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COVID quarantine project- Rechargable IR Floodlight

bullsi1911bullsi1911 Posts: 12,429 Senior Member
Since I have “da’ coof”, and have to stay away from people until Tuesday, I decided to finally finish a project I have been planning for a while. 

The problem- when using the IR Illuminati on my night vision scope (ATN X-Sight generation 1), if there is anything- a blade of grass, a small shrub, a tree nearby- in the view of the scope between me and the target, that item will reflect back the IR and wash out the view. It makes it hard to see anything in the target area. 

So- a while ago, I bought some IR floodlights that I planned to wire into the solar power in my deer blind. However, I wanted this to be something I could take with me. 

I started collecting parts. 

I have standardized on Ryobi One+ batteries for the home tools, so I went on Amazon and found a Ryobi adapter that is designed to go onto PowerWheels toy car as a backup battery. I got a 12v outlet and figured I’d be ready to go. 

BUT… the Ryobi batteries were throwing a lot more than the 18v listed. 

Since the lights have electronics in them, I though this would be a bad match. Luckily the 12v adapter would step down the voltage!

Time to start bolting things together!

(By the way, if you don’t have polymold- get some. It’s plastic that becomes mold able when hot. Bet useful)

I’ll shoot some paint on it, tie on some camo netting, and do a test tonight. 

To make something simple is a thousand times more difficult than to make something complex.
-Mikhail Kalashnikov


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