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.