Introduction: Charging Multi-volatage Devices While Camping With Solar Panel
Camping great is for getting away from it all, but not too far away.
True Green power for your MP3 players, cell phones, tablets, AA battries, AAA battries with adaptor clip, 5 vdc rechargable battries, etc.
Two ways to charge equipment.
Solar Panel from Harbor Freight ($12.00). Comes with wide variety of plug in tips also alligator clips, 9 V clip, and 2 AA batteries in rear compartment. Need to remove AAs if charging something else.
One of those “Reel” USB charging only (2 wires / not 4) cords with mini and micro tips, came with 5vdc rechargable battery.
Plug appropriate Solar Panel tip into reel cord and cord into male / female USB multi device or cord and 5 vdc rechargeable battery ($5) into male / female USB multi device or cord . Connect battery to multi-port USB multi-port USB adaptor or device directly into battery. Whatever power is available at one outlet of multi port device is available to all.
Take male / female USB cord and cut off male end. Strip outer insulation. If two wires (red / black) it’s a charging cord. If 4 (red / black/ white, green) then a data / charging cord. All you need are the red and black wires. If there are extras cut them off. Strip back red / black wires about 1 inch and attach to “J” hook test leads (Radio Shack $4). Can either twist and tape or solder.
Use red alligator to attach red “J” lead and black to black. Plug in 5 vdc rechargeable battery ($5 - some are direct connect others have seperate cord) and battery into pmulti-port adaptor or single devive with device cord.
NOTE: ALWAYS use 5VDC rechargeable battery as safety circuit interrupter Wwere appropriate. Never plug solar panel directly into device. Always set panel to next highest setting (6v for 5vdc, 9 for 6, and 12 for 9). Panel can generate over 20 volts in very bright no cloud conditions.