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    Default Interesting Functions to add to a Lantern?

    Picked up a couple of lanterns at a garage sale, thought I'd spruce them up and donate them to local scout troop. Any suggestions for fun/useful functions I might add while I've got them on the bench?

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    Default Re: Interesting Functions to add to a Lantern?

    The ability to jump start a car or mp3 player

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    Quote Originally Posted by raggie33 View Post
    The ability to jump start a car or mp3 player
    Jump starting a car, unless it's a hybrid, would require probably a twenty pound battery, which is a bit much for a kid to tote around. A USB charging port might be doable.

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    Not sure how effective they are, but there are Li-Ion car battery jump starters now that weigh ~ 12 oz ....
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    Battery vent hole maybe? A little volt meter to tell you real time voltage? Mini thermometer or thermocouple for temp? Secondary red led for preserving night vision? Not sure how much spare volume you're working with; if you have a bit, you could add a boost circuit and a dongle to charge a laptop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keitho View Post
    Not sure how much spare volume you're working with; if you have a bit, you could add a boost circuit and a dongle to charge a laptop.
    Lot of empty space inside the housings. If these were 12 volt units it would be easy to wire in a car type 12V to USB attachment, but they're both 6 volt, and I don't have a source for a six V. DC to USB attachment.

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