Introduction: The Solar Cart Generator
This instructable will show you how to create a solar generator. There are 2 parts to it; the cart and the electrical parts. The cart contains a deep cycle battery, an inverter, a charge controller and a solar panel. This is only a small generator which I use for myself to power electronics such as my laptop, lamp, pencil sharpener ,and etc. It has an output of 110 to 120v AC. The cart though is optional and doesn't have to be made. It took a while to build so I did not stop to make steps on how to build it. Though I will show the cart and its features.
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Step 1: Gather Materials and Tools
1X 12v Deep Cycle (rechargeable)Battery from Amazon $26 1X 12v Monocrystaline Solar Panel from Amazon $20 1X Bestek inverter from Amazon Input 12v and Output 110-120v with cigarette lighter adapter $22 1X solar charge controller 12v from Amazon $13 1X Battery Clip on Cord to cigarette Lighter adapter from Amazon $5 6X Paper clips 1X pair of Test leads from Amazon $7 Pliers Knife Small screwdriver
Step 2: The Charge Controller
Unloosen the holes on the charge controller by using the screwdriver. Take the 6 paper clips and uncoil the ends so it has one long piece. Then place a paper clip in the hole and tighten the space by using the screw driver. Do the same with the other paper clips. You might want to bend the paper clips so they are not close together.
Step 3: Wiring
Take the positive and negative ends of the solar panel and attach it to the two paper clips that are in the holes under the solar part. Connect the positive to the positive and the negative to the negative. Then take battery leads and attach them to the battery and the two paper clips under the battery part. Finally connect the cigarette lighter adapter from the inverter to the other cigarette lighter adapter with the leads. Then take the positive and negative ends from the inverter and attach them to the positive and negative paper clips where your output will be.
Step 4: The Cart
What I used was mostly plywood and oak wood for the cart. I also used PVC for the handles and for stoppers on the legs. To show the components of the whole generator, I used plexiglass on the top front and side. I also used a door so I could put the parts in and adjust them. I also used wheels on the front two legs to move it easily. One thing that I don't like about this is that there is no mount for the solar panel. You could definitely improve on this if you wanted to.