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Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 09-01-2019 at 04:07:52 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I bought some little "solar powered" screw-on outdoor walkway lights for my porch and walkway. So, tell me why, if it is supposed to be solar powered, must it include an AA 1.5V battery as well? Kinda like how the so-called electric cars require/need carbon-made batteries to operate. SEE the LINK to the Mercedes AA Class battery powered car,,,

    Tim Daley(MI)

    K.LaRue-VA    Posted 09-16-2019 at 12:36:20 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Because the marketing guys wanted a shorter name than "Battery Powered Solar Charging Lights".

    John in Mich    Posted 09-01-2019 at 12:12:28 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Hey Tim,
    I have 4 solar powered lights on my deck for the steps. They are caps for the railing posts. As said below, they have rechargable AA batteries inside that charge during the day. These usually last all night. As they are Cheena made, I do on ocassion have to take them apart and clean the contacts. It would be a PITA if I had to climb a ladder to do that.

    Walt/Tx    Posted 09-01-2019 at 10:40:49 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Hilarious video Tim.
    Walt

    Island Mike    Posted 09-01-2019 at 10:06:18 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • On my boat which has 2 six volt batteries making 12 volts, and one 12 volt battery for starting the engine. I could charge these batteries using the alternator on the engine. 40 amps at easy revs. But the engine needs to be running.

    Or I could charge them with a wind turbine, or a towed alternator in the water. I do not have either. I use solar panels that have the ability to produce about 18 amps, but because of the angle of the dangle I usually get 11 to 12, but mostly 9.
    9 amps over 8 hours is 72 amps and enough to keep the batteries charged.

    Short version. The solar panels need to send the amps to a battery, thru a rectifier.

    Some devices will have a minimum volt requirement, often about 11.5 volts. Then they shut off, or trigger an alarm. In the case of a light, go out.

    Island Mike

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 09-01-2019 at 06:49:37 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Tim, does the sun shine at night in your part of the country?

    That "battery" is a rechargeable cell. Solar charges it during the day, It relays the power to the light at night.

    Jack

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 09-01-2019 at 17:10:30 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • It's a misnomer in my opinion... I know how it works, an oxymoron, like government intelligence or jumbo shrimp

    Tim Daley(MI)

    BlasterStumps    Posted 09-03-2019 at 19:11:46 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • It's funny how we think alike Tim. You are definitely a man after my own heart.
    Mike

    John in Mich    Posted 09-02-2019 at 19:22:56 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • You want that as #2 shrimp or #14?

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