If daylight is fading fast at your campsite, you can create a dependable light source by making your own solar-powered camping lights. Solar rechargeable LED lighting can supply your campsite with long-lasting light that can be easily set up and easily packed away when the trip is over. PVC pipe provides the base for this lantern, and carabiner clips will allow for easy attachment and breakdown of the lantern at the end of your trip.
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Things you need
- Two Tricord Solar powered camping lanterns 4-by-4-by-6 inches
- Two 4-inch carabiner clips
- 6 feet of 3/4-inch black PVC pipe
- 3 feet of 1-inch PVC pipe
- Power drill with 3/8-inch bit
- Felt marker
- 1/4-inch nylon rope, 12-inches long
Place the protractor against the side of the 1-inch PVC pipe and use the marker to draw a line across the pipe at an angle of 30 degrees.
Cut along that line with the saw to make a pointed end on the pipe and sand the edge smooth with sandpaper. This piece of pipe is the base that can be driven into the soil to hold the lantern post.
Mark a spot at one end of the 3/4-inch pipe, 1/2 inch from the end of the PVC pipe.
Drill a hole through the 3/4-inch PVC at the marked spot.
Insert the nylon rope through the hole in the 3/4-inch PVC pipe and pull it through until there is an equal amount of rope hanging down on both sides.
Make a loop in one end of the rope and pull the rope back through to make a slip knot. Make a slip knot on the other end of the rope.
Attach a carabiner clip to each end of the rope through the slip knot loops and pull the knots tight. The clips will allow you to hang the lanterns and be able to remove them for packing when you are finished camping.
Drive the sharpened end of the 1-inch PVC pipe into the soil to support the lamp post and insert the 3/4-inch PVC lantern post into it.
Attach the solar lantern handles to the carabiner clips and position the lanterns so that the sunlight strikes the solar panels on top of the lanterns. The solar panels will keep the batteries in the lanterns charged to give you bright light at your camp site.
Tips and warnings
- A quick way to provide more light for your camp is to put LED tea lights inside small glass jars.
- Always wear safety glasses when using power tools.
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