A couple of days ago I was all excited to test a new solar battery charger we had purchased. Per instructions I loaded it with four rechargeable batteries I had in the battery drawer.
I left the solar charger in the window sill under direct sunlight for about five hours. Then I plugged in a drained iPod to see if it would charge it. Well… nothing happened. Perhaps I didn’t leave the charger under direct sun long enough. I move it to another sunny window left it out for another three hours. Again, nothing happened. Read the instructions further and found I followed them properly. So I replaced the rechargeable solar batteries with regular Duracels and sure enough, the iPod started charging. The solar batteries weren’t charging, but the charger was working fine. So I looked for the battery package and checked if it had a date. The date on the package said 12/1/2006! Arggghhh – five year old solar batteries! Of course they didn’t work, they were beyond expired.
The moral of the story is, check those expiration dates! I went and picked up some fresh rechargeable batteries. I will repeat the test on the new solar battery charger and will post the real review soon after.