lamps that you just stick in the ground. I couldn't find anything online so I took it upon
myself to figure it out. It was pretty straight forward but I thought I'd post my findings anyway
$4 Outdoor Solar Lamp will yield:
~3V solar cell
~AA rechargeable battery
~circuit and some resistors
~metal sleeve and stake if you need it for something.
Step 1: Tools
some unfathomable reason I have not brought myself to purchase a dremel tool, if only
because a friend's is always available. I did have some wire clippers on hand which was
messy and time consuming but got the job done.
~Phillips screw driver
~Flat head screw driver or something with a thin metal edge.
Step 2: Disassembly
3 screws on the underside. Remove the rechargeable AA battery and the metal decorative sleeve over the plastic casing. Pry a flat head screwdriver or blade under the lip of the case and pry it up. It should slide off with minimal effort.
The battery is a AA rechargeable 1.2V @ 350mAh Ni-Cd battery. With charge and quick charge voltages and amp info. Quite nice actually.
Step 3: Getting to the Solar Cell
Step 4: Removal and Testing
I should add that before I attempted to remove it I tested it with my multimeter to ensure that it provided the suspected 3V that I needed for my BEAM projects I wanted to work on. Sure enough under direct florescent light, it gave slightly more then 3V in the picture below I have captured it close to that rating as documented proof.