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How to Make a Solar-Powered DS Lite

With the battery connected to the DS, all you need is the DS battery charger cable connected to the solar panels. The panels can fully recharge the battery in two hours if they are in direct sunlight.

With the battery connected to the DS, all you need is the DS battery charger cable connected to the solar panels. The panels can fully recharge the battery in two hours if they are in direct sunlight.

The Solar DS with its battery in place.

The Solar DS with its battery in place.

Ben and the Solar DS catch some rays outside the THG office.

Ben and the Solar DS catch some rays outside the THG office.

The Solar DS sits on top of his proud papa, the Solar Wii.

The Solar DS sits on top of his proud papa, the Solar Wii.

The DS Lite battery provides around 3.7V, so the 4.0V provided by the solar panels is more than enough to keep the unit charged.

The DS Lite battery provides around 3.7V, so the 4.0V provided by the solar panels is more than enough to keep the unit charged.

The Soldius 1 is almost a mirror image of the DS Lite.

The Soldius 1 is almost a mirror image of the DS Lite.

If the solar panels remain folded on the back of the DS, you can barely see any trace of them when the DS is opened and in use.

If the solar panels remain folded on the back of the DS, you can barely see any trace of them when the DS is opened and in use.

Similarly, when the DS isn't in use and the Soldius 1 solar panels are extended for recharging, you can hardly see the DS underneath.

Similarly, when the DS isn’t in use and the Soldius 1 solar panels are extended for recharging, you can hardly see the DS underneath.

The metal latch proved to be a bit heavy, but the solar panels can still be extended out for capturing sunlight when the DS is lying flat.

The metal latch proved to be a bit heavy, but the solar panels can still be extended out for capturing sunlight when the DS is lying flat.

And now for some Mario Kart DS action!

And now for some Mario Kart DS action !

  • Destiny19901003
    With some basic equipment and a bit of wiring, build a solar panel battery charger that keeps small appliances going. The advent of solar energy has made small solar panels readily available in all sizes. Build a charger as a science fair project to demonstrate the simple process of solar power.
    1.Put 4 AA batteries into the two battery holders.
    2.Wire the holders together to make a series connection for the battery charger. Connect one positive wire from one holder to one negative wire of the other. Leave the other positive and negative wires alone for now.
    3.Join the blocking diode and the battery charger. Use the ringed end. Connect this to the positive wire from the battery holder.
    4.Connect the other end of the blocking diode to the solar panel.
    5.Take the negative output of the solar panel, and connect it to the negative wire from the battery holders.
    6.Charge the solar panel, and watch it charge the batteries.
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