Re: Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Scout Camping (LONG)
Steven G. Tyler (sgtyler@EROLS.COM)
Wed, 11 Feb 1998 09:02:36 -0500
Rodger Morris wrote, in part:
> I find that at the end of the week, about Friday morning, the battery
> seems to go flat at about 5 a.m. Thus, I have decided to get another
> battery and go to a three day rotation, with two days charging and one
> night running.
Rodger, you may want to investigate the relatively inexpensive solar
chargers now available. The very cheap ones (less than $100) are
designed to trickle charge an automotive or marine battery, and the more
expensive ones (several hundred dollars) can actually fully recharge a
battery, in time.
Besides the cost, the obvious downside is that such a charger will not
work at night (Duh!) or in deep shade (at least at full efficiency), and
will, I suspect, only delay the discharge of your batteries. However, if
you're facing a marginal power shortfall, adding such a charger may make
it possible to do without the extra battery (and weight!).
Steve on Cattail Creek
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City