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Hack your solar garden lights.

Hack your solar garden lights.
Solar garden lights.... How on earth do they manage to sell something with a solar panel, rechargeable battery, step-up converter, LED and the plastic and metal casing for a dollar/pound. You can't even buy the bare components for anywhere near that, in fact the solar panel alone would probably cost you five times the cost of the whole light! This project is about hacking your solar lights to make them different colours and potentially increasing the battery life too.Solar lights are great to hack. They're cheap enough not to worry if you mess up, and very gratifying because they are effectively free to run due to being powered by sunlight. Here's the test subject for this project. Inside is a small NiMh cell and a PCB with the LED, a small inductor, a switch and a COB (Chip On Board) which is basically a bare integrated circuit which is stuck to the board, connected and then covered with a blob of black resin. Now put in your new LED noting the polarity (long lead is positive). Related:  DIY Solar SystemsHome Magic

all_in_box Angeregt durch das Nachbauprojekt - Nepal Haus - von Jan Warsawa, welches noch bis Anfang 2016 am Paläon in Schöningen (Südniedersachsen) zu besichtigen ist, nimmt mein Projekt - All-IN-BOX -Form an. Das Nepal Haus verfügt im Nutzungsstadium über einen einfachen Lehmofen, der im besten Fall mit Holz befeuert wird, im schlechtesten Fall mit Abfällen aller Art. Eine der häufigsten Todesarten weltweit wird durch Luftverunreinigung bedingt durch Verbrennungs- sowie Rauchgase ausgelöst. Gerade in einfachen Behausungen wird noch mit offenem Feuer im Gebäude geheizt und gekocht, die Öfen entsprechen längst nicht Abgasnormen wie sie hier bei uns in Deutschland gelten, der Brennstoff ist oft von zweifelhafter Qualität. Auch wenn der Luftkollektor nicht als 100 % Ersatz einer herkömmlichen Heizung angesehen werden kann, trägt er aber maßgeblich zur Energieeinsparung bei. Bei alle diesen Projekten stellte sich die Materialbeschaffung immer wieder als Engpass heraus.

18 remarkable tricks to make your food last longer Saving money on your food shop doesn't stop at the supermarket. Allow your hard earned pennies to go even further by reading up on these simple yet effective tips that'll extend the life of your grub for longer. That way, your keeping money in your pocket AND saving trips to the supermarket. What's not to love? Sign up to for free brownies, popcorn and flapjacks - and that's just the start... 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Once something goes rotten in your fridge or cupboard, bin it. 8. 9. 10. Swirl berries in a mixture of one part vinegar to 10 parts water. 11. 12. Take advantage of reductions at the supermarket by sticking them in the freezer. 13. 14.Reduce unpopped kernels by cooking popcorn in a bowl topped with a plate. 15. 16. 17. 18. Best before dates are about quality, not safety.

LICENSE PLATES OF THE WORLD Europlate# 701 If you do not see this page with frames click here trubadu Lines on Your Palm Can Reveal Romance or Heartbreak Continuing our occasional series on the meanings of the lines of your palm, this issue looks at just how much the heart and relationship lines on the palm really reveal about the quality of our love lives. The heart line runs horizontally across the upper palm, surrounding the mounts of Mercury, Apollo, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. This line indicates the strength of emotions, quality of relationships, timing of important relationships such as marriages and love affairs and whether these relationships bring happiness or heartache. Ideally, the heart line should be clear and without breaks This kind of lines suggests someone who will be the dominant partner in a relationship. Little lines that branch out above the heart line going upwards indicate strong and happy relationships, while lines that branch out below the heart line are said to be less fortunate. The relationship lines by the side of the palm indicate serious relationships and some read these as marriage lines.

Giant asteroid will zoom past Earth, averting apocalypse By Lisa M. Krieger Posted: 02/07/2013 04:05:02 PM PST0 Comments|Updated: about a year ago An asteroid the size of a 15-story building will zoom past the Earth next week, the closest such flyby in a century and a reminder of the persistent risk of collision. In a different orbit from outer space, the spinning rock, dubbed DA14, could have struck the Earth with a force equivalent to more than 2 million tons of TNT. But instead, it will continue on eight times as fast as a speeding bullet back into deep space, averting calamity and thrilling scientists. "It is a record-close approach for an asteroid of this size," said Donald Yeomans, manager of the Near-Earth Objects Office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, in a Thursday morning news conference. This image provided by NASA/JPL-Caltech shows a simulation of asteroid 2012 DA14 approaching from the south as it passes through the Earth-moon system Feb. 15, 2013.

SunnyDay Challenge | open-source solar challenge Clever Corner DIY Solutions Posted by on tisdag, augusti 28, 2012 · Leave a Comment Let creativity sprawl into each and every corner of your home – literally! Narrow corners are surprisingly often overseen and deemed ”impossible” to make something out of…Challenged by this ‘fact’ (further enforced by the lack of pre-made corner solutions from furniture retailers) I thought I’d gather a bunch of corner D.I.Y ideas proving the ‘corners are impossible’ notion wrong… DIY from ‘Craftaholics Anonymous’ – TUTORIAL HERE D.I.Y from DesignSponge – TUTORIAL HERE Pics via here & here Pics via here & here Pics from StellaBleuDesigns Corner table/shelf DIY Ideas, clockwise from top left: Stacked table DIY idea spotted here, red table spotted here, green DIY corner table from Martha Stewart & lastly naturally clever design from PelleDesigns, spotted here With those ideas in mind, I hope you feel inspired to inject some love and functionality into a forgotten corner or nook around your house.

Asteroid 2012 DA14 – Earth Flyby Reality Check Update Feb. 15, 2013 NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office can accurately predict the path of the small near-Earth asteroid 2012 DA14. There is no chance that the asteroid might be on a collision course with Earth. This small near-Earth asteroid is passing very close to Earth on February 15, so close that it will pass inside the ring of geosynchronous weather and communications satellites. The flyby will provide a unique opportunity for researchers to study a near-Earth object up close. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS VIDEOS TRAJECTORY DIAGRAMS Graphic depicts the trajectory of asteroid 2012 DA14 on Feb 15, 2013. Graphic depicts the trajectory of asteroid 2012 DA14 during its close approach, as seen edge-on to Earth's equatorial plane.

Small Scale Power Solutions - All Cómo proporcionar energía a las poblaciones remotas utilizando sistemas de micro-grid. Haga energética: A Innovation Challenge México-Estados Unidos English Translation: Free PDF: Guía para fuera de la red sistemas de energía pequeñas PROBLEMA: Potencia de red no está disponible y es económicamente inviable a zonas remotas En México y otros países (incluso partes de los EE.UU.) recibiendo energía de la red a zonas remotas no es posible debido al terreno y los gastos y es económicamente inviable para las empresas que inviertan en infraestructura para una pequeña población de personas. SOLUCIÓN: Pequeña Escala Independientes microrredes Un micro-rejilla pequeña escala es generalmente un sistema de energía solar que consiste en una serie de paneles solares y el controlador con varias baterías de ciclo profundo de la capacidad de almacenamiento y un inversor para convertir DC a la red eléctrica. Acerca Homesteading Solar Simple:

Useful Life Hacks Microsoft Surface Pro Review: The Weirdest Mainstream Laptop You Can Buy The Microsoft Surface Pro is easily the most interesting laptop to cross my desk in the past few years. Not the best, but certainly the ballsiest and most unusual. And it is a laptop; this isn't a tablet, like its confusing sibling, the Surface RT, which looks nearly identical and was released late last year for half the price of this one. Instead it's an experimental ultraportable, like Lenovo's Yoga 13 (our favorite early Windows 8 laptop), which innovates with form and aesthetics while remaining, distinctly, a laptop. What's Good The size, shape, and build quality are all great. The screen is fantastic--not quite as sharp as a retina display on a MacBook Pro, but remember that this machine starts at $900, and the cheapest retina MacBook starts at $1,700. It has minimal ports, but I didn't find that a problem--if you're buying what's probably the smallest and most portable full-figured computer out there, you can't expect it to have six USB ports and five ways to output video.

Automated Solar Hot Water Power Shower using Black Plastic Pipes The main secret behind this design is the use of waste water pipes and fittings to get the pipes to run downwards at 2 degrees to the horizontal into a central spine. The whole system needs to be self draining so that every last drop of warm water comes down into the pump at a good rate of flow so that the pump is adequately supplied. It might be tempting to use pipe of a smaller diameter to catch more heat from the sun, but this might cause the pump inlet to be restricted and the pump output pressure to be significantly reduced and it would not then be a proper 'power' shower. Self draining is critical as we don't want to introduce cold water into the system until the person has finished showering - there's nothing worse than a nice warm shower suddenly going cold! The black plastic pipes are 'open vented' with three 2" vents equally spaced across the top of the pipes and covered with fine mesh to stop leaves from getting in.

12 Awesome Home Organization Ideas People usually say that “there’s no place like home”. Well, we’d rather say that there’s no better place to live than a clean and organized house. Yeah, we know: it seems like we’re making chit chat and talking about something that everyone already knows. The thing is that we know great home organization secrets and applying them to your house can spare you a lot of time, time you can spend relaxing. 1. Have you ever thought about this option? 2. This one is a ‘do it yourself’ kind of tip. 3. Another tip that’s so easy to do and apply to any home. 4. Another great idea! 5. Do you hate to see your office supplies and generic “junk” lying around? 6. Usually, garages are filled with clutter and things we don’t use, so every little inch of the floor is occupied. 7. Cool idea… Imagine that, for some reason, you have extra shower curtain rings lying around. 8. The pegboard is a classic. 9. 10. Empty paint cans are great for organizing purposes. 11. 12.