Adding solar panel to quadcopter to extend flight time? Answered
I know I will not be able to completely rely on solar power to power the blades of my quadcopter but I would like to extend the flight time as much as possible. I was looking at this url and started getting interested in trying to create a small panel array on the arms of my quadcopter to help replace some of the power in the battery (trickle) while using the battery for flight. Doug Paradis had some helpful insight to the OP's question but some of it went over my head. That's what lead me to ask my own question to make sure I'm talking about quadcopters instead.
So currently I have a light weight POS starter quadcopter that has the following battery being used...
- 136 Li-Po
- 500mAh 3.7v
- 4K07 1.9Wh
I have some internal space to mount small items but I would try to keep the weight down as much as possible. I was hoping to start my own DIY project to learn more about solar power and the entire process.
I'm guessing I would need at least one solar panel (small), something to convert the power, and some type of regulator to trickle the power into the battery. Any ideas as to how I would do this?