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1 Watt! Spring solar PC testing with the HP Stream 8.

Published on March 23, 2015 By Steve Chippy Paine

It’s the 23rd of March. We’re into Spring in Europe and the sun has just moved above my neighbor’s house.  According to the local weatherstation there’s 365 W/m2 hitting ground level. I’m getting 1 Watt out of my 4W Changers Maroshi panel.

Anker 14 W of Solar Power for $59.99 (Hands-On)

Published on March 20, 2015 By Steve Chippy Paine

Weighing just 800 grams and packing 14 W of maximum output the Anker 14W portable foldable solar charger looks like a bargain at $59.99 / €49.99. I stumbled across this at CeBIT 2015 in Hannover and took a look over it. It’s well-built, has a regulated 5V output via USB and a lot of good […]

Changers Smart Solar Kit Arrived

Published on March 13, 2013 By Steve Chippy Paine

The Changers solar panel, power pack/data logger and community is an interesting concept and, I think, a well designed product. Lithium battery charging and solar power don’t fit together easily but when they do you have the potential to get a powerful and lightweight solution. The equipment arrived today, it’s in working order and over […]

Changers Smart Solar Charging Kit and Community

Published on March 5, 2013 By Steve Chippy Paine

The consumer-focused solar charging sector has been damaged in recent years by the influx of cheap China-manufacture red solar chargers that really don’t do what they say. This solution from Changers.com is in a different league. I had the pleasure of speaking to the founders today and  got a bit of tech talk in. What […]

Viliv S10 Netbook as Solar-Powered Desktop (Cont’d)

Published on July 20, 2010 By Steve Chippy Paine

  I talked yesterday about my testing with the Viliv S10 and my 24w solar panel. Today I’ve implemented the solution as my desktop PC. Previously (for the last 5 months) I had been using a Fujitsu U820 UMPC as my desktop. It was running Windows XP on a Intel Atom 1.6 CPU. The Viliv […]

Solar testing on hold.

Published on May 11, 2007 By Steve Chippy Paine

Isnt it typical? Just hours after starting the solar panel testing last week it started to get cloudy. You can even see the first clouds appearing on the sun power graph that I used on the first test. Ever since then the weather has been bad. Look at the last three days below. With weather […]