DIY Solar Boombox

DIY Solar Boombox

Trent Johnson
Jun 17, 2009

A solar boombox: because you want to listen to music in the park without purchasing expensive batteries that are bad for the environment; because you don't want to run a cord into your yard while you work; or maybe just because you can.

There are a several solar powered boom boxes floating around on the web. The one pictured above, from Instructables, is my favorite.

According to the author, you can construct a solar powered boombox for as little as $75 by utilizing a small, energy efficient amplifier, cheap bookshelf speakers, battery, a small solar panel, and your own audio input. Supposedly, the Sonic Impact digital amplifier will run directly off a single 1.5 watt solar panel. In case you haven't heard of the Sonic Impact, it's an impressively low power, high quality amplifier that can be purchased for less than $30 (the small gray box in the setup below).

I won't go through all the steps here - you'll have to visit Instructables for the full diy, but here is a list of the materials and tools you' need:

Parts:

  • Amplifier
  • Solar Panel
  • Speakers
  • Various plugs and jacks
  • A Battery
  • Wire
  • An enclosure

Tools:

  • Soldering iron
  • Wire cutters/strippers
  • Pliers
  • Screwdriver

Resources:

Instructables - DIY Solar Boombox
Another Home Made Solar Boombox diy.

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