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Old 01-07-2011, 11:43 AM
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Location: South Western Michigan
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Lightbulb Solar powered landscape lights - old scanner batteries

I have some solar powered landscape lights around my yard. They come with some pretty lousy AA nicads installed. When the AA rechargeables I use in my handheld scanners start to get weak I put them in the yardlights. If I have plenty I tape two batteries side by side with the polarities reversed and use a piece of foil to put them in series.

Works great!
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Old 02-08-2011, 5:27 AM
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Pretty handy! Just don't do what I did and forget to take the batteries out when it got dark. All my nicely charged AA's started to discharge into the yardlight led's.
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Old 03-01-2011, 7:51 PM
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Oops. i could have been more clear. When i said "start to get weak" I meant wouldn't hold a charge long enough for me to listen to the radio for many hours. The batteries were still better than what was in the solar lights and I replaced the POS 300 mah batteries in the light with old 2500 mah batteries that had been in the scanner.
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