a buck a piece. It's bright pink, blue and yellow zink. With a small make-up brush it will sub for make up.
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby trilobyte » Sat Jan 12, 2013 3:01 am

Check the dates, sunscreen's only good for about a year. If it's been sitting on the shelves of a failing store for a few seasons, it may not be any more effective at UV blocking than skin lotion.
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby AntiM » Sat Jan 12, 2013 5:49 am

The zinc stuff will be effective simply because it is opaque.
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby winebuff » Sat Jan 12, 2013 8:50 am

You guys are so smart! Didnt even think to check the date or time frame on the sunscreen. Mine might be from the 80's when I was a hippie chick living by the beach :D
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby Ratty » Sat Jan 12, 2013 3:02 pm

Just came from the flea. I got a box of acrylic glitter fabric paints and tubes of bright eye-popping colors for my circus tent. (Can't have too many paints).
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby winebuff » Sat Jan 12, 2013 3:45 pm

Wont the glitter blow off and cause moop?

Ratty wrote:Just came from the flea. I got a box of acrylic glitter fabric paints and tubes of bright eye-popping colors for my circus tent. (Can't have too many paints).
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby Ratty » Sat Jan 12, 2013 5:10 pm

Glitter moops. Glitter paint, (if it's the right kind on the correct surface), doesn't. Think metal-flake car paint. I don't moop.
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby Oldguy » Sat Jan 12, 2013 5:10 pm

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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby lucky420 » Sat Jan 12, 2013 5:24 pm

Good luck Oldguy. Hope you make it out to the playa
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby TT120 » Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:08 pm

Was out at the flea market today and this hat was calling to me. It was only 4 bux and I had to have it!

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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby winebuff » Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:18 pm

Love your hat! I got my shade structure figured out, got my bins marked and packed and lost one travel companion but gained one that was more appropiate.


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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby tattoogoddess » Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:12 pm

went to my moms house today to do color on her hair and looked threw the garage. got an idea of things im going to barrow. that counts right?
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby Sham » Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:21 pm

Yes, that counts---but spelling doesn't! :D
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby SquirrelHead » Mon Jan 14, 2013 1:01 pm

My vacation request has been approved! Now none of my co-workers can block my time off for that week. :D
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby MacGlenver » Wed Jan 16, 2013 7:01 am

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