"GlowBox" <- gonna work? ok, heres the deal.... I was watching my little bro play with a relatively small RC car and he was constantly having to rumage through the "junk drawer" for AA batteries, and he would find a few here and a few there and they would only run for 5-10 min (we didn't have any new batteries on hand).... and I was thinking to myself of alternative way of powering small devices like that, and this idea came to me: I will be using a glowstick similar to this (https://www.sureglow.com/sg-store/catalog/images/yellow-glowstick-6.jpg) Here's an explanation incase forgot something in the drawing: - Basically you have a box with 5 whole solar cells, such as this one: (http://www.goldmine-elec-products.com/prodinfo.asp?number=G15236&variation=&aitem=16&mitem=31) or (5 and a partial cell at the top of the box near the tube opening) - Next you have a small clear (glass\plastic) tube suspended from the top of the box and stays about 1-2cm from the bottom cell. - Then, you line the seems between each solar cell with a thin white strip of some sort (to reflect as much light as possible) and have a reflective cap at the top of the tube to reflect as much light back into the chamber. Then... when you place a chemical glowstick into the clear tube it will shine light onto the solar cells... pretty simple eh? ok, so what I'm wondering is whether the glowstick will provide enough power to the cells produce a significant amount of energy, I know that the solar cell in the above link cannot absorb blue & green light so I'm going to use pale yellow/orange ones. I don't have any definite demensions for the glowsticks, or solar cells I will be using, but I was just wondering if anyone had any thoughts...? *** So, basically this wouldn't really offer any power increases over traditional batteries, but rather address some issues with using them... *** Advantages: - Glowsticks themselves have an almost indefinite shelf life so no worring about how old they are - Continuous operation for as long as the glowstick's chemicals are reacting and producing light (standard is about 8 hours.... 6 to be safe) - Glowsticks are relativly cheap when bought in bulk so for people who don't want to wait for their RC batteries to charge they can just pop in a 6-hour power supply. *** Disadvantages: - Once the glowstick dies... it's dead :\ - You cant stop the glowstick from glowing, so even when your not using it, it will continue to produce light and eventually die - Unless you cover the cells in a hard cover (probly aluminum or thin plastic) they will be extremely vulnarable.