Introduction: Solar Camping Box

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It all begins with me buying the wrong plastic box....
i wanted to do a "solar something" like that for a long time and this was the trigger.

Step 1: Stuff You Need:

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*plastic box
*Solar panel (in my case 12v 5W ≈ ±$10) - some good advice - buy a bigger one!
*Battery (in my case 12v 7ah ≈ ±$25)
*Solar charger (cmp 12 12/24v ≈±$8)
*Load sockets (i bought a set on eBay with two USB sockets and a car lighter socket ≈ don't remember price)
*Wires (i used a power cable and took out the wires
*fuzes (one 10A fuse is enough but used five just because they come in a pack. ( on eBay ≈ don't remember price)

*Most important - one sleeping baby!

Step 2: Tools You Need:

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*Wire cutter
*Soldering tools
*Screw driver
*Hot glue gun
*Voltmeter

Step 3: Connect the Diode

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With the soldering kit connect the diode to the Positive terminal (grey line to flow direction)
finish with the hot glue gun and make sure everything is covered.

Step 4: Assembling the Load Sockets

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This is a good time to think where you want to place each component in the box.
I made the mistake of connecting the battery last. i placed it in the far end of the box and now its not balanced when i carry it around.

To place the sockets i used a soldering pen to cut holes through the box and fitted the sockets.

Step 5: Connecting the Components

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Sorry for this terrible sketch (sleeping baby...)
I intend to put one more load option, a wire with an alligator snaps (if that's how you call it...)

Step 6: Enjoying Your Creation

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Comments

tomatoskins (author)2015-05-27

Great idea! Thanks for sharing and welcome to the community!

IdoM1 (author)tomatoskins2015-05-27

Thank you. definitely my pleasure

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