MYOG: Solar camp lantern
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Backpack Jack
(jumpbackjack) - F - M

Locale: Armpit of California
MYOG: Solar camp lantern on 04/24/2011 10:05:19 MDT Print View

Here's one for you guy's and gal's to try out. I can't take the credit for this, I just modified it to meet my needs, the original idea came from

http://afmservices.webhost4life.com/trailgear/ShowVideo.asp?Title=J. Falk's Solar Lighting&Video=http://www.youtube.com/v/WgY9zcgLk8k&hl=en&fs=1

This web site has a lot of good ideas, not all are light weight, but still good info.
I like the idea that it is cheap, easy to obtain, and pretty light weight. Total cost was around $3.50 Total weigth on my scale is 2.8 oz.

This is in lantern mode for outside on top of a table.

solar light

Here it is in tent mode, turn it upside down so the light is reflected down, I still have to make some way to hang it from my tent. I use the cup to defuse the light, it works really well

solar light

Here's all the components.

solar light

This is just a solar powered landscape light that I took off the globe and stem. This will burn for 8 hrs on a full charge, put it on top of your pack while you hike, and when you reach camp it should be ready to go, take the cup off first, and you must have sun for it to charge. If you don't want any more light, simply put a piece of paper between the positive contact on the battery, and the lamp. This light puts out 1.5 lumens if I remember, doesn't sound that bright, but it will light up the inside of your tent fairly well. Thanks, and enjoy making one yourself.

Edited by jumpbackjack on 04/24/2011 10:13:20 MDT.

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: MYOG: Solar camp lantern on 04/24/2011 11:26:51 MDT Print View

nice!