You never know when you'll be without power. And techonology these days drains the power from our mobile devices faster than ever before. Never worry about your phone dying again with this DIY Solar Powered USB Charger.
The video at the bottom of this page has the full detailed plans for this DIY Solar Powered USB Charger. Below you'll find an overiew of the steps involved and the materials needed.
A small solar panel
A DC to DC 5V USB module
AA battery holder
Double-side foam tape
Small Tupperware dish or tackle box
Step 1: Solder the anode of the diode to the positive connection on the solar panel.
Step 2: Solder a black lead wire to the negative connection on the solar panel.
Step 3: Solder a red wire to the tapode side of the diode.
Step 4: Drill a hole in the top of the Tupperware container.
Step 5: Feed the positive and negative leads from the solar panel through the hole and apply three pieces of double-side foam to the lid of the container.
Step 6: Solder the positive lead from the solar panel and the AA battery holder to the positive connection on the USB charging module. Then do the same thing with the negative leads.
Step 7: Mark a spot for your USB charger and cut out a hole in the container using a rotary tool.
Step 8: Apply double-sided foam tape to battery holder to hold it in place making sure the switch is in the "On" position and that the cover can easily come off. Do the same with the USB charger.
Step 9: Insert 2 AA batteries and snap on the lid. Your Solar Powered USB Charger is ready for use!
Watch the video below for a full detailed explanation of this project...