How to make a K'nex solar alarm clock with built in small electronics charger and lockbox.

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Here it is. The first knex solar alarm clock. This has taken me over a month to design, build, rebuild, perfect, and make instructions. In fact I ran out of parts and had to take several things apart to finish it.

Anyway this project works by harnessing the sun, using the solar motor sold by knex.com. You set the Solar Receiving Unit or (SRU) on your windowsill or wherever the sun first shines in the morning. Then when the sun hits the solar panel it turns on the motor. On the main shaft there is a gray clip that spins and hits a plastic ball, which in turn makes an annoying noise to wake you up.

This also has a power button to turn it off once you are up. Although it is still smart to close the cover on the solar receiving unit when you get up to prevent a burned out motor.
There also some added features. One of them is the small electronics charger. Anything that is thinner than 1-¼ inches will fit in the charging slot. (A Nintendo DSi was used in the pictures.)
Another added feature is the “lockbox” on the bottom. It has a latch on the right side of the door to keep it from opening. It's a great place to store video games, small toys, other knex, etc.

The main down-fall of this device is that the sun does not shine through everyone’s window at the same time every morning. But don’t worry there are still ways to make it work as long as you have a window in your room. Check out the last step. 

*EDIT* This Instructable hit 4.16 stars within 2 hours of posting. 
But It has has gotten up to 5.00 stars a few days after that.

So, what do you think?? Let me know, it only takes a few seconds.
Oh yeah...This is also my twentieth Instructable so yeah!!
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I bought the solar power 10 models kit but the motor did
n't have the motor shaft. Where could I get one?
knexman20014 years ago
do you need the solar panel?
Killer~SafeCracker (author)  knexman20014 years ago
Furloy4 years ago
i was the 100 person to rate!!!!!!! five stars muthafucka!!!!!!!
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KnexFreek5 years ago


 I CAN DO THAT TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :P

wahahahaaaaa! i have 20-20 vision foo!  you go get some glasses! haha :D
hey last year i got an f on my vision test! i had to get new glasses...far sight :P
wahahahaaaaa! i have 20-20 vision foo!  you go get some glasses! haha :D

thats what that small message said :)

how do you get it that small?

 idk lol
 it says wahahahaahaaa! in the beginning of that last message but its hard to tell. also at the end it says : haha :D

(my advice 2 you)

make a video of this and i can garentee the rating will shoot up like a rocket.

Killer~SafeCracker (author)  KnexFreek5 years ago
I know sooo cool.
When you search for knex and go to highest rated it's on the first page.
I know, I have three ibles on the front page.
My stair lift was up there with 4.13, but someone rated it down to make it go to the fourth page. :-(
probably some n00bs who want their stuff rated higher.
i had the same thing happen to me, my shotgun was on the first page with a 4.07 and one 1/2 star rating knocked it down to 3.89 i hate this rating system and haters too ):-(
I'll go rate it up! ⇔®...sweeeeettttt
 awesome!!!! thankyou :D ill do the same for you :)
dude you still here?
 NOw i am :)
Killer~SafeCracker (author)  Shadowman395 years ago
I know how you feel man. Those haters can be a real pain. :-(
It might be because of the video, I should get a better video camera. But it's most likely ball machine haters.

Killer~SafeCracker (author)  Shadowman395 years ago
I saw how high it was and I would say it it was just haters that wanted their ible on top or like you said ball machine haters. But whatever it was it's happens to me all the time. :-(
It's on the first page again. :-)
Killer~SafeCracker (author)  Shadowman395 years ago


It actually got up to 4.27, but it's 4.14 now.
Killer~SafeCracker (author)  Shadowman395 years ago
I know, I think  I saw it in third place. :-)
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Sorry for the bad quality.
Killer~SafeCracker (author)  Shadowman395 years ago
Late but I can see it. :-P
I'm picky with my pictures, lol.
Killer~SafeCracker (author)  Shadowman395 years ago
Yeah, I'm not too picky but they have to be good.
 *jaw drops*
Killer~SafeCracker (author)  KnexFreek5 years ago
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