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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 - Willem L. Middelkoop

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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Placed behind glass the panel works, but its performance is not optimal
Placed behind glass the panel works, but its performance is not optimal
Rack mounted server chassis (1U), with rail kit
Rack mounted server chassis (1U), with rail kit
Charging AirPods using solar energy - note the higher amperes compared to the Biostrap
Charging AirPods using solar energy - note the higher amperes compared to the Biostrap
Clamping the solar panel using server parts
Clamping the solar panel using server parts
Engineering a solar panel mounting kit
Engineering a solar panel mounting kit
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

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