teeth_03
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Any premade Solar options?

Sat Mar 07, 2015 2:58 am

I'm looking to power a Pi1 Model B with a Camera and Wireless Dongle mounted to a shed behind my house with no power ran to it.

I wouldn't mind shelling out a little more for a premade device or kit that would power it during the daylight hours (not using the NoIR version for the time being) only, so it doesn't need a big battery to run at night.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

I'm top of a mountain with good sight lines from east to west.

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MattHawkinsUK
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Re: Any premade Solar options?

Sat Mar 07, 2015 8:28 am

Take a look at "PiJuice". It's a new add-on board designed to power a Pi via a solar panel and has an onboard battery. It has a clock and can turn the Pi on and off to save power ... especially at night.

I think it is intended for the A+,B+ and Pi2.
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teeth_03
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Re: Any premade Solar options?

Sat Mar 07, 2015 12:06 pm

I can get a new Pi if I have to, its not like its going to break the bank.

teegee
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Re: Any premade Solar options?

Fri Mar 13, 2015 2:16 am

I've been looking high and low for a pre-made solar kit to power my A+ pi and NOIR camera on wireless. I've been able to figure out from all my reading that I will need a battery with a charge input and an output to go to the pi. When we get down to the math to figure out the size of the battery and solar panel I get lost. So if anyone has done this before I would appreciate a little help. BTW I've looked at the PiJuice which looks like it will do the trick but I can't wait until June for it.

ame
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Re: Any premade Solar options?

Fri Mar 13, 2015 2:46 am

You might do just as well with a solar panel, an SLA battery and a charge controller. Nothing exotic, all easily available.

Mtanman
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Re: Any premade Solar options?

Sun Mar 15, 2015 2:44 am

ok first i got my first RPi 1B+ in january so if i mess anything up please let me know.......that said

I have gatherd most of my info from http://juliansarokin.com/how-to-build-a ... pberry-pi/andhttp://www.instructables.com/id/All-Wea ... /?ALLSTEPS

i use a 5w 12v 20voc mono-crystalline solar panel
LM2596 dc to dc voltage regulator
with a 12 5ah lead acid battery
and a DC to DC downgrade (12v to 5v 3a)

now the one thing that is really important is your dc to dc regulator
other than that its interchangeable

my setup wont power it forever but it works for me and my wallet ($49.99 for all things listed){lead-acid battery was preowned}

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