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Fix solar garden lamp?

I have a couple of garden lamps that should be solar powered, but after a few years, they do not work. Is there a way to fix them? Can I make my own?

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what sensor can be used to detect trespassers for an intelligent street lamp system ?

Im planning to do an intelligent street lamp and want to know about sensors that can be used in it.

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My Chinese solar lamp batter connect with old motercycle battery???

How do I connect my solar lamps (0.1amp current) with my 12volt 5ampr battery Is this possible ???

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Solar panels LED powering/street lamp

Hi im given two components to include in a project i need to build but the problem is not sure which project to built and how the solar panel and lcd will fit....was thinking to link the solar panel with the logic probe/frequency counter i built last semester but i'm struggling, please HELP!!!

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Solar Generator Kit

We're now offering solar panel kits - 45 watt, 65 watt, and 85 watt - when combined with a battery pack makes a great solar generator for emergencies or for fun. Solar Pax generators are the 'bigger brother' of the Qwik-Solar.   Solar Pax has very minimum assembly - and everything is already wired with quick connects.  Use to charge any battery pack with a 12 volt outlet.  We make these kits in Ohio. We set up a 'Mini-Catalog' on our website to make ordering easy. And we put together a page on our other site "Lamp Light from Sunlight" you might enjoy - it shows a 'Solar Pax' from 1954.   Update:  We've changed some domain around to better reflect our solar generator line up - the 'lamp light from sunlight' link above is active again.

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Cold Cathode lamp with SOLAR power / battery?

I have an cold cathode lamp from a scanner. I want to install it behind a piece of artwork i made to sort-of backlight the image. it can be very dim... i don't need to get full brightness out of it. My question is.. do you think this is possible with a solar panel and rechargeable pack of some sort to dimly light this thing???? I really want to use solar on this, due to the nature of the piece itself. Any ideas on watts or volts or any other input??? On the power input for the scanner itself it reads 16VDC 0.9~1.0A... if that helps. any help or suggestions are welcome!!! thanks !

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Low-Footprint Lamp, DIY Wind Turbine, Energy Usage Meter

  Low-Footprint Lamp DIY Wind Turbine Energy Usage Monitor Build a Solar Tracker Stationary Bike Power Garden Rain Barrels DIY Solar Panel Recycled Window Greenhouse Pringles Wind Turbine Bike Wheel Generator Home Solar Panels Homemade Sun Jar Water Flow Sensor Solar Thermal Collector Energy Saving Tools  

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How to get constant 5.2V from ~1-7 Volts?

I have multiple solar panels (3V, 6V). I want to build a charger for bicycle, to keep my battery powered lamps (DIY) battery alive. Currently, I use my DIY lamp with a USB Power bank (5,2V , approx. 50k mAh), but my lamp contains 39 LEDs, and they are ultra-bright LEDs, so they drains the battery fast. So I thought if I connect some solar panels to it, I can charge power bank during daytime.

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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.

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I just made this panel of solar cells...

I was bored and I had this laying around from taking apart cheapy solar lamps. I did have them wired previously for 4.5 volts in series but I decided to put them together with some basal wood and wire it in parallel, I plan to get some more cheap solar lights and wire them in three's aswell and then wire the panels together in series to get a higher voltage. I tested the ma shortage current on them and it was only 5ma, is that right? Then again the lamp I was using is kinda crappy, I'll try in the day time outside.

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I just need some really cool ideas to use with my solar powered outdoor garden lamps.

I'm trying to make use of my solar powered garden lanters, you know, those ones you stick in the ground. The solar panels as far as I know still work, and have the batteries to go with. I'm pretty sure its just the buld that needs replacing. But honestly I dont use them anymore and I'm trying to find a better use for them but have come up with blanks.

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Best Solar Lights (for Sun Jars/other projects)?

Short: Was wondering if the community had any suggestions for the brightest, longest lasting, most shade tolerant Solar LED lamps? Long: Working on Sun Jar's for little Christmas gifts. Currently using some cheep 2 dollar Solar LED lamps that fit perfectly and seem better than the slightly more expensive one I experimented with, but neither has the endurance to last all night. Anyone found any which performance blew them away? Cost/performance considerations are welcome too.

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Amps

Can anyone tell me what happens if you take two 1.2v, 1900mAh  rechargeable batteries in parallel connected to an LED?  Does it increase the amount of time the LED will stay on?   I'm new to this.  Working with small solar charging lamps.  Thanks Patty

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What is the optimum solar cell sample size that I should select while testing it with PASAN SunSim 3B Sun Simulator?

I have to suggest sample sizes in order to generate some I-V curves using PASAN SunSim 3B Sun Simulator. The issues with the size and other things was about difference in distance to the light source, and the fact that the light source is not collimated and we can't collimate it, so we need to workout the tolerance. The distance between the external lamp and the sample is about 7 meters. External Lamp consists of 4 lamps connected to a single square shaped holder. The dimensions specs of the external lamp as given in the attached images. What if the sample size is smaller than the light source? What is the optimum solar cell sample size that I need to select? What parameters will be effects if the sample size is not optimized? "Please Keep In Mind That The Sample Size Should Be As Small As Possible". The attached images with help you in getting an idea, how the sun simulator looks like and what are the dimensions of external lamp

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What type of solar cell/battery for a garden lamp?

I was looking at an instructable (https://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Powered-Light-Graffiti-Projector/) involving a garden light hooked up to a red led instead of a white one. It shoots a picture out at night onto a wall or something like that.I'm wondering if the garden lights are too dim or don't charge fully. We used to have some lights of those type, but they would make a dim light for about 5 hours, then emit a very very weak light. I'm thinking about just buying a trickle charger from here, then getting a bright green or blue led, batteries, and waterproofing it. The problem is, I have nil knowledge about solar chargers/what voltage to use.Can anyone help?

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Can I use a laptop battery and a small solar panel for a mini solar generator?

I have an old (but still good) laptop battery and a small 2 watt solar panel.  The idea is to create a small solar generator with usb outputs to charge phones, mp3 players, and run small usb devices such as lamps and fans.  I do know I can go buy bigger batteries, but I wanted to use this laptop battery for something.

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Solar, Wind, or Water Power: What is your green energy source?

From solar to aquatic, what are your forms of renewable energy? Any new ideas? I know another post in the "Green" topic talked about a gravity-powered LED lamp. What next?

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12v LED lamp+ Solar panel+ 12v car battery? Answered

I am new to electricity beyond a basic circuit, so I am at a point of being unsure about my current scheme for a relatively bright light that runs off a battery which recharges via solar power and doesn't go dead due to the continual recharging during the day and effective use of electrical energy. I do not know whether resistors, transistors, power inverters, or any other equipment is beneficial or necessary. I am also unsure of a high quality, relatively cheap solar panel that is compatible with the 12v battery and the 12v LED bulb (if anyone has any advice for that). I drew up a diagram of my possible setups, labeled 1, 2, and 3. Option 1 is the basic setup without any additional hardware. Is one of these setups correct, and the most effective way to go about my objective? If not, how can I modify it to be the proper setup? Thanks :)

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Help in buying Solar Charge Controller?

I want to buy this. What is the best battery and solar panel for the same. I want  to use 6V rechargeable lithium batteries. I am guessing 2 in series will be required. Can I use array of Ni-MH pencil batteries with solar chargers? I will be mostly using the setup for emergency power supply in all rooms (5). I may also use night lamps as trickle drain.

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Recharge rechargeable battery with a led battery powered lamp?

I am making a lamp cordless using batteries and low poer 12v led strip. My question is can i somehow connect a solar cell so as the light hits it recharges the rechargables batteries that will actually power the lamp. So I dont have to take batteries out and recharge them every few days or week? 

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How to determine the target size for a specific sun simulator?

I am have to determine the I-V curves for a few solar cell samples. The sun simulator that I am going to use is PASAN 3b SunSim. My Questions are: What is the optimum solar cell sample size that I need to select? What parameters will be effects if the sample size is not optimized? The specifications of the external lamp are attached to this question.

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Light-activated lamp, cries out "Me too!" when other lights are turned on

Disclaimer: I have little-to-no electrical experience, but want to use this rather involved project as a starting point to hone my abilities and technical know-how. Any non-basic terms I use are based purely on assumed naming schemes. I only have fuzzy notions of what things like photovoltaic cells or flux capacitors are, but I'll write as if I know them perfectly, just in case I'm actually using the terms properly. If this post starts a thread that can answer all aspects of how to get this done, I'll update it as an instructable for others to learn.IntroI'm looking for some guidance. I have a plan to modify one of my lamps to brighten and dim based on the amount of light hitting it: Essentially, if I turn on a larger light, this lamp will turn on as well. As this is still simply an idea in my head, though, I plan to make it rather complicated and feature-rich.FeaturesTwo main settings for the light: Absolute and Relative. When in Absolute mode, the lamp will turn on and off based whether or not the amount of light hitting its photosensor surpasses the necessary threshold energy level (TEL). The TEL will be adjustable by the use of a small dial, so that as the TEL approaches 0, the lamp turns on regardless of any additional light, and as the TEL approaches Infinity (or, at least, the maximum amount of light the photosensor can detect), the lamp turns off. Of course, I'd plan on primarily keeping the TEL at the level at which the lamp only turns on when I've turned on another light in the room, but there are times when I'd want the lamp to be independent of other lighting.When in Relative mode, the light would brighten and dim based on the relative amount of light hitting its photosensor, so that the more lights I have on around it, the brighter it gets. I'd like to be able to use the same dial from Absolute mode to calibrate the relative brightness of the lamp, but that may be overly complicated for the amount of benefit it provides. Additionally, it would be interesting to invert this relationship, so that as less light hits the photosensor, the brighter the lamp gets. A next step could be to layer the exterior of the lamp with solar cells so that it can not only activate based on its environment, but actually power itself (at least partially) based on its environment. This is not as important as any other features.IssuesI plan on developing this post with a diagramed model of how this would work, but first I'd like to iron out a few issues:-How does a photosensor detecting light export information? -Assuming the photosensor exports electricity, what does the sensor need to be hooked up to in order to become meaningful? -How would I set TELs, and how could I set TELs with a controllable dial?-How would I swap between Relative and Absolute modes? How could I add a switch in to do this easily?-How would the lamp's own light effect the photosensor if the photosensor was positioned on an opaque lampshade?-Has anyone else done this, or something similar, so that I could look to those projects as a model?-What else do I need to know?I'm not specifically asking for someone to answer every question for me, but I would greatly appreciate it if I could be pointed in the right direction towards resources that would help me figure out the technical aspects of this project. With the small amount of experience I have, I'd expect to have to do a lot of reading.Thanks for any responses!

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How to do a solar remote control car?

I love remote control cars, but I don't like using batteries. I'm living in Malaysia, we have sunshine almost throughout the year. I want to replace the rc car's batteries with solar cell to keep my rc car on going all the time. How can it be done with 1.5v AA battery times 4 replace by a solar panel in my remote control car? I got small garden lamp solar panel. Can that solar panel be use and how? Thanks in Advance

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Making a 12v room lamp.

We have a quite a few 6v batteries here at work that we get rid of once their voltage drops below what our equipment is able to use.  Normally we recycle them but I was trying to see if there is a better way to get some use out of them on my own.  Ultimately, I'd like to try and eliminate the need for the plug in lamp I use to light my bedroom. I'm far from an electrical genius but I found some low wattage LED bulbs that looked like they might be usable.  What I was basically thinking of doing was hooking few of the old batteries together, regulating the output to 12v, and then wire up one of the low wattage bulbs.  I also have access to solar panels used to charge the same batteries so getting that added in to the mix would be my next step.

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3D Dinosaur Cake, Solar USB Charger, Office Beach Prank

3D Dinosaur Cake Solar USB Charger Office Beach Prank Pan for Gold 5-Minute Ice Cream Stolen Passport Guide 8-Bit Sculptures Sand Fire Pit Flexible Fabric Circuit Stylish Lamps Remove a Cork with String Tasty Sandwiches Starfield Ceiling Digital Picture Frames Easy Copy Stand

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SOLAR POWERED BOAT FOR TECHFEST...URGENT HELP NEEDED...?

 hey we'r makin a solar powered boat for a techfest...it needs to run on solar power provided by 3 500 W halogen lamps..motor is 6V..we'r usin 6 solar panels of 6.5 V and 900mA..ther's a tunnel for a distance of 400mm(4cm) which means we hv to use capacitors for charging when energy is there nd to discharge when solar cell is not workin...also wer're connecting a diode in series with the solar cell ...we'r usin 5 capacitors of 4500uf each..the problem is that the dischargin time of the capacitor is only 2 sec..i dn think tht will b sufficient for runnin in the tunnel...do we need to add mor capacitors or change the circuit...also suggest if we need to add mor than one motor to increase the speed .plz suggest nd giv us sum tips nd answers..plz event is only 2 days away..plz reply fast....

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Need to make charge indicator for 4 V 1 Ah Lead Acid battery Answered

Hi,  I have made a solar study lamp. I am using 4 volts 1 Ah lead acid battery for the same and 3 Watt solar panel. It charges well with the current circuit. But it does not have a charge indicator. I am looking for a battery charging circuit with charge indicators as follows: 1. Low battery indicator  2. Battery full indicator 3. Charging indicator - to indicate battery is getting charged Trying to keep this simple and inexpensive as this lamp is a part of social initiative for rural areas. Thanks in advance! 

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Wooden Necktie, Build a Mongolian Yurt, Racing Mower

Wooden Necktie Build a Mongolian Yurt Racing Mower Portal Cake is a Lie Make Beer Guitar Tube Amp Double Helix Lantern Wood-Fired Hot Tub Steampunk Bonsai Lamp DIY Solar Setup Shopping Cart Bike Honey Bee Habitat Trigger Green Lights Fluorescent Floor Lamp Build a Cajon Drum

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I want to make my own solar lead acid battery charger and charge monitor. Any circuit and idea/ suggestions ?

Requirement: Simple Charge Controller with Low Voltage Protection For 6V Battery: Solar Panel Open Circuit Voltage: 10.1 V (6V, 5W panel) 1. When battery is charging we require a "orange LED" to glow, as an indication of charging. 2. When battery reaches 7.2 V or above, a green LED shall glow indicating full charge. Additionally, the circuit should be capable of disconnecting the panel from battery (Simple PWM based). 3. When the battery reaches 5.2 V, a red LED shall glow indicating low voltage. Along with the red LED indication, we require a sound indication "beep", to alert the user to switch off the lamp. The interval of beep shall be between 5-10 seconds. Additionally, the load should be cut off from the battery, when the battery reaches 5.0 V. The battery low indicator (red LED) should glow only when the load is on. When the load is cutoff, even the red LED and the beep should be off. The load shall be reconnected only when the battery reaches a voltage of 6V. 4. A USB female port with 6V output for mobile charging is also required in the circuit. For 12V Battery: Solar Panel Open Circuit Voltage: 20.1 V (12V, 10W panel) The requirements are similar to 6V battery circuit with the following changes: Battery full indication: 14.8 V Battery Low indication : 11.2 V Load Cutoff Voltage    : 10.8 V Load Reconnect Voltage : 12.0 V USB output is same at 6.0 V using very simplest micro controller like 12F675 or cheapest/easily available on market.?

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Rice Cooker Burger, Robot Zombie Figurine, Cup Sphere Lamp

  Rice Cooker Burger Robot Zombie Figurine Cup Sphere Lamp Resurrect a Motorcycle Make Bath Bombs Cheap Masquerade Masks Hybrid Solar Panel Arduino on a Perfboard Rope Bridge Bookshelf Upgrade Your Promo Camera Iron Man Make a Talking Clock Coffee-Stained Coffee Table Simple Microscope Webcam Make a Garden Fountain  

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will an ac appliance run on dc without an inverter?

I look at all the DC windmill and solar panel projects on the net and I was wondering if an AC appliance (lamps, blenders, microwaves, refrigerators, etc) will run on DC current. Answers? Opinions? Further Questions?

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Bottle lamp: LED or alternative lighting guide

I have an idea for a project of turning an old bottle, most like a Sailoy Jerry's bottle into a mood lamp. I was thinking about using a set of LEDs, but not sure how bright this would be, are there any alternatives? Such as some form of free floating components that uses solar poer to charge during the day then illuminates at night? Or anything similiar along these lines. Furthermore, if I go with the LED method, I'm going to need to learn how to build the circuit. I'm fine at soldering, (did an Electronics class at school, forgot most of it though). So can anybody describe the basic circuit I need to build or point me to a good guide for learning? Thanks, Josh.

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How to wire solar cells to charge a twelve volt battery and power a light bulb at the same time? Answered

Okay so, I'm really lost and need some help for my school project. The goal is to charge a battery with solar cells that will power up a lamp/light bulb (whichever I can more feasibly do). I've constructed a series of panels that puts out about 17 volts. I understand that I will need to connect to positive and negative ends of the series to the respective ends on the twelve volt battery I have, but then I don't know how I wire in the light bulb?? I haven't taken any physics yet so I don't know much about electricity yet. I have an outlet kit like this one:http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41kJjoNq2YL._SL500_SS500_.jpgwhich I received cause I was going to plug in a lamp? But I have no idea how I would do that so I'm probably just going to use this mounting bracket I have.  But again. I don't know how to physically do that.  Do I need to solder another wire to one of the cells in the series and then just solder it to the end of the light bulb? I'm probably going to need a very dumbed-down explanation of what exactly I need to do to get this thing working.  Thank you sssoooooo much if you can help!

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Can I take 20+, 12V DC Pre Wired 5mm LED Lamp's, put them in my garden lights and use a 12v car battery to power them?

I have a question, can I take 12V DC white Pre Wired 5mm LED Lamp and put them in my garden light housings, and run 20 of them in a row using the same wiring I have in the ground already? (the low voltage system uses 20, 4 watt bulbs rite now,) I would like to remove the transformer and run the LED's using my battery back ( 10, trojan T-105's, 12v setup) I have for my solar panel system. Thanks.

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Auto-Lacing Shoes, Rice Krispie Treat Watermelon, Bicycle Sidecar

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Best LED color to mimic incandescent lighting

Dan, Since you seem to be the wizard with LED's around here I figured I would pose this question to you. So I am creating some paper lamps and I'm looking to power them with ultra bright low power LED's, My goal is to make them green laps with the option to use a battery pack with a solar cell. So with that in mind what do you think would be the best selection of LED's for me, I was looking at the Luxeon Star LED's, but was wondering what color I should go with if I want that incandescent look, I was also thinking of creating a single rgb rig to control the color of the lighting for each lamp, your input will help me decide. Thanks in advance, Joshua AM

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how to save energy

Do you want to learn how to go green or save enrgy. Well your at the right place. To start try by buying solar lamps and make a clothesline washers and dryers use a ton of energy. If you are looking for a car you should think about a priuis hybrid. They get up to 60 mpg!!!! Also turn lights off if not being used. always turn ff the tv and computer when gone or not using it may be a hassle for some people so if you have a desktop at least turn off the screen. please comment

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Pallet Sled, iPod Controlling Dress, War Hammer

  Art | Craft | Food | Games | Green | Home | Kids | Life | Music | Offbeat | Outdoors | Pets | Photo | Ride | Science | Tech New Projects for a New Year! It's time to get started on your new year's resolution to learn something new, and make something awesome! Check out these great projects to help you make the most of your time this winter, indoors and out. Help decide who wins great prizes from ThinkGeek in the Cocktails vs. Mocktails Contest. Vote now! Make a Sled out of a Wooden Pallet Twittering Laser Tripwire Make a 70's Style String Lamp Evening Dress with iPod Control How to Make Sushi Make a Viking War Hammer Flipbook You Can Make at the Office Table Saw from Electric Hand Saw Build a Thermoelectric Lamp Bike Tail Light Upgrade Easter Solar Engine Make a LEGO Table Out of PVC Pipe Salt Water and Aluminum Foil Light Traditional Portrait Painting Make Your Own Clothing Labels Make a Baggy T-shirt into a Dress Guides Chocolate Free Stuff High Voltage Duct Tape Wallets

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How can I make a thermoelectric ipod charger using a mintyboost, a peltier, and lots of heat?

I recently found a article about a Japanese company creating a camp-fire ipod/phone charger. http://tes-ne.com/PDF/epan.pdf (not spam) It appears to use a peltier thermoelectric hooked up in reverse embedded in the layers of the bottom of the pot. And the black control box is either a joule thief or a circuit similar to a mintyboost. As it is so tiny I can not imagine it has a 7805 5v voltage regulator or other similar overly simple circuit. I thought why should I spend nearly $300 on something I can make for $10-$50? I have also noticed there is a thermoelectric powered lamp on this site. My question is this, does anyone see there being an issue if I modify the thermoelectric lamp project and instead hook it upto a mintyboost to charge a couple of rechargeable batteries. I am not sure what sort of amps lets say a 100w 12v peltier would put out when reversed. I have found one for $8.09 here. And if I did attempt this (and document it for an instructables), what might I need to do to modify the mintyboost to directly charge from the peltier? I know only very basic electronics, such as what every component on a mintyboost does. So this is basically a project to learn more about electronics. Should I simply follow a solar power mintyboost tutorial? I have a couple of ideas of how to create the temperature difference for my needs. I was thinking of buying a pack of sterno cans, so I can quickly produce the heat needed and charge my all-important ipod touch in an emergency "holy crap the entire electric grid was fried by a solar flare and I won't be able to charge it ever again" situation. And also experimenting with producing enough heat from direct sunlight using black materials and a "hotbox" (this method will come later as it takes more experimenting). Side note: This is not my only emergency ipod charging project I am putting together. I am also cannibalizing some garden solar chargers and their joulel thieves, but it's been done to death, and a thermoelectric charger is so much cooler is it not? .. or hotter..

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Gift exchange (Prodigity)

(I'm having difficulty posting this in the gift exchange, sorry if I miss-posted) Hi everyone, I'm looking forward to all the great gifts and 'ibles people are going to make =D I'm willing to make anything circuit board related, preferably digital i.e. analog. Though to see if I'm not getting over my head here I would like to hear what you would like to get if I were to make your gift. Thanks :) My skills include: Medium level of electrical engineering Here's a link to my featured Instructable: https://www.instructables.com/id/USB-NES-controller-with-an-arduino/ What I'd like to make for someone: ANYTHING circuit board related I'd be willing to make this size gift package for someone: Small, medium and large I'd be willing to receive a smaller or larger size gift package from someone than the one I make for someone else: Yes What I like: - Eco-friendly stuff (solar, wind, recycling, independent from net etc.) - Electric guitar stuff (e.g. Tape echo with cassette recorder, pedal, portable amp etc.) - Musical instrument (ranging from carrot ocarina to synth, pretty much all) - Lockpicks - Tools to help with soldering (Clamp, fume extractor, homemade liquid flux etc.) - Rain - Light (Lamp, wake-up light, visual feedback for email etc.) What I don't like: - Anything fragile (I like big, chunky and/or sturdy) - Fluorescent lamps I absolutely can't have: Fluorescent lamps Type of thing I'd love to receive: Anything from the 'What I like' list would be cool. Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? Sure Confirm that are at least 18 years old or, if not, that you have the approval of a parent or guardian: Confirmed Let the DIY commence!

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(newsletter) Nintendo MP3 Player, Paint with Light, Zen Art...

Jan 15, 2009 Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } Welcome back!It's cold here in the northern hemisphere! (OK, it's 70F here in SF, but Robot is still knitting another scarf - best to be prepared.) Regardless of your climate, show us some great ways to fight the chill in the Stay Warm Contest, and win a sleeping bag!Reuse and recycle! Show off a clever reuse for a plastic bottle in the Tap'dNY Keep the Bottle Contest and win a Voltaic solar-charging backpack!The Craftsman Workshop of the Future Contest finalists are up! See all the entries who are moving on to Round 2 here! The winners of the Homemade Holidays: Holiday Gifts Contest have been announced! See who won! Fast Foam Lathe by marc.cryan Duct Tape Guide by lukethebook333 Open Manufacturing How to Build 30 Kits by Stuart.Mcfarlan Make Your Leather Boots Last Forever by ehmbee View the finalists! Win a Voltaic solar-charging backpack! Make an Art Bowl from a Plastic Bottle by gulguvenc Snow Arch by AndrewM Make Simple PVC Flutes by Jnkyrdguy Paint with Light by CYNICALifornia Cheap Car Underbody Lights by zerox61 Zen Art With A Water Bottle by domestic_engineer Lined Messenger Bag by cwickham Giant Fake Vacuum Tube by DirkGently Share your best way to fight the cold and win a sleeping bag! See who won! ReUse ReMake Crayons by SomArtMama Pirate Treasure from Trash by 1gruviscrapper Nintendo Controller MP3 Player by ryan97128 Pill Bottle Lamp by wholman Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup2","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); }

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(newsletter) DIY Plasma Cutter, Power a Car with Trash, Steampunk Monopoly

Jan 8, 2009 Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } Welcome back! Help us make 2009 a Green Year! Show off a clever reuse for a plastic bottle in the Tap'dNY Keep the Bottle Contest and win a Voltaic solar-charging backpack! The Craftsman Workshop of the Future Contest has closed for entries. Help choose who wins $25,000 in Sears gift cards by voting now! The Homemade Holidays: Holiday Gifts Contest has closed for entries! Help choose the winners by voting now! The Homemade Holidays: Holiday Decorations Contest winners have been announced! See who won! Convert your Honda to Run on Trash by jimmason Cheap iPhone Macro Lens by ch0rtle Giant Atari Joystick Lamp by seamster 48V Electric Bike by Radioactive_Legos Vote now! Win a Voltaic solar-charging backpack! Inlaid Wood Box with Hidden Compartment by technoplastique Strap a Leaf Blower Engine to a Bike and Go Fast by Jnkyrdguy Hacked Calculator Prank by Kipkay Build A Mobile Bar - BaR2D2 by jamiep Make a Fractal Antenna for HDTV by williamruckman Build a Honey Extractor by doozer_not_fraggle Build a Peg Board Tool Cart by sensoryhouse Electrified Monopoly Steampunk Style by antibromide Homemade Holidays Contests Vote for your favorites! See who won! Homemade Plasma Cutter by jandgse812 Snail Art Car The Golden Mean by jonsarriugarte Custom Star Bike Wheel by MasterRed Make a plastic gadget a little more beautiful by radiorental Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup2","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); }

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Green Science Fair Winners

Instructables and Discover Magazine are happy to announce the winners of the Discover Green Science Fair for a Better Planet Contest!We asked you to show us some great green ideas and you responded with a flood of them. Over 200 Instructables were submitted over the past few weeks and tons of useful information has been put out there to help others with their own green projects. You are all an inspiration, truly.Thank you for putting so much time and effort into these Instructables. As always, we wish we had more prizes to give out. Now, on with the winners! First 10 Entries For jumping into the contest early, the authors of these Instructables will receive a Discover Magazine t-shirt. Ways to be green How to get FREE 9 Volt Batteries Recycle plastic grocery bags into Loons! Tips on how to improve gas mileage All-Natural Incense Burner Science Fair Display Board How to recycle an old sweater How to Boycott the Bottle Easy Seed Starter Supercharged Lemon Runners-UpThe authors of these Instructables will each receive a copy of 20 Things You Didn't Know About Everything, a book from the Editors at Discover magazine. Mini Wooden Portable Compost Bin How to build a 72Volt electric motorcycle How to Make an Easy Inverted Planter £5 Japanese lamp from recycled materials Trickle charging auto-switching LED helmet Make your own plastic tote bag from recycled plastic bags From old Tourist Map to Gift Bag How to Make A Solar Powered Fan! solar lawn mower How To Smell Pollutants Third Prize The authors of these Instructables will each receive an Eton FR150 Microlink, a Solar-Powered, Crank-powered Portable Radio with Flashlight and Cell Phone Charger. Cheap solar tracker Organic planting pots from newspapers Bike Generator Recycled Denim Shopping Bag The Green Pail Retained Heat Cooker Second Prize The authors of these Instructables will each receive a Sansa Express 1GB MP3 player, Instructables Robot t-shirt, patch, and stickers. Solar Powered Trike Urban Homestead Garden (squarefoot gardening abridged) First Prize The author of this Instructable will receive a Celestron Skyscout that uses advanced GPS technology with point and click convenience to identify thousands of stars, planets, constellations and more. Plus Instructables Robot t-shirt, patch, and stickers. Make Your Own Biodiesel Processor Thank you to all of our judges for helping to choose the winners. Colin Bulthaup (CTO of Potenco, co-founder Squid Labs)Christy Canida (Instructables)Stephen Cass (Senior Editor at Discover Magazine) Saul Griffith (President of Makani Power, co-founder Squid Labs, MacArthur Fellow) Corwin Hardham (CTO of Makani Power, co-founder Squid Labs)Jeremy Jacquot (treehugger.com, USC student in environmental sciences) Tom Kostigen (co-author of The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time)Ed Lewis (Instructables)Corey Powell (Executive Editor at Discover Magazine) Sarah Richardson (Senior Editor at Discover Magazine) Gemma Shusterman (Media Lab grad, Juror for the 2008 SIGGRAPH art gallery)Tyghe Trimble (News Editor at Discover Magazine)Eric Wilhelm (Instructables, co-founder Squid Labs) Daniel Wilson (Roboticist, author of How to Build a Robot Army) Laura Wright (Senior Editor of On Earth Magazine, published by the Natural Resources Defense Council)

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Windbelt, Cheap Generator Alternative, Set to Power Third World

Working in Haiti, Shawn Frayne, a 28-year-old inventor based in Mountain View, Calif., saw the need for small-scale wind power to juice LED lamps and radios in the homes of the poor. Conventional wind turbines don't scale down well -- there's too much friction in the gearbox and other components. "With rotary power, there's nothing out there that generates under 50 watts," Frayne says. So he took a new tack, studying the way vibrations caused by the wind led to the collapse in 1940 of Washington's Tacoma Narrows Bridge (aka Galloping Gertie).Frayne's device, which he calls a Windbelt, is a taut membrane fitted with a pair of magnets that oscillate between metal coils. Prototypes have generated 40 milliwatts in 10-mph slivers of wind, making his device 10 to 30 times as efficient as the best microturbines. Frayne envisions the Windbelt costing a few dollars and replacing kerosene lamps in Haitian homes. "Kerosene is smoky and it's a fire hazard," says Peter Haas, founder of the Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group, which helps people in developing countries to get environmentally sound access to clean water, sanitation and energy. "If Shawn's innovation breaks, locals can fix it. If a solar panel breaks, the family is out a panel."'Frayne hopes to help fund third-world distribution of his Windbelt with revenue from first-world applications -- such as replacing the batteries used to power temperature and humidity sensors in buildings. "œThere's not a huge amount of innovation being done for people making $2 to $4 per day," Haas says. "Shawn's work is definitely needed.'http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/industry/4224763.html?series=37

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Crowdfunding

We love seeing our authors transform their ideas into a reality, and we want to help in whatever ways we can. Below are some of the campaigns our authors are working to get funded. We'll do our best to keep this list current, so please check out their projects, and help fellow makers in our community find success!  Current Campaigns i-mimic the animation made easy, Device capturing human motion directly in 3D animation software in real-time & without plugins. by Instructabler nawres102 Open Source DIY Automatic Tail Light, A fun and easy to assemble light sensor kit.  By Instructabler Solarcycle Tiq probe, it defines a new category of electronic debug & test tools for makers & professionals - filling the gap between DMMs & 'scopes. By Instructabler markhen57 If you have a project you're trying to get funded, let us know!  Completed Campaigns  Doughnut Safe, Turn your spare tire into a strong box.  By Instructabler Mrballeng The fumeFan, The fume Fan is a soldering fume extractor, work lamp, helping hands tool and a project organiser for hobbyists, makers and creators.  By Instructabler hertzgamma SOLARPAD Open Source 5 Watt Smart Phone Solar USB Charger, Strap this water-resistant solar panel and battery to backpacks or mount it to tripods for camping, hiking, and cycling.  By Instructabler Solarcycle Fish Bone, A no knots cord tightener specifically designed for paracord by author Mrballeng - Funded by almost 9000% of goal! Would you Woodwork, a funny and informational woodworking webseries by author Few Bits - Funded by 100% of goal!  Zero to Maker, a re-skilling guide for new makers by David Lang - Funded by almost 2000% of goal! Arabic Alphabet Fun Flashcards, cute and kid friendly learning tool by author acraftyarab - Funded and met goal! PIXEL: Interactive LED Art, an interactive LED-based display for retro pixel art by author alinke - Funded by over 600% of goal! Blinky Fish, a tiny fish-shaped board that fits on an Arduino to help teach, by author marc.cryan - Funded by almost 600% of goal! Chipper, the ATtiny Programming and Prototyping Shield, by author Hammock Boy - funded by over 1000% of goal! Piranha, a follow-up knotless gear tie for paracord, by author Mrballeng - funded by over 1400% of goal! The Question Block Lamp, a Mario-inspired, interactive lamp for your inner geek, gamer and child, by author bduxbury - funded by almost 150% of goal! Out of Time - A patina weathered I-Beam with moving gears by Instructabler hack818 Maker Kase - Universal Maker cabinet. Perfect for 3D printers, model makers, small CNC machines and open frame Bitcoin Miners by Instructabler bmc.loughlin Have you started your own Kickstarter or Indiegogo to help fund your project? Let us know! Please leave the link in the comments, along with a brief description. We'll add your project to our up-to-date campaign list above, and promote it across our channels. If you have any questions, or want to add any additional info, please email me at khoward@instructables.com Thanks!

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gift exchange

My skills include: i love to make jewelry made out of wire such as paper clips and internet wires. i also make duct tape wallets ,and i make crazy iPhone/ iPod touch cases. I'm an artsy person I'd be willing to make this size gift package for someone (choose all that apply): S,M I'd be willing to receive a smaller or larger size gift package from someone than the one I make for someone else: YesWhat I like: music, art, abstract, (rubik's cube i can solve it), solar powered things, and hand made clothing What I don't like: stuff for pets (i don"t have any) thats basically it i just like stuff made by people I absolutely can't have: nothing really Type of thing I'd love to receive: paper lamps with abstract shapes and weird colors Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? it maters what country due to shipping. Confirm that are at least 18 years old or, if not, that you have the approval of a parent or guardian: i am 12 but i have parent approval. 

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(newsletter) Ambidexterity, Breadboard Tips, All-Weather Bike Helmet...

Jan 29, 2009 Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } Welcome back! The Craftsman Workshop of the Future Contest winners have been announced! See who won the $20,000 grand prize, and the $500 runner-up prizes!Have some nagging issue that's holding up your latest project? Check out our new Answers section and tap into the Instructables community's pool of knowledge! It's cold up here in the northern areas and we want you to show us some great ways to fight the chill in the Stay Warm Contest. Win a brand new sleeping bag!These are the final days to reuse and recycle a plastic bottle for the Tap'dNY Keep the Bottle Contest. Enter by Sunday night to win a Voltaic solar-charging backpack! Leyden jar of DOOM! by nickademuss Build Buoys from Plastic Bottles by Patenteux du Nord Make a Postal Scale from Old CDs by Phil B LED-Paper Craft Lamps by mike_b See who won! Closes for entries this Sunday! Recycled Plastic in Plane Design by petercd Wine Bottle Lamp by reclaimagination Convert a Generator to Run on Propane by Rainh2o Ten Breadboard Tips and Tricks by klee27x Turn a Laptop Screen into a Mirror by MidnightSon Make an Easy to use Tape Dispenser by Creativeman The Quest for Ambidexterity by Mother Natures Son Make a Lego Valve Stem Cap by imaseahawksfan Share your best way to fight the cold and win a sleeping bag! Check out our latest feature! Make Home Energy Improvements with the Government's Help by zieak DIY Choreographed House Lights by prabbit22m Real-time Web Based Household Power Usage Monitor by jasonT All-Weather Bike Helmet by jeff-o Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup2","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); }

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(newsletter) Ballistic Gel, Fridge Alarm, Vulcan Lyre...

Sign-up for this newsletter: Welcome back! NEW! Get in the Garden Contest - Enter any Instructable with a gardening theme and win a very cool computer-controlled indoor composting machine from NatureMill! Art of Sound Contest - Share any sound or music-related Instructable in our new contest and win an incredible custom hi-fi tower set with subwoofer or monster speakers! Get the LED Out! Contest - Enter any Instructable that involves LEDs, and win some amazing lights from Monkeylectric! Results are up for the Mother's Day Contest and Earthjustice United States of Efficiency Contest. See the winners here and here! The SteamRoller Riding Contraption Table for Electronic Dreams Make Traditional Baguettes by Hand Build Custom Speakers - Art of Sound Contest Win a high-tech computer-controlled composter and easily turn scraps into soil! Simple Metalworking Techniques ValveLiTzer Guitar Pedal Redux Make a Fridge Alarm to Catch Thieves Powder Coat a Bike Frame with Logos Ballistic Gel Use Sculpey on a Vinyl Toy Solar Light Up Rock Stairwell Pita Pizza: The Five Minute Snack Share your best LED creations! Win these custom hi-fi speakers! Acoustic Vulcan Lyre Crutch Chair Fortune Boat Lamp Make a Fiberglass Speaker Enclosure Sign-up for this newsletter:

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