Sunday, October 18, 2015

Best Camping or Portable LED Light Setup Ever!!!!

I really wanted to use LED lighting for the camping and in the Great White Buffalo Campervan.
It's an obvious choice-
Low power draw, so providing a long lasting power source will be easy.
Using traditional lanterns seems like more aggravation than it's worth.
Safe inside the van, tent or in an enclosure.
Light weight and Inexpensive.
The list goes on.
At the same time, it occurred to me that USB is the way to go.
I used to travel with lots of USB powered or USB chargeable items.
My phone, cameras, tablets, external hard drive and a USB hub are just to name a few. 
To ensure that my gadgets are ready to go when I am, 
I acquired two USB battery banks. 
These portable battery packs or battery banks are able to charge all of my gadgets multiple times.
They were no longer being used and I would hate to see them go to waste.
I wanted to use USB and LED. 
Using the power of the internet, I searched for USB powered lights.
It didn't take long to find USB powered LED lightbulbs. 
Being price sensitive, I ordered one.
After I tested it, I immediately ordered 2 more. 
At $6.00 each these are a steal!
There are some drawbacks to these lights.
Mainly, they aren't weather proof and there isn't a switch to power them off.
You have to unplug them. 
Easy fix, I decided to use a switchable USB hub to be able to turn them off and on. 
A 4 port, switchable USB 2.0 hub allows me to use 4 light bulbs connected with on/off capability.
Plenty bright and controllable these should be perfect for camping.
They are! 

Camping lights-
LED Lightbulb- Price $5.99
Amazon Link -
Part Number-BSS365
Item Weight- 0.3 ounces
Product Dimensions- 4.5 x 2.5 x 2.4 inches
Color- Yellow
Fixture Features-Low Power Consumption
Luminous Flux- 300 lm
Wattage- 5 watts
Color Temp- 6000 Kelvin
Price\- $5.99 Free Shipping

USB Hub $6.99 
Sabrent 4-Port USB 2.0 Hub with Individual Power Switches and LEDs (HB-UMLS)
* Blue LED to indicate power status for each port
* Data transfer speeds up to 480 Mbps
* Four downstream ports support high-speed (480Mbps), full-speed (12Mbps), and low-speed (1.5Mbps)
* Supports up to 127 devices by daisy-chaining multiple hubs
* Some power-intense USB devices may require a AC-Powered USB hub

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