Solar Powered Generator
Take some sun with you to to trip.
A portable solar generator can provide you with stable electricity while you are on your trip picnic or boat trip.
Depending on the size, portable solar generator can allow you to have an electricity in all places where is a sunlight access and cut the costs of daily energy use.
A Solar Powered Generator works by converting solar energy into electrical energy. This energy can then be used to do such things as lighting, heating water, TV's and lap-tops work. The generator consists of solar panels a deep cycle battery for continuous use, and an inverter.
The circuit inverter or solar power circuit inverter is necessary to convert the DC power stored in the battery into AC power. So you don't need to buy any solar-electricity devices.
Inverter will convert solar-panel electricity into devices friendly circuit. Of course, if the generator is only going to be used to run DC appliances, there is no need for an inverter.Solar Powered Generator is devices that will start following us in few years and they will become a condition of descent humane existence.
We will meet them everywhere because of bunch of reasons. First of them it is free solar powered electricity for your home. Second reasonable motive: it is green and mobile. And nice thing is that all components are available and reasonable in most of Electronics's shops.
So to construct a portable solar generator by yourself you should purchase a solar panel. The size depends on your needs. There are small solar panels for conditions of life while you are on the road or boat trip.
Price won't exceed $150 for 12 V or 16V solar panel. Battery capacity is about 250-300mAh solar panel comes with a cord. Then you will need a battery.
Basically there is no limit for battery prices all depends on how long do you need electricity and sizes. For $70-80 you can purchase a perfect deep rechargeable battery Li-on type of you have in your cellphones but bigger or a bike-battery. Then you will need a casing for your generator. Price depends on your needs and sizes of your battery. Case for bike battery won't cost higher then $30.
Buy a 12 volt DC meter and DC input. It is available in any store. But if you want to run AC appliances, you will have to invest in an inverter. This will convert the stored DC power in the battery into AC power for most of your household appliances.
Count up the number of watts you'll be using (e.g., a small color television(=60 watts) with a VCR(=22 watts), you'll need 82 watts). A variety of cheap inverters from 100 watts to 3000 watts can be had from. After that you will have to attach your DC to a case. Use insulated wire to attach the meter to the wing nut terminals on the battery. Connect the negative (-) pole first. Only handle one wire at a time. Connect the DC inlet to the battery in the same way. Connect the solar panel to the battery in the same way. That's it.
Put the solar panel in the sun. While battery is fully discharged it may take about 12 hours until full charged. Then try to discharge it back with all possible ways and charge it again.
Do this cycle three times to make your battery more durable. Fully charged battery should be able to feed small refrigerator, small TV -about 3-5 hours, lights, laptops, all night long, And about of 2 hours of boiling water and a hair-drier.
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If you added up the sums above, you probably found out that making your own solar generator will cost you close to $200. Plus your time, of course.
If all you need is a small generator for your picnic, my advice would be to simply buy one.