DIY Solar Powered USB Charger - DIY SOLAR POWER

DIY Solar Powered USB Charger

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.

Materials Needed

A small solar panel

A small solar panel

A DC to DC 5V USB module

A DC to DC 5V USB Module

AA battery holder

AA battery holder

1N914 diode

1N914 diode

Hookup wire

Hookup wire

Electrical tape

Electrical tape

Double-side foam tape

Double-side foam tape

Small Tupperware dish or tackle box

Small Tupperware dish or tackle box

Tools Needed

Tools needed
  • Soldering iron
  • Wire strippers
  • Cutting pliers
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Rotary tool
  • Drill

Step By Step Instructions

Step 1: Solder the anode of the diode to the positive connection on the solar panel.

Solder anode of diode

Step 2: Solder a black lead wire to the negative connection on the solar panel.

Solder black lead wire

Step 3: Solder a red wire to the tapode side of the diode.

Solder red wire to diode

Step 4: Drill a hole in the top of the Tupperware container.

Drill hole in 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.

Feed wires and apply foam tape

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.

Solder battery holder to USB module

Step 7: Mark a spot for your USB charger and cut out a hole in the container using a rotary tool.

Cut hole for USB charger

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.

Fasten battery holder

Step 9: Insert 2 AA batteries and snap on the lid. Your Solar Powered USB Charger is ready for use!

Insert batteries snap on lid

Watch the video below for a full detailed explanation of this project...

Sources:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2ab9up3IQA