Before I talk about the video I just want to say “where’s the damn weather!” Lesson number one in the Solar-UMPC project is that the weather is chaos and if you live in mid-northern Europe, you can’t rely on it as a source of instant energy. You’ll see how I’ve had to adapt my solution in my first Solar UMPC video. In the video I present the solar charging and storage setup that I’ve decided to use for the tour. Its based on the fag-packet drawing I did a few weeks ago after deciding that Li-Ion batteries weren’t really the best solution.
I’ve introduced the lead-acid battery as a buffer and despite the 100-year old technology and 2.6KG weight, provides the perfect stabiliser to the whole architecture.
A quick rundown of the equipment I’m using (mostly bought from my home country, Germany.)
- Sunlinq 12v / 25W foldable solar panel.
- Sonnenschein 12v / 6.6Ah lead-acid battery.
- Solar charge controller. 12v / 4A
- Samsung Q1b UMPC.
- TabletKiosk MP3400 Li-Ion battery pack.
- Voltcraft dual-mode 12v battery charger.
- Voltcraft 12v DC-DC adaptor.
The 20-min Video is below (800kbps divx, 120MB) and also downloadable here. If you can handle a 1.5mbps stream or 200MB download, take the WMV version from here. YouTube version also below. More pictures in the gallery here. Blip.tv link here for sharing. Many thanks to SelectSolar for their help in preparing this solution.
Now available at YouTube: