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Board Oscillation -- Anyone else seen this?
> Will try again tomorrow to do a comparison test between the PowerFilm and Strong Volt panels. Jay, do you have any ideas what might be causing the board to oscillate on and off? My 5W Powe...

In Make Your Own Gear » Project: 4oz 1A USB Charger
November 09, 12:06pm

Re: My PowerFilm lightening steps
One more important tip for those following in Jay's wake and lightening the PowerFilm. Those tiny copper wires coming out of the panel look bare, but are actually well insulated. The sun c...

In Make Your Own Gear » Project: 4oz 1A USB Charger
November 08, 2:57pm

My PowerFilm lightening steps
Like Rich my board from Jay came yesterday. I got so excited I started trying to build my own 4 oz USB charger from a 5W PowerFilm panel. I bought my PowerFilm several years ago and found my panel ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Project: 4oz 1A USB Charger
November 06, 10:07am

Re: Lightening Strong Volt Panel
Here is an update on lightening a 6W Strong Volt Panel. Marco's suggestion turns out to be a good one. The Solar 6 is made of two panels. Each panel has a metal plate that has a 1/16 think...

In Make Your Own Gear » Project: 4oz 1A USB Charger
November 04, 8:24pm

Powerfilm panel and Strong Volt panel side by side
> Side by side picture please :) I got sidetracked for a few days by this pesky thing called a job. Here are the side by side pictures of the 5W Powerfilm panel verses the 6W Strong Volt p...

In Make Your Own Gear » Project: 4oz 1A USB Charger
November 02, 8:43pm

Re: Cuben Haven Packed size
> could you post some pictures showing how small this all packs down together? Hi Mikkel, Here is the size of the Cuben Haven packed with all cordage and stakes. Does this give you ...

In GEAR » Cuben Haven arrived
October 28, 9:25pm

Lightening Strong Volt Panel
The was some initial concern that the polycrystal solar cells in the Strong Volt panel would make it more fragile and you couldn't just stuff it down in a backpack. Now that I have tried to tak...

In Make Your Own Gear » Project: 4oz 1A USB Charger
October 27, 7:15pm

Strong Volt Solar Panel Power Test
Before I began ripping the Strong Volt panel apart to lighten it, I did a head to head test against the 5W PowerFilm panel to make sure it was going to be worth my trouble. The results were surpris...

In Make Your Own Gear » Project: 4oz 1A USB Charger
October 27, 6:18pm

Re: Lightweight backing
> With the high cost of carbon fiber (I love McMaster Carr though), I wonder if fiberglass would be sufficient for that purpose but save serious weight? Fiberglass could certainly be made to ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Project: 4oz 1A USB Charger
October 25, 12:54pm

Re:: Strong Volt Solar Panel
> Sounds interesting. I'm assuming this in NOT flexible, and the panels are susceptible to damage in a backpack? Hi Jay, The two 7"x7" panels on the 6W charger seem well prot...

In Make Your Own Gear » Project: 4oz 1A USB Charger
October 24, 9:44pm

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