Not sure if there is an intro forum so I posted here Answered
I posted this in the pro section as well under the "welcome" forum, not really sure where it belongs. . .
Hey guys, I just wanted to introduce myself to the community here, and shoot some ideas off of you. I have been a lurker going on a year now for instructables, and I decided to join when my friend submitted a project. He did the www.instructables.com/id/Pallet-Playhouse/ Pallet Playhouse where he built a playhouse out of used pallet wood. If you haven't seen if, I would suggest a quick look he did a good job on it!
For me, I think I have decided on what I want to do, and I wanted some suggestions from you guys in terms of what I could do for my project. I want to build a system to connect ski boots to skis and recharge the heaters on the boots via solar power on your skis. Now, I am not sure of the surface area of solar cells that I would need, the power the boots usually run off of, if it is better to just buy an existing system, or if I should put in some kapton heaters and a control system, and do the board design myself. I have seen even etching for board designs here, so I could theoretically do this very cheap in terms of monetary cost if I wanted to go that route. What I am looking for is going through a good cost breakdown analysis, what my budget in time and money is, and what is doable. I am pretty handy, and will mess with anything I can get my hands on, and I have a fairly high learning IQ so I would be able to replicate most of the instructables here just to give you an idea at what I could do.
So here is what my ideas are initially. Taking an existing boot and battery system, disconnecting the existing battery pack, putting on my own battery system, and using the solar power to top off/charge the batteries. . .or using the solar power to power the batteries. I still need to see what the power requirement is for existing boots, and what the maximum power output per ski would be if I had solar cells on the ski, what to do with the excess power, if there is any, how to handle the overflow power, waterproofing the system etc, but I think it is doable. I am unemployed, and I have a business that I am planning, but I am awaiting loan approval from the bank, so I have a few weeks of free time soon. I was thinking of some cool projects to do, came to the sight and thought of my own. I figured this would be a great project to learn some stuff about ee, since I am a me by trade. Anyhow, I love the site, wanted to introduce myself, and if you have any ideas of suggestions, please let me know.