[22] AMZ Goes Solar (Part 2)

Date: June 10th, 2007 | Comments : [5] | Categories: power.

Solar bettery charger

AMZ goes solar – Part 2!

Shown above is my $12 solar battery charger, which was previously mentioned on this blog, connected to a 12v rechargeable battery.

I salvaged the battery from a backup power supply from my office. These cheap backup power units go bad with alarming frequency and they are too cheap to repair. However, the battery usually has a lot of life left in it. I saved 3 or 4 of these batteries and now have cheap power that can be renewed at virtually no cost with my solar charger.

The battery is 12v rated for 7 amp-hours. This is more than enough to power a pedalboard for many hours.

I made a simple voltage regulator box to convert the 12vdc to 9v. That is a project for another time once I get it finished and have some pictures to show.

Check with your company IT department; they will probably give you a similar battery from their salvage pile.


5 Responses to “AMZ Goes Solar (Part 2)”

[18] admin Says: 7:50 am, June 11th, 2007

What a coincidence… I show up at work this morning (Monday) and as soon as I get in the door, someone tells me the computer system is down. The IT person is not here, so being the resident electronics guy, I have to check it out… the router’s battery backup supply is dead. Completely fired.

IT came in and said they are going to toss it, so I took the power supply to my office to disassemble.

There are TWO 12v batteries in it! Score!

There are also some nice aluminum heat sinks and a couple of ferrites that I can use.

When I get it home, I’ll take a couple of pictures of it and post them.

[23] Ben Niderberg Says: 4:08 pm, June 21st, 2007

I asked the IT guy at my firm, and he said that those batteries have to be recycled by law (at least n New York) so I am out of luck. :[

[24] Elektrojänis Says: 3:15 am, June 24th, 2007

Hmmm… I would consider it recycling (or even better, re-using) if you used the old battery for powering your pedalboard or some electronic project. If it works it’s actually better than if its taken to be dismantled.

[27] admin Says: 7:20 am, June 28th, 2007

Yeah, it seems to me that using the battery in a pedalboard power supply would constitute recycling.

If the law required recycling, it would be printed on the side of the battery, and it is not.

[95] not_admin Says: 5:50 pm, November 8th, 2007

the “law to recycle” for NY is a corporate bylaw or stance from that company not wanting employees to “get the idea” of taking things home. Of course reuse is the step before recycling. Most non-robot-run companies will let you take electro junk home if you are the IT guy. why else would the job be any fun?


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