Solar powered water resistant iPod Stereo Video – DIY

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  3. Grant Wagner says:

    Hehe, that looks like what, a 3 watt panel? I love using headphones (as long as, or especially really good ones), and 3 watts of solar over 6 hours should power a iPod and a pair of good headphones for a week.

    Still, it’s a great project beautifully done. If you want to get a few more hours out of a charge, look for a class D amp kit. That will most likely be about 20% more efficient than that car stereo amp. Those things aren’t know for power efficiency.

    • sola9986 says:

      Thanks Grant, it’s a fun project. I’ve got more ideas for the next one. I want some ipod controls on the outside or even a remote so I don’t have to risk the ipod being exposed or in my hand on the boat.

      Or even a stereo made out of a log.

  4. Solar Burrito says:

    Hi Jesse, good questions. Yes my 1 watt panel is connected directly to my battery (17ah) as it’s tiny and can’t over charge it. You could get a larger panel but it would depend on the battery size if you would need a charge controller or not. If you’re using a large deep cycle boat battery and you’re just going to be in the sun for a few hours or while your stereo is pumping you should be fine as the draw will exceed the power input from the panel. That said, I found a $12 PWM charge controller off ebay for my latest project.

    How big do you want to go?

  5. Jesse M says:

    I was thinking about using a 5W panel with a battery that could power the “Pyle PLMRKT4A 4-Channel Waterproof MP3/iPod Amplified 6.5-Inch Marine Speaker System” for about 8 hours.

  6. Ya I think you’ll be fine. Just make sure your battery is larger than 17ah’s. I currently use a 10 watt panel charging the same battery that was in the cooler stereo in my solar power pack. (soon to be posted). But I use a charge controller since it could over charge it. Cheap chinese charge controllers and solar panels are all over ebay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Solar-Regulator-10A-12-24v-Solar-Charge-Controller-charging-battery-PWM-new-/271022950287?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f1a3a078f

  7. Jesse M says:

    Thanks for the advice! Can’t wait to see that new project!

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