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Off the grid: Working on solar power

Collecting, storing and using solar electricity to power my phone, computer and wearables

Apr. 30, 2018 -

For the past 10 days I have powered my personal electronic devices (phone, computer, wearables) using nothing but energy collected using a small solar panel. I disconnected all grid-connected chargers. I hoped that by going off the grid, even in such a small way, I would gain insights that enable me to save energy (and money).

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Placing the solar panel is direct sunlight for optimal performance
Placing the solar panel is direct sunlight for optimal performance
The Tesla PowerWall is a large battery pack that can be used to power an entire house
The Tesla PowerWall is a large battery pack that can be used to power an entire house
Rack mounted server chassis (1U), with rail kit
Rack mounted server chassis (1U), with rail kit
Charging Biostrap using solar energy from the Anker power bank
Charging Biostrap using solar energy from the Anker power bank
Finding a way to fix the panel in a way that the weather would not harm it
Finding a way to fix the panel in a way that the weather would not harm it
Measuring energy usage with an in-line USB power monitor
Measuring energy usage with an in-line USB power monitor

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