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solor panelling? Answered

How do you store the energy you get from solar panels. Tell me what device or part i need to connect to the solar panels to store the energy to use it later on in the day aftter the sun is out?

Question by dorotheabrown37    |  last reply


Electroluminescent panels

Greetings, Anyone have any idea how electroluminescent (EL) panels are made? I see in this video https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-your-own-EL-wire-at-home/ that EL wire has a wire wrapped around another one, but what about EL panels.  They don't have wire wrapped around a sheet of copper, do they? Thanks

Topic by NeuroPulse    |  last reply


Solar panel compatibilities?

Do all panels in an array have to be matching watts, amps, or types (film, monocryst.,etc.)? I do know that volts are a specific- 12, 24, etc. Thankful for any info as I am new to this and am considering a wind and solar system. Just would like to know as I have access to some odd and end solar equipment. Thanks! DonnH

Question by DonnH    |  last reply


Arduino with solar panel

How can I charge 12V Li-ion or lead acid batteries using a solar panel? I also wish to interface the three, i.e. the Arduino, the solar panel and the battery, together so that the Arduino is basically driven by the battery but as the battery discharges, the solar panel would charge it. What circuitry do I need? Also tell the specifications of the solar panel.

Topic by DeepayanB2  


need solar panels

Need solar panel contact if you have any extra laying around, may be willing to pay depending on price asked

Topic by singhjr  


wanted: solar panels

May be willing to pay dependin on price asked and condition and specifications of the panel. if you have any laying around unused please contact

Topic by singhjr    |  last reply


Solar Panels in Parallel? Answered

I know that you can wire solar panels together to combine the amps. But I've only ever seen this done with 2 identical panels. Would there be any problem with wiring up 2 panels with different A values? More specifically these 2 panels. http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item;=390312612951&ssPageName;=STRK:MEWNX:IT#ht_10141wt_1165 http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item;=320381449459&ssPageName;=STRK:MEWNX:IT#ht_10175wt_1165

Question by madmanmoe64    |  last reply


Solar panel help

Hi, i'm buying a small 6v 160mA solar panel for a project I'm working on. I'd like to power a small motor with solar power. How do I "store" some electricity generated by the panel so the motor doesn't stop in short periods of shadow? Thanks, Francisco

Topic by whs    |  last reply


Overdriving led panels

Having trouble finding a 250ma 100w constant current led driver, has anyone had experience overdriving led panels, i was thinking of trying a 350ma

Question by Kirkus77  


DIY clock panel

HI, I work for a church and we have a major problem of losing track of time, we've been looking at buying a large digital timer, but there expensive. Does anyone know how to build a panel that is pretty large (1'x3') that can be controlled, or start/stop/reset?

Topic by drew240    |  last reply


Screen Panel Wall

Hi all, I would like to make a video panel that would take up a big portion of the wall in my house. I would like to output various visualization on to it, so it needs to be connected to a computer. Something similair to advertisment panels you see here and there; or store displays. What would be the cheapest way to achieve that? Any suggestions? Thanks!

Topic by AngriusCommius    |  last reply


Solar Panel Problem? Answered

I have a solar panel which can turn a 6 volt DC motor with efficiency, but when I tried to use a 2.5volt ordinary motor, it did not turn. Can you give me any help in identifying the possible defects?

Question by tanyutsharma    |  last reply


Solar Panel Construction

Hello Everyone, this is my first forum post!I had a question and couldn't think of a better place to turn to than this.Basically, I am constructing, or planning to rather, an outdoor picnic table. I want to add some gadgetry to it and make it more multifunctional. Sorry to be vague, but a lot of it is still being worked out and since I'm going to post the project on here anyway, I'd like to wait to present the entire project as a whole.My question involves the use of solar panels as a table top surface. I have a basic understanding of how to create a solar panel powered system (http://www.rain.org/~philfear/how2solar.html or https://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Power-System/). But my question is this: does covering the solar panel with a piece of acrylic hinder its power collecting abilities? I'm thinking of covering the entire table top surface of my table with solar panels. Aside from the obvious downfalls of people using the table and blocking sun, I thought there would be enough time when its not in use to collect power. But obviously I can't have people eating right on the panels and damaging them. Any guidance would be GREAT! I just want to know if I should even entertain this design idea or separate the panels from the table altogether. Thanks!

Topic by jchorng    |  last reply


Diy solar panels Answered

I saw the power4home.com has simple solar panel instructions, but it is an expensive book. I did not see his dvd series on youtube, but if you can find that that seems easiest for me. If there is something close enough online free I will appreciate those links also. THANKS

Question by jbaker22    |  last reply


Gnome-panel error

I need whoevers help with this. Whenever I try to open synaptic, install a program in the terminal or use add remove programs i get this error: E: The package gnome-panel needs to be reinstalled, but I can't find an archive for it. Does anyone here know how to fix this? All help, even attempts, are appreciated.

Topic by sardines454    |  last reply


A multicolor led panel.

I have been searching for a multicolor led display with no luck. I have thinking about making an alarm clock, and the person I am making it for has a thing for rainbows. So I have been wondering if anyone have ever seen an led display panel that can change its own colors.

Topic by needoriginalname    |  last reply


Craft Panel at SXSW

Our friend Natalie Zee from Craftzine will be moderating a panel on High-Tech Craft: Why Sewing and Knitting Still Matter, with some neat people filling out the discussion. Sounds like fun - it's already on my schedule.Nat and Phil from MAKE will have a booth - be sure to stop by for a visit!

Topic by canida    |  last reply


LCD panel identification?

Hi i got this old LCD panel  see pics it is about 5.7 inches has tow wires cable and another 14 wires cable coming out of it has this writing on the back: FHS-0635 MEDMMPUU3W2F MADE IN JAPAN i need data-sheet or pinouts or anything like this?"i used Google and kinda failed" and how to connect it and control it ?"or this type of LCD s " and what is its applications ? any info or links ... thank u in advance :)

Question by lu2a    |  last reply


solar panels questions

In the quest to turn my garage 'green' I started with a purchase of a Sunforce 60 watt solar panel charging kit. I already own a 12v 15amp charge controller that I bought from Green Energies. The Green Energies controller is bigger than the kit supplied so I'm currently using this one. My questions; The Green Energies charge controller is supposed to have a blocking diode in it. When I put my volt meter on the leads going back to the panels (panels dis-connected, controller still hooked to battery) I'm getting approximately 10 volts. Should there be any reading at all? I went out this rainy morning to see if there was any power coming from my panels. To my surprise I read 8-10 volts (depending on cloud cover). This leads to my next question. It is worth adding a boost converter? I suspect the amperage would only be that of the incoming voltage, not what it is boosted up to.. Close? If my guess is correct, my 5amp (system at full power, rated at 24vdc), would only be about 1.6- 2 amps @ 8- 10 vdc. I also suspect the controller is stealing some amperage. 0.5 amps??? That should leave me with at least 1 amp coming in and giving me a 10 amp day. Not bad for a rainy day. Right, wrong or hopefully close? I'm not seeing my battery come up to full charge. I'm using a marine deep cell acid battery from my boat. Every 5 years I replace it to insure the boat will start as needed. Paddling that craft back to shore is not an option. One reason could be the fact of the battery being 5 years old and it will never get back to full. Second I believe would be the draw going back to the panels at night. Will the panels draw power?

Topic by olddawg    |  last reply


Solar panel question

Hello i am long time lurker of instructables.com and i love the site and its inspired me to build a few things. that said onto my question.  i was at my local Dollar Tree Store (Dollar Store) and noticed the solar powered walkway lights. so i bought a few and decided i could salvage the solar panels.. so a few screws and some applied pressure later i have some small cells 35.6mm by 29.6mm with a model number (SC3630S-4N) and everything so i googled it and i get this website as the only one listing voltages and mA's but there are two sets and i am unsure which set i need to be aware of and exactly what it all means. http://www.aliexpress.com/product-fm/432233432-solar-cell-Embeded-Modules-Outdoors-wholesalers.html so any one can explain to me what the 4 values mean i know (V) is voltage and (mA) is amperage but why list them twice.

Topic by jgosselin    |  last reply


Solar panel uses??

Hey guys I'm needing the expert opinions of everyone here in the tech section. See I just mounted this 0.5 watt solar panel outside on a L bracket today (not just a couple tiny ones I pulled out of solar lanterns (does anyone want to see what it looks like mounted outside? I didn't think to take pictures until I got inside). Anyways, I've mounted it, ran the wire along the ground and in through my window (drilled a small hole below the window). Connectivity checks out good and I get about 20-21v and the full sun hasn't even hit it yet. The only thing is here though, this solar panel is meant as a trickle charging panel for car batteries and whatnot, and as such I only seem to be getting about 10-15ma (seriously wtf). I just resoldered this charging board from a solar lantern I had laying around, however I have a couple questions. I'm not entirely sure if this little board will handle the current/voltage (however it should as it's fairly low current from the solar panel) I've rigged up the board mostly like it was inside the solar lantern except longer/stronger wires. I have a switch on the positive line of the batt+ to the board. I soldered some thicker wires to the SOL connections on the board. Now I've seen a few of these and some are rather simplistic control boards and some actually have a bit of circuitry to them. This one appears to have resistors to current limit the LED (would be good so I don't blow it), however after following the traces on the board the led get's it's positive from that black transistor thing with 5 legs on it (what is that a power regulator?) The idea behind all of this here is that I can maybe charge up my cell with it or usb devices for example, but to have that come from a battery pack of AA's (to work as a buffer sorta-speak like a capacitor bank). I am a little miffled as how to make this work right the way I want it to. I would assume that once I get the battery pack situated I can disconnect the LED and use that connection for a charging cable, but then it would only provide power when theres no sunlight out (when you turn it on it turns the led on if there is no current coming from the solar panel). How can I do this guys I'm sorry to ask such stupid questions as I know to some of you's it's probably fairly mediocre but I'm a bit dumb.

Topic by Punkguyta    |  last reply


software to build/layout control panels

I was wondering is there any free software,that helps layout to build my own control panel. i want to layout instruments on panel etc.

Topic by lobito    |  last reply


Charging a 70Ah 12volt battery with solar panels

Hi seen your ads on google very enlightening. Was wondering if you could advise me. I have 2 strip lights that i run off my 1000w invertor poweredby a 12v car battery that dies after a while. My kids bought me 2 x 20w solar panels12v. Can i just join the negs and positives together from the panels and connect straight to the battery neg and pos or is more involved. I also have another battery I can join too,Would i need diodes and a controller also? thanks in advance Dougie

Topic by DougieD4    |  last reply


Can you run an electric motor off solar panels and in turn produce more electricity than the solar panels can???

I want to know if it is possible to run a one horse power electric motor 120 volt off a solar panel and in turn it runs a generator that would produce enough electricity to make a difference on my bill. The solar calculators say I can only save about $60 a month.... off my 3 to 4 hundred dollar bill. The motors I am talking about is the type used for turning water pumps ... they last for years...   

Question by inquestof    |  last reply


Is there any reason two small solar panels could not be connected in series?

I recently purchased two 6v panels from Radio Shack, and was hoping to do some experiments/learning with them wired together, but I can seem to generate any readings when they are connected. Positive of one, to the negative of the other. Any help is appreciated.

Question by Blooette    |  last reply



I want to run my well pump completely off solar panels

The well pump is currently hocked to a designated 15 amp 220 breaker in my main panel the pump specs mention that the maximum amps required  is 59. I wanted to run solar power to a dedicated panel box with breakers etc the line for the  pump would be 15 amp 220 as it is now WHAT SIZE SOLAR PANELS WOULD BE REQUIRED plus what other materials are necessary??? Thank You

Question by solarbat    |  last reply


please give me project ideas on solar panel & solar cells for exhibition project.

Please give me ideas &procedure; to construct a solar panel & solar cell which can produce more electricity. Tell me how it works and also give me list of necessary parts required for construction with circuit diagram. Also tell me where can i get those parts easily & also tell me alternative methods and alternative parts that can be used.Please respond with your ideas immediately so that i can construct it effectively for my exhibition.

Question by vamsi srinivas    |  last reply


How to make a portable wall frame for wall panels 2 x 2 1/2 feet each?

I'm making a convention piece that needs to be transported back and forth between different states. The front panels are already created and measure 2 x 2 1/2 feet each totalling a 8 foot height and 10 foot width. Please see image for example. I'm trying to figure out how to make a light weight frame for the panels to mount onto. The reason why the panel pieces are so small is due to shipping limitations so also looking for the frame to be portable as well. The longest size that I can go up to for any piece will be 4 feet in length. The frame will have to be free standing and may go up to 3 feet deep/back behind the wall front. There are no side, ceiling, or back wall to attach to so this will be a truly free standing unit.

Question by prosearchplus    |  last reply


How much solar panels and batteries do you need to power a 3/4 HP airconditer? For 3 to 4 hours.

 I got a window type 3/4 Horsepower Air Conditoner and the afternoon sun is cooking me up like an oven in my apartment.  I could place a solar panel by my window and use that energy to cool my room.  I work at nights and if can enjoy 3 t0 4 hours of cooling to get some comfortable sleep.  Around 11 noon to 3pm.  It would be bliss.

Question by iMadrid    |  last reply


Can you help me convince my husband that we can put solar panels on our house for less than $500 (1700 sq. ft.)? Answered

My husband is very handy and just got a lot of forced time off (no more job). I am trying to convince him that we can put in a system that he builds for less than the multi-thousand dollar systems that are available from installation companies. He doesn't believe me that this is doable. "If it was that easy and cheap, everyone would be doing it." Can you help me with some facts that will prove I am right?

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Protective Cover for Solar Cells? Answered

I have a commercial solar panel that has burned out cells.  I figure this is a great candidate for overhauling.  I notice that the cells are protected with what appears to be clear silicon with a clear plastic covering, Tedlar or Kevlar?  Anyone know where to get large quantity of silicon for large pour of covering?  It would appear to me that after the cells are assembled the silicon would be poured and then the plastic cover placed on top and the some sort of rolling pin or squeegy to smooth out, this would be better than plexiglas laid over the cells,  hail could hit it and not break anything.

Question by Foxtrot70    |  last reply


How to build solar panels ?

Hello I have a question. I am searching for a possibility to build a solar panel at home. I only find E-books that you need to pay for. Do you know if there are any free offers ? I mean something really simple, like these Ebooks because I am not really a Handyman. :D Do you know if this site is trustable www.selfmade-solarpanels.com and if it is worth to buy one of these Ebooks ? I really dont want to spend that much money but I am really interessted in this topic and I am not so good in searching the Internet for the right sources or collecting them in a way I can really build something out of this mess of Information at the end :confused:. thank you in advance

Topic by DariusN    |  last reply


how to make a solar panel?

I want to lear to make a solar panel for a science project

Question by muzaib.khan    |  last reply


solar panel and rechargeable battery

If i must using 17.5volt solar panel to charging battery 12v 72ah, what should need to apply between both of the item?

Question by fboll    |  last reply


Solar Panel 12V regulator

Currently i am working on a 12V solar panel. the solar panel will be charging up the battery of 12V7AH. The problem is that by using the solar panel,the voltage often to be fluactuating down until 10V. How can i make the voltage remain constant at 12V?

Topic by haizad86    |  last reply


linear strip photovoltaic panels

Hi, I was wondering if anyone knew where I could find strip PV (photo voltaic) panels. I have small pv panels 3in by 3in but i am looking for longer strip pv panels maybe an inch long by however thanks Jon

Topic by gwydionn  


Needing information on solar panels!

Plz add info for me on solar panels because im doing a project and i need lots of info! :)

Topic by PMAK55    |  last reply


Laptop LCD Panel for sell

Atom-Top.com Retail and wholesale both replacement Laptop LCD Screen Panels and original Laptop LCD Screen Panels for all the major brands like Acer, Apple, Compaq, Dell, IBM, Toshiba, HP, Sony etc. Please refer to above icons of the major brands which are clickable for you to choose the specific models of the Laptop LCD Screen Panels. All the replacement Laptop LCD Screen Panels and original Laptop LCD Screen Panels Atom-Top.com offers are brand new and the quality of the Laptop LCD Screen Panels be guaranteed. The quality warranty period range from 6 to 12 months depends on the specific models of Laptop LCD Screen Panels. The LCD Panel can be shipped from USA to all over the world, very fast. More information :  www.atom-top.com

Topic by atomtop  


new microsoft office panel !

School installed office 2007 with the new panels i really like it ! i want the same thng on my linux boxes at home ! are there any applications like power point and word which are for linux and free and with panels as in microsoft office ?

Topic by 11010010110    |  last reply


How to build soler panel?

Any body help me about to make a solar panel for over 4.5 V at home, required material and other essentials?  material should be cheapest. I will be very thank full to you! Adeel naveed

Question by milanoskt477    |  last reply


Solar panel phone charger?

Hey Indestructible Instructables!I have a small solar panel that came with a headlamp. The headlamp was stolen but I still have the small solar panel that came with it. I was wondering if it would be possible to have the panel function as a phone charger. The panel has a micro USB (male) connector so I went to Best Buy and purchased a micro USB (female) to USB Type-C (male) adapter (my Galaxy Note 9 has the type C connector). I plugged the panel into my phone using the adapter but nothing happened. I know it's not the panel or the adapter because I tested both on different things just to make sure. I have attached links of everything I'm using. So is this project a complete wash?The panel: https://hybridlight.com/products/the-headlampThe adapter: https://www.bestbuy.com/site/digipower-re-fuel-3-3...

Question by 2strandtwizt    |  last reply


how to make solar panels?

it should discharge very small amount of energy

Question by krishna80    |  last reply


What is the structure of the solar panel?

Hi Guys, Would anyone able to help me understand what is the structure of the solar panel?? I am wondering what is that blue or even sometimes black sheet where a certain lines that look likes a aluminum or silver is? Is it the Silicon or not?? Guys help please. Thanks Best

Question by mitchiko    |  last reply


Solar Panel Charging Station

Hello everyone, I am doing a project for my class and it is a solar lamp project. I was wondering if anybody knew how to make a simple solar charging station. I want to use  3 of 1.5 W/4.5 V solar panel from radio shack as a charging station. I was just wondering how I would connect this together and charge the rechargeable batteries from the solar panel charging station.

Topic by RedXNaruto    |  last reply


Magnifying Lens and Solar Panels! Answered

 Would a magnifying glass/lens increase the amount of solar energy to a solar panel/cell? or would it just block the rays? i'm a bit confused because people haven't done it before and because people put glass (and silicon) in front of solar cells all the time.

Question by Houdinipeter    |  last reply


Solar panel diode and battery ? Answered

Hello, I have 5V solar panel which will charge my 18650 3400mah Panasonic 3.7V battery. I will use Voltage step up to 5V and I don't know which diode should I use between panel battery? I have all these diodes. IN4148 Diodes IN4007 Diodes  IN5819 Diodes IN5399 Diodes  FR107 Diodes  FR207 Diodes IN5408 Diodes IN5822 Diodes

Question by muratm7    |  last reply


Solar panel mounting and tracking.

I have a new video about equatorial mount for solar panels. If equatorial mount is turned slowly at the right constant speed, then the panels point at the sun all the time. I also have a diagram about something to get that constant slow speed. I have it done this way to avoid wind damage. I think if you did it this way and had a sump pump to pump the water back up every morning the thing could be  automatic, cheap  and very accurate. Brian

Topic by gaiatechnician    |  last reply


6v solar panel for charging

Is a 6v solar panel (260 mah) enough to charge 4 AA NIHM battery? The four batteries in serie amount to 4,8 volts, and  fully charged they can amount to 5,5v. I'm planning to add a diode, that can drop the voltage by 0,2v.

Topic by jemor143    |  last reply


Tin Foil Solar Panels?

I am looking to output electricity from a solar panel made of tin foil. I don't mind how small the voltage is for, with enough time, I can make a massive amount of them and create the needed voltage. Is it even possible? I want to try using just basic materials like tin foil, cardboard, wire, tape, etc. etc. All replies are appreciated!

Topic by freethetech    |  last reply