Salty Water Can Illuminate Your Life

Photo by  Jeremy Bishop  on  Unsplash

Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash

What’s up everyone?! Welcome back to one of our most favorite days of the week, Green Tip Tuesday! Also a very happy last week of October to all. Any day now white fluffy flakes of snow will be fluttering down from the heavens to greet us. Any day now. With that said we’re also getting into chili season so keep your ears peeled and eyes tuned for upcoming news about the Lyndon State Chili Cookoff, and craft your best chili for the crown of all crowns.

On another note, this week we’re talkin’ lanterns, not of the jackolantern category unfortunately, but the kind that is run on magic and may just be one of the best camping/lighting tools to have in your quiver. Well, to be honest, it’s not powered by magic, but it’s pretty gosh dang close. It’s not powered like any other old lighting device you have I can tell you that. Remember our Green Tip about batteries and how much of a pain in the butt they are to dispose of properly? Yeah, me too. You won’t even need to think about conventional batteries with this bad Larry.

The Hyrda Light Lantern isn’t your typical lantern that runs on batteries, solar power, or even kerosene or fuels of that sorts. Instead, Hydra Light, the makers of these lanterns, uses the age old technology oofffff (drum roll please).........saltwater!(what?)! Yup, that’s right! In most scientific terms “at the core of the EC-250 EnergyCell is a carbon film cathode, and a high energy density alloy anode called the PowerRod. When exposed to salt water, that PowerRod starts to oxidize, releasing an electrical current.” … So, basically what’s happening here, you take the carbon film cathode thing, which is essentially a filter, and dip it into salt water. You can use salt water from the ocean if you’re in that sort of environment, or it can even be water with table salt mixed into it. Anyway, take that filter back out of the saltwater, put it back on the lantern around a metal cylinder, add a little science and wham-o you’ve got some light.

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These lanterns can even stay lit up 250 hours and all you have to do to recharge it is dip the filter back into salt water. Some of these devices even have USB charging ports so you can keep some accessories juiced up if need be. I think due to the illumination time and rechargeability, these lanterns would be super helpful adventuring and even just in the household when you don’t want to use electricity. 10/10 versatility, very neat.

Thanks for reading in this week everyone! Oh yeah, before you go, you have one assignment for the week. Don’t worry, it’ll only take you five seconds. To properly prepare for this winter and please the almighty Ullr we must make a sacrifice. So grab your favorite pair of undies and toss them in the freezer. This is very important. Cheers!