Let it Go Already
Ditch the Cables and Leverage Solar Power Wirelessly
Solar panels are nothing new, but their ability to charge your devices wirelessly is – and here’s how you can make your own solar-powered wireless charger, at home, today.
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
You will need basic wires, 2 AA rechargeable batteries, a wireless charging kit, a 6 volt solar panel, micro USB charging cable, a 1n904 diode, an AA battery holder with both positive and negative wires, and a 5V USB charging circuit.
Step #2: Circuit & Soldering
- Solder the 1n904 diode to the wire (repeat for other wires)
- Solder the 1N904 wire to the solar panel’s positive side.
- With the battery pack, solder the two leads to the two 1N904 wires which connect to the panel (positive to positive, negative to…you get it).
- Solder the 5V USB charging circuit to the battery pack’s negative and positive leads.
- Check voltages with a multimeter. If the USB’s LED lights up, well done.
- Store your contraption in a small bowl or shell.
- Use hot glue to fix the panel to the enclosure’s base.
- Zip-tie wires together to reduce clutter.
- Connect your wireless charging pad to the circuit with your USB cable.
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