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Solar Powered Gadgets

Posted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 10:32 pm
by footprince
So...
When I was a little tacker I stol-... BORROWED some garden solar lights from a friend up the street to power my Gameboy back in the day. They are very simple but handy, especially in gadgets that are fairly tolerant in the way of supply voltage. I attached the panel in parallel to the 2x 1.2V NiCd batteries and left it all upside down on the window sill, thrashing it after school. Saved the old man oodles in batteries. ANYWAY...

Currently I'm working on a solar powered phone charger with usb output (4.8V @ 2.4Ah) so as to be universal to 90% of phones, with adapters. Has anyone else played around with these for fun? This charger will make sure I never get a flat phone camera, when urbexing. Will post pictures of final product after design completed.

Re: Solar Powered Gadgets

Posted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 10:33 pm
by Freak
they have these already :P

Re: Solar Powered Gadgets

Posted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 10:44 pm
by footprince
I don't have one. And I'm not buying one if I have all the shit in my electronics box.

Re: Solar Powered Gadgets

Posted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 12:22 pm
by Timon
Shack power, 40watt solar panel, 7amp battery (soon to be 17 amp battery connected to the 7 amp battery for max power capacity lol) solar regulator, fridge, cctv, dvd player, cb, handheld charger, etc etc lights etc etc


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Re: Solar Powered Gadgets

Posted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:34 am
by footprince
Awesome, just keep adding ya batteries in parallel. What was the regulator worth?

Re: Solar Powered Gadgets

Posted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 10:37 pm
by Nick
Did not now you explored.

Essentially, buy one of those cheap $2 USB battery charges you get from eBay, and use the fairly leaniant regulator from that to do it, else you'll overload your phone and it'll end in tears.

EE, works bitches!

Re: Solar Powered Gadgets

Posted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 10:28 pm
by footprince
Especially in the flinders ranges in SA, there's a huge TV tower on a mountain, takes ages to get there, and the compound is all fenced off. I managed to source an engineers blueprint of an abandoned railway facility too, I might take a picture, shows all the tunnels underneath.

Re: Solar Powered Gadgets

Posted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 11:31 pm
by illicitBits
footprince wrote:Especially in the flinders ranges in SA, there's a huge TV tower on a mountain, takes ages to get there, and the compound is all fenced off. I managed to source an engineers blueprint of an abandoned railway facility too, I might take a picture, shows all the tunnels underneath.
Are they the Jubilee railway tunnels heading up through the Adelaide hills?

Re: Solar Powered Gadgets

Posted: Sat Jan 11, 2014 9:21 am
by footprince
Negatory, think one of the only places all rail gauges come together...