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The new Nitecore headlamps are in

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One of the biggest issues I have had with headlamps is the pathetic light output and quick battery discharge even with my expensive plastic name brand light I used to use. I tested out the new Nitecore HC90 doing some night hiking and was amazed how bright and wide the beam was. This is a headlamp that actually allows me to safely hike or just navigate after dark which comes too soon this time of year. I have two active dogs many of you who attend the Overland Expo’s have met. Out at the ranch we have coyote packs, mountain...

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Red LED light?

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The new red led bulbs are in. No, they are not just a novelty but have great uses and benefits over white light. I use the red bulbs overhead in my cab, the red light does not kill your eyes at night and there is almost no transition from looking at something inside then back out.Everyone has turned on a light in the dark after being accustomed to the dark, how long does it take your eyes to get back to decent vision on the road when the lights back off? From driving a dark trail, flying in a small...

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The role of silicon and how power is generated in a solar cell

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Silicon has four electrons in its outer shell. However, it has the capacity to hold eight. By sharing these four electrons with other silicon atoms and their four shell electrons, the capacity of eight is filled. When they combine with each other in this way, silicon atoms develop a strong, stable bond. This structure is known as pure, crystalline silicon. Pure silicon is a poor conductor of electricity, as there are no electrons free to move about. In other words, the silicon is better off with impurities. To create these impurities, silicon is combined with something else.When silicon combines with...

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Solar 101 (kind of)

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This is a short article I did for The upcoming issue of Outdoorx4 Magazine    Occasionally I get asked to do a “Solar 101” talk, starting from how a solar cell actually works through the end result of a charged battery. My experience, however, is watching eyes glaze over when I start talking photons of light and electrons. While thinking about these details makes me feel all warm and fuzzy let’s talk about how adding solar to your rig can keep you out on the adventure far away from a plug or a generator. I have blogs on my site...

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A simple off grid power supply how to

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Easy do it yourself power backup!There are plenty of “kits” out there that include a solar generator and battery with USB and regular plugs. Unfortunately they are all very expensive and only provide limited power. Save yourself a lot of money and make a real backup system for your home or vehicle in case of power outage or natural disasters by doing this yourself very simply without the two grand or more for these store bought systems.There are three components for the system. • A solar panel with a charge controller to limit voltage when the battery is fully charged....

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