Posted: May 1, 2012 Filed under: DIY, Explorations, That Totally Worked | Tags: 12V, blinky, DIY, electricity, glow, glowy, light, off-grid, power, repair, solar, solar cell, solar cells, solar panel, solar panels
I gave a “learning lunch” presentation on Small Scale Solar power today. We had a great audience, got great questions, and had fun doing it — despite the definite lack of sunshine to play with today.
The Short Version is this:
- Hook a solar panel to a charge controller to a battery. (There are starter kits with everything.)
- Presto: 12 Volt DC power!
- Use your newfound power as-is, or step down to 5v USB, or up to 120VAC using an inverter.
The slides don’t tell the whole story by themselves; that requires my own personal song and dance routine. Nevertheless, here they are, with “lite” graphics for fast download: PDF.