Solar Power Sets for Li-ion, Cell phones, iPads etc
This is a selection of the Solar Panels and Solar Li-ion Sets that I'm offering for sale. I can also offer some more tailored solutions - just ask in the thread!
I made these as I found all the typical solar solutions were too weak or expensive. I bought a Goal Zero Nomad 7 as it said it was 7watts, but then I found it only put out 2.5w on USB , and less than 3w on the 12v setting. So I got to making my own.
The set is for a panel and a USB li-ion charger to charge li-ion 3.6v / 3.7v batteries (not 3.0v batts). These will be typically be 4 times better than a similar output 12v panel. For example the XXL panel outperforms my 20w 12v panel when rigged to charge Li-ions (or any USB devices)
By 'splitting' the package into a USB Solar panel and a USB li-ion charger, you can also use the panel on its own to charge other USB devices, or use the USB charger in a PC/walwart to charge batteries when the sun goes in. These work nicely with all my Li-ion chargers, as well as other standard USB devices like phone chargers etc.
All the prices below include Paypal fees and international shipping (Tracked for all orders over $130) They are rarely lost in the post, but if they are I will resend any lost items at my discretion. If you need to add a 'note' to your order you will need to manually pay in paypal rather than use these links. Feel free to ask any questions. Theres a lot of choices, I know so please do ask away.
150ma Solar Panel
This is a 150ma Panel perfect for charging small li-ions or charging MP3 players and other small USB powered devices. Comes in 3 options. Either a Bare Panel; A Panel with a 100ma Basic USB charger for charging small Li-ions or a Panel with a charger, and a small Slip case.
More Details Here:
Add to Cart: Bare 150ma Solar USB Panel $19
Add to Cart: 150ma Solar USB Panel +100ma Li-ion charger $29
Add to Cart: 150ma Solar USB Panel +100ma Li-ion charger + Slip case $34
500ma Solar Panel
This is a 500ma panel with one USB port. Comes with yellow elasticated 'shock' cord to allow you to strap to tents/rucksacks etc. Comes with a small bag. Use a couple matchsticks or coathanger wire to stand up and face the sun. The small bag has 4 eyelets, and can be used to put your phone in whilst charging. No chargers are included with this panel - but pop over to my charger thread if you need a li-ion charger.
Add to Cart:500ma Solar USB Panel with slip cover $39
1100ma Solar Panel Set
1100ma panel with 2 USB ports - One is Apple compatible (has resistors to allow iPhones , iPads etc to charge) the other is a standard / Android compatible port. Supplied with a Cottonpickers Basic Li-ion Charger set to 700ma, and a NiMH charger. You can charge two devices at once and they will share the 1100ma. This compares to a PC port that puts out between 500ma and 800ma. You can 'link' these by buying a second panel to double the current. There are 3 models to choose from, depending on what you are primarily looking to charge (Li-ions, Non Apple stuff or Apple stuff)
Add to Cart: 1100ma Solar Panel with 700ma Basic Li-ion charger and basic NiMH charger -$59
Add to Cart: 1100ma Solar Panel with 3 tip spider lead (MicroUSB, Apple Lightning, Apple 40ping) and basic NiMH charger -$59
Add to Cart: 1100ma Solar Panel with 10 Tip Spider Lead and basic NiMH charger -$59
Accessories for the 1100ma Panel Set
3 Optional items to go with the 1100ma Solar set. The Slip case is made from water resistant material. It will be made in one of my 'standard' colours or trims. These colours may vary, so please contact me if its important to have a certain material colour and a certain trim colour. The 10 tip spider lead is handy for your friends and colleagues various phones. It has an iPod lead, but is not suitable for iPads. It does not have a lightning lead. The white 3 tip lead is great if you need a Lightning Apple Lead, a 40 pin Apple lead and Micro USB all in one.
Add to Cart: Cloth Slip Case for 1100ma panel -$10
Add to Cart: 10 Tip USB Charging Lead - $6.99
Add to Cart: 3 Tip (Lightning, 40Pin and Micro USB) Charging Lead - $6.99
High Current Charger Why not take advantage of the high current Solar panels. These all require a high current (2 amp) USB socket. Most computers are unable to supply enough current, but my folding solar panels are.
Add to Cart: High current 500ma/1200ma Black Rightie - $49
Add to Cart: 500ma/700ma/1200ma Black Rightie- $54
Add to Cart: 500ma/1000ma/1200ma Black Rightie - $54
18650 Cradle This is a cradle for 18650's suitable for all chargers with built in voltmeter. Particularly good with the Octa charger as it ensure you get the polarity correct. Only available when ordered with a charger
Add to Cart: 18650 Cradle - $7
If you want something different to the above, you can Post to the thread, PM me or Email me at This is also my paypal account. Changing any of the current settings is easy and not chargeable. I can also swap Leftie's for Righties etc. If you know what you need and can specify it , I'm fine with you doing that directly in paypal with a paypal note. If something isn't right I can email you.
* It will taper the current as full voltage is reached. (so you get to 4v quite quickly, and a slower finish to the charge)
* Low voltage protection (will limit current below ~2.9v to protect batteries)
* Thermal limiting
* Cut off voltage is 4.2v +/- 1%
* Will start charging again when battery voltage drops below 4.05v
Charger is based on TP4045 unit http://www.vitexic.com/data/TP4054English.pdf but I think it does the CC bit for a very short period - only up to 3.9v then switches to the CV which is way earlier than than the spec sheet shows.
LED will light when charging and go out when done.
Comes with soldered magnetsfor easy connection - You may want to check your cells terminals are magnetic -most are.
- Penny Alcohol stove & mini oil lighter (uses zippo fuel, sent empty)
- mini voltmeter
Add on any of the following:
Stove & Lighter $10
Mini Voltmeter -$7
Extra Li-ion charger (for 2 USB models or just for spare..) $15
Upgrade to signed for delivery -$7 (prioritised, secure, compensation)
Paypal to I'll eat any fees