DIY Solar

Project #1:  10 Watt Solar-Electric Charger

Here’s a fun little project based on an article in Popular Science.  It charges small electronics like phones and mp3 players, and can even run your laptop for a couple of hours.  Making this baby is a great way to learn the basics of PV (photovoltaics, aka solar-electric), and show others how easy it is to go solar for things we do every day.  It has a battery to store energy, so the sun doesn’t need to be shining to start using clean energy.

Here’s my blog entry with all the system specifications and my modifications to Pop Sci’s design, and some additional video and support materials.  Enjoy!

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