Solar Boost Bag: the Portable Solar Charger You Might Need

By on August 19, 2018
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If you would like to add a solar panel to your favourite backpack or bag you may be interested in a new tutorial published to the Adafruit website detailing how you can boost the power from a small solar panel to directly charge your smartphone store the energy in a lithium ion battery for use at another time.

For this project, you will need:

  • USB/DC/Solar Lithium Ion/Polymer charger kit
  • PowerBoost 500 Basic
  • 3D printer with filament
  • A large solar panel or a medium solar panel
  • 2000mAh lithium polymer battery
  • 2.1mm DC Barrel Plug
  • slide switch
  • A sturdy handbag or backpack
  • soldering tools and supplies
  • #4-40 3/8 flat Phillips machine screws

The STL files can be downloaded from the Adafruit project page and the design of the 3d printed case can be customized as you desire.

Once you have 3d printed the case, assembled the circuits and other few steps, you’ll be ready to wear your portable solar charger as you can see in the video below:

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