Solar Panel Messenger Bag : Current help? Answered
I found a super cheap solar charger at goodwill and couldn't pass it up. ($2 for this thing!) It's supposed to charge car batteries through the OBD2/EOBD plug.
It's rated 240mA @ 18V, 4.3W
What I was wondering was, if I just lobbed off just the end of the connector to have the DC wires, and left the voltage regulator, could it power a laptop? Through the laptop's own AC!!!!! adapter? I recently discovered that the NES was an AC device that did fine on DC power but it's kind of a different story when it's a macbook.
Or instead of through the standard adapter, straight to the laptop power port itself? Probably after making another small current regulator to get the right voltage.
The adapter accepts AC 1.5A 100-240V 50/60Hz as input and outputs +16.5V DC 3.65A
Or possibly lob off the voltage regulator on the solar panel and seeing what I can max out at? I'm open to a lot of suggestions. Evidently it has some sort of protection circuit to prevent overcharging the battery so I dunno if that would help or hurt this endeavor. But having an integrated toteable power supply would be pretty neat, always charging my macbook. Or even my DS lite or GBA SP.