This is a very simple instructable. Really, it's more of an informable than instructable since it's pretty self-explanatory. I know there have been many other solar battery chargers, but this one was already made and sitting under my nose.
I posted this instructable the day I made it, so the jury is still out on how well it will actually work. I'm hoping for at least "kinda works, eventually."
Get cheap solar light.
Remove LED light from circuit (cutting it works fine).
Use existing rechargeable battery in system, or modify AA battery holder to hold AAA battery.
Hungry for more details? Read on...
Step 1: The Backstory
A few months went by and I bought some cheap mp3 players for myself and the kids (also at Ollie's). Under $10 each, so no bells or whistle and they work fine. However, they run on AAA batteries. Regular AAA . Batteries get expensive fast, so I figured a rechargeable battery would be the way to go. Even better would be a solar powered recharger. Off to the garage to find the materials.
Yeah, I'm a cheapskate. In fact, I'm so cheap I didn't even put a picture on this step!
Step 2: Materials Needed
Solar powered light
Rechargeable batteries (if the battery in it doesn't fit your device.)
Small tools - screw driver, snips, etc (not pictured)
Step 3: Do It to It
To make the AAA battery fit the AA holder, I added a small nut to the positive end of the holder to increase the spring pressure. It's going to fall out every time I use it, but I can live with that.
Step 4: Finished Product
*Based on my experience with the zombie radio, some electronic equipment is unstoppable. This radio has been outside through 2 winters, through rain, snow and everything else and still works!