IPod Solar Charger
If you're into mobile gaming like Pokeman Go you will find out fast that being able to charge on the go is needed. Especially away from the auto. Some of those games will suck an iphone dead in no time at all especially at the height of the game. There are charging stations but sometimes being able to do it where you want is the ticket.
You can also build your own, see below.
I usually stick to solar panels but sometimes during game time the sun is not out to the point that a stand alone panel system will work. Some of the solar chargers for iphones double for other uses like when bright lights and other useful options are built in.
I used to love doing projects like this. There's good info in this video on how he went about it. Of course if you're in a hurry you can always get an ipod solar charger pretty cheap like the ones above but sometimes it's cool to just build a small project.
hey guys so for my next project I've decided to build a solar USB charger which should charge on anything that plugs into a USB your phones iPods mp3 players tablets and all that stuff on and i obviously haven't built it yet so I figured I make a little how-to video explaining on how to assemble one for yourself so on the first component is obviously your solar panel which I got an ebay for fifteen dollars free shipping which is pretty good it's a nine volts 3.3 wats about . for amps so on because it's nine volts and USB is 5 volts you need something called a a voltage regulator which is right here my camera wants to focus here we go so on down here on your bottom left is going to be your voltage input so the nine volts from the solar panel goes in here on the left and it goes through here and then as it travels through its going to come back out over here on the right the right prom and it's going to be 5 volts so this basically converts on your DC voltage from anything above 50 to like I think like 30 or something like that to 5 volts then your Center just your ground and on so obviously you have to have something with female USB so I'm just took a gun from radioshack ones like to housing box forearm like it's triple or double a batteries and I just on took my dremel and like smooth it all out on the inside made some room then I already went ahead and put a female USB there which if it wants to focus there we go so on your bottom left over here on use for little prongs inside your bottom left one is going to be on your ground so when you're negative and then the middle to our just data which you don't need to wear anything don't worry about those because we're not transfer data were just transferring power and then your for Walker one only on the right that's where you're on 5 volts is so if you look at the problems the problems pretty much correspond you have you know this prong matches up with you know this down here since this is your ground and then all over here is your 5 volts so you notice that and grab some you know some wire some solder some heat-shrink tubing and on so i'm going to go ahead and solder the voltage regulator to the on us being here and also after that's done ok so just finished up with the soldering and going to figure out run you guys through it just to make sure you fully understand so over here you have the nine volts DC coming in from the panel travels along this red wire and down into the enclosure on up to the left prom of the voltage regulator so it comes in here 9 volts goes to the regulator comes out over here as five bolts and travels along this wire down here and hooks up to the right prom of the USB female USB its kind of artists tell me that so you have to have connects right here on the right problem and members of these two middle problems are being used because their data and we're transferring data and so the positives that right problem and then you have the ground for the negative which goes to the left problem and you see here because you have you because you have negative for your own voltage regulator I haven't split up here into to put into waters you have one wire goes to the ground or negative on the voltage regulator and the other thick black wire here thinks all through here it comes out the enclosure and then just goes to the negative of the pal so that's pretty much it but the wiring girls in case you want to see you know print out or take a picture whatever and don't use it as a makeshift diagram on is pretty basic wiring nothing too complicated so I'm just going to close at the enclosure now and it's not right now but tomorrow I'm gonna hook up to my phone mp3 player and voltmeter and see how it works so I got the solar panel working i finally got a day where Sonny outs been raining the past like three days but it's a Christmas morning actually so I just got hooked up to my phone and the sun's going in and out a little so you can see the red light up here in discharging so it's you know is working to put morning song the trees but uh I figured I'd doesn't charge ipods which are I think has to do something with apple's proprietary proprietary stubbornness in not allowing any like I like aftermarket stuff going on i think i looked up online i think it's a pretty easy fix things have to mess around with the the female USB I think put a resistor something and I'm not sure though his little bro quick last night put on so yes I mean charging it will charge pretty much anything besides ipods right now just because Apple I don't know apples Apple but on the charges my phone charging my sisters are she's a verizon like envy and are so short and you're looking a little USB stuff you have I don't even have some people you know USB lights for their what kind of contradictory is already in the Sun if you a solar panel but arm it works the one thing I am kind of worried about is when we were working when I put the arm voltage regulator in here arm it has a heatsink on it and this is this is plastic the little enclosure so I'm wondering if the heatsink it's warm enough to melt the plastic or something I don't know I've never I've never used on the voltage regulators before so that's some testing I have to do I have to wait for a sunny your day is right now it's kind of cloudy out and something going in and out so i'm going to get a day and you know just make sure and have it out here in the sun for an hour to just to make sure that the little heat sink inside here on the voltage regulator doesn't get too hot and look plastic but you know right now is working good so think about building like a little like neoprene case or maybe a little phone case or something and you know I cannot know it'll handle in a little handle on a second carried around and you put it in my of bags when I bring the beach or whatever mean I make it a little more sturdy but yeah it works good so thanks for watching a comment rate subscribe you know if you have any questions ask and i'll try to answer is pretty basic pretty basic build on and no should have some more videos up you know more a solar and you know stuff like that so let me know what you think thanks for watching
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