Intro and Materials
This neat project for a portable solar powered outlet was originally created by Instructables user JasonE for his wife to take to a girls' camp, but it ended up being a winner in the site's Green Tech Contest this summer, proving people found it useful for lots of applications. From camping trips, to powering a drill while making things outside, this outlet can help you make and play with the power of the sun.
JasonE says, "I've been able to continuously power an 80 watt device for approximately three hours without interruption and it could have gone much longer, as well as run an electric drill under load with no hesitation or slowing. This is one powerful machine!"
Remember as you construct your device that Volts x Amps = Watts.
What you'll need:
1) Battery (I used a 12V 26AH battery that I ordered off the internet for about $65)
2) Inverter (I used a 410 continuous watt inverter that I bought at Wal-Mart for about $35)
3) Charge Controller (I bought one off the internet for about $18)
4) Solar Panels (I used the garden lights that I bought from Wal-Mart for $0.97 each)
5) Electrical wire
6) Soldering Iron and solder
7) Wire strippers
8) Something to bracket everything down
9) "Normal tools" (needlenosed pliers, screwdrivers, stapler, drill, etc.)
10) Dremel tool or sandpaper