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Frame2 Using parts easily available from your local stores, you can make a small solar power generator for $250 to $300. Great for power failures and life outside the power grid. Power your computer, modem, vcr, tv, cameras, lights, or DC appliances anywhere you go. Use in cabins, boats, tents, archaeological digs, or while travelling throughout the third world. Have one in the office store room in case of power failures in your highrise. I keep mine in my bedroom where it powers my cd player, turntable, lights, modem, laptop, and (ahem) a back massager. I run a line out the window to an 8″ x 24″ panel on the roof. Link.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. aplumb says:

    Having just gone through eight hours without power last night, I cannot overemphasis how handy it is to have a spare 12V PC case fan and fully charged gel-cell battery handy.

  2. solarpower says:

    Check out this introduction article on solar power:
    solar power
    Contents
    1.Methods of harnessing the sun’s energy
    * 1.1 Direct solar power
    * 1.2 Indirect solar power
    2.Forms of solar power – either passive or active

  3. solarpower says:

    Check out this introduction article on solar power:
    solar power
    Contents
    1.Methods of harnessing the sun’s energy
    * 1.1 Direct solar power
    * 1.2 Indirect solar power
    2.Forms of solar power – either passive or active

  4. arojitkuet says:

    Solar power can be considered as a great ecological energy saving and bring a new way of living. With a small investment, use of electricity can be consumed by solar power generator. Power generators solar charged can be a substitute in terms of electricity failure also in houses, shops, and while camping or traveling. By the way, solar power generator brings a new taste of our life.