Last Sunday, my dinner guests brought me: firewood, homemade goat cheese, kombucha and the most amazing little gadget. I may need to have people over for dinner more often...
I am absolutely smitten with this little gadget
Not only is it ingenious, but it is so useful! I immediately went out and got a second one - and my other dinner guest ordered two as well!
The packaging is refreshingly simple and completely recyclable.
You inflate it by blowing into the valve at the bottom/top, and charge up the solar cell on the top (actually bottom). Then, when you need it, you turn it on by pressing a little button on the top/bottom, flip it over and Bob's yer uncle! My friend has worked out a solution on the one sticking point - the 'on' button is flush with the surface and - in a power outage where, not surprisingly, it is dark, it's difficult to find the button. She put a tiny piece of cellophane tape on it. Brilliant! Of course, I want to be able to have the light both shine up and down, depending on my mood. And the level of calm I have reached using wine for medicinal purposes...so I am still trying to find a way of getting the valve to push up into the cylinder so it will sit flat.
|Valve thingy to the left. Little lights on top/bottom.|
In techspeak, of course.
I got to use it the next day when, inexplicably, the power went out. Thank goodness it was only for a short time. I have yet to put it to the test of a sizable outage. However, they remind me of little fairy lights and I might use them out on the deck this summer. When I'm in a fairy-like mood.