Solar Powered Camping Accessories

Below is a list of my favorite solar  powered camping accessories:

Eton Rukus Wireless Speaker

Do you enjoy listening to music while you camp? This solar Bluetooth speaker provides up to 8 hours of quality audio on a single charge. If you don’t have a wireless device to connect to these speakers, don’t worry. You can connect this speaker to any device that uses a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Your music can continue to flow as long as you have your unit in the sun. A full charge takes around 5 hours, but you continuously top up your charge with sunlight. And, if it’s cloudy outside, you can always charge your speaker via micro USB.

This speaker measures 45 x 149 x 165 mm and weighs 540 grams.

You can purchase this speaker at Multiple Powered Products for $159.

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Kogan Solar Phone Charger

Solar USB power banks are a handy item to have on your camping trip. Unfortunately, the solar panel that comes with most units are fairly small and take a long time to get a full charge.

If you need to have your phone or tablet powered up during your camping trip, the Kogan Solar Phone Charger is your best option.

The Kogan has a foldable solar panel array, which allows the charger to have a 7W output, which equates to 1.2A, which is about the same level as a typical wall charger.

You can use the phone charger to get power for your portable devices, and it can also charge your USB power bank.

The unit folds to a convenient 180mm x 100mm x 30mm.

You can purchase this charger directly from Kogan for $45.

Solar Powered Fridge

A portable fridge can be one of the biggest power hogs while camping. However, it’s worth it, if only because it lets you enjoy a cold beer (and of course it can keep your food cold too). The problem is where to get all the power needed to run your fridge.

Solar and Aussie Batteries have created a range of kits that will provide the energy needed to power your energy efficient fridge, with the use of solar power alone.

These kits don’t just allow you to run your fridge when the sun’s out. By using batteries as backup, you can power the fridge at night and on cloudy days.

These kits contain everything you need to get started, including the fridge, solar panel, and battery.

You can get solar panels from massivesolar.com.au and they can power your fridge and other home accessories.

You can expect to pay $1459 for a 45L solar fridge kit. There are units as large as 110L available. You can purchase the fridge kit at Aussie Batteries.

Solar Oven

When camping, it’s not practical to take along an oven. While there are several types of gas powered or campfire powered ovens available, most are not as efficient as an oven powered by the sun. That is unless the day is cloudy.

The Sun Oven can reach a temperature of 150 degrees C in about 20 minutes. It can heat up to approximately 180 degrees C.

This portable unit weighs just 9.5 KC. It’s build to stand up to normal camping wear and tear and will last for up to 20 years.

The Solar Oven can be set up anywhere from the campground to your backyard. It can be used to cook for a special meal when camping or used to cook your everyday meals.

The Solar Oven costs $550, but that includes delivery to anywhere in Australia.

Jaycar Solar Torch and Radio

You must carry a torch when camping. However, a torch is of no use if it runs out of power. The same goes for a radio.

Jaycar has combined these two essential camping items into the LED Torch/Radio that is powered via solar energy. You can also use this torch to charge your phone via USB.

Just in case your days are cloudy, this device can also be charged using a hand crank dynamo. This means you don’t have to worry about running out of juice.

You can purchase this radio/torch directly from Jaycar for $39.95.

Lumos Solar Backpack

Solar power is a great way to keep your gadgets charged. However, solar is not always practical when you’re on the go or hiking.

Even a small solar panel can be bulky. Also, you won’t always have time to stop, set up your panels and allow your gadgets to charge.

The Lumos Solar Backpack contains a 3-watt solar panel. No matter where you are, if you have this backpack, you can charge your devices.

The bad has a built in battery which can store the energy and change your USB devices.

The bag is water resistant, so you don’t have to worry about rainy days.

My Asbestos Garage Nightmare (Part 2)

A few months ago I posted about my asbestos garage problems. I was procrastinating for a while and maybe this is a lesson that I needed to learn…

Since then a lot has happened.

In fact bad stuff, very bad.

My nephew borrowed my Black Pontiac to drive down the coast a few weekends ago.

Anyways, long story short, when he brought it back in he crashed into the old asbestos garage!!!!

I’m not sure what I was more worried about, the asbestos fibres flying everywhere or more poor baby, who coped a bit of a beating form the garage that shielded it for so many years.

So I’ve arrange for the asbestos removal company to come out next week and get rid of it for me once and for all.

Hey guys, just a quick update on this post – I did get the guys from Clear Asbestos Sydney to get rid of my garage. I told them about the website and they told me if any of you other car lovers out there need asbestos removal Sydney (for your old garage) to give them a call and they will sort you out with a mean discount bros. Call them on 02 8806 3701 or visit the website on think above for more information.

My Old Asbestos Garage

I have lived in my current house in Fairfield West for 20 years. When I bought it I was not aware, the handy little garage out the back that I planned to house many a classic car (and I did) was riddled with asbestos, as many houses and garages in the area were in those days.

The main danger of asbestos is a type of cancer called mesothelioma that is almost always eventually fatal. A lot of people never even show symptoms for decades, but 30 years after they are exposed to asbestos, they may die from this dreaded disease. I certainly didn’t want that to be me.

You cannot get sick just by being in the same room or looking at this material. However, fibers tend to come lose and they can get inhaled without even realising it.

So anyway, I had the garage inspected when I moved in, there was some minor Asbestos disposal sydney to be taken care of and I was given the all clear to use it.

I housed many cars in that garage over the 20 years, including my valued ’67 Fastback and ’69 Pontiac.

But now has come the time to say goodbye, I am replacing it with a Colorbond structure that will hopefully still be there when I decide to kick the bucket, and long after.

asbestos riddled garage

 

I will say that I will be glad to have this old thing off my property, despite the many happy memories I had in there, it always made me a little paranoid, that I was going to break off a piece of asbestos and break in it’s toxic nectar.

Good bye old friend, good bye!

 

 

Now That’s a Ferrari

The car was more widely known as the Daytona after Enzo Ferrari’s plans to name the car after his team’s 1967 triumph became common knowledge, even though Ferrari himself had subsequently shelved those plans and reverted to the original name.

The 365 GTS/4 was a ‘Spyder’ variant of the original Ferrari Daytona, the 365GTB/4 from 1968. It was designed after the realisation that a Spyder variant could increase the appeal of the GTB/4, labelled a ‘berlinetta’, or in more common terms a saloon or coupe.

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Although the GTS/4 sported new bodywork and panelling, the specifications were the same, with both cars able to achieve speeds close to 275kmh thanks to the V-12 engine that produced 355hp and 427nM of torque. This enabling the 15 competition models of the GTS/4 that were produced to win many a race over the years.

Fewer than 125 models were built overall, making them all the more desirable, to the point where some of the more numerous GTB/4s had to be rebuilt with the new bodywork to convert them into GTS/4s.

With its combination of power, looks and later a prominent television role it has a long standing fanbase. It was the dream car of many young males of its era, although its rarity meant that only a select group of society could actually get their hands on one.

Nowadays the value of the GTS/4 has increased even more due to the lack of them. $450,000 tends to be as cheap as they can be found, while some have been sold over $1million.

Car insurance quotes for expensive classic cars such as the 365GTS/4 are usually less than the actual value of the vehicle, with many car insurance companies unwilling to take the risk of insuring them for full value.

In Miami Vice, the 1980s crime drama, the main character – undercover detective Sonny Crocket – drove the GTS/4 for the first two seasons. Although the series attached yet more prestige to the car’s name, it was a contentious issue at Ferrari as the car that was actually used was a Corvette with a Ferrari body.

Ferrari Daytona restoration specialists, McBurnie, who still operate today, were met with a lawsuit from Enzo Ferrari, who was annoyed that the show was gaining fame by using a fake Ferrari Daytona Spyder. This led to the GTS/4 being dropped, depicted in an explosion in the third series, replaced by two Testarossas donated by Ferrari himself.

Although more traditional Ferrari colours are red (thanks to the racing department) or yellow (representing their hometown of Modena), the Daytona featured in the show was initially black, although the Testarossa was changed to white on Ferrari’s request.