I've got an older 3" Nicro Solar
Vent that pulls air from my composting head
. It looks like this one:
NICRO VENTILTION SYSTEMS | VENT 3" DAY AND NIGHT SOLAR VENT, Stainless (d/c) | N20503S from the ShipStore.com ™ on-line catalog.
The lens over the panel is clean and fairly clear and I've installed a fresh Energizer C size battery
. The vent runs well all day and late into the night but isn't running when I check it in the wee hours of the morning. If I install a freshly charged battery
in the evening it will run all night so it appears that the little panel isn't charging
the battery well enough and/or the older motor
could be growing less efficient?
What is your experience with the Nicro solar
vents? Should I buy a replacement or can this be made to run all night?
I'm tempted to add a computer-type fan that runs off of the house system (and larger solar panels) instead of replacing the Nicro. Another thought was to wire the nicro motor
into the house system (dropping the ~12V to ~1.5V should do it, right?) and suggestions on the electrical
components needed to drop the voltage efficiently would be appreciated.