Wouldn't it be awesome if your Kindle was solar-powered? Oh wait! It can be. Thanks to this tutorial from Instructable user flapke, you can now outfit your e-reader with small solar panels and forget about that ol' plug-in. The tutorial is kind of techie, but if you have a nerdy DIY spirit (like many of us do) it'll be right up your alley.
What You Need
- An e-reader
- Some solar panels, like these $10 versions
- A Schottky diode, which you can get this at any shop that sells electronic parts.
- A MAX1551 or MAX1555 IC.
- A SOT23 to DIP breakout board.
- A small capacitor, to make life a little easier for our MAX1551/1555.
- Some wires, a soldering iron, solder, a dremel and padded double sided tape. A multi-meter can also come in handy.
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For the full tutorial, see A Solar Charging E-Reader