Relationship between volts and amps Answered
I'm working on a project found in this thread
I think I'm almost ready to buy parts and start building but I have a small issue with getting the exact voltage and amperage output I need. I've been researching for hours and I can't find a simple answer to this problem.
As I understand it, as voltage decreases, amperage increases to compensate and maintain wattage. Working on this basic understanding I've come up with this model.
If I have a solar array consisting of 6 PV cells (1.5V 50mA ea) wired together I get 9V and 300mA. This is too much voltage and is on the low end of amps I want. If my math (and understanding of the subject) is correct, then if I use a 5V voltage regulator I will have a final max output of 5V and 433.3 mA which is right about perfect.
Am I doing this right or is there more to it, like how I'm wiring the cells together? Am I correct in the idea that using a voltage regulator will increase my amp output?
I'm not schooled in electricity in any way so I would appreciate any help I can get on this in as simple of a form as possible. Everything here I've put together from several hours of studying sites on solar DYI and electricity. Thanks.
For reference, these are the solar cells I was referring to: http://cgi.ebay.com/High-Efficiency-Solar-Cell-32-22mm-1-5V-50mA-0-075W-/320541888508?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4aa1c90ffc#ht_2428wt_1148
*EDIT* Below is a diagram of what I suspect may give me a 5V/490mAh output which would be absolutely perfect. I need to know if I can wire two different sizes of solar cells together in this manner and how it will effect the output.