I would like the garden to be as independent of the electric grid as possible, so I’ve been investigating and investing in among other things solar energy. I have bought a solar panel and a 12 volt battery etc, but I’ve never found the ilk to wire it all together and get it working.

While browsing REI in Seattle i found this:

The good thing about this setup is the portability and connectability. The instructions are easy to follow and the cords are color coded. Plug and play! And I can carry it around to where I’m working for the day if need be.

Here I’m testing it in my brothers Seattle garden. It works by charging the battery pack of the same brand. And it works for charging my Iphone, either directly or by way of the battery pack.

Now I’m looking for other 12 volt devices to hook up to it. It will of course become a regular feature in my garden in Sweden at least during the warm sunny period.

Other than that, I’m enjoying the Seattle sunshine and the spring flowering that is fantastic this year (last year it rained all 10 days straight) and taking a lot of pictures for blogging later when I get time.