I'm looking for suggestions I have one but want 2 more who's got what and are you happy with it?
Depends on if this is a home setup or remote. If its a home setup i would buy one large panel,charging controller, 12 volt battery, and a inverter. The i would plug my normal house chargers into the inverter. As im using my phone i cant go into types of all of these batteries,inverters. If this is for remote you can buy premade system on ebay,amazon some are good some suck. Mostly the problem will be the small size limiting the charge rate.Im sorry to piggy back on this post, but I am quite clueless about solar energy. I want something that can charge AA/AAA batteries or an Ipod, maybe even a laptop. What Items would I need to accomplish this?
What is a good NiMH mah to buy? I have seen 2600, 2000 ect. How does mah affect performance?
The NIMH batteries to get now are those that are rated "low self discharge" or LSD. The problem that has always existed with the rechargables is that they aren't well suited for storage as they lose their charge over a few months. The LSD versions are designed to still retain about 90% charge after 12 months. The drawback is that because they are of new design the capacity isn't as high as the regular NIMHs but that is quickly changing. IIRC some of the regular AA NIMHs were as high as 2800 mah and the LSD as high as 2400 mah.What is a good NiMH mah to buy? I have seen 2600, 2000 ect. How does mah affect performance?
It's a good start any way to learning about solar .Im sorry to piggy back on this post, but I am quite clueless about solar energy. I want something that can charge AA/AAA batteries or an Ipod, maybe even a laptop. What Items would I need to accomplish this?
have you done a 72 hour test of your system to see how functional it is?Local wal-mart solar powered lights are usually powered by AA or 123 rechargeable batteries. Put the lights out in the sun, let the batteries charge, and take them out before dark. They also double as security lights.
If you go the solar powered light route, make sure you get some high run time lights - for better charging.
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