Visiting my local Wal-Mart to check on the ammo selection I found a display of solar landscaping lights on clearance for .72 cents each. These are the very cheap models usually selling for $1.00. I bought 10 of them.
I believe these small 1 lumen solar lights could be useful in a power outage. I am going to make a small wooden stand with holes in it to store the lights. This stand would allow the lights to be carried all at once outside to be charged during the day. At night they can be brought in to provide a soft source of illumination.
The top black part of the light which houses the solar panel, LED, and AA-battery is removable. By taking it off and laying it on a flat surface solar-panel side down, the LED will act like a small tealight candle. Having a few of these scattered around my downstairs would provide enough light to walk around with.
At .72 cents a piece these are a bargain. I really should have bought more and if there are still some available my next trip I will.
A secondary but still valuable use for these are to remove the included AA battery and replace it with a higher-capacity rechargeable AA battery. It may take a few days to charge it – but for .72 cents you can get the sun to do some work for you.
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