How to Make a Solar USB Charger! (simple!)

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Introduction: How to Make a Solar USB Charger! (simple!)

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Welcome! I will show you how to make a solar usb charger that out puts about 6v and is perfect for charging anthing that uses USB. This is perfect for someone new to soldering! Here is the finished product:

Step 1: Parts

You need the following:
1x USB extension a/a cable http://www.monoprice.com (That's where I got mine.)
1x Any Diode (RadioShack #: 276-563)
1x 6v Solar panel (RadioShack #: 277-1205 )
Soldering iron(RadioShack #: 64-2051)
Solder
1x Project box (Radioshack #: 270-1803) I would maybe chose a smaller on, I had a bigger one laying around.
Electrical Tape
Glue Gun or tape to hold the peices in place.
Drill

Thats it!

Step 2: Getting Ready

This is a simple circuit so all you need to do before you solder is Cut the USB extender cable towards the bigger side. Leave an inch (or two if you want) and then cut off the shielding and get rid of everything except the red and black wire

Step 3: Time to Solder!

Now look at the picture below. You need to solder the Diode to the red wire from the solar panel then the red wire from your extension cable to the diode. That was the hardest part in this tutorial! now just solder the black wire from the solar panel to the Extension cable and your done soldering!
Now, just cover those spots in electrical tape. and your almost done!

Step 4: Drill!

Now you just need to drill a hole for your cables to go through on top (from the solar panel) and another hole for the cable.

Step 5: Glue It Together.

This is the last step. Just put glue around the extension cable and on tp of your project box to glue on the solar panel and your done!

Step 6: Test It Out!

Its charging up my blackberry perfectly! It is even 7:30 here and not too bright.

1 Person Made This Project!

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324 Discussions

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angier_allen
angier_allen

5 years ago on Introduction

Just made it w/ 2 6V 3W panels and a 5V regulator

Works great, thanks!

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Random gamer
Random gamer

11 months ago

You should add a battery to it so it can charge it at night

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siddheshb
siddheshb

6 years ago on Introduction

will it cause any damage to my phone..please reply fast

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Random gamer
Random gamer

Reply 11 months ago

Just dont make the wire ends touch

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Bauke
Bauke

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

No it would not. As long as the voltage and current are high enough it will charge your device. If not, most devices won't even charge.

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mostafamowafak
mostafamowafak

5 years ago

Hey i have a lenovo p70 smart phone !! My mobile charger is written on its output : 5.2v = 2.0 A so what should i use for the solar panel ?

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Random gamer
Random gamer

Reply 11 months ago

A solar panel😂

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Psalmtech
Psalmtech

4 years ago

Pls I'm gonna need some help on how to get the needed stuffs... I don't have any idea on how to get it here in Nigeria.... I'll be glad if I can get help

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Random gamer
Random gamer

Reply 11 months ago

Get the solar panel from a caculater

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Random gamer
Random gamer

11 months ago on Step 2

Um you should have cut the cord more neatly

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Mathew 111
Mathew 111

1 year ago on Introduction

I've been looking for this for a long time. I finely convinced myself it wasn't this easy. Thanks from AS MATT SEES IT. You have made my day

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creektilghmank45
creektilghmank45

3 years ago

I was successful make it with inplix plans ;)

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chronistergama
chronistergama

Reply 3 years ago

That's great mate

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avkopashvili
avkopashvili

4 years ago

i have galaxy core prime. its charger have 5v/0.7a output. charge voltage has 4v/2000mah. what materials i need to buy?

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KaiS22
KaiS22

4 years ago

I have a 47V, 3amp solar panel. What's the best way to make a USB charger for this? It would charge a USB power bank, which would then charge a phone.

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MuhammadI61
MuhammadI61

5 years ago

Not working.....?

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MuhammadI61
MuhammadI61

Reply 5 years ago

Can u help me quickly

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RohaanK
RohaanK

5 years ago

Can you please post a video