September 6, 2013 AT 4:51 pm

Bicycle Solar Power System Project

2013-07-26 20.06.03

Charge your gadgets and power your bike light with this clever solar power system.

Bike lights are expensive. Mine advertised itself as waterproof to 50 meters (for deep sea biking?) and used a magnetic power switch to keep itself hermetically sealed. This promptly broke and rather that shell out another $20 for a new one I decided to bolt on a push button switch I had. I also have the habit of leaving the light on and draining the battery so I decided to use the opportunity to upgrade my bike to solar power.

I’ll admit it is a bit of overkill since the only power needs were my front and rear lights. With all this effort I decided to add on a USB port to charge my phone since I use google maps a lot during longer rides.

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Make your projects to go green this summer with our specialized USB/Solar Lithium Ion Polymer Battery charger! This charger is a very unique design, perfect for outdoor projects, or DIY iPod chargers. We’ve spent over a year testing and tinkering with this charger to come up with a plug and play solution to charging batteries with the sun and we’re really pleased with what we ended up with.

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