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Need to charge your phone? Have nothing but a clothespin and some P-N junctions? Have no fear! The (solar) power is in your hands!
So, what's the plan, stan? Well, we're going to make a solar panel from scratch that can charge up a simple phone. See, cheap phones like mine are r...
This is a pretty easy and cheap project. You need: Solettes--cut up pieces of solar cells. You can get them as part of a DIY solar kit that a frien...
To build anything, you need some proper tunes. Did you know that Scarlett Johansson put out an entire CD of Tom Waits covers called Anywhere I Lay My...
Chop up that purty phone charger. Cut the charger part of it, so you're just left with a nice long cable and a phone connector at the other end. Str...
Cut a couple of small pieces of copper tape, just a little longer than the pads of the clothespin. Solder each wire from the charger to the end of a ...
Now you're going to stick the tape onto the clothespin pads, with the wires coming out of the back of the clothespin. I found this to be challenging,...
Now for the fun part. Stack up the solettes, and then fan them out like a deck of cards. Stacking them up makes a series connection between each of ...
Now, clip the clothespin onto your fan. It takes mighty skill to do so without breaking the solettes or ruining your delicate fan arrangement. Stop ...
Sweet, you're done! Plug your phone into the charger and go wave the panel in the sun. Shout excitedly to all your friends and then go hug a sad ban...
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Posted:Jul 17, 2012
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