Building An Effective Solar Generator
Creating your own homemade solar generator is not only an environment-friendly project to undertake, but it isn’t as expensive as buying a gasoline powered back-up generator. In emergency situations, using gas-powered generators can be not only noisy and smelly, but dangerous as well. Plus these gas-guzzling devices not only thrive on expensive fuels, but their purchase prices can run considerably high as well. With a little know how and some select materials, you can create your own efficient solar generator to power items in your home like lights, a television, possibly a laptop computer.
•A small 12 volt rated solar panel
•A 12 volt DC (direct current) meter
•A 12 volt AC (alternating current) inverter
•A 12 volt deep-cycle battery
•A battery box
•Some type of sealant or tape
Step 1 – Prepare to Work
Make sure you wear insulated gloves when attempting this project in case you come in contact with any live electrical current. Also clear a large enough work space where you won’t be disturbed by other humans, pets or the elements.
Step 2 – Meter Mounted
Using the drill, mount the Direct Current meter and input to the top of a battery box.
Step 3 – Battery Attachment
Attach the DC meter to the battery terminals using the insulated wire making sure to attach the negative side first. Keep in mind never touch two or more wires at the same time.
Step 4 – Attach the DC Input
Now attaché the DC input using insulated wire to the battery terminals – negative side first still not touching two or more wires together at the same time.
Step 5 – Solar Panel
Attach the 12 volt rated solar panel to the battery terminals using insulated wire. Like above, connect the negative pole first and then the positive touching only one wire at a time.
Step 6 – Seal the Lid
After closing the battery box lid, seal it shut using tape or another sealant.
Step 7 – Get Some Sun
Now place the solar panel in direct sunlight. Give the battery time to charge. If desired, mount the panel on a wall or fame of some sort that allows for direct sunlight since the charging process could take several hours to complete.
Step 8 – AV Converter
Now connect the Alternating Volt inverter to the entire system. The inverter allows you to use everyday household items like radios and lamps with your newly created solar generator.
The generator was constructed with purchased materials that cost under $300. Although but a few devices may run off this generator, the relatively low cost makes it possible to construct a couple of generators to power additional devices.
As research continues into adapting solar energy for everyday use, more backyard tinkerers are developing their own solar panels made from available materials that help to greatly reduce the cost for producing solar energy generated electricity to power daily life.