DIY solar phone charger

06.01.2011

From EarthTechling's Caleb Denison:

Solar chargers are a great way to power your mobile devices on the go and, because the devices are catching on, more and more varieties of them are coming available. We’ve covered and even reviewed a few of them in the recent past.

The trouble is, one of the common denominators of these devices is that they tend to be a bit pricey. For those with a little DIY electronics inclination and some free time on their hands, may we suggest taking a look at this slick little DIY solar charger with full assembly instructions available at Instructables?

We first came across this pocket sized solar charger in an Altoids tin via RedFerret and it appears just simple enough for anyone who knows which end is up on a soldering iron to pull off. The parts that are needed should be easy enough to find on EBay, at Radio Shack or through the inventor’s website at BrownDogGadgets.com. The tools needed include a soldering iron, solder, tin snips, a hot glue gun and some tape. Total estimated cost to assemble the DIY USB charger runs between $20-$30.
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