Hello again Ada Forums.
Finished my solar Minty build, tested the setup with an iPhone 4 charge for a few hours (which was successful) then proceeded to Sugru the finished product into it's case.
Recently the setup has stopped performing as desired, charging any device for approximately 10 seconds then cutting off. The solar lipo board is charging the 6600mAh battery, but there seems to be an issue on the load port.
I've tested the load port voltage w/o the Minty attached with varying results. I would have assumed that with the lipo charging circuit setup that the voltage leaving the board would be a constant (based on the battery?).
Bare Board w/ no Inputs (solar, wall wort, etc): 2.7v
Board w/ Solar: 3-4.7 (depending on light source)
I'm not sure where the problem is, and while the Minty seems
to be working well enough I haven't narrowed it down yet. Posted a link below with pictures just in case.
I made one modification to the Minty because of a faulty capacitor issue I had after building (capacitor fault, didn't allow anything to flow through it). The local Radio Shack didn't have the right spec cap so I replaced the original 220/6.3v with a 330/10v.
Any help troubleshooting would be well appreciated!
The "extra" device with the AA's in it is the AA Saver from Ray's Hobby. I needed a way to put a charge into the system/salvage almost dead AA's during times of darkness or cloud.
Yes, I'm a real person.