Nokero N200 Crestone Solar Light Bulb
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- Includes 1 AA rechargeable and replaceable battery
- Durable and rain proof
- State of the art, high quality solar panel
- Four wide-angle LED bulbs
- Multi-switch: High-Off-Low
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This is a very nifty concept. I fully understand the reason it was designed--for the poorer parts of the world where no electricity is available. However, the N200 has applications in the developed world, too. Put these in your hurricane kit for emergencies. Put some away with your camping gear, also, as they will definitely bring a little modernity to your next camping or back-packing trip!
Edited: Since my original review, I have downgraded this product 1 star to 4 stars. The N200 hanging outside my kitchen window was brought back inside for inspection after being outside for about 5 weeks. The reason I bought it back in was I noticed water inside the lens after a week or so of periodically heavy rain. NoKero claims the N200 is rainproof, but not waterproof. It clearly is not very rainproof, either. I disassembled the unit and dried it out--about a teaspoon of rainwater had leaked into the unit; likely through the switch by the solar panel on the back. Also, there was noticeable corrosion on the wire hanger and clip after hanging outside for a little over a month.Read more ›
I am rather impressed with the engineering, although it does appear to me to
have a very tiny pinhole in the adhered membrane covering the little solar panels where what
appears to be tiny wires connecting them are soldered together and stick up slightly.
The little three position switch next to it has a flexible plastic covering but I am unable to tell
just how water-proofed the switch seal may be.
Having gone through a major hurricane here [Fran] we keep a lot of emergency gear in the
house now, and frankly the wife absolutely loves stuff that has to do with camping and solar
lighting. Water manages to get into some of the assorted solar yard lights.
This may be much better engineered.
We simply leave it hanging off the kitchen curtain rod tipped toward the morning sun.
It gives off two levels of nice bright light. We won't be leaving it outside regularly
but it looks like an ideal lightweight aimable light to take camping with you or keep
for emergency use.
The removable rechargable battery is a AA 1000mAh NiMH which explains some of the
cost but should last a -very- long time. It is sturdily made.
I don't see anything shoddy about it presently.
The accompanying literature is limited but in 16 languages.
As a product it seems to be aimed at non-electrified areas of the world and if
my neice [Peace Corps] or late uncle [USAID] were headed back overseas I think it
would make a good present for them to take with them.
* The price seems to have risen about $5 in the month since we bought it.
That surprises me. nokero dot com is on the box should you wish to compare.*
Since I wrote the below, I've been in touch with the company and have gotten prompt responses for which I am grateful. They thought that the issue with the not lighting may have been a result of the units (and their rechargeable batteries) having sat too long at Amazon's warehouse (possibly...). I am to receive a new unit directly from them and will try it out and provide feedback on its performance in a subsequent addition to this review. They still have not addressed the issue of why there was water in the lens (both of them, now)...for an item advertised as being "rain-proof"...maybe they had a bad production run?
I researched them before buying 4 of these and, having lived in Indonesia as a child, am intimately familiar with poverty and its effects. Like the heading sez, I loved the philosophy and values of the company so felt more ok about spending $19 each. Really only needed 2 but figured the extras might make nice gifts.
Set my 2 out for a day and one flashed a few times at dusk then stayed dark at night. The other never came on. I checked the switches on both (gotta say the little rubber cover feels a little flimsy, not made for frequent handling...more like set it on hi or lo and leave it...) and they were both on.
When I checked the one that flashed, I noticed a large drop of water inside the lens of one so unscrewed it, wiped it dry,took out the battery to see if it was wet (it wasn't) and when I put the battery back in, it came and stayed on. Came on again tonight by itself....haven't checked it for water, though...maybe tomorrow...
The other one was dry and came on after I unscrewed the lens, took the battery out and replaced it.Read more ›
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I have three of these that I won in a contest on instructables.com
Two of them worked intermittently: they would work for a while, then shut off. Read more
I had ordered nokero bulb.but just now received cheap Chinese make nowhere written nokero on it.IT IS NOT FROM NOKEROPublished 7 months ago by alok kumar jha
Really neat for 3rd world folks. Great gift for missionaries to give to some to whom they minister.Published 17 months ago by P. Murphy
I added this to my order on the Kelly Kettle website. (Awesome kettle, by the way. Check it out if you're unfamiliar.) It's a cool little light. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Timothy Romans
Good idea. LOUSY batteries. Burn time is about 3 hours or less on low setting. Comes on WAY early too. Not even dusk and they come on.Published 18 months ago by Wayne H.