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Charging the Girls

http://www.podpadstudios.co.uk

I decided last summer that the Droids now needed a way of charging when I was out and about at outdoor events and solar charging seemed to be the way to go. I have now created two charging systems one which uses some large solar panels which is great outside and one which I use mainly inside and is charged by panels  but not always plugged in i.e.: it charges the batteries at a lower level so the batteries run for much longer. The later charging unit also has lots of flashing LED's on it and light string charging leads which look great in low lit environments. These take power from a secondary battery in the charger unit so not effecting the main charge power to the Droids. They were very easy to make, the first being made out of an old power tools case and the second made from MDF loosely based on the droid charging dock used in Empire.
The inside charging station is also able to power a small screen which is linked via a wireless link to either Emy or Zoe (The Droids) so spectators can see through the eye of the droid as it trundles around a public event.
I was surprised at how effective both chargers were at providing the needed power boost at events plus they ended up looking better than I thought they would as well, considering they were made in a very short space of time.
jvoutselas11 months ago
I want one am a Star Wars nerd
doriean1 year ago
were did you get those magnificent droids ? please tell
podpadstudios (author)  doriean1 year ago
I build them, look here:
http://www.podpadstudios.co.uk
http://www.instructables.com/id/Podpadstudios-R6E1-Astromech-Emy/http://www.instructables.com/id/Star-Wars-R11E1-Astromech-Zoe/
What can your droids do?
This the first time I felt the need to comment on a instructable. ( not that the others aren`t great) I thought the stills in you post were amazing, then I saw your video link... unreal...
1 question, is there anyway someone not part of astromech.net can attempt to build an R2 unit? Thank you for sharing the girls.
What actually does his droids do, can they move around and actually do stuff or are they just for show?
Wisaam1 year ago
What do the droids actually do? Can they move around, what is their function?
Your bots are really amazing, thay look much better than other copies, almost like they could perform real work. It's great you use them for charity. I would like to ask you, have you ever considered making them move by themself, I mean having a program running them? The charger is in some way making them more independent.
now i love star wars so this is going to rock in my room
This the first time I felt the need to comment on a instructable. ( not that the others aren`t great) I thought the stills in you post were amazing, then I saw your video link... unreal...
1 question, is there anyway someone not part of astromech.net can attempt to build an R2 unit? Thank you for sharing the girls.
Absolutely yes. The plans are available through the R2D2 Yahoo builders group, just google it. Also, I build my first Droid just from searching for images and plans via Google before I had even heard of this group. All my Robots are scratch built and even though the electronics cost a great deal, 99% of my building materials are either scrounged or from a skip. The other thing that i never do is follow the plans, I always use them as a starting point to build something different. All my Droids are unique and thats what I love about building them. Have a go it is great fun and really rewarding, if not time consuming.
lafnbear1 year ago
Just curious: how much does LucasArts charge you for the rights to droid reproduction?
podpadstudios (author)  lafnbear1 year ago
I am part of a global group called Astromech.net. We are provided (free) with the plans for the basic R2D2 unit which we can then used to build what ever style Droid we wish. One of the groups rules and conditions is that the units we build are not sold on for profit and that we should not build units for others for profit. All the work I do with my robots builds is to raise money for charity.
Xolin1 year ago
Awwwww...Aren't they just so CUTE?
Haha cool! Great work, I'm really diggin the lighting.

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