How-To: Solar TV remote

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With the Solar TV Remote project from MAKE Volume 25, you’ll never have to replace your remote control’s batteries again. Instead, just leave it in the sun to charge up! This project is fairly easy and you may already have most of the tools and supplies you’ll need. It might also make you feel slightly less guilty about being a couch potato!

Download a PDF of the Solar TV Remote project from MAKE Volume 25 and head over to the Maker Shed to check out the SunMod kit, which includes a 4.8V flexible solar cell with soldered metal connectors and double-sided tape.

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SunMod Kit

Hack any AA or AAA powered device to make it solar powered. Included: a flexible solar cell 4.8V with soldered metal connectors, mailable packaging and double -sided tape. Fun hack. Easy way to break into solar projects.


Matt Richardson is a San Francisco-based creative technologist and Contributing Editor at MAKE. He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.

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