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What is everyone doing with cams. I have been converting mine to solar because I am using 18650 batteries.
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Rebuilt this P41 not long ago, it's probably 10 yrs old. It started out as a P41 slave run by a BF slavemaster and a SSII boards, swapped those broads out with a Aio and a Dome fresnel lens I aquired somewhere. Not real happy with the dome lens, to many false triggers, back to a Lo -diff lens.  Has a vivitar something 6 v flash that work like a champ.

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I just finished another video build using an Olympus VG-140. The night stills are good enough that I'd be tempted to use one for a stills-only camera. I now have over 20 homebrews (mostly Sony S40, S600, P32 and Nikon L11) and am just about done building new cameras. The videos I get from my Browning commercial cameras are as good as I need/want. I just don't have the time to manage more cameras in the field than I have out now (almost 30). I'd like to do a DSLR build, but I'm too cheap to put a camera of that value out in the woods and I'd rather spent the money on additional less-expensive cameras.
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Got this one done. Bigger panal than I would have liked.

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That's cool  [thumb].
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That is really cool Charles.  A question, is it limited in where you can place it?  You want sunlight but you don't want it setting off the sensor constantly too? 
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Boy, it's cozy inside that case. That should last a long, long time out in the field.
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Placement for the solar is dependent on sunlight. Three 18650 batteries will last a long time. Even with some sunlight i am extending my cams life months. I will sometimes mount them to the sun and deal with false triggers. A 8 gig card will hold alot of pics. I am using 18650 batteries that are not made in china. They cost much more but do a great job.

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There is one weakness with the 18650 and the battery should not drop below 3v. If it does it will not charge. The solar helps to keep this from happening. If your 18650 battery gets to low to charge. Charge it on a nicad charger to over 3v. Now by doing this the battery could explode. So charge at your own risk.
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There is one weakness with the 18650 and the battery should not drop below 3v. If it does it will not charge. The solar helps to keep this from happening. If your 18650 battery gets to low to charge. Charge it on a nicad charger to over 3v. Now by doing this the battery could explode. So charge at your own risk.
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