Instructables

Can a solar light be charged indoors?

Hey guys, Can a solar panel like this be charged with indoor lighting, like a calculator is, or does it need to be actual sunlight? Its rainy and cold in Canada, and need to know if I can just sit it on the kitchen table all day (the light is on anyway) and charge it up. Working on a Sun Jar, and have disassembled the outdoor solar light. I want to know if the panel/battery/light is in working order (I found an opened box at H.D. on sale for 1/2 price!) :) Thanks

Kiteman6 years ago
Any solar cell will generate electricity in any light, but daylight (preferably direct) is better simply because of the colour - it contains more UV etc which is more energetic and can properly kick the electrons about in the cell. If you're just charging it to check the system, bend a bright desk lamp (preferably halogen) to shine on the cell.
Fast Eddie (author)  Kiteman6 years ago
Thanks Kite. I'll post up the instructable when I work it all out.