Introduction: How to Make a Solar Power Table
This is a table/solar panel. If you ever find yourself in need of both, this guide is for you.
Step 1: Acquire a Solar Panel
For our table, we chose to use a 12 volt solar panel with an ABS plastic frame for its durability and light weight, and because it came with a battery charger and electrical connections.
Step 2: Attach Rubber Stoppers to the Mounting Holes
Drill holes through four rubber stoppers and using bolts and nuts, attach them to the four mounting holes on the solar panel.
Step 3: Attach PVC Joiners to the Stoppers Using Pvc Cement
Apply PVC glue to the inside of the joint. Using a mallet, beat the joiners onto the rubber stoppers that are already attached to the solar panel.
Step 4: Assembling the Legs
Cut four equal lengths of PVC, the length however tall you want your table to be. Using corner joints and PVC cement, connect two sets of legs together at the bottom, for added stability.
Step 5: Preparing the Electrical System
Now that your table is assembled, you can start putting your system together. For our system, we are using a lead-acid battery, but any 12-volt battery will do. We are also using the charge regulator that came with our solar panel, but still, as long as it's compatible with your battery, it will be fine. make sure all of your plugs are compatible. Since our stove was made for use with a car lighter plug, we replaced its plug with a pair of spade connectors. Heat-shrink works perfectly well for connecting them.
Step 6: Enjoy Your Power Table!
Step 7: Materials
You will need:
- A solar panel capable of producing 12 volts
- ~10' of PVC tubing
- 4 90 degree PVC angle joints
- 4 straight PVC joints
- An electric stove (Must be D/C compatible)
- 12 volt rechargeable battery
- 12 volt battery charger
- PVC glue
- 4 3" bolts with nuts
- a drill
- wire stripper
- Heat shrink
- spade connectors
- a mallet
- PVC cutter