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Solar panel to USB power banks

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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Measuring energy usage with an in-line USB power monitor
Measuring energy usage with an in-line USB power monitor
Clamping the solar panel using server parts
Clamping the solar panel using server parts
The solar panel directly placed behind the glass
The solar panel directly placed behind the glass
Charging Biostrap using solar energy from the Anker power bank
Charging Biostrap using solar energy from the Anker power bank
Rack mounted server chassis (1U), with rail kit
Rack mounted server chassis (1U), with rail kit
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

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