Folding Solar Panel for Backpacking

While I’m traveling on foot with just my backpack I always take my folding solar panel to charge my various devices. It can power anything which uses USB, including my phone, lighter, and lots of other useful toys. I love the feeling of independence that is provided by knowing I can rely on the free energy of the sun to keep my technology running.

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The Sun as an Energy Source

The Sun is so amazing! I’m able to run all kinds of energy intensive things while living in my truck in the desert off of a single 100-Watt Solar Panel and a couple of batteries. The Sun also powers the life of the plants on this planet and even animals like us!

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Lithium Battery Pack for the Solar Yurt

Now that I’m living completely off-grid in my new yurt, it’s time to focus on getting my Solar Power situation setup by creating a Lithium Battery Pack.  I wanted to avoid Lead Acid Batteries because they’re heavy and toxic.  I used the kit sold by vruzend.com which I highly recommend for simplicity’s sake.

This video walks you through the entire process, and explains some of the electrical concepts involved.

Cahlen Lee