Picture of Solar Charging System
Here is my Solar Charging System and how I made it. What I didnt purchase, I recycled the parts from other things I already had to make it. I will show you each part of the setup and explain its purpose.
I probably dont have to explain the purpose of the solar panel, but thats where the electricity comes from. I am not sure about this, but I heard that one of the newest types of solar panels out there is the monocrystalline. I like it very much because it is small and it produces a lot of power. It may look big in the picture, but it is actually the exact same size as a 8x11 piece of printer paper.

Step 1: The Solar Panel Mount and Wiring

Picture of The Solar Panel Mount and Wiring
Here is the mount that I made for my panel, it actually came from an old TV dish so I took it off and re-used it for this project
Also in the other picture is my connection to the solar panel using a waterproof connector. Inside the red box is simply where I had to make other connections to the wire going into my room. The grey wire you see is meant to be used underground as it has 2 insulating layers on it. Also in the other picture, is the pole the panel is mounted on which is about 6 1/2 feet tall.
Diparna4 months ago

Cost,Please!! ! If I may thank you very much

davecason3 years ago
Hi !

It looks cool, what size/power is your solar panel and where did you get the charge controller from !?

Electronics Man (author)  davecason3 years ago
Hey, I got the solar panel and the charge controller off of Amazon.com and both were bundled together as one item. The panel is a 5 Watt which is small but works VERY well and is sold by the company Instapark.


Electronics Man
Electronics Man (author)  davecason3 years ago
The solar panel is a small, but effective 5 Watts and its the same size as a sheet of printer paper. I bought it along with the charge controller off of Amazon.com

Thanks for your interest!

Electronics Man
Electronics Man (author) 4 years ago
Hey triumphman, what you see in the first picture on step one is not actually a circuit board. As explained in the instructable, the solar panel is attached onto a TV satellite dish mount which I had to weld a piece of tin onto, so what you see that looks like a circuit board is actually the spatter from the welding. I hope that makes since to you. And for your other comment about the wiring, No I never did fry any components and it wasnt trial and error. But your right there is a lot of wires (There is actually more but you cant see them in the pictures) and I had an idea of what I wanted it to do so it made it much easier to build. And finally for your question about the cost, the only things that I bought was the solar panel and the battery. Everything else I recycled to make this setup.

Thanks for the comments and feel free to ask more questions!!!
triumphman4 years ago
How did you figure all this wiring stuff out ? Trial and error ? I would be concerned that I would fry too many components by the trial and error method! Can get expensive, Yes ?
triumphman4 years ago
In step one picture I can see a printed circuit board, is it exposed to the weather ?
vishalapr4 years ago
This is totally awesome! Well done on using green energy!
Electronics Man (author)  vishalapr4 years ago
ddavis6624 years ago
Cool way to mount the solar panel
Electronics Man (author)  ddavis6624 years ago
Thanks! The cool thing about it is that I can adjust the angle of the panel simply by turning a screw
check out the charge my 15 watt solar panel is putting out.