SolLight solar-powered LEDs, the long test

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

10 Responses

  1. Richard C says:

    Below is a link to a light I thought you might find interesting. Although not solar powered, it is well constructed and the design concept is terrific. I’m going to try one as a light for my dinghy and mount if on top of the outboard.
    Also, I want to wish you and your family a very happy holiday. Without Panbo I wouldn’t know what to ask for at Christmas and would end up with coal in my stocking, (again).
    Rich Cassano

  2. Tom McD says:

    Seems like the hatch manufacturers and boat builders would take these ideas and build them in as features that would be integral to their designs.

  3. Capn. Chuck says:

    Ben, For a few years now we have been using the solar lights from Lowes as supplemental lights while anchored along some of the busier waterways. We find that they will burn almost all night depending on the length of darkness in the winter months. They are by no means as bright as our anchor light but bright enough to attract attention at a good level on the water. We added these as a safety measure while anchoring along the Gulf ICWW several years ago. There are lots of commercial tows that travel all night. The lights have lasted us a few years now without loss of any LEDs, and at the cost we can replace them every few years if necessary. Our anchor light is an LED called the “Owl” which has a photo cell that turns it on at dusk and off at dawn. It is very bright, draws almost no power and the photo cell keeps us from forgetting to turn it on. Hope you and all of your readers have a great Holiday Season. Chuck

  4. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Thanks, Chuck. The Owl is from Bebi Electronics, in Fiji yet:

  5. walter sidor says:

    ben – did you mean the SoliCharger-SP actually charged your htc incredible?

  6. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Yes it did, Walter.

  7. walter sidor says:

    thanks and have a very merry christmas. ws

  8. Microship says:

    How does the new rail light version hold up in actual use? I bought a pair of the originals and they corroded badly within a year… the clamping screw, the hardware, and the switch. The plastic housing was cracked on one of them, out of the box. They were convenient during that first year, but on my list for this year’s adventure is finding a product that will last in the marine environment.

  9. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Steve, the point I was trying to make is that both those RailLights have been in constant use aboard Gizmo for two long seasons and are still going strong. They show no signs of corrosion, the switches still work fine, and the batteries are still good enough to get through the longest night of the year.
    The mini version did get some water inside the lens, as visible in the photo, but so far it hasn’t affected performance. Both lights have always been installed on upper deck rails or on the boom, so they’ve rarely or never seen salt water…but plenty of the other kind.

  10. Microship says:

    Interesting – must have been some improvements since mine (4 years ago), which is a good thing. Thanks for the data point!

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