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Thats a well done project. Kudos on having a really good video to go with it.
Using regular LEDs will save you and arm and a leg, and are just as easy to use.
Thats pretty cool. I'd love to make this out of LEGOs.
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I know what I'm doing next week. Nice work.
Can you share a video of the animation working?
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We just made a Pikachu out of quarter inch wood using this method. Your video was very helpful.
I wonder if you could use parts from TinyCircuits in order to make it 100% wrist wearable.
Could you make a Keyboard out of this?
When in doubt, simple is best.
Kudos! Thats a very cute laser design!
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Nice work! Overall a really solid build. We want to do something similar in our shop with our x-carve.
I mean, it's not like we posted the ENTIRE project for free online so you can make one without buying anything from us... Nothings stopping anyone from buying these parts elsewhere and making it themselves. (Then again, the big quality thing we add are custom laser cut parts because we're assuming not everyone had a 40 Watt laser cutter in their basement.) But I guess you can't please everyone.
Solar tracking is great, but honestly, you're better off spending extra money on an additional panel or two instead of dealing with it. Think about a bit, do you really want to worry about a moving mechanical system that sits outside 365 days a year? Something that could stop working if a single leaf falls over a sensor? Tracking for home use is rarely worth the extra time, money, and upkeep costs. Adding some extra panels will consistently give you the same results with 99% less work involved. We should know, we sell a small desktop dual axis solar tracking kit and get this question daily from people.
+1 to the kudos. We love the circuit design etching.
You're "dumb charging" the battery. With that much amperage you're going to destroy your battery. The general rule is don't throw more than 10% of the battery capacity at it at any given time, otherwise batteries tend to self destruct.
Looks rather familiar...
Very nicely done. Great DIY project!
It's already quite easy as projects go. Very simple soldering.
Holy wow! Those are some nice looking veggies! I'm envious of all the awesome things you'll be cooking up with them.
And no one is stopping you from doing that. We're showing you who to make it and letting you buy parts from wherever. You act as if we're FORCING you to buy parts from us. Free guide on how to make something.
Don't see how it's fake. We're showing you how to make the project and listing all the supplies you need to make the project. You can buy the kits from us or from somewhere else, either way our directions are here for all to use.
This feels like it's missing some steps...
To answer several of the questions, the REGULATOR is not necessary and is not represented accurately in this (mostly) great write up.What the regulator is doing is trading AMPS for VOLTS. No different than any of the small solar USB projects that appear on instructables from time to time. It's more commonly called a DC to DC Boosting circuit.In fact, it is no way necessary for this project and to make life much easier AS WELL AS not waste energy is to just use a properly sized solar panel. One that is 12V (which means that it needs to really be 18V since you always need 1.5X voltage of the system you're making) so that it works just fine with the solar charge controller. For this kind of project that means an external solar panel OR a fold out solar panel kind of setup. For instanc...see more »To answer several of the questions, the REGULATOR is not necessary and is not represented accurately in this (mostly) great write up.What the regulator is doing is trading AMPS for VOLTS. No different than any of the small solar USB projects that appear on instructables from time to time. It's more commonly called a DC to DC Boosting circuit.In fact, it is no way necessary for this project and to make life much easier AS WELL AS not waste energy is to just use a properly sized solar panel. One that is 12V (which means that it needs to really be 18V since you always need 1.5X voltage of the system you're making) so that it works just fine with the solar charge controller. For this kind of project that means an external solar panel OR a fold out solar panel kind of setup. For instance you could hook up three 6V solar panels together to get yourself 18V, or two 9V panels. This way you'd also increase your amperage as well which means faster charging times.Overall this project deserves a high five, but you need to modify the solar cell aspect a bit and remove the "regulator." Otherwise you're just wasting amps from a solar cell which is already very low on amps to begin with.
Tape projects are very easy to do, which is why we love them.
Except it's missing the entire USB voltage boosting aspect of the circuit, a USB port, and a decent battery capacity. What you have right there is a circuit that'll put out around 3V of power and has a battery capacity of around 800mA. More or less useless when trying to charge up a phone seeing how a phone, or any USB gadget, needs 5V. So theres that whole aspect.
Yup, lithium is better provided you're safe about it.
Thats a common question. Unfortunately due to the simplicity of this project adding in a meter would be rather difficult. You're better off doing that if you make a lithium battery version of this kit. Most lithium charge controllers have a built in battery monitor that gives you some indication of charging.
You could. But you'd need the USB aspect to charge a phone.
Can you show or explain a bit more about how you hooked up the LEDs? Are they all in Parallel or Series?
Amazing work! Love the natural look, and the inlays are spot on!
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