This is a 5V Polycrystalline Solar Cell with PET laminated finish, to ensure it has a waterproof cell face and therefore suitable for many applications.
Solar power cells make great introductions to solar power projects, suitable for things such as outside lights.
Rear mounted solder pads for easy attachment.
It provides a maximum current of 200mA, at a power of 1W, and does NOT include a blocking diode. In projects where this solar cell is used to charge batteries a blocking diode must be added to the circuit in order to prevent the batteries discharging back into the cell when it gets dark.
- Waterproof solar cell.
- 1 x 5.0V 200mA, Polycrystalline Solar Cell.
- Width: 110mm.
- Length: 110mm.
- Height: 3mm.
Note: this product is sometimes described as a solar panel and can be miss spelt as solar pannel.
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Thank you for your question, the weights are:
Code 3603: 11g
Code 3604: 17g
Code 3605: 48g
Code 3606: 37g
Code 3607: 35g
Code 3608: 49g
Thank you for your question, the two pads closest to the positive and negative pads are just the other end of the tracks from those pads. The two at the top of the board connect the two solar cells that make up this panel. There should not be any need to solder to these.
It would depend on the amplifier most of them use a slightly higher voltage but you could theoretically power one of our mono amplifiers from it provided you had a resistor in the way.
Unfortunately you tend to have very varied power output form a solar panel so the better thing to do would be to build a circuit using diodes to charge batteries with the solar cell and then use this as your power source for the amplifier.
I have garden lights,1 x LED with 3 x AA. I'm suspecting a faulty solar panel as the lights are on during the day. Would this be a good replacement panel. Its exactly the size I need. Any help appreciated
Hello Emily, we stock four different diodes, if you just want to use one to prevent current flow back into the solar cell then the following diode should be fine, https://www.kitronik.co.uk/c2905-1n4001-diode.html
If you have 2 cells, and wanted to use rechargeable AA batteries then you would need to connect them in parallel, http://theelectricenergy.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/series-and-parallel-solar-cells-connected.jpg this link shows you a way of doing this. Connecting them in parallel will give you 5V’s and 400mA, you would then need to use a diode to stop the batteries discharging into the solar cells. You would also need to use 4x rechargeable batteries, you would need to connect the solar cells as per the link, then to the diode then to the battery cage.
Would this cell do the job with some additional components?
It’s complicated to charge a phone from solar power and very very very slow. You’d need a lot of solar cells to make it worthwhile. There are pre-built modules that do this but it takes days of sunny weather to put any real charge into the phone.
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