Instructables: exploring - photos - solar Tue, 28 Jul 2015 01:35:41 PDT BLOX v1.01 Solar Electric Bike Charger thehaneyplace I found these solar panels a few years back, but I was too excited to set them in motion to document all of the steps involved. They were most likey from a higher quality landscape lighting set, and when I find stuff like this at a yard sale it really makes my tail wag! The basic idea is relatively ...
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Wed, 29 Jan 2014 07:53:50 PST
80 watt Foldable Solar Panel Solaron I built this 12v portable, foldable solar panel for $68.00. It's 82 watts, 3.6 amps, and 22v open circuit. It folds into one very nice, very strong and protected carrying case 3/4 thick each piece. Each cell is incased with 10 mil laminate each side (20 mil total) pouches which definately doesn't ma...
By: Solaron

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Thu, 10 Oct 2013 09:16:40 PDT
Solar Death Ray (TV Fresnel Lens) 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
My "OLD" Solar Setup kalefranklin This is my solar setup, its messy but it works. There are units that you can buy that do the same thing that I have built.  This setup take the charge from my solar panels, charges the battery, and gives me 12v DC and 120v AC. This setup is a continuation of my other instructables: http://www.instru...
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Tue, 30 Jul 2013 16:41:09 PDT
Heliostat for solar heating zawy This enables DIY'ers to build a $100 solar house heater and light source.  It pays for its parts in 2 winter months and should last as long as the PVC survives the outdoor winter. It provides 4.5 kW for 6 to 8 hours per sunny day, equal to three 1,500 Watt electrical heaters.  If it lasts 10 years, ...
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Tue, 16 Jul 2013 15:12:35 PDT
Solar Energy Parabolic cooker patrickvaz since the children had there summer holiday, we thought of a novel way to work on a project . We had some old parabolic dish (which was lying in the store for a long time), old cooker, etc., we built a Parabolic dish reflector . Materials required for this project were: - Parabolic Dish Antennna...
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Fri, 12 Jul 2013 08:48:22 PDT
(14) Power Cords For Small Solar Appliances Dr.Bill Any wall wart can be eliminated from a small appliance that you want to run on Solar. The only thing needed is ah plug on the end of that wire. If I come up with anything odd, strange or unique I will post it as an UpDate.
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Mon, 17 Jun 2013 19:55:22 PDT
Energy Harvesting for Solar-driven Water Pump janisalnis Solar pumps are popular to make a small fountain in the garden pond. Unfortunately, during cloudy days there is not enough current to drive the pump motor.  Present project describes how  get pump running also in cloudy days or in shaddow. Energy  from a  solar panel (10W peak, 21V) charges  a car-...
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Mon, 10 Jun 2013 13:44:08 PDT
Solar Battery Charger!! sidgupta This is an Instructable  on how to make a solar powered battery charger. In my case it re-charges 4 * 1.2 V NiMh batteries. Things you need: 1. Solar Panel ( I used a 9 V one to charge 4 batteries. Each battery requires about 2 V to charge so you can accordingly adjust the size of the panel ). 2....
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Fri, 29 Mar 2013 09:23:49 PDT
Illuminance Increasing Window Reflector BoilingLeadBath Shortest possible summary: I had a dark basement. This helps a lot; perhaps a 50% improvement on cloudy days. I had a window in the basement with a shelf in front of it, and most of the light which came through the plane of the window did not make it into the rest of the room, as it hit the (dark) ...
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Fri, 1 Mar 2013 15:11:34 PST
Solar generator -- emergency power supply -- portable camp power telluridetech Hi All –Here's another one of my projects: DIY -- Solar generator  --  emergency power supply – portable camp power This is a solar system that i built a couple years ago. I just did a major upgrade on the system with brand new batteries, solar charger, wiring, fuses and AC charging system. Pretty ...
By: telluridetech

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Sat, 23 Feb 2013 21:41:29 PST
Homemade Solar Water Heater forced circulation with mini pump apachebcn This is a project on a homemade solar water heater. There is not a project for entertaining, has three years of use on my roof for 4 people shower and dishwasher. 260Liters water is in summer about 60-70ºC 260Liters water is in winter about 30-40ºC, my system able for reduce capacity and work with l...
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Tue, 12 Feb 2013 13:19:07 PST
Disinfecting water with the Ft2 solar cooker cobergland (This is an addition to my post on the square foot solar cooker which was about using it for bread making.  Plans on how to build the Ft2 are found here: )   The cooker will pasteurize a quart of water in a bit over...
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Fri, 7 Dec 2012 15:16:10 PST
Hack a trickle solar vehicle charger mysterion Extensive research on small solar systems I took apart the car charger part and did my own little edits to it and made it into a solar source. The regulating circuit and stepdown were included, the teardown of picture 2/3 was just to show what the car port adapter looked like inside. I also had the...
By: mysterion

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Thu, 6 Sep 2012 09:56:33 PDT
SOLAR GADGET BOX Jody Franken This project of mine wich I'd like to call my "SOLAR GADGET BOX" is basicly a USB solar charger and a 12v power scourse. The good thing about this box is that it can charge with the sun (SOLAR PANEL) The box has a shoulder carry strap. When I came up with this whole USB solar charging thing,I tho...
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Thu, 2 Aug 2012 21:26:14 PDT
Simple Solar Lamp Post ddavis662 After making the larger solar lamp post out of the old gas lamp post. My parents have asked for something similar. I had a larger single 12 volt landscape light.. Drilled a hole in the top of the light. Using silicon, I attached a solar landscape light to the top of it. Sprayed silver paint inside ...
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Tue, 17 Jul 2012 14:22:00 PDT
Simple Solar Power Station/Air Compressor r1dd1ck913 This instructable is an entry in the Green Tech Contest, so please vote! So I wanted a very simple solar power station that was simple to use and very easy to transport. So I started looking at jump-starter's. I found one made by cobra that had every thing I would need to have a nice power station ...
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Tue, 3 Jul 2012 17:19:03 PDT
Solar Charger JKChishti Circuit diagram of a solar charger.
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Thu, 28 Jun 2012 22:12:51 PDT
DIY Solar Food Heater made from reused materials. berthaerika My 9-year-old son needed an idea for his school science fair so we got together and made a simple DIY Solar Food Heater.   The following materials (which had been destined for the trash) were used: [Pic001]   One empty box of office paper with its cover One used comforter bag, the kind t...
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Wed, 27 Jun 2012 11:37:46 PDT
How to make a Solar Backpack qwerty156 Last year , i was trekking in the mountains and was surprised by the lack of electricity. Although there was an abundance of sunlight during the day, all lighting there during the evenings/night was with oil lamps which not only smoky but provided very little light. Vowing to return next year better...
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Thu, 21 Jun 2012 09:04:31 PDT
Do-It-Yourself Bright Sunlight Readable Outdoor LCD Video Display shastalore The challenge with this project was to produce a portable, inexpensive video monitor that would function outdoors, in bright sunlight. And being portable, it would also have to be a low current drain operation. The main inspiration for this design was one of those miniature pocket LCD televisions,...
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Sun, 22 Apr 2012 23:07:37 PDT
How to build a Qwik-Solar Video Conserver Easy Assemble Qwik-Solar Kits in the Market Place
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Sun, 29 Jan 2012 09:56:04 PST
Battery State of Charge Meter Rainymadman  Here's a simple project that indicates how much energy is remaining in your batteries. It's a gauge for lead-acid batteries, It’s an LED bar graph voltmeter with a scale it starts at less then 11.5 volts up to 16 volts. I have it hooked up to my solar battery bank so I can tell how much its chargin...
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Sat, 7 Jan 2012 12:24:18 PST
Solar Kettle soundcrew I was inspired by Solar-Hot-Water-Kettle-From-Plastic-Bottles-and-Glass and Solar Water Bottle Heater My kettle has over-boiled on several occasions since I made it. Yesterday it over-boiled by 10:30am.  The min/max temps were 17C(62F) and 29C(84F). Sunrise about 6:30 am. Beware you can easily sc...
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Sun, 18 Dec 2011 23:19:20 PST
Building a cheap, splashproof solar panel for fun solartinker Disclaimer: I am not responsible if your solar panel breaks, fails or whatever. This is an experimental setup for fun. Follow at your own risk. After many hours of googling, I wanted to build a cheap panel to fit my requirements. I do not require a hailproof glass window for the cells, so I would ...
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Sun, 18 Dec 2011 05:43:36 PST
A Solar Powered Origami Holiday slapjack12 First to make this  Holiday a Solar Powered one, one must create a Miller Solarengine Circuit. To assemble the pieces you may look at the diagrams from the links below , the picture, or just by the pieces I used. I soldered a Timer cap, 1381 cap face down, 2N 3904 cap facing up, d1 Diode, Power stor...
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Tue, 13 Dec 2011 01:30:46 PST
Simple Small Solar Panel installation ton ton i use 5w solar panel to charge 12v 7amp SLA battery and a charge controller, to run a 12v CFL bulb, and charge mobile phone using car charger adapter,, it cost me about 2500php.
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Tue, 25 Oct 2011 19:16:09 PDT
VSSR (Very Swift Solar Recharger) eddyjacobsen Here is the most common useful rechargeer for two recharable batteries, and it is very neat and working fine...just see the pictures and you will understand how it is being built and how it is working... All you need is a plastic sheet, that you roll round the diameter size of the battery for your...
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Wed, 19 Oct 2011 12:01:40 PDT
soler dish kamalgear Solar dish In the last year I made a solar project  as you see in photos above in this project the main idea is to reflect the sun radiations on focal line  to heat the water in the pipe at the center of the parabolic reflector based on a iron frame also it fixed on a  satellite   dish holder  then...
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Tue, 11 Oct 2011 08:46:29 PDT
Solar cooking at the worksite aaahotdog I start with some black pottery or ceramic dishes.  They are available at Dollar Tree, WalMart, rummage sales etc. Park at the jobsite facing the sun.   Around coffee break time, I load the dishes with the food from my cooler and put it on the dash. Then I put the sunshade behind it.   By lunch ti...
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Thu, 25 Aug 2011 15:27:40 PDT
combining small solar panels ddavis662 I have a trickle charger that I rarely used. Then I have a solar panel to a motion security light, that the motion sensor to the light quit working. So I combined the two panels to increase the output. Using silicone, I attached the panels to a piece of thick plexiglass. I hooked up the panels in pa...
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Sat, 30 Jul 2011 20:13:43 PDT
DIY Solar panels - air heaters made of pop cans 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
MY OWN HOME SOLAR GENERATOR PROJECT pandes30 My own solar generator: 32W, two function: solar charge, home-electric charge. Included: 2x6W panels 2x10W panels Transformer 150W inverter computer fan charge controller circuit car battery angle iron
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Mon, 14 Mar 2011 01:04:12 PDT
green dynamo and solar power supply PoisonMondo I looked across instructables but a couldn't find a instructble about a dynamo power supply so I decided to do some experimenting and it's A reliable power sorce to take almost anywhere. With dynamo and solar charging. It's perfect.If you hook up a battery to th terminals you can chrage the battery ...
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Sun, 7 Feb 2010 01:13:41 PST
Solar Water Bottle Heater kopomeroy After reading a great Instructable on building a solar water bottle heater by robbtoberfest, I decided to try to design a system for backpacking and heating up water for use in dehydrated food. It appears the key to the temperature of the water is not so much the outside temperature, but the amount ...
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Wed, 18 Feb 2009 10:29:53 PST
Steampunk Razor Scooter gimmelotsarobots This actually started a few months ago with an email to Sherry Huss at Make: magazine. I did not want to participate as a maker, but I wanted to bring some kind of transportation. I asked her if I could bring some kind of "transportation device" and she replied to me with a yes so long as I sign the...
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Tue, 7 Oct 2008 19:05:04 PDT
Co2 Car And Solar Powered Boat Spl1nt3rC3ll The Co2 car's side intakes actually work, and empty into the wheel wells. My Solar powered boat was the fastest boat that my engineering teacher has seen. He said it would have won the races, if only I finished it on time!
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Sun, 16 Dec 2007 16:09:30 PST
Sun Jar paranhos I saw the Sun Jar by Tobias Wong at Suck UK Design and thought it would be a perfect instructable project. Unfortunatly I'm no EE and need help with a wiring diagram and parts list. Hopefully we can come up with a design that is easily scalable so people can make different sized Sun Jars or vary it'...
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Thu, 21 Sep 2006 11:01:40 PDT