DIY Solar USB Charger

By Ken Myers

This easy to create USB charger uses solar power to charge your phone or other device on the go! Inexpensive and easy to make, it only takes a few parts to create your own portable solar powered USB charger. The total cost for the parts should be less than $30, and can get even lower if you have some parts on hand or can buy wholesale. All it takes to put this device together is a little electrical knowledge and a steady hand. Within just a few minutes you can create your own solar powered charger for much cheaper than retail price.

DIY USB Charger

Parts You Need:

  • USB Charging Circuit
  • Solar Panel 4V or greater
  • AA Battery Holder
  • AA Rechargeable Batteries
  • 1N914 Diode
  • Mint Tin (or whatever other container you want to use)
  • Wire
Tools You Need:
  • Soldering Iron
  • Solder
  • Tin Snips
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue
  • Tape

For directions on how to assemble this project, or the super powered version for heavy duty use, please visit.

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