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Storing solar energy in 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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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
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
Measuring energy usage with an in-line USB power monitor
Measuring energy usage with an in-line USB power monitor
Engineering a solar panel mounting kit
Engineering a solar panel mounting kit
Rack mounted server chassis (1U), with rail kit
Rack mounted server chassis (1U), with rail kit

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