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    I have an electric mosquito trap that I would like to install in my back yard. I have no outlets in the vicinity of the location where I want to put the trap. I've been searching for some sort of solar or battery powered outlet that I could place in the back yard and plug the trap into. It uses about the same amount of energy as a 40 watt light-bulb and would run 24/7.

    Is there such a thing as a standalone outdoor electrical outlet? I have a shed in the vicinity that is not wired for power. I was thinking I could attach the outlet to that and plug in the mosquito trap there. So is there any way to get a little electricity back there without completely wiring the shed?

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    Originally posted by Steveareno View Post
    I have an electric mosquito trap that I would like to install in my back yard. I have no outlets in the vicinity of the location where I want to put the trap. I've been searching for some sort of solar or battery powered outlet that I could place in the back yard and plug the trap into. It uses about the same amount of energy as a 40 watt light-bulb and would run 24/7.

    Is there such a thing as a standalone outdoor electrical outlet? I have a shed in the vicinity that is not wired for power. I was thinking I could attach the outlet to that and plug in the mosquito trap there. So is there any way to get a little electricity back there without completely wiring the shed?
    It would likely be much less expensive to run power. To replace the same potential power your standard outlet can supply with solar is not feasible. You are talking the cost of a house covered in solar panels and filled up with batteries.

    Now for a bug trap, I don't think they use much power and might be possible to do for say $1000 to $2000, but you can run a real circuit for that with standard power and used for other purposes.
    MSEE, PE

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    • #3
      electricity back there

      Originally posted by Steveareno
      Is there such a thing as a standalone outdoor electrical outlet? I have a shed in the vicinity
      that is not wired for power. I was thinking I could attach the outlet to that and plug in the mosquito trap there. So
      is there any way to get a little electricity back there without completely wiring the shed?
      The quick way is throw some 12-3 direct burial cable in a shallow trench, with conduit around it where it comes
      up out of the ground for protection. Not much of a job for an electrician to connect the ends, with a GFI outlet.

      Bruce Roe

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      • #4
        Hi I think I may have something that can help.

        Originally posted by Steveareno View Post
        I have an electric mosquito trap that I would like to install in my back yard. I have no outlets in the vicinity of the location where I want to put the trap. I've been searching for some sort of solar or battery powered outlet that I could place in the back yard and plug the trap into. It uses about the same amount of energy as a 40 watt light-bulb and would run 24/7.

        Is there such a thing as a standalone outdoor electrical outlet? I have a shed in the vicinity that is not wired for power. I was thinking I could attach the outlet to that and plug in the mosquito trap there. So is there any way to get a little electricity back there without completely wiring the shed?
        I have a box charger that will save you a lot of money. You can charge it with solar or electric inside then take it back outside. You buy the solar charger separately, but so worth it. We use them for our chicken coop and they work great. I hope it will work for you as well.
        Best wishes,
        Tonya Boggs

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        Last edited by Mike90250; 08-10-2015, 06:54 PM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Tboggs View Post
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          • #6
            I heard about portable solar powered outlet. Any reviews about it ?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by richardhilton590 View Post
              I heard about portable solar powered outlet. Any reviews about it ?
              I am not sure which product you are talking about. There are quite a few on the market.

              IMO most are expensive (even the systems that you can build) and barely provide the kWh advertised. They will more than likely fail to work much sooner than advertised.

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              • #8
                Here's an easy one for you that won't cost you a cent.
                Move the trap close to an outlet it will still trap those pesky skeeters.

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