Can I use cat5 wire to extend the length of solar cells/battery packs for my deck lights?

I have four sets of solar deck lights on back porch but can't get good sun. The solar cell/ battery pack has 3 rechargeable 1.5 AA batteries and I'm pretty sure it connects to the light string with 24 or 22 gauge braided wire. Can I use cat5 22 gauge solid copper to extend the panels about 75 feet for full sun? I have tons of cat5 and cat3 wire available as well as gel insulated 3m scotchlocks to splice the wires. And if possible, can I run all four cells off 1 cat5 run (noting the cat5 has 4 pair wiring, a pair for each light string).

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iceng5 years ago
Yes they are small copper wires you should parallel 4x4 for long runs.

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At 75 feet, won't they lose some of the charge over that distance? (Just wondering)...
No very little, but it is always a good habit to use as big a wire as available.

Long Wire loss is a function of current running and wire resistance.
The loss is in the form of heat in a DC application..

Charging AA cells falls under the jurisdiction of Flea Power from a solar cell.

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Thanks. That's good to know. I have some solar lights also, and had thought "it would be nice to move the solar panels but leave the lights where they are"... now I know I can! ;-)

And here I thought Flea Power was the guitarist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. ;-)
Shouldn't be a problem.