Well all after mulling it over a bit I decided I'd try making up a 6v external battery setup for my trailcam to save the $10 every 2 weeks or so of C-cell batteries, because over time it adds up. I went to Academy initially so I could get the rechargeable battery and the solar panel because quite frankly around here, Gander Mtn can't even get close to competing on price. The same solar panel I paid $20 for at Academy is $9 higher at Gander, so I have decided to swear off them for a while. But I'm ranting, LOL I also made a stop by Harbor Freight, don't know if any of ya'll have one in ya'lls neck of the woods, but they sell lower name brand tools and equipment for ridiculously low prices in MOST cases. It's not really quality stuff, but it works well enough for the price you pay, you just have to pick and choose what you buy. There I picked up a cheap $5 plastic tool box and about 20 sets of alligator clips for $3. Robbed a modem power supply off my work truck and got started on my battery pack set up.... Now all that is left is the hour trip out to Rosston to get it connected and see how it works. LOL
This is a pic from the outside
And this is the simplistic inside view.....
Total assembly cost to me, $35 and 20 minutes. If it works I'll post back and let ya'll know how well or poorly. I'll also post back to let ya'll know how long it holds up. my biggest concern is how water-tight the box itself is. The lowest price for the "factory" external battery pack is $60 so I reduced my cost by almost 50%
Edited by TerryfromAR, 12 August 2012 - 09:11 AM.