Powermonkey Experiment

Well, this may seem quite odd, but doing a wee bit of an experiment with my Powermonkey. Going to try and power my mobile using only solar power. Not too sure how it will go. Sort of cheating a little bit, the powermonkey had about 75% charge and my mobile had about 50% charge, but all the same…

So day one, I didn’t get a lot of sun today, but the powermonkey is still around 50% charge, hopefully I’ll get a bit more tomorrow… I’ve tried to work out a way to strap it to my bag while I’m walking, but it’s hard to get a good angle with the ‘sun’, and with such low intensities it seems to be really important to get it pointing the right direction.

I’ll try and get some pics of the monkey when I’m using it… I’ve found it works really well in the kitchen… Hopefully it’ll work better when the sun comes out a bit more, and we do have a bit of a lack of daylight at the minute…

Phone still has about 3/4 charge, so I should be OK for tomorrow…

Does anyone have any hints or tips while I’m using the powermonkey?

My main worry is the phone I’m using, its an HTC Touch Diamond, and it is a little power hungry… And well, the battery in the phone is 1800mAh, where the solarslave only provides 200mAh, so I need to be storing up at least 9 hours of full blast sunlight per day, which we don’t get at this time of year, as my phone battery doesn’t really last that long, but hey, it’ll be worth a try… Going to hang the solarslave from the window, try and get a few rays before I leave for uni…

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