Instructables: exploring - technology - solar - popular http://www.instructables.com Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:50:08 PST BLOX v1.01 Lifepo4 solar storage battery bank http://www.instructables.com/id/Lifepo4-solar-storage-battery-bank/
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Sat, 22 Nov 2014 09:38:45 PST
Solar Polymorph Mushrooms http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Polymorph-Mushrooms/
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Sun, 16 Nov 2014 16:23:55 PST
portable 20w solar charger http://www.instructables.com/id/portable-20w-solar-charger/
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Sat, 15 Nov 2014 16:41:21 PST
Solar-Powered Heart Rate Monitor http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Powered-Heart-Rate-Monitor/
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Sun, 9 Nov 2014 09:43:31 PST
Mobile Sun-Seeking Robot http://www.instructables.com/id/Mobile-Sun-Seeking-Robot/
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Fri, 7 Nov 2014 13:22:57 PST
Smart Solar Panel With Arduino http://www.instructables.com/id/Smart-Solar-Panel-With-Arduino/
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Sun, 2 Nov 2014 09:57:58 PST
ARDUINO SOLAR CHARGE CONTROLLER ( Version 2.0) http://www.instructables.com/id/ARDUINO-SOLAR-CHARGE-CONTROLLER-Version-20/
ARDUINO SOLAR CHARGE CONTROLLER ( Version 2.0) - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FSU/AXUU/I1TR7O0W/FSUAXUUI1TR7O0W.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FSU/AXUU/I1TR7O0W/FSUAXUUI1TR7O0W.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FSU/AXUU/I1TR7O0W/FSUAXUUI1TR7O0W.SMALL.jpg deba168 One year ago, I began building my own solar system to provide power for my village house.Initially I made a LM317 based charge controller and an Energy meter for monitoring the system.Finally I made PWM charge controller.In April-2014 I posted my PWM solar charge controller designs on the web,it bec...
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Sun, 26 Oct 2014 05:35:43 PDT
$3 Camera-usable Solar Filter http://www.instructables.com/id/3-Camera-usable-Solar-Filter/
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Sat, 19 May 2012 10:09:01 PDT
Solar Science Station http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Science-Station/
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Tue, 7 Oct 2014 13:17:03 PDT
Portable Solar USB Charger http://www.instructables.com/id/Portable-Solar-USB-Charger/
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Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:31:11 PDT
SOLAR POWERED ARDUINO WEATHER STATION http://www.instructables.com/id/SOLAR-POWERED-ARDUINO-WEATHER-STATION/
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Mon, 8 Sep 2014 08:39:19 PDT
DIY Solar Tracker http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Solar-Tracker/
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Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:42:23 PDT
Rocket Kit - Beginner Solar Powered + LED http://www.instructables.com/id/Rocket-Kit-Beginner-Solar-Powered-LED/
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Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:20:13 PDT
Solar Powered Soldering Station http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Powered-Soldering-Station/
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Fri, 14 Feb 2014 21:59:51 PST
IKEA Hack: Solar Powered Bike Light http://www.instructables.com/id/IKEA-Hack-Solar-Powered-Bike-Light/
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Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:07:17 PDT
DIY SOLAR FLASHLIGHT http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-SOLAR-FLASHLIGHT/
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Wed, 18 Jun 2014 05:42:18 PDT
LightBuddy: A Superbright LED Necklace http://www.instructables.com/id/LightBuddy/
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Mon, 26 May 2014 08:55:02 PDT
Solar Scare Mosquito http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Scare-Mosquito/
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Thu, 15 May 2014 09:21:52 PDT
Voltaic Solar Powered Pollution Monitor http://www.instructables.com/id/Voltaic-Solar-Powered-Pollution-Monitor/
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Wed, 30 Apr 2014 11:03:08 PDT
Make A Solar Bluetooth Speaker (Homebrew Big Jambox) http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-A-Solar-Bluetooth-Speaker-Homebrew-Big-Jambox/
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Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:15:42 PDT
ARDUINO SOLAR CHARGE CONTROLLER (Version-1) http://www.instructables.com/id/ARDUINO-SOLAR-CHARGE-CONTROLLER-PWM/
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Wed, 9 Apr 2014 01:49:18 PDT
9V Solar Battery Charger http://www.instructables.com/id/9V-Solar-Battery-Charger/
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Tue, 12 Apr 2011 21:28:14 PDT
CSS555 Solar Engine http://www.instructables.com/id/CSS555-Solar-Engine/
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Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:44:34 PDT
A solar tracking automatic motorized window blind retrofit using Arduino http://www.instructables.com/id/A-solar-tracking-automatic-motorized-window-blind-/
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Wed, 12 Mar 2014 17:10:08 PDT
Smart mint the solar phone charger http://www.instructables.com/id/Smart-mint-the-solar-phone-charger/
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Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:59:47 PST
ARDUINO ENERGY METER http://www.instructables.com/id/ARDUINO-ENERGY-METER/
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Fri, 17 Jan 2014 05:44:50 PST
Solar powered stove using 100% recycled materials http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-powered-stove-using-100-recycled-materials/
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Mon, 4 May 2009 13:19:00 PDT
Solar Powered 24 Hour Greenhouse http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Powered-24-Hour-Greenhouse/
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Mon, 20 Jan 2014 22:32:19 PST
Maintaining a small-scale 3D printing facility in Uganda http://www.instructables.com/id/Maintaining-a-small-scale-3D-printing-facility-in-/
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Mon, 20 Jan 2014 07:46:52 PST
Solar-Powered Robot http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Powered-Robot/
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Wed, 8 Jan 2014 13:14:17 PST
Solar-Powered Interior Mailbox Light http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Powered-Interior-Mailbox-Light/
Solar-Powered Interior Mailbox Light - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FGJ/YDAI/HPXFRVGA/FGJYDAIHPXFRVGA.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FGJ/YDAI/HPXFRVGA/FGJYDAIHPXFRVGA.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FGJ/YDAI/HPXFRVGA/FGJYDAIHPXFRVGA.SMALL.jpg rtech My wife recently ran over one of our cheap solar lights and demolished it. The electronics were still intact and operable, so I decided to tackle a little project I conjured up a couple of weeks ago. This project re-uses the electronics from a battery-powered, solar-charged outdoor light and adapts...
By: rtech

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Wed, 1 Jan 2014 14:19:01 PST
Solar USB Charger http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-USB-Charger-22/
Solar USB Charger - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FD6/EH7E/HPQO9GIP/FD6EH7EHPQO9GIP.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FD6/EH7E/HPQO9GIP/FD6EH7EHPQO9GIP.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FD6/EH7E/HPQO9GIP/FD6EH7EHPQO9GIP.SMALL.jpg sammydogjj In this 'ible I will be instructing you on how to build your own simple solar USB charger! Gather Your Supplies 1. A 5v (or a little less) solar panel Note: If your panel is under 1 amp or 4.5 volts, just use a boost driver or transistor. If your panel is too powerful use a regulator or resistor....
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Sat, 28 Dec 2013 12:02:42 PST
USB Solar Charger http://www.instructables.com/id/USB-Solar-Charger/
USB Solar Charger - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FEJ/3VXH/HO7X35JK/FEJ3VXHHO7X35JK.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FEJ/3VXH/HO7X35JK/FEJ3VXHHO7X35JK.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FEJ/3VXH/HO7X35JK/FEJ3VXHHO7X35JK.SMALL.jpg laffinm This Instructable will show you how to build a cheap and easy USB charger that charges by solar power. Acquire Materials You will need the following: •An Altoids tin•a small car USB charger•a small toggle switch•a rechargeable nine volt battery and a clip•a small solar panelOther Tools/Materials:...
By: laffinm

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Sun, 24 Nov 2013 09:36:36 PST
Lithium Heavy Duty Solar USB Charger 2.0 http://www.instructables.com/id/Lithium-Heavy-Duty-Solar-USB-Charger-20/
Lithium Heavy Duty Solar USB Charger 2.0 - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FL8/5SW1/HNXRPKVK/FL85SW1HNXRPKVK.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FL8/5SW1/HNXRPKVK/FL85SW1HNXRPKVK.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FL8/5SW1/HNXRPKVK/FL85SW1HNXRPKVK.SMALL.jpg JoshuaZimmerman Sometimes you need a whole lot of solar power to get your gadgets going. Bigger phones, tablets, and gadgets mean that they're more power hungry. When normal DIY solar chargers fail you, you need to turn to a Heavy Duty solution. In this project I'm going to show you how to create a Lithium Heavy...
By: JoshuaZimmerman

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Sat, 23 Nov 2013 12:06:48 PST
Solar USB Charger 2.0 http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-USB-Charger-20-21/
Solar USB Charger 2.0 - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FE0/T4BR/HNSDZNAO/FE0T4BRHNSDZNAO.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FE0/T4BR/HNSDZNAO/FE0T4BRHNSDZNAO.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FE0/T4BR/HNSDZNAO/FE0T4BRHNSDZNAO.SMALL.jpg JoshuaZimmerman Everyone has USB gadgets. It's pretty much a fact of life. Another fact of life is that these USB gadgets also continually run out of power when you most need them. No need to fear, solar power is here! Ditch those crazy wall adaptors, throw out the laptop, and start making your own solar charge...
By: JoshuaZimmerman

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Tue, 12 Nov 2013 16:12:05 PST
Ultrabright LED Emergency Lamp (Rechargeable!) http://www.instructables.com/id/Ultrabright-LED-Emergency-Lamp/
Ultrabright LED Emergency Lamp (Rechargeable!) - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FF7/CNYF/HNRHW0WN/FF7CNYFHNRHW0WN.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FF7/CNYF/HNRHW0WN/FF7CNYFHNRHW0WN.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FF7/CNYF/HNRHW0WN/FF7CNYFHNRHW0WN.SMALL.jpg ASCAS Preparing for a calamity or planning to go camping in the vast wilderness? Make an ultrabright emergency light in less than 5 minutes! It glows 360° and is completely WATERPROOF!. In addition the jar's lid can be detached from the jar turning it into a compact flashlight! This is a simple project th...
By: ASCAS

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Fri, 8 Nov 2013 19:03:37 PST
Heavy Duty Solar USB Charger (In a tin!) http://www.instructables.com/id/Heavy-Duty-Solar-USB-Charger-In-a-tin/
Heavy Duty Solar USB Charger (In a tin!) - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FCB/5VEE/H0OJ08Y9/FCB5VEEH0OJ08Y9.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FCB/5VEE/H0OJ08Y9/FCB5VEEH0OJ08Y9.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FCB/5VEE/H0OJ08Y9/FCB5VEEH0OJ08Y9.SMALL.jpg JoshuaZimmerman Last year I made several popular instructables on creating cheap and easy to build USB Chargers. Many people have emailed me about these and offered up many constructive ideas and comments, which lead me to reflect on ways to improve my design. So after a full year of minty smelling solar USB char...
By: JoshuaZimmerman

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Sat, 14 Apr 2012 10:42:22 PDT
free energy from rgb leds serially http://www.instructables.com/id/free-energy-from-rgb-leds-serially/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FHD/UGJ3/HLSHGTU0/FHDUGJ3HLSHGTU0.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FHD/UGJ3/HLSHGTU0/FHDUGJ3HLSHGTU0.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FHD/UGJ3/HLSHGTU0/FHDUGJ3HLSHGTU0.SMALL.jpg omunozb 8 rgb leds (common cathode) serially, sun, meter..... outputs 7 volts dc. rgb led like solar cells...... it works. :) face up the sun and tilt it 35-40 degrees.
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Fri, 20 Sep 2013 05:36:18 PDT
Wired control robot manual http://www.instructables.com/id/Wired-control-robot-manual-4x4/
Wired control robot manual - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FM1/2L0S/H19RQR7Q/FM12L0SH19RQR7Q.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FM1/2L0S/H19RQR7Q/FM12L0SH19RQR7Q.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FM1/2L0S/H19RQR7Q/FM12L0SH19RQR7Q.SMALL.jpg Avadhut.Deshmukh Simple Wired  Robot Manual tethered by the control wired,wire 4x2 or 4x4 ! dc gear motor 300rpm-1000rpm ...racing 4x4,robot mod,robot wars fight !If you want to make a robot at your home, let me tell you this. There are basically five types of robots they are:- 1.LEVEL ONE ROBOT (wired robot with 2 ...
By: Avadhut.Deshmukh

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Sat, 21 Apr 2012 07:59:21 PDT
How to make a cheap solar usb charger http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-cheap-solar-usb-charger/
How to make a cheap solar usb charger - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FVM/OO9S/GN4CZU3Q/FVMOO9SGN4CZU3Q.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FVM/OO9S/GN4CZU3Q/FVMOO9SGN4CZU3Q.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FVM/OO9S/GN4CZU3Q/FVMOO9SGN4CZU3Q.SMALL.jpg aekara In this instructable I am going to show you how to make a solar usb charger from old garden lights  With that charger you can charge every device that uses the usb port to charge like : (mp3 player, iphone,psp's etc.) (In my solar charger i put some led's to be able to use it as a torch) What yo...
By: aekara

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Sat, 30 Apr 2011 12:31:18 PDT
NaCade - The Naked Raspberry Pi Arcade Machine http://www.instructables.com/id/NaCade-The-Naked-Raspberry-Pi-Arcade-Machine/
NaCade - The Naked Raspberry Pi Arcade Machine - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FXZ/XNI8/HKPX6H1B/FXZXNI8HKPX6H1B.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FXZ/XNI8/HKPX6H1B/FXZXNI8HKPX6H1B.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FXZ/XNI8/HKPX6H1B/FXZXNI8HKPX6H1B.SMALL.jpg krimmy Who doesn't like gaming? Having grown up playing arcade machines, as a kid you could only dream of owning one. Now with advances in technology, gaming is available to everybody. Sure, there is plenty consoles and handheld units even smartphones to choose from but what I wanted was the nostalgic feel...
By: krimmy

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Sat, 24 Aug 2013 22:46:00 PDT
DIY Portable USB Solar Charger ($20 - 4 Ports) http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Portable-USB-Solar-Charger-20-4-Ports/
DIY Portable USB Solar Charger ($20 - 4 Ports) - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FID/MDOY/HKVLCQAG/FIDMDOYHKVLCQAG.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FID/MDOY/HKVLCQAG/FIDMDOYHKVLCQAG.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FID/MDOY/HKVLCQAG/FIDMDOYHKVLCQAG.SMALL.jpg ASCAS Dreamed of making a cheap and "EXTREMELY RELIABLE" portable USB solar charger? Here's a quick tutorial, revealing how I made mine with a budget less than $20! ___________________________________________________________________________________ I have so many uses for it. When we travel and go camping...
By: ASCAS

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Fri, 23 Aug 2013 23:51:14 PDT
Arduino Controlled Solar Fountain http://www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-Controlled-Solar-Fountain/
Arduino Controlled Solar Fountain - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FTP/W29W/HJKBVSON/FTPW29WHJKBVSON.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FTP/W29W/HJKBVSON/FTPW29WHJKBVSON.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FTP/W29W/HJKBVSON/FTPW29WHJKBVSON.SMALL.jpg DIY Hacks and How Tos A fountain can make a nice decorative fixture for your garden. But it isn't always easy to run a power cord out to where you want it. So I decided to run it on solar power. The system is controlled by an Arduino. This allows you to save energy by programming when the fountain will be turned on. ...
By: DIY Hacks and How Tos

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Mon, 19 Aug 2013 17:44:14 PDT
Portable Solar Tracker (No microcontroller required!) http://www.instructables.com/id/Portable-Solar-Tracker/
Portable Solar Tracker (No microcontroller required!) - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FRA/GBWT/HJZ865XX/FRAGBWTHJZ865XX.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FRA/GBWT/HJZ865XX/FRAGBWTHJZ865XX.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FRA/GBWT/HJZ865XX/FRAGBWTHJZ865XX.SMALL.jpg spencerearly Ever wanted to keep your solar panel in full sun all day long without having to constantly move it?  A solar tracker may be the answer.  This tracker has the advantage of being portable - if you move it, the tracker will automatically adjust back to the sun, unlike the chronological solar trackers. ...
By: spencerearly

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Thu, 15 Aug 2013 17:34:30 PDT
Goggles for DeathRays (steampunk) http://www.instructables.com/id/Goggles-for-DeathRays-steampunked/
Goggles for DeathRays (steampunk) - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F85/SNAW/HJKC2NWG/F85SNAWHJKC2NWG.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F85/SNAW/HJKC2NWG/F85SNAWHJKC2NWG.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F85/SNAW/HJKC2NWG/F85SNAWHJKC2NWG.SMALL.jpg Dreamchronic Simple cheap goggles for working with deathrays. I made them a while ago, but i thought i´ll share it anyway. I didn´t need any expensive ones, i just needed to protect my eyes. You can slowly lost your vision by looking at the spot where you concentrate the light, if you don't use protection. If y...
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Sat, 3 Aug 2013 16:52:25 PDT
A Primitive USB Solar Charger That Costs You Less Than 5 mins http://www.instructables.com/id/A-Primitive-USB-Solar-Charger-That-Costs-You-Less-/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FT9/YTDR/HJ605OU3/FT9YTDRHJ605OU3.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FT9/YTDR/HJ605OU3/FT9YTDRHJ605OU3.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FT9/YTDR/HJ605OU3/FT9YTDRHJ605OU3.SMALL.jpg seeedstudio Here I present you a pretty pretty simple and primitive USB solar charger. Simple, yet useful at a lot of time!  I use it to charge my power bank, but you can use it to charge another equipment that requires 5V input.  However be aware that it's a PRIMITIVE charger, the output voltage might be not q...
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Thu, 18 Jul 2013 01:26:30 PDT
Making a 1 Watt Solar Array. http://www.instructables.com/id/Making-a-1-Watt-Solar-Array/
Making a 1 Watt Solar Array. - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FBV/329P/GVMITGIH/FBV329PGVMITGIH.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FBV/329P/GVMITGIH/FBV329PGVMITGIH.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FBV/329P/GVMITGIH/FBV329PGVMITGIH.SMALL.jpg Josehf Murchison I love my neighbor’s garbage I call them the parts department. In this, instructible I am building a Solar Array out of 30 solar lights my neighbor threw out. For this project I am only going to use 18 of the solar cells for the array I am building. The array will be able to charge a 12 volt 10 wat...
By: Josehf Murchison

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Thu, 1 Dec 2011 10:07:48 PST
NES Controller Night Light in Resin http://www.instructables.com/id/NES-Controller-Night-Light-in-Resin/
NES Controller Night Light in Resin - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F4I/N9NP/HH2VJDAK/F4IN9NPHH2VJDAK.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F4I/N9NP/HH2VJDAK/F4IN9NPHH2VJDAK.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F4I/N9NP/HH2VJDAK/F4IN9NPHH2VJDAK.SMALL.jpg lonesoulsurfer How to mod a NES controller and turn it into a night light. Anyone who was lucky enough to own a NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) will remember the sheer joy of playing games on this ground breaking system.  I got mine in 1987 (the year it was released in Australia) for my 13th birthday (yes I a...
By: lonesoulsurfer

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Sun, 26 May 2013 06:01:56 PDT
Solar Powered Heart Blinky LED Pendant Jewelry http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Powered-Heart-Blinky-LED-Pendant-Jewelry/
Solar Powered Heart Blinky LED Pendant Jewelry - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FH0/DMGJ/HGH72JPP/FH0DMGJHGH72JPP.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FH0/DMGJ/HGH72JPP/FH0DMGJHGH72JPP.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FH0/DMGJ/HGH72JPP/FH0DMGJHGH72JPP.SMALL.jpg lumenjewelry This instructable is for solar powered heart with a pulsing red LED.  It measures about 2" by 1.25", including the USB tab.  It has one hole through the top of the board, making hanging easy.  Wear it as a necklace, earrings, bond on a pin, or hang it in a window.  The possibilities are up to you, a...
By: lumenjewelry

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Thu, 16 May 2013 19:52:18 PDT
Solar Powered Owl Blinky LED Pendant Jewelry http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Powered-Owl-Blinky-LED-Pendant-Jewelry/
Solar Powered Owl Blinky LED Pendant Jewelry - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FDU/8WT6/HGH6QBY0/FDU8WT6HGH6QBY0.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FDU/8WT6/HGH6QBY0/FDU8WT6HGH6QBY0.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FDU/8WT6/HGH6QBY0/FDU8WT6HGH6QBY0.SMALL.jpg lumenjewelry This instructable is for solar powered Owl with amber LEDs for eyes.  It measures about 2" by 1.25", including the USB tab.  It has one hole through the top of the board, making hanging easy.  Wear it as a necklace, earrings, bond on a pin, or hang it in a window.  The possibilities are up to you, a...
By: lumenjewelry

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Wed, 15 May 2013 19:41:04 PDT