Solar Powered Raspberry Pi

Step 1: What You need

A raspberry pi
A solar panel (with built in charger controller or a Solar Charging Regulator)
A car power socket
A usb car power adapter
A battery
and some wire

Solar Powered Raspberry Pi

Step 2: Connecting the Battery

First off we need to connect the wire to car power adapter then to the battery.

The battery is a 12V 1.3 ampHour battery The length of time the battery last very much depends on what you are doing with.

But here is quick calculation

If the raspberry pi uses 3 watts a hour then a 12v battery at 1.3 amp hours gives 15.6 watt hours

So 15.6 divide by 3 gives you 5.3 hours.

So the battery should last about 5 hours

If you want it to last long get a bigger batter or wire two up in parallel

Step 3: Connecting USB

Next we need to plug in the usb power adapter.

I know it possible to make a power adapter from a 12v Battery to USB connection however this way is easier and almost as cheap.

If you would like to make your own adapter search on instructables

Solar Powered Raspberry Pi

Step 4: Connect the Solar panel

Connect the solar panel to the battery and point it at the sun.

And now all thats left to do is power up the pi


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