Make a lantern that runs on EGO batteries?

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A lantern that used EGO batteries would be nice for power outages, camping, and to use around the house. Just put in the charged battery and you are ready to go.
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This should be part of the "power center".  A lantern could light for days with an EGO battery, maybe weeks if done correctly.

Keep hounding about this idea, it's great.  The squeaky wheel!
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I like it as well!
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Yep, the more we keep asking the better the chances it will become a reality. Always looking for more ways to put batteries to good use.
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This should be a relatively cheap product to design and produce that would be highly valued by Ego's customers and is already in high demand. (read: profitable)

We are all here begging you to take our money Ego—your move.
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I would like to have a fan for the same uses as describe for this lantern.

Imagine this scenario... After mowing the lawn in the heat of the summer, grab a beer, drop yourself on the front porch with a fan attached to the leftover juice in the battery -- pointing right at your face.
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The fan (and lantern) would be great for Florida rent camping.
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The lantern idea is fantastic. Any homeowner in a state with hurricane risk would be all over this. It is a constant challenge to make sure you have enough fresh batteries for your flashlights, lanterns etc. Knowing that you always have at least one (if not several) EGO batteries fully charged during a hurricane would become a major bonus and easily drive the sales. I could imagine several models: Typical lantern, a tall floor lamp style with up light / down light / both options, a table top with adjustable (directional) reading lights, etc. In fact EGO could create an entire emergency preparedness product line including a charging station for cell phones, radio (with the emergency bands) etc.

If you have ever had to prepare for and live through a hurricane or other severe storms, you will understand the value of available "power". This seems like a no-brainer for EGO.
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Plus Ego's blowers and chainsaws are such great tools for storm cleanup. And gas can be hard/impossible to come by for days after a hurricane. Ego really could corner a whole new market just by adding a light/fan/power adapter.
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Just a power adapter will cover it all. Im ordering an inverter and battery monitor to build one.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/181166030904

And a 60v inverter. Havent picked one out yet.

The ebay item has a low voltage shutoff so a relay would be needed. But pretty simple to make.
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I know just enough to get myself in trouble trying to build my own, but if Ego doesn't announce one soon I would buy a schematic and list of suggested components from you. What do you think the total cost would be?

I see the controller you linked to is currently buy 2 get 1 free... group buy?
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The lantern is an excellent idea and I agree it should have multiple USB 5 V chargers for power outages.  

I bought a car jumper battery and it is sort of the Swiss army knife of jump starters, light, USB charge ports, 110 VAC 60 Hz Inverter, 12 VDC ports, tire pump, and air mattress inflator/deflator.   The only thing I do not like about the unit is that the battery cables are too short, you need jumper cables or a second person to hold the unit while starting a vehicle.  

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Schumacher-Electric-1-200-Amp-Car-Battery-Jump-Starter/50223897


BTW it was on sale at Lowes for $78 when I bought it.  The really cool thing about it, I have had it for six months and have had no need to use it. Perhaps I should buy an Ego snow blower.   I love not needing such devices.    
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Hmmmmm - Trying to reconcile great emergency power uses asked for and suggested in this community with the excellent extend the life of your batteries by not storing them with a full charge advice.
Won't keep me up at night, but ......
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David:

I am in the same boat as you. I got my first EGO device this year and was charging my battery after use so that it's ready to go next time. Now after reading best practices, I've since stopped doing that and instead charge before use. However, I'm already frustrated at having to wait to start my work while the battery charges because I either forgot to pre-charge or I decided to do some work on a whim.

I wish I knew what the difference will be at year 2, 3, 4, and 5 due to keeping batteries charged. It may just be worth the hit to not feel frustrated?

I now have three batteries (7.5, 2.5, 2.5), which is even more fun to manage. Maybe a middle road is keeping only one charged so that I can use it while I charge another.

But back to this thread, for lantern use, I would only fully charge in anticipation of a hurricane, ice storm, camping trip, or the such.

While you're at it, make sure the lantern has a USB port so we can charge our mobiles :)
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My whole army of batteries stays fully charged and not in optimal conditions. Three years later perform about the same. Don't stress yourself about it. you will get 5-10 years of diminishing returns. And as the years go you will get batteries with new tools because this form factor will eventually have to change/evolve. Right?
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SCDC, have you done run-time tests to confirm that your batteries haven't lost capacity?  And out of curiosity, just how many batteries do you have?

David Cline: You are right, I don't really get time to properly store all my batteries considering I'm using my tools every day.
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Nope except that the batteries run down at nearly the exact same spot cutting the lawn as they did three years ago. I'm not really interested in using a stop watch and worrying about my batteries. If I can accomplish the same amount of work in about the same amount of time, then things are working as intended.

I currently have 2 7.5, 1 5.0, 3 4.0 and 1 2.0. All are charged and used weekly in some fashion.

I know that's unscientific, but they are lawn tools I use weekly, not a phone or other device that's always being used/charged. The charge cycle on my batteries is probably 30 a year
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good stuff - thanks for kicking it around
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Anyone THAT concerned with emergency power for a power outage, two words:

SOLAR
POWER

Even partially charged, a few Ego batteries could power emergency lighting etc. for several hours, enough to get you through the night.

A small solar/inverter install doesn't cost a fortune, in the grand scheme of things anyway. A 1kW solar install could likely power a standard Ego charger even on a cloudy day.

Before you tell me that's too much trouble, how serious are you about emergency preparedness? Personally, I'm not, but I also live in an area that doesn't get hit by tornadoes and hurricanes. If I did, you betcha I'd have some backup! :-)
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I'm not. a small led lantern can run for a day on small rechargeable batteries. A ego battery could probably light for a week.
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My thoughts exactly.
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I have an LED lantern that takes 4 D batteries and runs on high for over a week (I've left it on in the attic that long before finding where I left it). I bet an Ego 2.0 would run it over a month.

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