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Friday, March 3, 2017

Handy Little Gadgets

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.



8 comments:

Michelle said...

Cool!

Rain said...

Look at that! I've never seen something like that before, that is very handy! We need to move more towards solar powered everything don't we? We get a lot of power outages here too and we still use candles for lighting, but that is something neat. I think they'd be nice on the deck too, I'm usually in a fairy-like mood :)

Mama Pea said...

Feel free to call me a dummy . . . but I don't get it. I'm sure your explanation was spot on, and it's just me. I will go research it and see if the light will dawn on me. (Pun intended.)

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Very cool!

Jenn said...

I like it!!

Susan said...

Where did your friend get it, looks like alien technology to me. I hope they don't come and ask for it back.

Kristina said...

I've seen those lights. I just haven't bought one. How neat that is.

Kristina said...

Susan, every time I add your blog to my reading list, blogger removes it. I can't figure it out.