Instructables: exploring - workshop - solar - popular http://www.instructables.com Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:13:20 PDT BLOX v1.01 Solar Powered Ostrich Egg http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Powered-Ostrich-Egg/
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By: Ruud van Koningsbrugge

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:37:24 PDT
Solar charger http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-charger-2/
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Thu, 10 Apr 2014 08:49:02 PDT
Solar PV charge/discharge current monitoring http://www.instructables.com/id/Cheap-DMM-Digital-Multi-Meter-based-PV-solar-cha/
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Wed, 26 Sep 2012 20:06:12 PDT
Low-cost Solar Cell Encapsulation to make Modular, Pocket-Sized Solar Panels http://www.instructables.com/id/Low-cost-Solar-Cell-Encapsulation-to-make-Modular-/
Low-cost Solar Cell Encapsulation to make Modular, Pocket-Sized Solar Panels - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FV2/7OJJ/HT5CSF04/FV27OJJHT5CSF04.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FV2/7OJJ/HT5CSF04/FV27OJJHT5CSF04.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FV2/7OJJ/HT5CSF04/FV27OJJHT5CSF04.SMALL.jpg cp123127 Have you ever been outside and had your phone die? Have you ever wanted to make your own solar panels for charging a cell phone or electronics project? Now you can! Each panel provides 0 - 0.5V at 400-1000mA depending on load and lighting, and costs $1.25 in materials. The panels are linkable by...
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Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:45:05 PDT
Using A Voltaic Solar Panel For An EL Wire Logo http://www.instructables.com/id/Using-A-Voltaic-Solar-Panel-For-An-EL-Wire-Logo/
Using A Voltaic Solar Panel For An EL Wire Logo - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FD0/PBQ9/HT9AS0TB/FD0PBQ9HT9AS0TB.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FD0/PBQ9/HT9AS0TB/FD0PBQ9HT9AS0TB.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FD0/PBQ9/HT9AS0TB/FD0PBQ9HT9AS0TB.SMALL.jpg ejk00 For the March Build Night with Voltaic Systems, we thought it would be great to use the 6 Watt system they sent us to power up the Omaha Maker Group EL Wire Logo that hangs in our front window.   For more information on the creation of the EL Wire logo, click here. The Basics The Voltaic Systems...
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Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:57:02 PDT
Solar Thermal Cooker http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Thermal-Cooker-1/
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Fri, 21 Mar 2014 11:29:08 PDT
Portable Solar Powered Outlet http://www.instructables.com/id/Portable-Solar-Powered-Outlet/
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Sun, 24 Jun 2012 11:35:47 PDT
the "mini solar book", torch and charger http://www.instructables.com/id/the-mini-solar-book-torch-and-charger/
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Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:41:49 PDT
Solar Panel Setup around $100 http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Panel-Setup-around-100/
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Fri, 7 Mar 2014 16:26:32 PST
DIY Long Lasting 36 Cell Solar Panel (60 Watts) http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Long-Lasting-36-Cell-Solar-Panel-60-Watts/
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Sun, 2 Mar 2014 19:16:11 PST
Open Source Solarpad Kit Solar USB Charger http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Solarpad-Kit-Powerful-USB-Solar-Charger/
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By: Solarcycle

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Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:43:05 PST
Solar Battery Charging http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Battery-Charging/
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Tue, 28 Nov 2006 05:33:50 PST
easy solar charger and PSU [UPDATED] http://www.instructables.com/id/easy-solar-charger-and-PSU/
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Mon, 17 Feb 2014 11:18:54 PST
DIY Solar Air Heater Boxes http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Solar-Air-Heater-Boxes/
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Sat, 1 Feb 2014 11:58:12 PST
DIY Mini Solar Car! (14kph Toy) http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Mini-Solar-Car-14kph-Ultrafast-Toy/
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Mon, 4 Nov 2013 10:08:29 PST
From a dim garden light to a bright flash light. (solar) http://www.instructables.com/id/From-dim-garden-light-to-bright-flash-light-solar/
From a dim garden light to a bright flash light. (solar) - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F5H/DDRY/HMMFB51H/F5HDDRYHMMFB51H.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F5H/DDRY/HMMFB51H/F5HDDRYHMMFB51H.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F5H/DDRY/HMMFB51H/F5HDDRYHMMFB51H.SMALL.jpg out-of-the-box I was in the dollar store the other day and saw this tiny garden rock, once I looked closer I noticed it was more than a rock. It was a solar garden light. It only costed one dollar and out of curiosity I had to buy it. I was browsing the web the other day and came across a product review for a sola...
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Fri, 11 Oct 2013 17:37:38 PDT
Solar Death Ray (TV Fresnel Lens) http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Death-Ray-TV-Fresnel-Lens/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FZD/6L5S/HM8DFHBD/FZD6L5SHM8DFHBD.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FZD/6L5S/HM8DFHBD/FZD6L5SHM8DFHBD.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FZD/6L5S/HM8DFHBD/FZD6L5SHM8DFHBD.SMALL.jpg bennelson For all of you would-be eco-friendly mad-scientists, I present to you a way to dominate the world! But only on sunny days - THE SOLAR DEATH RAY! This is simply a free projection lens from the front of an old television, mounted in a wood frame. It's any easy project anyone can build with only simpl...
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Tue, 1 Oct 2013 12:24:02 PDT
Recycled Solar Power http://www.instructables.com/id/Recycled-Solar-Power/
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Sat, 18 Apr 2009 21:29:46 PDT
Bicycle Frame Polar Tracker http://www.instructables.com/id/Bicycle-Frame-Polar-Tracker/
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Wed, 11 Sep 2013 23:07:01 PDT
Solar Powered Sausage Cooker http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Powered-Sausage-Cooker/
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Tue, 10 Sep 2013 15:37:18 PDT
Small scale home solar project http://www.instructables.com/id/Small-scale-home-solar-project/
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Sat, 12 Feb 2011 09:49:39 PST
Solar Swing-Set (PV Playhouse) http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Swing-Set-PV-Playhouse/
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Sat, 7 Sep 2013 16:40:40 PDT
Pool Solar Heater or Optical Illusion for Entertainment http://www.instructables.com/id/Pool-Solar-Heater-or-Optical-Illusion-for-Entertai/
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Wed, 4 Sep 2013 17:53:25 PDT
Portable Solar Generator on a bike trailer for Burning Man http://www.instructables.com/id/Portable-Solar-Generator-on-a-bike-trailer-for-Bur/
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Tue, 30 Sep 2008 11:10:04 PDT
DIY Home Solar: Planning a Solar Array (Beginner's Guide) http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Home-Solar-Planning-a-Solar-Array-Beginners/
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Sat, 19 Jun 2010 10:11:43 PDT
make a solar cell easily http://www.instructables.com/id/make-a-solar-cell-easily/
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Thu, 22 Aug 2013 06:20:12 PDT
Humid Climate Solar Dehydrator http://www.instructables.com/id/Humid-Climate-Solar-Dehydrator/
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Thu, 21 May 2009 23:02:23 PDT
Solar Food Dryer http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Food-Dryer/
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Tue, 13 Aug 2013 06:48:13 PDT
Solar Thermal Motor http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Thermal-Motor/
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Wed, 27 Jun 2007 21:19:01 PDT
ICARUS: The Analog Heliostat http://www.instructables.com/id/ICARUS-The-Analog-Heliosat/
ICARUS: The Analog Heliostat - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FOA/NNK5/HHTE0Y0B/FOANNK5HHTE0Y0B.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FOA/NNK5/HHTE0Y0B/FOANNK5HHTE0Y0B.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FOA/NNK5/HHTE0Y0B/FOANNK5HHTE0Y0B.SMALL.jpg Renard_Bleu Have you ever been sitting in the shade and thought "I wish the sun could come to me"? Well now it can. I wanted to squeeze some extra sunlight into my life to provide some free heat as well as reduce the risk of the Crabby-McNasties. There is a wonderful device called a heliostat which can reflect...
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Fri, 14 Jun 2013 06:25:47 PDT
"Off Grid" DC Solar Electric Garage Lighting... Hard Wired and Fully Integrated http://www.instructables.com/id/Off-Grid-DC-Solar-Electric-Garage-Lighting-Ha/
"Off Grid" DC Solar Electric Garage Lighting... Hard Wired and Fully Integrated - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F3Z/REEN/HHCEJVOH/F3ZREENHHCEJVOH.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F3Z/REEN/HHCEJVOH/F3ZREENHHCEJVOH.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F3Z/REEN/HHCEJVOH/F3ZREENHHCEJVOH.SMALL.jpg EcoMotive In this Instructable I will show you how I set up my solar electric garage lighting. I'm using a Fenix International ReadySet Solar Kit to power my lights. During sunny weather the 15 watt solar panel generates electricity and stores it in the battery pack. With a day's charge I can run the DC elect...
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Fri, 28 Jun 2013 12:45:42 PDT
Solarize your backpack and power all your gizmos http://www.instructables.com/id/Solarize-your-backpack-and-power-all-your-gizmos/
Solarize your backpack and power all your gizmos - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FDX/8DXX/FJNEJ3DM/FDX8DXXFJNEJ3DM.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FDX/8DXX/FJNEJ3DM/FDX8DXXFJNEJ3DM.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FDX/8DXX/FJNEJ3DM/FDX8DXXFJNEJ3DM.SMALL.jpg Kajnjaps In this instructable I'll show you how to build a detachable solar panel and battery charger for your backpack. This can power or charge all your gadgets (cell phone, mp3 player...) while on the road. HAMs can use it to power small QRP transmitters and receivers on a field day etc. I was inspired by...
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Sun, 10 Aug 2008 06:12:13 PDT
SOLAR CANNON FLASH STEAM CANON http://www.instructables.com/id/SOLAR-CANON-FLASH-STEAM-CANON/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FHV/X82L/HHMI6RXK/FHVX82LHHMI6RXK.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FHV/X82L/HHMI6RXK/FHVX82LHHMI6RXK.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FHV/X82L/HHMI6RXK/FHVX82LHHMI6RXK.SMALL.jpg GREENPOWERSCIENCE This is a parabolic trough focused with a linear beam along a steel pipe that allow water to FLASH into steam creating a projectile launch exceeding 350 FPS.
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Fri, 7 Jun 2013 08:35:02 PDT
Create Your Own Solar Powered Mason Jar Nightlight from Junk http://www.instructables.com/id/Create-Your-Own-Solar-Powered-Mason-Jar-Nightlight/
Create Your Own Solar Powered Mason Jar Nightlight from Junk - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FN8/RLV9/HH2VZDFT/FN8RLV9HH2VZDFT.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FN8/RLV9/HH2VZDFT/FN8RLV9HH2VZDFT.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FN8/RLV9/HH2VZDFT/FN8RLV9HH2VZDFT.SMALL.jpg mazzmn It's spring which of course means two things:   - Rain, snow and snow-shovels have left wornout, damaged and broken solar garden lights in the yard.   - Garden centers are running specials on new solar lights (I found several stores selling them for $1 each) I managed to avoid throwing out several ...
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Sun, 26 May 2013 10:03:32 PDT
Solar Plane http://www.instructables.com/id/Introduction-47/
Solar Plane - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FE0/YUKY/HH2VZI61/FE0YUKYHH2VZI61.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FE0/YUKY/HH2VZI61/FE0YUKYHH2VZI61.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FE0/YUKY/HH2VZI61/FE0YUKYHH2VZI61.SMALL.jpg jeffmazter406 Introduction: This instructable will show you how to create a solar powered plane. This project was done at Newman Smith High School (Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District [CFBISD]) in Carrollton, Texas and was sponsored by the Texas A&M University Society of Flight Test Engineers. ...
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Mon, 27 May 2013 15:27:20 PDT
Altoids Smalls Solar Powered USB Charger http://www.instructables.com/id/Altoids-Smalls-Solar-Powered-USB-Charger/
Altoids Smalls Solar Powered USB Charger - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FFD/XJSP/HFSHW1BX/FFDXJSPHFSHW1BX.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FFD/XJSP/HFSHW1BX/FFDXJSPHFSHW1BX.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FFD/XJSP/HFSHW1BX/FFDXJSPHFSHW1BX.SMALL.jpg bird123457 This instructable will teach you how to make your very own solar powered USB charger out of an Altoids Smalls tin. It is an eco-friendly way to conserve energy. The Solar Panel I am using for this project has a dial on it so you can chose your output number of volts, therefore I am able to use it fo...
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Mon, 6 May 2013 06:25:56 PDT
Make rad solar panels in minutes with a sweet desktop laminator http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-rad-solar-panels-with-a-sweet-desktop-laminat/
Make rad solar panels in minutes with a sweet desktop laminator - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FO2/GEB0/HFWSTA41/FO2GEB0HFWSTA41.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FO2/GEB0/HFWSTA41/FO2GEB0HFWSTA41.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FO2/GEB0/HFWSTA41/FO2GEB0HFWSTA41.SMALL.jpg prank I know what you're thinking.  It's written all over your face.  You're all, "awww, man!  I'm sitting here, ready to make a solar panel, and I've got my silicon cells and EVA all ready and waiting, but my dang kid just threw my soldering iron at the glass I was going to use for the frontsheet, and no...
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Thu, 25 Apr 2013 11:48:05 PDT
Giant Sun Jar http://www.instructables.com/id/Giant-Sun-Jar/
Giant Sun Jar - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FDZ/ULCO/HFBK1H4Y/FDZULCOHFBK1H4Y.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FDZ/ULCO/HFBK1H4Y/FDZULCOHFBK1H4Y.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FDZ/ULCO/HFBK1H4Y/FDZULCOHFBK1H4Y.SMALL.jpg depotdevoid I love my solar lights, as I've documented here and there on this site, particularly those that I put in jars and bottles.  I've had this oversize glass cookie jar cluttering up my counter space for years, and when we decided to get rid of it, I figured I'd repurpose it instead of sending it off t...
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Mon, 15 Apr 2013 20:57:00 PDT
Tig Rod Feeder (Bin Wall Challenge) http://www.instructables.com/id/Tig-Rod-Feeder-Bin-Wall-Challenge/
Tig Rod Feeder (Bin Wall Challenge) - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FOO/7BU1/HFD1DGVP/FOO7BU1HFD1DGVP.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FOO/7BU1/HFD1DGVP/FOO7BU1HFD1DGVP.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FOO/7BU1/HFD1DGVP/FOO7BU1HFD1DGVP.SMALL.jpg jtinst I've been learning to TIG weld and one of the tricky parts to master is feeding the filler rod with my non-dominant hand.  It's been a while since I've done the challenge, so I thought I'd see what I could rustle up in way of an automatic rod feeder using just components from the TechShop bin wall. ...
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Sun, 14 Apr 2013 13:14:01 PDT
DIY Solar panels - air heaters made of pop cans http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-panel-air-heater-made-of-pop-cans/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FKN/6CI6/GQ5QC3S1/FKN6CI6GQ5QC3S1.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FKN/6CI6/GQ5QC3S1/FKN6CI6GQ5QC3S1.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FKN/6CI6/GQ5QC3S1/FKN6CI6GQ5QC3S1.SMALL.jpg Mladen_solar It is really simple and cheap to build DIY solar panels for supplemental home heating, and it heats the air directly. The most interesting is the fact that collector is almost entirely constructed out of empty aluminum cans! Housing for solar collector is made of wood (plywood 15mm), while its fro...
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Wed, 20 Jul 2011 06:17:46 PDT
SIMPLE HOMEMADE STILL Distiller Vacuum Tube http://www.instructables.com/id/SIMPLE-HOMEMADE-STILL-Distiller-Vacuum-Tube/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FDL/GW0I/H673CS9Z/FDLGW0IH673CS9Z.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FDL/GW0I/H673CS9Z/FDLGW0IH673CS9Z.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FDL/GW0I/H673CS9Z/FDLGW0IH673CS9Z.SMALL.jpg GREENPOWERSCIENCE This is an instant way of distilling liquids. The capture method is not the most efficient but does work good for fast setups. The dish is not a necessity as the vacuum tube will boil water with direct sunlight only or the addition of a flat mirror on the back side.
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Sat, 25 Aug 2012 10:56:11 PDT
Build a simple solar still http://www.instructables.com/id/Build-a-simple-solar-still/
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Sun, 3 Mar 2013 15:52:49 PST
Building a micro solar generator http://www.instructables.com/id/Building-a-micro-solar-generator/
Building a micro solar generator - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FEJ/543N/RIQEYMW0POC/FEJ543NRIQEYMW0POC.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FEJ/543N/RIQEYMW0POC/FEJ543NRIQEYMW0POC.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FEJ/543N/RIQEYMW0POC/FEJ543NRIQEYMW0POC.SMALL.jpg RoDuS1488 This is a little solar generator i made for camping and fishing. It could come in handy in a power outage as well. supplies needed: 1.26w weather proof solar panel $30.00 (cabelas) 12v 7.5amp rechargeable sealed lead-acid battery $30.00 (radioshack) 12v socket $11.00 (walmart) cooler $8.00 (walma...
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Tue, 27 Feb 2007 20:22:03 PST
Solar Food Dehydrator (Dryer) http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Food-Dehydrator-Dryer/
Solar Food Dehydrator (Dryer) - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FGU/DH6W/G0AMJZEN/FGUDH6WG0AMJZEN.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FGU/DH6W/G0AMJZEN/FGUDH6WG0AMJZEN.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FGU/DH6W/G0AMJZEN/FGUDH6WG0AMJZEN.SMALL.jpg Permaculture Dry your fruit, vegetables, and other goods with your own sun powered dehydrator. Electric Food Dehydrators can be expensive and consume unnecessary energy. This solar dehydrator was made entirely of recovered materials. It was constructed with scrap ply wood, 2x4s from an old ladder, a house window...
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Sun, 4 Oct 2009 21:49:20 PDT
How to Make a Simple Cardboard Solar Oven http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Simple-Cardboard-Solar-Oven/
How to Make a Simple Cardboard Solar Oven - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F08/6FED/G7DYQKQ4/F086FEDG7DYQKQ4.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F08/6FED/G7DYQKQ4/F086FEDG7DYQKQ4.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F08/6FED/G7DYQKQ4/F086FEDG7DYQKQ4.SMALL.jpg solaroven The sun is arguably one of the humanity's most important tool for survival. It gives off practically unlimited amounts of light that is used by plants to generate energy and animals for heat. It can be used to generate electricity with solar panels, hot water with solar hot water heaters, and many o...
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Sun, 11 Apr 2010 17:04:35 PDT
Cardboard and Duct tape Solar Oven http://www.instructables.com/id/Cardboard-and-Duct-tape-Solar-Oven/
Cardboard and Duct tape Solar Oven - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F3A/L5F2/HD4VOEA3/F3AL5F2HD4VOEA3.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F3A/L5F2/HD4VOEA3/F3AL5F2HD4VOEA3.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F3A/L5F2/HD4VOEA3/F3AL5F2HD4VOEA3.SMALL.jpg aleutianwind This instructable is about a solar oven I made out of an old picture frame, two cardboard boxes, some duct tape, aluminum foil, white glue and crumpled newspaper. You will need to find a picture frame. I used regular glass but tempered glass would be better as it gets very hot and could shatter if y...
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Thu, 14 Feb 2013 22:34:31 PST
How to Solder Solar Cells Together http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Solder-Solar-Cells-Together/
How to Solder Solar Cells Together - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FET/J98Z/HCV92BNU/FETJ98ZHCV92BNU.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FET/J98Z/HCV92BNU/FETJ98ZHCV92BNU.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FET/J98Z/HCV92BNU/FETJ98ZHCV92BNU.SMALL.jpg kalefranklin As the title says this instructable demonstrates how to solder individual solar cells together in preparation for building a solar panel.  First i need to give a few disclaimers: 1. Soldering irons are hot and will burn you if you are not careful. If you do not know how to solder you will need to ...
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Wed, 13 Feb 2013 17:16:48 PST
How to charge a 12 volt battery using Solar Power http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-charge-a-12-volt-battery-using-Solar-Power-1/ http://cdn.instructables.com/F2X/ZHR6/FLROLSKG/F2XZHR6FLROLSKG.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F2X/ZHR6/FLROLSKG/F2XZHR6FLROLSKG.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F2X/ZHR6/FLROLSKG/F2XZHR6FLROLSKG.SMALL.jpg bmerritt5 Learn how to charge any 12 volt battery using the power from the sun!
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Mon, 6 Oct 2008 11:42:05 PDT
Small Solar Panel http://www.instructables.com/id/Small-Solar-Panel/
Small Solar Panel - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FMR/8MYB/P9OEV2ZDB7Z/FMR8MYBP9OEV2ZDB7Z.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FMR/8MYB/P9OEV2ZDB7Z/FMR8MYBP9OEV2ZDB7Z.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FMR/8MYB/P9OEV2ZDB7Z/FMR8MYBP9OEV2ZDB7Z.SMALL.jpg kinz1jg Construct a small, portable solar panel that will charge two AA rechargeable batteries in a day or two. Use the batteries to make any battery-powered device solar powered. Introduction Construct a small, portable solar panel that will charge two AA rechargeable batteries in a day or two. Use th...
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Tue, 28 Nov 2006 23:40:34 PST
Fast & Easy Sun Jar http://www.instructables.com/id/Fast-Easy-Sun-Jar/
Fast & Easy Sun Jar - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F0T/1QUN/GERPD9YU/F0T1QUNGERPD9YU.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F0T/1QUN/GERPD9YU/F0T1QUNGERPD9YU.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F0T/1QUN/GERPD9YU/F0T1QUNGERPD9YU.SMALL.jpg sylrig There are many great instructables for sun jars, but by the time I decided to try making one myself, I realized that changes in solar garden light design had made it even easier to transfer from stake to jar. No longer do you need to disassemble the lamp and battery case; the units of these small,...
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Sat, 2 Oct 2010 16:20:06 PDT