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What i'm going to show you today is how to run your raspberry pi off the sun using solar power & Battery.




Step 1: What You need

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Dodutils16 days ago

Little question, why 12V Solar cell + Battery and not 6V ?

BradysoBOT1 month ago

this is a great project, but is there a way to make it switch to wall power once the battery runs dead? I use mine as a web server and I can't have it go down.

Checkout a charging circuit, which should get you on your way to a full blown UPS

AlbericoS11 months ago

hey there is was just wondering if you could run the rpi using this solar panel continously, and if you touched the metal crocodile clips would you get electrocuted?

MikeC9 AlbericoS7 months ago

This is a peak 4W solar panel, and the raspberry pi generally uses about 1.4W (without any add ons), so it should be possible to run indefinitely with direct sunlight.

Touching the exposed metal on this is definitely ok: this uses a 12V battery, which is well within the safe limit.

mikered19 months ago

If you used a model A, the power would last naerly 3x as long.

patnovak1 year ago

great job

this is fantastic. grate job
sahmeepee2 years ago
I think you can get the same solar panel for quite a lot less on Amazon if anyone's looking to make this. It's £30 at Maplin, but only £23 with free delivery at Amazon UK.
tjlm3 years ago
Does the solar panel have a built in charge controller or are you connecting it directly.
koff1979 (author)  tjlm3 years ago
I believe the solar panel has a build in charger controller.
awesome! I just got two of these in the mail, I'm excited to start messing around with them!