solar minty lives !!
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Re: solar minty lives !!

by sandman1962 on Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:19 am

my two versions:one using an ipod touch retail container, and another using stacked altoids can (big battery)

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solar charger by Sandman1962, on Flickr

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solar charger 2 by Sandman1962, on Flickr

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solar charger 3 by Sandman1962, on Flickr
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Re: solar minty lives !!

by ransomhall on Fri Aug 19, 2011 10:02 am

Nice! I mangled a tin trying to do cutouts like that. I'll probably go with laser cut acrylic once I'm done with the monitoring project so I can trick out the container a bit. That big 6.6A LiPo rocks! I'm still testing how long I can run various gadgets with it.
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Re: solar minty lives !!

by ransomhall on Thu Sep 08, 2011 10:39 pm

I finally stopped playing around with all the parts (monitoring setup earlier in thread) and wrapped up the 6V 3.7W panel, Minty, and solar lipo charger in a nice fluorescent blue acrylic housing. Along with a 6600 mAh battery, I can now charge the heck out of USB powered gadgets. See http://www.ransomhall.com/Pages/solbooster.aspx for more details of this build. I am going to create an Instructable for this and enter it in the Epilog laser cutter contest. I'll post links when that is ready. In the meantime, the enclosure design file is available at my showcase on Ponoko: http://www.ponoko.com/design-your-own/products/sol-booster-6376.

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The back:

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Re: solar minty lives !!

by adafruit on Sat Sep 10, 2011 1:41 am

thats a nice build!
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Re: solar minty lives !!

by ransomhall on Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:13 am

Wow, up on the blog again! Thanks.
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Re: solar minty lives !!

by sumatra on Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:33 pm

Ladyada -- As ransomhall notes, combining the charger and mintyboost on one board would be a great product. Building on that, I think it would be good to have selectable output voltage: 3v or 5v, and of course raw battery voltage.

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Re: solar minty lives !!

by ransomhall on Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:26 pm

hmmm... sounds like another fledgling kitbiz could be in the making... just need to find more space in the basement "inventing room", as my son calls it :)
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Re: solar minty lives !!

by adafruit on Tue Sep 13, 2011 11:14 pm

We have a design in the works, but we want to make sure its really good so its taking time. There is no ETA
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