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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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Rack mounted server chassis (1U), with rail kit
Rack mounted server chassis (1U), with rail kit
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
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
Measuring energy usage with an in-line USB power monitor
Measuring energy usage with an in-line USB power monitor
Achieved a nice angle with three legs, suitable for fixture on my balcony
Achieved a nice angle with three legs, suitable for fixture on my balcony
Placing the solar panel is direct sunlight for optimal performance
Placing the solar panel is direct sunlight for optimal performance

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