Hi guys and welcome back to the channel. So today we’re, going to be doing something a little bit different and lately I’ve, been buying a bunch of little solar panels and solar controllers and boost up converters just a bunch of things, and I want to actually build A set up two setups one is going to be a solar panel powered ground station which has a screen a receiver and all that kind of crazy stuff.
The other one is a solar panel powered for s 3 to 4 s lipo charger, so those are still in progress. I’m, still just buying a bunch of components seeing the best setup here. However, I’ve, also been working on making a solar panel powered USB charging interface.
Now, what does that mean? So let’s, move these guys out of the way alright. So, basically, here what I’ve managed to do under around 10 bucks like 12 dollars. Here you will be able to charge your phone or a GoPro or your Turnage evolution or your little 1s lipo is that connected by a USB, basically anything that connects USB like your power bank, anything you’d, like you, can totally charge it with A bit of sunlight, so what we’re gonna be using here and what I found to work best.
Is these two little pieces here? It’s very simple. Actually, this is a 6 volt photovoltaic solar panel, which is rated up to 520 milliamps. Now, 520 milliamps isn’t gonna charge a phone or you know it’ll, rarely charge anything.
However, you won’t use this by itself. This is where this guy comes in, so this guy here actually takes six to twenty twenty volts. So this is six volts, so that’s perfect and it’ll boost up the amperage.
It’ll. First, it’ll drop the voltage down to five and it’ll boost up the amperage to anywhere between 500 to in theory, to two amps. I’ve, gotten it to push one point: seven amps, it wasn’t really like super perfect conditions, which is very very good, and this is why I really love this.
Like. I’m, able to even charge my phone anywhere between 400 to 700, millions off a little table up right there with these two connected together. Alright guys, so this is going to be actually very. Very all we need to do is solder two wires to this guy here and, as you can see here, we have a positive and a negative.
All we’re gonna need to do is just solder, two wires right there, and then we’re gonna grab our solar panel here and just solder. The correct polarity, and we’re done. That’s, it now let’s, say, for example, and you would like to increase the output of this very simple.
You could just buy another panel and connect them in parallel and then connect it to this guy. This way, if this is pulling 200 milliamps and the other ones pulling 200 milliamps. Now you’re, giving this a total of 400 milliamps, so you could probably push up to 1.
5 amps and start charging so like, for example, right now. This light here is giving it, for example, it’s, just say: 200 milliamps and 200 milliamps is being converted into seven hundred milliamps. So if we gone ahead and added another panel, just like this connected them in parallel and then connected it to this guy now, instead of two hundred, it’s getting 400, and this is going to be able to double that 700 milliamps and it’ll, be putting out around 1.
4 amps, so that is very, very, very, very good, very good. So even like this, it works absolutely beautiful. So this is the cheapest best setup that actually works like blink. It really works very good.
So let’s go and get started now some things to take note of here. You really have to be very careful with this and try not to get it super dirty, but just wipe it off after, but the most important thing is don’t, get it scratched because it ‘
Ll lose its some efficiency in its power output, really it’ll start being so efficient. So, as you can see here, and we don’t want to hate these pads up too much guys. So, as you can see here, we have positive and negative, and all we’re gonna do is just go and run two wires to this guy.
So let’s, go ahead and grab some wires here all right. So I’ve gone ahead and connected cut the wire here, and this is silicone wire. I really love silicone wire and we’ll awesome because it’s such thin gauge.
I could just go ahead and remove it with Mike just just adding pressure, and I don’t even have any nails, so you can just easily just a little bit of pressure and pull it off and you’re good to go. So there we go, we have one side ready here now I’ll.
Do wait for the soldering iron to heat up, we’ll just much. I’ll do the other side and there we go perfect last side here. So there’s. No weird trickery here you know positive, is gonna go to positive negative, is gonna go to negative and it’s.
Just gonna be very simple. So let’s. Go ahead this this will come without any solder, so you’re gonna, have to add your solder. It does become copper plated. So you don ‘ T have to be worried about anything.
So we’re, just gonna quickly touch it, and then there we go a little bit. Didn’t really need much there. We go just to freshen up the joints here. Now let’s, go ahead and grab our wires here and let’s.
Just prepare the wires okay. There we go. We got one wire and we got a second lawyer. Okay. So, where’s ground here’s ground and I’m gonna. Have it sticking up this way so there we go beautiful and even better.
Okay, now let’s, go ahead and grab these wires, and I do highly recommend you use a silicon wires here because you know after a while, the whatever, if you use regular wires, they to tend to just crap out on ya and because you Know if you don’t, have it mounted just yet or haven’t like 3d designed a 3d printed anything for the controller here.
So if it just stays loose and moving back and forth, you will ruin the wires next thing. You know you’re in the field and you’re gonna find the wire is already broken and you possibly don’t even have a soldering iron on you or some kind of a portable one, and you’re basically done for so let’s go ahead and we’re gonna add solder to this guy now and just same process, very easy, positive and negative here.
So the top one is here as positive as I believe there you go. Are you alright? So we said this one is positive, so let’s, go ahead and start with this guy on ok, beautiful. These are a bit too long, but it’s.
Ok right now! There we go alright guys. So now we’re, basically done. All it was is just for soldering areas and just two wires, and we’re gonna go ahead and test it out with artificial light. Now I know it works, but you know it depends on how good you set the light on it.
But in some light it’s, absolutely beautiful! So let’s, go ahead and test this out. So let’s, go and grab my phone and we’re gonna be setting up this app here. That tells us how much we are getting using and how much we’re charging.
So let’s, go ahead and get the amperage, so in good sunlight. You can get around 1.2 amps to 1.7 amps. So let’s. Go ahead and set this guy up, so I’m, going to connect them and obviously in theory we should not get any charge until we turn on the table um.
So I’m gonna go ahead and move it under the table. Lamp here and just turned on the table. Lamp put another one, just give it a little boost and, as you can see it’s measuring it is charging so 610 milliamps here.
So obviously, if we just play around with it and set it up more closer and stuff, we should increase and decrease, and if I were to put my hand over it right now, it should completely disconnect. So just like a quick slide through it.
Didn’t there we go so it is working and it works beautiful in sunlight, just put it by your window and it’ll just go ahead and eat up all the sunlight charge. Anything very good, like I mentioned, I’ve, gotten it to charge at one point: seven amps, which is absolutely beautiful right now, as you can see it under artificial light.
I have two table lamps on it. It’s. It’s, charging um, I can’t say it’s, not charging, so you can go ahead and charge whatever you want. Basically, you know GoPro whatever you want Turnage evolution, all that kind of crazy stuff, because those are basically charging her between 700 milliamps to 1.
2 1.2 amps right there, some 1,200 milliamps. So, as you can see, we’re reaching one amp right there. Oh look one 1.2 amps right there, so it is charging very good. You just have to get finding that sweet spot.
If you under artificial light – and this whole project, was a success – and like I mentioned this – is the best board i found by far and so far – and I’m sticking to actually go ahead and purchase three more here.
So, overall, this whole project was an absolute success and yeah there’s, gonna be more coming like this I mean I’ll. Only if you guys are interested, you guys are interested, please. Let me know down in the comments section if you liked or you didn’t like leave a like or a dislike.
Let me know how you guys feel about this and yeah. Well, that’s. It guys I stay tuned and we’ll, be doing the upgraded version where we do a complete ground station. The DIY monitor, if you guys seen that video we’re gonna be installing this is a module for probably use two panels.
I’m gonna calculate its amp draw and everything and we’ll figure it out and we’re. Also gonna be doing a 3s and 4s lipo charger and it should be fun and interesting. So let’s conclude it for this video guys.
I really hope you guys enjoyed it and if you guys have any questions or any suggestions feel free to. Let me know – and everything here is linked down below see you guys take care.