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Let's go green! I've had battery powered lawn mowers before and the biggest problem I've had with them is keeping them charged. You have to either plu...
Tools Soldering iron Wire stripper Volt meter Screw driver Wrenches Materials Battery Powered Lawn Mower 2 - 12 volt ...
I had a DR Neuton Mower, but this Toro came up on Freecycle (www.freecycle.org) . It was way more mondo than the DR, so I decided it would be the dono...
A photovoltaic (PV) solar cell has a power output recognized in watts. When the sun is shining, the potential of the PV cell is greater than that of t...
Returning to the battery pack. Let's treat these four batteries as 2 sets of 2. Hook them together as shown and test the voltage to make sure they sho...
Just as we did on the interconnect, breach the positive power lead and install a diode. Make sure the band on the diode is closest to the red wire.
Do the same thing again on the negative side. This time make sure the band of the diode is facing away from the black wire.
With this PV panel came a cigar lighter plug. Yes, I said cigar lighter. Read your owner's manual. That heat source is a CIGAR lighter. We're not goin...
We're now ready to connect the power taps to the PV power plugs. Slide heat shrink tubing over the wire BEFORE soldering the wire to the diode. Attach...
At this point you should have two connectors wired through diodes to the batteries. Check these with a volt meter and there should be no voltage prese...
At this point you're all wired up and you can make some voltage checks to make sure you can safely proceed.
Now that the hard part is out of the way, lets get to the easy stuff. These panels have keyhole shaped mounting holes. Place a screw in the hole and t...
Now that the PV panels are mounted, run the wires into the motor cover.
OCV (Open Circuit Voltage) of these PV panels is on the order of 16-20 volts. If there is an appreciable amount of light out, this is the reading you ...
Connect the PV panels the the battery banks. Next, check your voltages. You should have two banks of 12-15 volts and the overall voltage should be 24 ...
It works and really works well. I've been mowing my lawn every day for three days at the mower i fully charged every time I turn it on. All I need now...
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