Easy Way To Recharge AA Batteries
Next time you're in a store like Walmart, go to the Garden Center and see if they have any of the CHEAP Solar Pathway Lights there. These are single units (or sometimes you can find them in sets for a good price too) that have a plastic staff you push into the ground in a sunny place. They charge up during the day and come on at night.
These can be found really cheap, sometimes for $1 or $2 each or less if on clearence. They come with a rechargable AA Battery, BUT... these are really cheap batteries with small millamp size.
Now go to the battery section of the store and buy the HIGHEST MILLAMP rechargable AA batteries you can find and replace the original batteries with these, higher capicity batteries and place them in a sunny place in your yard.
The sun will do the work for you to charge these batteries for free. If you wish, keep them in the path markers to light up your way, but you can also charge the batteries and replace them with other batteries to charge them and keep the charged set ready.
The cool thing about doing this is that you can keep a few charged batteries ready at all times this way and it's stealthy because who would think that your yard decorations are another prep?
You can also bring the lights inside during power outages and use them in places like the bathroom or kitchen as a nightlight during power outages by either just setting the light unit (without the staff that gets pushed into the ground) on a flat surface, or I've even seen some take a coffee can filled with sand and push the staff into it to hold up the lighting unit, or even cement in a staff or two for a more permanent indoor lighting solution when needed.
Pretty cool, huh?