Do It Yourself 12 Volt Solar Power, 2nd Edition (Simple Living)

If you want to introduce alternative power supplies around the home and garden or even live totally off-grid in your boat, caravan, or yurt and need a practical introduction to solar power and 12-volt supplies, here is an essential guide to the subject.

Not only will it save you money, it will show you how to run your lights, laptop, DVDs, and music, and even your tools and household products, from a simple 12-volt system. Be in control of more of your home’s own energy supply, develop a low-impact way of living, and be prepared for power outages in the future!

Do It Yourself 12 Volt Solar Power begins with a lesson on how electricity works and the main components of a DIY solar system. The author uses clear diagrams and terms. There is, of course, more technical information as the book progresses, but don’t worry, this no-nonsense guide provides a useful, back-to-basics approach for the layperson.

This is a reference book that will help you troubleshoot and get the best value for money from what you can find hidden in the back of the garage. It is also quirky and humorous and shows you how to make a sun-following system using just a bicycle wheel, a pallet, and the motor from a CD player!

Anker 14W Solar Panel Foldable Dual-port Solar Charger for 5V USB-charged Devices Including GPS Units, iPhone, iPad, Android Phones and Android Tablets.

Tap into the sun’s endless energy and keep your gadgets juiced up in the wild.

Brilliant power supply.

When you’re out enjoying the great outdoors, enjoy yet another perk: free limitless power. With a maximum output of 5V / 2A among two ports, power up any USB-charged gadget at speeds four times faster than a computer USB port (depending on the weather’s cooperation).

Packin’ portability.

Folding down into an easily-stowable paper-sized package, the 1.7lb charger adds minimal weight and size to your pack. Well-placed eyeholes enable easy attachment to your pack, tent or trees.

Rugged quality.
With solar panels faced with hardened PET plastic and bound together with heavy polyester canvas, this solar array sports ultimate weather-resistant durability. High-grade solar panels and premium circuitry ensure lifetime reliability.

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Product Features

  • 14 watt mono-crystalline 15-18% efficient solar array provides up to 5V / 2A total output among two USB-charging ports.
  • Compatible with 5V USB-charged devices including, GPS units, iPhones, iPads, Android phones and Android tablets.
  • Hardened PET plastic faced solar panels sewn into high-wear polyester canvas for weather-resistant outdoor durability.
  • Folds down into a 8.5 x 11 paper-sized profile for superior portability; well-place eyeholes enable easy attachment to backpacks for use while hiking.
  • Package contents: Anker® 14W Foldable Dual-Port Solar Charger, instruction manual.

Sunforce 50048 60W Solar Charging Kit

The Sunforce 60-Watt Solar Charging Kit gives you several more reasons to love the sun. Perfect for cabins, recreational vehicles, remote power, back-up power, 12V battery charging and more, this kit comes with everything you need to start producing up to 60 watts/4 amps of clean, free power in all weather conditions. It is also a great choice for clean and silent operation of various electronics, like deer feeders and landscaping pumps. Made of durable ABS plastic and amorphous solar cells, the solar panels will charge in all daylight conditions, even on cloudy days. With built-in blocking diode technology, this charger kit is designed to protect against battery discharge at night. This kit includes: four 15W amorphous solar panels ,a PVC mounting frame, 7 -amp charge controller, 200 Watt inverter, and wiring/connection cables. The maximum temperature range is -40 to 176-degrees Fahrenheit. The Sunforce 60 Watt Solar Charging Kit is the ideal solution for providing the power you need, while helping you save money and protect the environment.The Sunforce 50048 60-Watt Solar Charging Kit gives you several more reasons to love the sun. It provides the power you need, while helping you save money and protect the environment. This kit is ideal for cabins, recreational vehicles, remote power, back-up power, and 12-volt battery charging. It comes with everything you need to start producing up to 60 Watts/4 Amps of clean, free power in all weather conditions.


Sunforce kits are easy to set up and operate.

Convenient Power That Helps You Save Money and Protect the Environment
The Sunforce 50048 60-Watt Solar Charging Kit lets you harness the power of the sun, the most powerful and plentiful source of energy available to us. This inexhaustible supply of power is freely available wherever the sun shines, and gives users the freedom to power their homes, RVs, boats, batteries, and electronic equipment far from civilization or right in town. Solar power can help cut your energy bills by reducing your dependence on the main electrical grid, and can also provide back-up power during outages. Unlike nuclear and fossil fuels, solar power systems are clean and pollution-free, and they require very little maintenance to operate.


Sunforce Solar Panels are effective in areas of both high and lower
sun exposure, making them ideal for use in the United States.
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Everything You Need to Power Up
The Sunforce 50048 60-Watt Solar Charging Kit has everything you need to start generating power. It includes four (4) 15-Watt amorphous solar panels with durable mounting frames, a 200-Watt modified sine wave power inverter, a 7-Amp solar charge controller, and a wiring kit with accessories for easy installation.

With built-in blocking diode technology, this solar charging kit is designed to protect against battery discharge at night. You can also use this kit to maintain the charge on any 12-Volt battery for clean, silent operation of various electronics, such as deer feeders and landscaping pumps. You can also use this kit to maintain the charge on any 12-Volt battery for clean, silent operation of various electronics, such as deer feeders and landscaping pumps and is a great choice for automobiles, recreational vehicles, tractors, all-terrain vehicles, boats, electric fences, telemetry and more.

About Amorphous Solar Power
Amorphous solar panels are created by spraying silicon on to glass in very thin layers, and are commonly known as thin film solar panels. This process allows them to be better at generating electricity in all lighting conditions, including cloudy or shady environments. Sunforce amorphous solar panels are weatherproof and suitable for outdoor use. They have a maximum operating temperature range of -40 to 176-degrees Fahrenheit, require virtually no maintenance, and are also effective on cloudy days. They can even withstand impacts from one-inch hailstones at 50 miles-per-hour.

Solar panels convert sunlight into an electric current, they do not store power. Sunforce Solar Charging Kits are primarily used to recharge 12-Volt batteries (not included), which store and provide usable power. The included 200-Watt power inverter allows you to use traditional 110-Volt appliances with this system. The included Sunforce 7-Amp Solar Charge Controller must be installed to prevent any connected batteries from overcharging. Once fully charged, it is normal for the charge controller LED to turn off and on as the battery voltage fluctuates from the discharge/recharge cycle.

Product Dimensions
Shipping Box: 41″ x 13 1/4″ x 16 1/4″, 62.4 lbs
Individual Panel: 42.5″ x 1.5″ x 16″, 11 lbs

Product Features

  • Amorphous solar charging kit provides up to 60 watts of clean, free, renewable power
  • Designed for RVs, cabins, homes, boats, back-up and remote power use
  • Weatherproof, durable solar panels can withstand impacts from hailstones travelling 50 miles-per-hour
  • Built-in blocking diode helps protect against battery discharge at night
  • Complete kit includes four 15W amorphous solar panels, a PVC mounting frame, a 7-amp charge controller, 200-watt inverter, and wiring/connection cables

Solar Car – World’s Smallest Solar Powered Car – Educational Solar Powered Toy

The Mini Solar Racer is a toy car which claims to be the world’s smallest solar powered car. The solar panel allows the car to move from eco-friendly solar energy when the car is placed either in sunlight or under a bright artificial light. The Mini Solar Racer is a helpful toy to demonstrate both the abilities of solar power and the advancements in technology that allow a solar powered car to be made to such a significantly small size. The toy car measures an astonishing 3.3 cm x 2.2 cm x 1.4 cm (1.3 in x 0.87 in x 0.55 in) which does mean its not suitable for children under 3 due to small parts (up to and including itself!).

Product Features

  • Solar Powered – No batteries required
  • Solar panel covers the entire roof, and makes this baby fly
  • Excellent for demonstrating solar power in action
  • About the size of a quarter

Poweradd™ Apollo2 Solar Panel Charger 10000mAh Dual-Port Portable Charger Backup External Battery Power Pack for iPhone 5S 5C 5 4S 4, iPad Air, Other iPads, iPods(Apple Adapters not Included), Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, S2, Note 3, Note 2, Most Kinds of Android Smart Phones and Tablets, Gopro Camera and More Other Devices – Black

Where there is light, there is power.

Poweradd™ – Power your life

Poweradd™ Apollo series solar charger combines portable charger and solar energy technology together. High capacity? Portability? Charging speed? Charging the external battery anywhere without power supply? Get all 4 with this Poweradd™ Apollo2 now.

Specification:

Battery Type: Li-Polymer cell with solar panel

Capacity: 10000mAh/37Wh

Input: 5V/1.5A

Output: USB1: 5V/1A; USB2: 5V/2.1A
Solar Charger: 5V 200mA (max)
Size: 6.02*2.95*0.67inch

Weight: 9.38oz

FAQ & Trouble Shooting

1. What if the Apollo2 fails to charge?

Please check the adapter connection is secure or not. If the adapter does not function normally, please replace it or use your original data cable.

2. I connected my phone to the Apollo2, but seems no output, why?

Please long press the power button around 3s to turn on the charger, then it’ll charge your device.
3. My Apollo2 stop working after several times use, why?

Apollo epuipped with safety protection system, improper use may activate the protection system, which leads to your Apollo stop working. Please turn off the Apollo and give it a fully charge, problem will be solved.

Warranty Policy:

12 months worry-free product guarantee from Poweradd™.

Proffessional technical support, Efficient and always satisfied customer service all the year round.

Product Features

  • Compatible with most kinds of 5V USB-charged devices. Stylish, compact and lightweight design fits perfectly into any bag, easy to carry on the go.
  • Solar energy technology, environmental friendly and could recharge itself under sunshine for emergency purpose when outside.
  • High capacity of 10000mAh with 2 USB output, USB1: 5V/1A(for cellphones); USB2: 5V/2.1A(for teblets). Quick charging current and charge 2 devices at the same time.
  • Build-in Li-ion Polymer cells and microchips, high quality and long lifespan. More than 500 charge cycles during the course of its life.
  • Package contents: Poweradd™ solar external battery, micro USB cable, connecting tips, user manual, free hook.

DIY Solar Projects: How to Put the Sun to Work in Your Home

Advances in solar technology have made many DIY-friendly products available to consumers, several of which will be hitting the market for the first time in 2011. These include solar water heaters, solar battery charging stations, solar powered lights, photovoltaic shingles that provide supplementary electricity, solar heat pumps, and solar panel kits that generate primary home electrical service. Among the step-by-step projects is a solar water heating system you can build and install yourself for under $1000; simple thermosyphon solar heat collectors for barns and outbuildings; or “heat grabbers” that you can fabricate for $50 in materials and position below a south-facing window to provide auxiliary winter heat.

Complete Solar Panel Kit 100W Monocrystalline:100W Solar Panel UL 1703 Listed+2 20′ Solar cables+PWM 30A Charge Controller+ Uniquely Designed Z Bracket Mounts

(1) Renogy 100 Watt Mono-crystalline Solar Panel, (1) 30 Amp Charge Controller, (1) 20′ Adapter Kit, (1) Z brackets for Mounting-Total 4pcs

Product Features

  • Renogy 100 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panels (Grade A high Efficiency solar panel)
  • 30Amp Charge Controller which allows system expandable up to 400W(12volts) and 800W(24volts)
  • 20′ UL listed Solar Adapter Kit (Two 20′ cable, one female and one male)
  • Uniquely Designed Z brackets for Mounting- Total 4 pcs (Z Brackets Mount)
  • Grade A Quality and Performance. Perfect for 12Volts Battery Charging. Wiring Diagram included.

Solar II: How to Design, Build and Set Up Photovoltaic Components and Solar Electric Systems

Now that you’ve built your solar panels, how do you set up a photovoltaic system and plug in? In Solar II, Phillip Hurley, author of Build Your Own Solar Panel, will show you how to:
Calculate daily electrical usage and needs
Plan and size your solar electric system
Build racks and charge controllers
Mount and orient PV panels
Wire solar panel arrays
Make a ventilated battery box
Wire battery arrays for solar panels
Install an inverter
Maintain solar batteries for optimum life and performance
Make your own combiner box, bus bars, and DC and AC service boxes
Solar II includes easy-to-follow directions with over 150 black & white photos, illustrations and schematics.

Green Power Homes: Quick Guide to Wind, Solar and Geothermal Energy

Green Power Homes – Quick And Easy Guide to Wind, Solar and Geothermal Energy
If you have heard the concepts of Sustainable energy, Sustainable living, Eco energy, Green homes and never knew what it is all about, then this quick guide will introduce you to these concepts.
Ever wondered what Wind power is all about  ?  How to heat your water with Solar panels ? Is it possible to cool your home using geothermal forces ?

In this quick guide you’ll find  :

  • About The History Of Wind Energy
  • How Wind Turbines Work And The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Wind Power
  • Answers To Common Questions Such As  : How Much Does A Wind System Cost?
  • Case Studies
  • About The History Of Solar Energy
  • What Is Passive Solar Technology ?
  • Answers To Common Questions Such As  : How Much Does A Solar Energy System Cost, And How Much Will I
    Save On Utility Bills?  What Resources, Grants, Loans, And Other Incentives Are There For Installing A PV System?
  • Case Studies
  • Geothermal Energy Basics
  • What Is Dry Steam ? What Is Flash Steam ?
  • Installing Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Case Studies
  • And Much Much More…

The concepts in this guide can help you lower your utility bills today !

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