I understand the logic of a solar-powered outdoor light
: it is outside in the sunshine all day, so it can charge up for use at night. I have two, and one works tolerably well at home. On the road camping, it would be useless on travel days (unless mounted cleverly - see the other topic on this).
A solar flashlight
, on the other hand, makes no sense to me: why would my flashlight sit out in the sun all day?
I use LED flashlights with AA batteries, power them with rechargeable NiMH batteries, and recharge the batteries from the car or home AC power (the trailer power would work, too). A flashlight with the charger built-in, which is stored plugged into an AC outlet or DC lighter socket (to suit individual needs) seems like a much more workable idea than putting a solar
cell on a flashlight.
I know someone who has found one of the hand-cranked
flashlights quite workable. They have a battery
in them, so you crank them up them use them for a while - they don't need to be cranked continuously. This, too, seems like a more workable setup than solar
, and doesn't depend on an electrical
power source for recharging.