Build you own DIY "Sun Jar" with our Solar Garden Light Kit. is an interesting project that uses sustainable energy to illuminate a white LED. During the day the solar panel charges an AA battery, then when it goes dark the board automatically switches from charging the battery to illuminating the LED.
The solar panel is resin encapsulated and therefore waterproof. You will need to make a waterproof enclosure for the rest of the parts. Alternatively the board has been shaped so that it will fit into an old jar.
- Waterproof solar panel.
- Automatically switches on when dark.
- 1 x Solar Cell (60mm by 60mm).
- 1 x Rechargeable Battery 900mA/h.
- 1 x 22ohm Resistor.
- 1 x 330ohm Resistor.
- 1 x 1Kohm Resistor.
- 1 x 10Kohm Resistor.
- 1 x 100Kohm Resistor.
- 2 x 1nF Ceramic Disc Capacitor.
- 1 x Wide White 5mm Water Clear LED.
- 2 x BC337 NPN Transistor.
- 1 x AA Battery Holder, PCB Mounting.
- 2 x 470uH Inductors.
- 1 x BAT41 Diode.
- 0.5m Connecting Wire (For Solar Cell).
- 1 x Solar Garden Light PCB.
- Length: 56mm.
- Width: 44mm.
This kit is supplied in a grip seal bag. It is also available in retail packaging. For more details on this version click here.
Teachers can order a sample of this kit (one per school) here. You will need to select the kit from a list of all the sample kits; the stock code for this kit is 2134.
Note: this service is only offered to schools for evaluation purposes only.
This kit is designed and manufactured in the UK by Kitronik.
- PCB Length: 56mm.
- PCb Width: 44mm.
- PCB Component Count: 15.
- Voltage Nominal: 1.2V.
- Current Max at Nominal Voltage: Charge at 50mA.
Solar Garden Lights by students at Hawkley Hall High School.
Sun Jar designed by students at Hardenhuish School using the Solar Garden Light Kit.
A video about our Solar Garden Light Kit taken from our Ask Kitronik Live event 2012.
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