Coolest thing of the year: having lights, charging cell phones and laptops, and running radios just because the sun is shining!

45 watts of solar goodness…

(Left) Charge controller and 2-twelve volt batteries in an old Coleman cooler

The solar panels came in a kit: 3-15 watt panels, their frames, 2-LED lights, a charge controller, and 2 battery cables.

We bought it at Harbor Freight. With a coupon it was $195…the batteries were bought at Battery Joes (they are awesome-give them your business)…each was $85. Then long battery cables and other hardware was about $40. All told-call it $500 for a set up.

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