By Dave ProchnowPosted 08.24.2007 at 1:23 pm 1 Comment
That seems contradictory, doesnt it? Well, the power is free, but the power pack is not. A recent price reduction at All Electronics, however, has just put the solar-powered battery pack for the Game Boy Advance within reach.
The SOLAR PAK™ (All Electronics #SPL-08) is a great solar panel platform that can power the GBA, as well as illuminate the screen with four onboard ultra-bright white LEDs. While the LED illumination is suspect (due to screen glare), the rechargeable solar-powered battery pack is a great way to hedge against battery landfill waste. Unfortunately, most SOLAR PAKs arrive with dead batteries. Fortunately, these batteries can be easily replaced. A PopSci Weekly Project hosted by Instructables can show you the step-by-step procedure.
The new, reduced price for the SOLAR PAK is $3.95. While youre shopping at All Electronics be sure to give a close look to the 400-foot spool of twisted 22-guage solid wire (#22TW-400) for $9.50 and the SEARS Craftsman Model 82061 digital multimeter featuring resistance, capacitance, and continuity signal (#DMM-61) for $10.65. Then make All Electronics one of your regular stops in search of new project materials.
Hey, kids, Mike here (one of the How 2.0 editors). I'm going to be working from PopSci's little-used Paris office for the next month—OK, it's just an apartment I got by swapping mine with a nice Dutch film editor I found on Craigslist. But I've brought along a tech arsenal to test just how connected one can stay from across the pond and will be posting occasional dispatches on how it's going, along with any cool DIY stuff I come across here (like this odd three-seater bike). Any PopSci fans in the area, shoot me an e-mail at h20 at time4 dot com. See what's in my gadget bag after the jump. —Mike Haney