Instructables: exploring - stepbystep - solar - solar http://www.instructables.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:11:15 PDT BLOX v1.01 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
Making Solar Butter and Ghee http://www.instructables.com/id/Making-Solar-Butter-and-Ghee/
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Wed, 9 Apr 2014 12:43:43 PDT
Make a solar smoking vaporizer http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-solar-smoking-vaporizer/
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Tue, 8 Apr 2014 11:21:38 PDT
Thingall Solar car http://www.instructables.com/id/Thingall-Solar-car/
Thingall Solar car - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FZP/F44Q/HTBIOBBP/FZPF44QHTBIOBBP.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FZP/F44Q/HTBIOBBP/FZPF44QHTBIOBBP.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FZP/F44Q/HTBIOBBP/FZPF44QHTBIOBBP.SMALL.jpg WELL-MADE-ROBOTS This is the thingall solar car a small model racer made from resin and fibre glass and this is how to make it  You will need 1.Plaster 2.sand Paper(crewed and fine)  3.craft knife 4. modelling rubber 5. resin 6. fibre glass mat  7.gearbox and wheels 8. Under coat (2 colours) 9. top coat paint (Br...
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Fri, 28 Mar 2014 09:35:54 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
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
Insulated Solar Cooker http://www.instructables.com/id/Insulated-Solar-Cooker/
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Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:01:12 PDT
Solar Thermal Cooker http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Thermal-Cooker/
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Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:04:02 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
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
Solar Night Light http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Night-Light/
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Sat, 15 Feb 2014 13:24:16 PST
SOLAR USB/5 V SUPPLY http://www.instructables.com/id/SOLAR-USB5-V-SUPPLY/
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Mon, 9 Dec 2013 00:17:05 PST
Solar Panel Small(2.01volt In low light) http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Panel-Small/
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Sun, 1 Dec 2013 10:58:09 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
Solar Cooker http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Cooker-2/
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Tue, 15 Oct 2013 16:23:15 PDT
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
(16) Power Distribution Panel For Pluggables http://www.instructables.com/id/Power-Distribution-Panel-For-Pluggables/
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Sun, 29 Sep 2013 16:30:24 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
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
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
(Another) Solar mobile charger with custom printed case http://www.instructables.com/id/Another-Solar-mobile-charger-with-custom-printed/
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Mon, 19 Aug 2013 11:15:46 PDT
Solar Food Dryer http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Food-Dryer/
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Tue, 13 Aug 2013 06:48:13 PDT
Connecting Multiple Solar Panels http://www.instructables.com/id/Connecting-Multiple-Solar-Panels/
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Wed, 7 Aug 2013 10:32:48 PDT
Building a solar panel, 2 glass panes style. http://www.instructables.com/id/Building-a-solar-panel-2-glass-panes-style/
Building a solar panel, 2 glass panes style. - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FCL/1RO7/HJW8WAF2/FCL1RO7HJW8WAF2.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FCL/1RO7/HJW8WAF2/FCL1RO7HJW8WAF2.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FCL/1RO7/HJW8WAF2/FCL1RO7HJW8WAF2.SMALL.jpg kalefranklin In this instructable I will explain how I built a solar panel using 2 panes of glass.  I am not the first person to do this, there are other instructables and youtube videos that show how this is done also, but this is how I did it. If you have looked at my first solar panel project, I say this one ...
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Sat, 3 Aug 2013 21:38:37 PDT
Building a Solar Panel, EVA film style. http://www.instructables.com/id/Building-a-Solar-Panel-EVA-film-style/
Building a Solar Panel, EVA film style. - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F6H/CKLI/HJKC14JA/F6HCKLIHJKC14JA.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F6H/CKLI/HJKC14JA/F6HCKLIHJKC14JA.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F6H/CKLI/HJKC14JA/F6HCKLIHJKC14JA.SMALL.jpg kalefranklin Building a solar panel, EVA film style. This is a continuation of my other instructable “How to solder solar cells together”. http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Solder-Solar-Cells-Together/ The picture above is of the completed panel.  This panel was put up July of 2013, if produces an average p...
By: kalefranklin

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Sun, 28 Jul 2013 17:29:11 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
Solar USB Phone Charger with Battery Backup http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-USB-Phone-Charger-with-Battery-Backup/
Solar USB Phone Charger with Battery Backup - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F9J/YT5N/HI3TQ8OB/F9JYT5NHI3TQ8OB.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F9J/YT5N/HI3TQ8OB/F9JYT5NHI3TQ8OB.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F9J/YT5N/HI3TQ8OB/F9JYT5NHI3TQ8OB.SMALL.jpg mshbi In this instructable I will show you how to make a solar powered USB charger for your phone or mp3 player. This is item is great because it doesn't always have to be sunny for you to charge you phone or other USB device. The way the circuit is designed lets the solar panel be constantly charging the...
By: mshbi

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Sat, 22 Jun 2013 21:29:18 PDT
(12) WattsUp Meter Installation (Pluggables Update 9/9/13) http://www.instructables.com/id/12-WattsUp-Meter-Installation-Pluggables-Series/
(12) WattsUp Meter Installation (Pluggables Update 9/9/13) - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FFU/656T/HG85CH9B/FFU656THG85CH9B.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FFU/656T/HG85CH9B/FFU656THG85CH9B.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FFU/656T/HG85CH9B/FFU656THG85CH9B.SMALL.jpg Dr.Bill The WattsUp Meter is not exactly something I'm going to be plugging in every time I use it. WattsUp will be permanently mounted on the face of the Power Distribution Panel to monitor the number of Watts I use every time I turn something on. WattsUp will tell me how many Watts I use directly from the...
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Sun, 16 Jun 2013 16:35:44 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
Nature-Themed Solar Bottles http://www.instructables.com/id/Nature-Themed-Solar-Bottles/
Nature-Themed Solar Bottles - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FZ6/ITWN/HHMI6XV0/FZ6ITWNHHMI6XV0.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FZ6/ITWN/HHMI6XV0/FZ6ITWNHHMI6XV0.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FZ6/ITWN/HHMI6XV0/FZ6ITWNHHMI6XV0.SMALL.jpg ctx1985 I had a few antique soda bottles lying around collecting dust and finally decided to do something with them. This was a fun little project  and it turned out very well! Hope you like it! What you'll need: -A log (I used cedar) -A few bottles (I like the look of old soda bottles, but you can use ju...
By: ctx1985

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Mon, 10 Jun 2013 10:36:16 PDT
Altoids Solar powered emergency device - ATtiny 85 http://www.instructables.com/id/Altoids-Solar-powered-emergency-device-ATtiny-85/
Altoids Solar powered emergency device - ATtiny 85 - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F58/JD3L/HH2VWHAU/F58JD3LHH2VWHAU.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F58/JD3L/HH2VWHAU/F58JD3LHH2VWHAU.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F58/JD3L/HH2VWHAU/F58JD3LHH2VWHAU.SMALL.jpg nats0128 My first instructable... This is an emergency survival kit with ATtiny85 it has many features for outdoor survival whilst also providing means of help via morse code SOS flash... The device itself is run of 3 AAA rechargeable batteries that charge via solar panels attached to the lid of the tin, t...
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Sat, 1 Jun 2013 10:13:51 PDT
SOLAR CAP MOBILE CHARGER http://www.instructables.com/id/SOLAR-CAP-MOBILE-CHARGER/
SOLAR CAP MOBILE CHARGER - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FE9/V3W9/HH2VY9FG/FE9V3W9HH2VY9FG.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FE9/V3W9/HH2VY9FG/FE9V3W9HH2VY9FG.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FE9/V3W9/HH2VY9FG/FE9V3W9HH2VY9FG.SMALL.jpg anshul_sood This is a very simple 5 minute instructable where you'll learn how to build a cap fitted with solar panels which can charge your phone efficiently.  All you need is... Materials Required: 1. A Cap 2. Wires( take the ones which match your cap color) 3. Soldering Iron 4. Solder 5. Tape 6. A Mobile ...
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Wed, 29 May 2013 03:11:09 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
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
DIY iPhone 5 Solar Charger with CAD http://www.instructables.com/id/DYI-iPhone-5-Solar-Charger-with-CAD/
DIY iPhone 5 Solar Charger with CAD - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F6R/KAKY/HH11QRDB/F6RKAKYHH11QRDB.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F6R/KAKY/HH11QRDB/F6RKAKYHH11QRDB.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F6R/KAKY/HH11QRDB/F6RKAKYHH11QRDB.SMALL.jpg lawmaster The purpose of this project is to make a solar charger for any phone or any device that supports USB charging  The charger  is fully dependable on solar energy as the only power source. The main objective is to create it using affordable materials and make to whole process easy enough to understand ...
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Fri, 24 May 2013 06:35:47 PDT
Low Power Solar Electric Kettle-Thermos http://www.instructables.com/id/Low-Power-Electric-Kettle-Thermos/
Low Power Solar Electric Kettle-Thermos - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FMG/JQN8/HGU2OYB1/FMGJQN8HGU2OYB1.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FMG/JQN8/HGU2OYB1/FMGJQN8HGU2OYB1.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FMG/JQN8/HGU2OYB1/FMGJQN8HGU2OYB1.SMALL.jpg dlginstructables Introduction This Instructable describes how I built a low power, electric kettle-thermos to heat up water. It is made of reused/repurposed components and is suitable for use with an off-the-grid PV panel. I have a single panel connected to a small inverter that puts out 120V AC. Electric kettles t...
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Thu, 23 May 2013 20:00:53 PDT
Solar rechargeable "light bulb". Ideal for camping. (made from recyclable materials) http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-rechargeable-light-bulb-Ideal-for-camping/
Solar rechargeable "light bulb". Ideal for camping. (made from recyclable materials) - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FFK/CA96/HGZO5SPM/FFKCA96HGZO5SPM.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FFK/CA96/HGZO5SPM/FFKCA96HGZO5SPM.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FFK/CA96/HGZO5SPM/FFKCA96HGZO5SPM.SMALL.jpg out-of-the-box Now when I go camping I like to escape technology and just enjoy nature, however I often want light at night in my tent, who doesnt? With all your electronics at home and an outlet far from reach light is hard to find at night, so in this I will show you how I made a solar rechargeable light bulb us...
By: out-of-the-box

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Tue, 21 May 2013 20:56:21 PDT
Simple Solar Oven http://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-Solar-Oven/
Simple Solar Oven - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F9J/I9LV/HGZO28PJ/F9JI9LVHGZO28PJ.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F9J/I9LV/HGZO28PJ/F9JI9LVHGZO28PJ.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F9J/I9LV/HGZO28PJ/F9JI9LVHGZO28PJ.SMALL.jpg powellcubs This is a simple cooking tool that can be used for when families go camping or go on a picnic without something to cook your food. It can be built in a matter of fifteen minutes. if built correctly, it can work perfectly and then also, instead of being a big heavy oven, it is very light and protable...
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Tue, 21 May 2013 18:59:41 PDT
make a solar rechargeable xbox 360 controller. http://www.instructables.com/id/make-a-solar-rechargeable-xbox-360-controller/
make a solar rechargeable xbox 360 controller. - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FP5/1S4T/HGH6QB4M/FP51S4THGH6QB4M.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FP5/1S4T/HGH6QB4M/FP51S4THGH6QB4M.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FP5/1S4T/HGH6QB4M/FP51S4THGH6QB4M.SMALL.jpg out-of-the-box I recently made an instructable on how to make a solar rechargeable tv remote so that led to this, I figured why not recharge all my double A devices using the big ball of energy we call the sun? This is a perfect going green project and with its simplicity brings fun :) There are a two things I wou...
By: out-of-the-box

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Sun, 12 May 2013 14:33:07 PDT
Make a Solar Rechargeable TV remote. http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Solar-Rechargeable-TV-remote/
Make a Solar Rechargeable TV remote. - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F2R/MGKJ/HGH6JHZ5/F2RMGKJHGH6JHZ5.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F2R/MGKJ/HGH6JHZ5/F2RMGKJHGH6JHZ5.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F2R/MGKJ/HGH6JHZ5/F2RMGKJHGH6JHZ5.SMALL.jpg out-of-the-box In this I will show you how to make a TV remote that uses solar energy to recharge its batteries. The batteries need to be rechargeable, I used nimh batteries. before we begin I would like to say that you shouldnt modify any remote that isnt yours. what do I mean exactly? glad you asked! Odds are yo...
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Sun, 12 May 2013 03:14:54 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
(11) Solar Adaptation for Radio (Pluggables) http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Adaptation-for-Radio/
(11) Solar Adaptation for Radio (Pluggables) - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FGE/GM9U/HFD1KNLX/FGEGM9UHFD1KNLX.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FGE/GM9U/HFD1KNLX/FGEGM9UHFD1KNLX.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FGE/GM9U/HFD1KNLX/FGEGM9UHFD1KNLX.SMALL.jpg Dr.Bill Links; http://www.instructables.com/id/12-Volt-PhotoVoltaic-Power-For-The-Tiny-Apartment/ http://www.instructables.com/id/Portfolio-Solar-Landscape-Flood-Lamp-HACK/ This on going project is a part of my 'Pluggables' series and must be linked to past projects where it will be used. I see many solar...
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Wed, 17 Apr 2013 13:01:47 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
(10) Portfolio Solar Landscape Flood Lamp HACK (Update 9/27/13) http://www.instructables.com/id/Portfolio-Solar-Landscape-Flood-Lamp-HACK/
(10) Portfolio Solar Landscape Flood Lamp HACK (Update 9/27/13) - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FXK/KOQ4/HFD1EUKT/FXKKOQ4HFD1EUKT.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FXK/KOQ4/HFD1EUKT/FXKKOQ4HFD1EUKT.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FXK/KOQ4/HFD1EUKT/FXKKOQ4HFD1EUKT.SMALL.jpg Dr.Bill We live in a building that goes through power outages on a regular basis. Happens almost every month with no apology from HECO, the local electric company. I spotted these flood lamps in a Lowes display. Their light was very much different from the usual LED. The light was not so bluish/white, it w...
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Sat, 13 Apr 2013 17:38:38 PDT