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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.

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Step 1: What You need

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Step 2: Connecting the Battery

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First off we need to connect the wire to car power adapter then to the battery.

The battery is a 12V 1.3 ampHour battery The length of time the battery last very much depends on what you are doing with.

But here is quick calculation

If the raspberry pi uses 3 watts a hour then a 12v battery at 1.3 amp hours gives 15.6 watt hours

So 15.6 divide by 3 gives you 5.3 hours.

So the battery should last about 5 hours

If you want it to last long get a bigger batter or wire two up in parallel

Step 3: Connecting USB

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Next we need to plug in the usb power adapter.

I know it possible to make a power adapter from a 12v Battery to USB connection however this way is easier and almost as cheap.

If you would like to make your own adapter search on instructables

Step 4: Connect the Solar panel

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Connect the solar panel to the battery and point it at the sun. 

And now all thats left to do is power up the pi
BradysoBOT12 days 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.

AlbericoS10 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 AlbericoS6 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.

mikered18 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.
tjlm2 years ago
Does the solar panel have a built in charge controller or are you connecting it directly.
koff1979 (author)  tjlm2 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!