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How can I use solar power to run a hexbug nano (little toy with little motor)? New to electronics, over explain ;)


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Kiteman5 years ago
Have a look at these links:

https://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Cockroach-Virbobot/

https://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Powered-Miniball-Wannabe/

https://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Powered-Robot-from-TRASH/

Wherever they use an electric motor, you connect the pager motor of the hexbug, and you're away.
shortdiesel (author)  Kiteman5 years ago
This is what I was looking for. I just need to learn how to free form the components. It shouldn't be too complex, but I am still a beginner.


Thanks to all who replied!
Well, in theory you simply find a solar panel that it can feed from (it has 3V, or am I wrong?) and use it simply instead of the batteries. Or for a more sophisticated version you can use the solar panel to charge the batteries. HOWEVER, if I'm thinking of the right toy (a small cockroach style thing with a sort of rubber brush underneath), the bug is quite sensitive even to changes of the brush position after being squashed in a pocket, and adding extra weight will change his pace terribly, if not totally immobilize the poor soul, as solar batteries don't come small (they need a big area, don't they?!).
I would try to stick different weights to the bug, and if it can carry at least 5 grams, then think further.
Good luck, G
The nano runs on 1.5 volts, so if you found a small solar panel and soldered it to the leads where the battery waswith enough light you could make the nano move.

Note: If you do this please make sure you remove the battery because they are not rechargeable.


R.A.T.M5 years ago
well thay run on 4.5 so get one of these it should not b to much power than solder the leads to the +(red) and -(black) to the nano battier batteries and uv done it don't have the batteries in the nano wile using