Secure Home Motion Activated Solar Light (SH-7103-WH)

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Recently there were a few break-ins in our neighborhood so I decided to add some additional security measures to our shed. The contents of the shed certainly wouldn’t be a goldmine for anyone but there are a few tools that would be inconvenient to replace. The area wasn’t well lit so I decided to add a motion-activated security light. Just as with the car port, I added a solar powered light. However, this one is more powerful and appears to work much better than the other light.

I bought a Secure Home Motion Activated Solar Light (SH-7103-WH). The cost came in at about $150 dollars but upon opening the box the difference is immediately noticeable. Instead of using rechargeable AA batteries this one uses a single, large 6V sealed battery. Once mounted and working it was also apparent that the lights were much brighter than the one in my carport.

I’ve had the light in place for about a week and a half and so far it’s worked without any problems or noticeable dimming.

The first night I set it up I did have a problem with the light turning on and off again repeatedly. The motion sensor was somehow being re-triggered. Overall, I suspect the problem was related to a significant swing in the outdoor temperature from the time I first turned it on until later at night. I turned the light off, waited a couple of minutes, and then turned it back on. Since then I haven’t noticed a problem.

Updated 01/24/2013: So far the light works just as well as it did when I installed it despite the shorter days.

Updated 05/22/2013: It’s still working great.

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Scosche SolBAT II Solar Powered Backup Battery and Charger

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Another item I received from my wishlist for Christmas was a Scosche SolBAT II Solar Powered Backup Battery and Charger. The device recharges slowly via solar power or can be rapidly recharged via USB. It functions great as a backup battery for USB powered devices.

Not long after I received it I had a chance to test it out by recharging my iPhone on a camping trip where outlets were rare. It managed to recharge the phone (down to at least 75%) up to 97%. The manual states that recharging the battery from a complete discharge via solar power requires 4-5 days, but according to the LED indicators it managed to recharge somewhere between 50%-75% in one day.

It’s not capable of keeping my phone fully charged over several days but it is well suited to adding some power in situations (or emergencies) where I don’t have access to an outlet.

Updated 06/22/2011: I haven’t used the charger much since my last trip. Since then it’s been sitting in a window. About a week ago I decided to charge my iPhone to run the solar battery through a cycle. It helped top off the phone but it didn’t recharge as much as when I first used it. After letting it recharge for more than a day it showed it was about 3/4 charged, though it wasn’t in direct sunlight. Regardless, it still seems to be a good charger. I saw one on clearance somewhere for about $12 and should have bought it. The next time I see one on sale I’ll purchase one or two more.