Instructables: exploring - solar - featured http://www.instructables.com Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:00:23 PDT BLOX v1.01 Solar power cordless lawn mower http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-power-cordless-lawn-mower/
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Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:22:57 PDT
Infinity LED Light-Solar Lamp http://www.instructables.com/id/Infinity-LED-Light-Solar-Lamp/
Infinity LED Light-Solar Lamp - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FE8/DI4D/HZWJ6JEB/FE8DI4DHZWJ6JEB.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FE8/DI4D/HZWJ6JEB/FE8DI4DHZWJ6JEB.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FE8/DI4D/HZWJ6JEB/FE8DI4DHZWJ6JEB.SMALL.jpg kdomjan This project will help you to transform Solar Garden Light to amazing Desk Lamp :) which you will never need to charge. What you need to build it? You will need :1 working Garden Solar Lighthobby boxrechargeable AA batteries Joule Thief LED lamp or bulb Bigger Solar Panel Joule Thief You n...
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Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:43:25 PDT
Adding a Harbor Freight 45 Watt Solar Panel to my Storage Building http://www.instructables.com/id/Adding-a-Harbor-Freight-45-Watt-Solar-Panel-to-my-/
Adding a Harbor Freight 45 Watt Solar Panel to my Storage Building - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F6T/CPTB/HZS8YRCQ/F6TCPTBHZS8YRCQ.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F6T/CPTB/HZS8YRCQ/F6TCPTBHZS8YRCQ.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F6T/CPTB/HZS8YRCQ/F6TCPTBHZS8YRCQ.SMALL.jpg Tom Hargrave Earlier this year we bought a 10' X 20" storage building and had it delivered to the backyard. The storage building is great - I'm slowly moving things from my garage to the building, I'm doing this slowly because at the end of the day I don't want everything thrown in the building - I want some org...
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Sun, 7 Sep 2014 21:11:22 PDT
DIY OFF GRID SOLAR SYSTEM http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-OFF-GRID-SOLAR-SYSTEM/
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Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:00:45 PDT
Flag Pole Solar Light http://www.instructables.com/id/Flag-Pole-Solar-Light/
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Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:44:49 PDT
Portable Fresnel Solar Oven http://www.instructables.com/id/Portable-Fresnel-Solar-Oven/
Portable Fresnel Solar Oven - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FSB/PZ3W/HYNYNFRY/FSBPZ3WHYNYNFRY.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FSB/PZ3W/HYNYNFRY/FSBPZ3WHYNYNFRY.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FSB/PZ3W/HYNYNFRY/FSBPZ3WHYNYNFRY.SMALL.jpg Renard_Bleu Those sun rays traveled 150 million kilometers to get here, the least you can do is put them to good use. If you are looking to harness the power of the sun to cook your favorite casserole or crumble, then you need only to build a Fresnel Solar Oven. This is not the first solar oven featured on Ins...
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Sun, 10 Aug 2014 11:41:13 PDT
Solar Pool Heater http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Pool-Heater-1/
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Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:13:27 PDT
Emergency USB Solar Wall Socket: Solar Socket http://www.instructables.com/id/Emergency-USB-Solar-Wall-Socket-Solar-Socket/
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Tue, 5 Aug 2014 06:16:21 PDT
How to Make a Solar Powered Walkway http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Solar-Powered-Walkway/
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Thu, 14 Jan 2010 23:18:40 PST
Arduino powered Moss&Solar Facade Element http://www.instructables.com/id/Ardunio-powered-MossSolar-Facade-Element/
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Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:28:30 PDT
Solar Battery Charger For Your Cordless Power Tools http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Battery-Charger-For-Your-Cordless-Power-Tool/
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Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:06:28 PDT
Make your own Solar Roller for your swimming pool blanket http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-your-own-Solar-Roller-for-your-swimming-pool-/
Make your own Solar Roller for your swimming pool blanket - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FXV/HYLW/HXA9O1HO/FXVHYLWHXA9O1HO.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FXV/HYLW/HXA9O1HO/FXVHYLWHXA9O1HO.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FXV/HYLW/HXA9O1HO/FXVHYLWHXA9O1HO.SMALL.jpg Robnelson A solar blanket is a giant "bubble-wrap" cover that floats on the top of the water in your swimming pool. It provides a number of benefits: Heats the water with the sun - so its more comfortable and it extends the swimming seasonReduces evaporation which saves on water refillingBlocks some of the U...
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Sun, 6 Jul 2014 21:51:55 PDT
Parabolic solar oven http://www.instructables.com/id/Parabolic-solar-oven/
Parabolic solar oven - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FF4/YR8P/HXDJK55M/FF4YR8PHXDJK55M.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FF4/YR8P/HXDJK55M/FF4YR8PHXDJK55M.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FF4/YR8P/HXDJK55M/FF4YR8PHXDJK55M.SMALL.jpg yasintoda This is an instructable to show how to make a parabolic solar oven out of plywood.It's perfect for my utilisation : it makes one liter of water boil in 15-20 minutes and cooks a meal for 3 people in something like 45-60 minutes on good daysThe parabola is approximately 1.5 m wide and 50 cm deep. T...
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Tue, 8 Jul 2014 13:16:40 PDT
All in One Portable Solar Power Unit: 220V + 12V + 5V + Automatic Battery Charge! ;) http://www.instructables.com/id/All-in-One-Portable-Solar-Power-Unit-220V-12V-5V-A/
All in One Portable Solar Power Unit: 220V + 12V + 5V + Automatic Battery Charge! ;) - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FQC/241W/HWJ7ADAT/FQC241WHWJ7ADAT.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FQC/241W/HWJ7ADAT/FQC241WHWJ7ADAT.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FQC/241W/HWJ7ADAT/FQC241WHWJ7ADAT.SMALL.jpg serdaro My starting point was to see if we can make portable solar power unit: lightweight reliable robust different voltage outputs (including 220V AC) capable of storing energy capable to charge lead acid batteryAnswer: Yes we can! ;)If we well balance size and capacity of the unit, it will be much ...
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Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:09:28 PDT
Apartment Solar System http://www.instructables.com/id/Apartment-Solar-System/
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Sat, 14 Jun 2014 05:57:07 PDT
Saving the World with a Giant Solar Death Ray http://www.instructables.com/id/Saving-the-World-with-a-Giant-Solar-Death-Ray/
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Mon, 9 Jun 2014 11:22:57 PDT
Solar Power Station http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Power-Station/
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Mon, 12 May 2014 00:29:39 PDT
Solar Charged Stereo Cooler http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Charged-Stereo-Cooler/
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Wed, 21 May 2014 18:26:24 PDT
Solar Powered Ostrich Egg http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Powered-Ostrich-Egg/
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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 Battery Charging http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Battery-Charging/
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Tue, 28 Nov 2006 05:33:50 PST
Make Modular, Pocket-Sized Solar Panels http://www.instructables.com/id/Low-cost-Solar-Cell-Encapsulation-to-make-Modular-/
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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/
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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
Solar Thermal Cooker http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Thermal-Cooker/
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Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:04:02 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
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
Open Source Solarpad Kit Solar USB Charger http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Solarpad-Kit-Powerful-USB-Solar-Charger/
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Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:43:05 PST
easy solar charger and PSU [UPDATED] http://www.instructables.com/id/easy-solar-charger-and-PSU/
easy solar charger and PSU [UPDATED] - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F4R/A7TN/HSBWQ6F3/F4RA7TNHSBWQ6F3.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F4R/A7TN/HSBWQ6F3/F4RA7TNHSBWQ6F3.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F4R/A7TN/HSBWQ6F3/F4RA7TNHSBWQ6F3.SMALL.jpg andrea biffi How long does your cellphone's battery keep the charge? I guess not for long time... and your GPS? Do you have a spare battery to not lose yourself in the woods? A solution is to buy a solar charger, they're cheap nowadays, but not many of them allow you to power your device during the charging proc...
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Mon, 17 Feb 2014 11:18:54 PST
How to Build a Soda Can Heater http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Build-a-Soda-Can-Heater/
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Sat, 9 Oct 2010 09:28:03 PDT
DIY Mini Solar Car! (14kph Toy) http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Mini-Solar-Car-14kph-Ultrafast-Toy/
DIY Mini Solar Car! (14kph Toy) - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F15/6CQA/HNID3O1M/F156CQAHNID3O1M.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F15/6CQA/HNID3O1M/F156CQAHNID3O1M.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F15/6CQA/HNID3O1M/F156CQAHNID3O1M.SMALL.jpg ASCAS Feast your eyes upon the beast of all solar cars! A small scale dragster, runs 14-20kph!. A project great for beginners! I made this when I was 6 y/o, this guide is kinda* a remake of my original project. It only took me $4 to one. It runs with two 5v ultra fast 2400rpm efficiency motors, recycled f...
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Mon, 4 Nov 2013 10:08:29 PST
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...
By: bennelson

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Tue, 1 Oct 2013 12:24:02 PDT
Bicycle Frame Polar Tracker http://www.instructables.com/id/Bicycle-Frame-Polar-Tracker/
Bicycle Frame Polar Tracker - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FCN/QA9C/HLFUZLSY/FCNQA9CHLFUZLSY.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FCN/QA9C/HLFUZLSY/FCNQA9CHLFUZLSY.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FCN/QA9C/HLFUZLSY/FCNQA9CHLFUZLSY.SMALL.jpg HomeCSP What better to make out of an old boy's BMX bike frame than an equatorial style tracking mount that can be used for solar energy to get nearly 50% more power out of a couple PV panels! Most solar trackers are either big expensive things, or so small and flimsy as to be completely impractical. I want...
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Wed, 11 Sep 2013 23:07:01 PDT
Pool Solar Heater or Optical Illusion for Entertainment http://www.instructables.com/id/Pool-Solar-Heater-or-Optical-Illusion-for-Entertai/
Pool Solar Heater or Optical Illusion for Entertainment - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F6Z/2QPH/HL94FY8S/F6Z2QPHHL94FY8S.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F6Z/2QPH/HL94FY8S/F6Z2QPHHL94FY8S.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F6Z/2QPH/HL94FY8S/F6Z2QPHHL94FY8S.SMALL.jpg cobinrox Commercial solar pool heaters are expensive, especially if you need multples.  Here's how you can cobble together a solar collector/heater for your pool and create interesting 3-D optical illusions to entertain (or frighten) your neighbours and friends. It's not as hard as it looks.  If I can do it...
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Wed, 4 Sep 2013 17:53:25 PDT
Solar Swing-Set (PV Playhouse) http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Swing-Set-PV-Playhouse/
Solar Swing-Set (PV Playhouse) - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FIF/165R/HL5FJG8N/FIF165RHL5FJG8N.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FIF/165R/HL5FJG8N/FIF165RHL5FJG8N.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FIF/165R/HL5FJG8N/FIF165RHL5FJG8N.SMALL.jpg bennelson This project is a Solar-Powered Swing-Set. No, the solar does not make the swing run. Rather, this project re-uses a child's playset as a ground-mount to support a solar panel. For some time, I've been playing with solar, and wanted to get more solar power in my life. (See Solar-Powered PowerW...
By: bennelson

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Sat, 7 Sep 2013 16:40:40 PDT
Solar Food Dryer http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Food-Dryer/
Solar Food Dryer - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F6G/00ZN/HK6XN4XU/F6G00ZNHK6XN4XU.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F6G/00ZN/HK6XN4XU/F6G00ZNHK6XN4XU.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F6G/00ZN/HK6XN4XU/F6G00ZNHK6XN4XU.SMALL.jpg velacreations If you're growing your own fruit and vegetables, or just trying to eat the things that are produced locally, you come across one obvious problem: when something's in season, you have more than you can handle, and then there's nothing for the rest of the year. So the obvious solution is to preserve y...
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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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By: erikstrahl

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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...
By: Renard_Bleu

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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...
By: EcoMotive

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Fri, 28 Jun 2013 12:45:42 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 Engineer...
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Mon, 27 May 2013 15:27:20 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
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
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
EZ Test Leads for Solar Fence Charger http://www.instructables.com/id/EZ-Test-Leads-for-Solar-Fence-Charger/
EZ Test Leads for Solar Fence Charger - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FJ2/0J58/HET0RS0Z/FJ20J58HET0RS0Z.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FJ2/0J58/HET0RS0Z/FJ20J58HET0RS0Z.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FJ2/0J58/HET0RS0Z/FJ20J58HET0RS0Z.SMALL.jpg gwylan I've had a Harbor Freight solar electric fence charger for a couple of years now—not very powerful, but cheap, and it's been effective in discouraging my dog from escaping on jaunts around the neighborhood; which around here is likely to get her shot. However, checking the battery is an awkward job....
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Sun, 31 Mar 2013 18:09:16 PDT
Build a simple solar still http://www.instructables.com/id/Build-a-simple-solar-still/
Build a simple solar still - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FAH/FC2W/HDOW6TRK/FAHFC2WHDOW6TRK.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FAH/FC2W/HDOW6TRK/FAHFC2WHDOW6TRK.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FAH/FC2W/HDOW6TRK/FAHFC2WHDOW6TRK.SMALL.jpg cobergland I've posted here about the square foot solar cooker, and here is another of the many uses for it. This is a solar alembic, or pot still, made from square foot mirrors, which can produce between 2 and 5 ounces of distillate on a lazy sunny afternoon. It is not that great at making distilled water...
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Sun, 3 Mar 2013 15:52:49 PST
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 ...
By: kalefranklin

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Wed, 13 Feb 2013 17:16:48 PST