Solar Electric Bike Charger

Intro: Solar Electric Bike Charger

I found these solar panels a few years back, but I was too excited to set them in motion to document all of the steps involved. They were most likey from a higher quality landscape lighting set, and when I find stuff like this at a yard sale it really makes my tail wag!
The basic idea is relatively simple. I used stainless steel screws with locking nuts (the kind with the nylon inserts) and mounted the panels to a metal shelving rail. I then wired them in series, with a nice sized diode between each one. These insure that the current flows in only one direction.  My bike uses a PRODECO 38.4V 9Ah battery, total charger output in full sunlight is 38 volts. PERFECT!

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    "My bike uses a PRODECO 38.4V 9Ah battery, total charger output in full sunlight is 38 volts. PERFECT!" If your charging voltage is not higher than your battery voltage it will not fully charge.

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    you only need one diode in the output to prevent the battery discharging thru the solar cells, removing the rest may give you enough voltage for a full charge depending on the type of battery your charging.