Did you know that you can buy 9V rechargeable batteries? You can, but they're rare in stores. I recently bought some off ebay to use on projects and loved them. Only downside is that I don't have a 9V battery charger and all the ones I found on ebay are quite expensive.

Luckily I'm resourceful and decided to build my own. The entire project only cost me $10 and didn't take that long.

Cost: $10
Time: 1/2 Hour
Difficulty: Easy

Step 1: What You Need

Solar Cells - Read the next page for lots of details
1N914 Diode
9V Battery Holder
Enclosure - Optional

Soldering Iron
Cutting Tool

All the supplies for this project can be found on my website, http://www.browndoggadgets.com. I even have a 9V kit of everything you need. 90% of all sales go towards more fun projects. The other 10% goes to doggy toys.

<p>This is a great idea! However I tried to put it together and it doesn't work? can someone help me? :(</p>
Make sure you have a diode going in the right direction. Just a suggestion
I see somebody already cashed of that sorry. But you might check to see if your solar panels are putting out the right voltage also
Did you ever figure it out? I realize it is a little late now. Did you put the diode in the correct orientation? If you flipped it the diode would just act as a stop.
I made it<br>How would I connect a LED light to it were it would come on at night and recharge in the day?<br>Thank you<br>neons8
<p>Thanks for the information about trickle charging NiMh batteries! I didn't know about the 10% rule and blowing up batteries scares the heck out of me.</p>
Can you increase the ma to 40ma to charge two 9v batteries or will it still be 20ma to charge them?
<p>How do you protect from over charging since power consumption is very minimum for smoke alarm and panel is charging all the time </p>
<p>excuse me?, if i have a battery of 9 volts why i have to charge it with solar power in 14 volts?, or a 1.2 rechargable battery putting juice in it with</p>
<p>can i use any other diode?</p>
<p>Good morning! can i have a copy of this diagram.</p><p>thanks and God bless</p>
<p>How do you regulate over charging?</p>
<p>This is a great Instructable! I would like to power a set of 20-50 LED lights using this. Therefore I think a 9v would be best. However I am worried about the type of solar panel being used. If I used AA batteries, would I be right in thinking a slow trickle charge would be ok as you said you can throw more power at them?</p>
Brilliant! Now i know how to stop having to find batteries for my trombone headphone amp! I'm a bit of a dimbo with electricity. Am i right that it's a14v charger for a 9v battery? No rush of over volting the battery?
<p>I want to jam a doorbell into this circuit. It's got a lighted doorbell button. I can't figure out how to connect the pieces together. I've attached a crude drawing of my best guess.</p>
<p>This looks correct! Though its hard to give specific help without more information on the lighted switch itself. Pressing the switch should momentarily allow current to pass through the switch and the bell. But if you want the switch to be lighted at all times, then it would need its own supply of current when the switch is not being pressed. My guess is that your lighted switch has more than two contacts on it(perhaps 4?). Two to power the LED inside of it and the two that let the current pass through when pressed. If so your schematic would look something like this(picture attached). The value of the led inside and what power it requires would also need your consideration. I'm already off topic with the instructable above so I'll let you do the research as to what that your lighted switches power requirements might be and how you would fulfill them.</p>
How do you avoid over charging the battery?
The method we're using is only a &quot;trickle&quot; charge, which means we don't have to worry about over charging. We're not throwing enough current at it to do any damage. They'll just stay topped off.
<p>You can only trickle charge 9volt rechargeables. Unlike AA and AAA that can take higher power. The battery internals just explode out of the casing. The lower the trickle charge the better - if you want a charged solid 9 volt battery left to use.</p>
<p>I found several 9V/AA/AAA battery chargers on eBay for $4 shipped! What kind were you looking for? Perhaps I'm missing something.</p>
<p>9Volt chargers you buy on eBay are built to run on electricity in Hong Kong. It is not identical to the power in Australia. Chargers tend to overcharge - to much power. Hong Kong 9volt rechargables tend to be very low power. The result is when you try to charge them on the Australian power grid they &quot;explode'. There is no sound when they do, but the &quot;guts&quot; of the battery opens out like a concertina. You cannot force it back in. Buy chargers and batteries sold in Australia. They are expensive. You are waisting your money buying 9volt on eBay. I know and have learnt my lesson.</p>
<p>hey wassup?... I was just wondering... I've been thinking of using one of those waterproof LED strips in back yard to light up fence at night in summer...i've powered them off 9v battery before... I was thinking about daisy chaining a couple old solar lawn stake light panels to make it solar...do you think this would work??? 12v would be better i suppose because they run 12v.... any idea??? THanks!</p>
<p>What will happen if i leave it on charge permanently n00b; please help!!!!</p>
<p>I know it been two....three years since you did this but thank you! I am in the process of linking all my smoke alarms ( that seem to want/need/pine/whine for new batteries at 3 am) with this linkage. </p><p>No more 3 am wake up calls, no more replacement batteries...and its essentially free!!</p><p>Thank YOU!!</p>
i need to charge 4 9v battery can this charge tem
Another great instructable as always. I love all ur stuff. Made the Altoid flashlight &amp; the AA solar charger to go with it. Thanks for doing such a great job. They r easy to follow.
Dang i wish u were my 8th grade science teacher
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Awesome design! Those solar lamps are dump fodder for sure and easy to come by. <br> <br>I am looking for a way to trickle charge 9v irrigation timers. Would this set-up be adequate and could I just piggyback the leads from the timer battery to the charger?
Does this work with only 3 of the solar cells?
Well 3.5V x 3 = 11.5, which is not going to be enough to charge up your 9V. You'd need at LEAST 12V, but more like 16 to play it safe.<br><br>Joshua
Thanks bud
How much current do you get out of these cells?
Something like 20mA. Usually less.<br><br>Thats what we need though. These 9V batteries are rated at only 280mA, and we don't want to throw more than 10% of their capacity at them at once or they'll die.
If you're having issues finding solar cells, you may just wish to buy three 6V cells. I do have some small ones on my website that work wonders.

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