Re: solar minty lives !!
justn wrote:Do I need to buy a minty boost along with the new solar charger in order to charge via USB?
The Lipo charger's mini-USB port is for input, to allow charging the LiPo battery. It does not output.
So yes, you need the minty if you want to charge some device which requires standard 5v power. The outputs on the LiPo charger board will output whatever power it sees from the battery or the solar panel (neither of which could provide a stable 5v on their own, which is why the Adafruit tutorial pipes the lipo charger board's "out" through the minty.
(Actually this gets me thinking, here is a good excuse to breadboard a minty, because you don't need the compact space of the mintyboost PCB).
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on Fri Jul 22, 2011 9:29 am, edited 2 times in total.