Arrived yesterday ok. In town, looking for a Radio Shack which I can’t find. Sitting in the park, uploading this over 4G
Monthly Archives: March 2015
Costa Rica Today!
Goal Zero Disappointment
As you may remember, I had a Goal Zero Nomad 20 portable solar panel. I loved it the few months I had it, and I used it all day every day.
Then one day, it died. Under warranty, with good customer service and friendly staff, the manufacturer sent me a replacement.
Happily, I took the new panel out of the box and plugged in one of my two Guide 10 power packs.
Nothing. No charge light. I check the cable and when I touch it, the charge light comes on, let go, it goes off. Intermittent (bad) cable.
I emailed the manufacturers and they want me to check all this stuff. “Yeah, it all works, except the bad cable”. I know a bad cable when I see one.
So now, customer service doesn’t seem so good, but really, the problem is on my end, I don’t feel motivated to go through the motions of getting another panel.
I’m very very disappointed (I should type “very” a bunch more times in this sentence). I woke up at 4 this morning, thinking about it. I got up and decided to write about it here..
I figured those cables were the weak point before I bought it. They are permanently attached and cannot be removed/replaced. Plus the storage pouch stays full of all these cables that never get used. I only used one, sometimes two. It would be a better design if there were jacks that you could plug the cable you need into, instead of an octopus of cables coming out of a box. The jacks could be very strong. The cables could be easily replaced. It would be far superior. Although I must point out that it wasn’t the cable that failed the first time, it was something in the electronics.
I bought a new connector, and am ready to cut the bad one off and solder the new one on. I guess I should do that today, but I think I’ve “fallen out of love” with my Nomad 20 solar panel I want to find a new model and manufacturer, something more durable and with a better design.
This is a rare Sunday post. I didn’t post Thursday because of a massive dog mess that I woke up to and had to clean up. Then Thursday afternoon I dropped my motorcycle off to get a new tire and had to leave early Friday morning to catch the bus to work, hence no Friday post either. Now it’s Sunday and tomorrow we’re going to Costa Rica! I’m off work till April 9th!
Sure do wish I was taking my solar panel with me to Costa Rica, Costa Rica is a good place to have a solar panel.
One Word Wednesday – INCOMING!
Clear It Up
Something’s been bugging me for a long time. I gotta clear it up.
It’s Monday after a good weekend.
I went to the beach and laid on my sundeck. The only productive thing I did all weekend was plant some bougainvilleas. Thank you spell checker.
Work should be busy this week. I’m going to try to not get emotionally involved.
That’s it! Have a good week.
Back From the Brac with Travlin’ Tim
These are a few pictures from Cayman Brac yesterday. Most of the pictures I took were boring work related pictures. Rusty towers that need painting and whatnot. I’m just beginnng to get them sorted. I have to mix my phone pics and camera pics and then I can post some more pics. (If there’s any worth it)
I tend to fall behind on my picture “maintenance” I have lots of pictures that need to be renamed and put in their albums.
I’m yammering. brain damage. need coffee.
See ya tomorrow.
Going to Cayman Brac
I want to look like the supervisor, so I’m wearing socks.
Brac Tomorrow and Weird Dream
Tomorrow I’m going to Cayman Brac for work. Doubt I’ll be able to post tomorrow. Maybe when I’m waiting at the airport.
Had a weird dream about e-cigarettes last night. I went to a liquor store to buy a $10 e-cigarette, and ended up with spending $80 on this big ecig that looked like a bong. And my wallet got stolen but the liquor store lady got it back, (minus the money)
Have a good day!