Solar Panels and Battery Packs

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== Battery Packs ==
 
== Battery Packs ==
There's three main downsides to solar in my opinion;
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The best way to use a solar panel is with a battery pack to use as an energy store. It relieves much of the inconvenience of being tethered to a solar panel for charging and helps you overcome the unreliability of the sun. Plus, they're a handy emergency source of power for the times when you're not carrying the solar panel with you;
1) You can only get it during the day.
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2) The panels need to be carefully aimed at the sun to make the most of the power.
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3) The current the panel produces isn't always enough to maintain the device in charge mode (especially true of iPhones/iPads etc)
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Kind of obvious, but for my purposes this means that the panels must be used with a battery pack for maximum convenience and so this page contains links to some useful/related battery packs.
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* [http://wiki.siftah.com/GoalZero_Guide10_Plus http://wiki.siftah.com/GoalZero_Guide10_Plus] - Charges four AA or AAA batteries and can be charged whilst charging.
 
* [http://wiki.siftah.com/GoalZero_Guide10_Plus http://wiki.siftah.com/GoalZero_Guide10_Plus] - Charges four AA or AAA batteries and can be charged whilst charging.
 
* [http://wiki.siftah.com/DX_Dual_USB_Solar_Powered_Battery_Charger_232365 http://wiki.siftah.com/DX_Dual_USB_Solar_Powered_Battery_Charger_232365] - A cheap 10,000mAh battery pack with a built-in solar panel of it's own.
 
* [http://wiki.siftah.com/DX_Dual_USB_Solar_Powered_Battery_Charger_232365 http://wiki.siftah.com/DX_Dual_USB_Solar_Powered_Battery_Charger_232365] - A cheap 10,000mAh battery pack with a built-in solar panel of it's own.
 
* [http://wiki.siftah.com/eBay_18650_USB_Power_Bank http://wiki.siftah.com/eBay_18650_USB_Power_Bank] - 18650 cell based power bank from eBay with a handy built-in light.
 
* [http://wiki.siftah.com/eBay_18650_USB_Power_Bank http://wiki.siftah.com/eBay_18650_USB_Power_Bank] - 18650 cell based power bank from eBay with a handy built-in light.

Revision as of 23:00, 4 November 2013

Overview

Whilst the price of Solar energy isn't yet cheap enough to make it more attractive than pulling power from the grid, it's certainly now useful enough for situations where grid power isn't an option. My usage so far has been when camping and also when sailing - times when connecting to the grid isn't possible and having your own supply becomes more essential, read the info here with that in mind.

Solar Panels

Battery Packs

The best way to use a solar panel is with a battery pack to use as an energy store. It relieves much of the inconvenience of being tethered to a solar panel for charging and helps you overcome the unreliability of the sun. Plus, they're a handy emergency source of power for the times when you're not carrying the solar panel with you;

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