How to use Solar power

portable solar powerHow to use Solar power. I am always looking for ways to improve the sound from my audio system. And when you read this ‘ How to use solar power ‘ may seem a bit far-fetched. I started experimenting a couple of years ago but, turns out it really works!

The idea

I am an audiophile (I hate that word but learned to live with it). The picture shown above is my test system. And comprises of 2 x 300-litre cabinets housing Tannoy 15″‘ 3818 Drivers. I am always looking for ways to improve my sound and I know that power is very important.

I have been working with the idea of using solar power as the source to supply my equipment but also make it portable so it can be used for different applications. And, solar power is becoming more affordable. People are beginning to realize, we are able, to do many things from the power, of the sun.

Portable solar power

I decided to make a portable unit to supply power to several components at the same time. As you can see from the picture, I have a light, a laptop, a mobile phone, a guitar amplifier, a guitar foot pedal and two batteries. Everything was easy to fit into a flight case and I was able to run the batteries for a few hours before a recharge was needed.

Audio system

The first thing I wanted to test was my own audio system. I wanted to hear what sound improvements there would be and I was quite surprised by the result.

Solar power

The actual sound I heard from my system when using the batteries was in fact much better. The sound was very rich and at the same time smooth and clean with no rough edges and a pleasure to listen to.

The system played perfectly for about two hours but the battery went below the 11.5-volt requirement. because 11.5 Volts is needed to supply the Inverter to give the 230 volts to supply the amplifier and CD player. And now we have clean power from the battery feeding the inverter. The inverter steps up this clean power to 230 volts. This is now clean power and will drive any 230v component.

Gigging

One of my friends is a musician and plays the guitar. I was interested to see how the battery pack would work with guitar. I used the same solar power unit and took it to the local park to see how it would perform.

Play guitar

The system worked great and we even had people wanting to dance to the music, which was very encouraging. For me to see the excitement we had created was great and I think it was because my friend was so good at playing. Also, the weather was beautiful which made the atmosphere “electric”.  And always great to try something new because this is what life is all about!

Camping

Another use of the Portable solar power system is for camping. I tested it in the evening. I used a light, a laptop and an iPhone whilst we made a barbecue.

Solar power

It was a great experience because we were able to see exactly what we were trying to do. The field we were in had no lighting what so ever and we did not want to use the car’s headlights.

As well as making a great Barbecue, we were able to listen to music check our emails and use our phones and we had the power to spare. The system really worked well. We also had another light but did not use because what we had was enough.

Convenient

The original idea was to develop a package that could be used anywhere and was able to supply power to drive different items. But also to have a reasonable life before a recharge was necessary. If more storage is needed then it can be easily done by adding another storage battery.

Solar power

If a quicker charging rate is required then it is very simple just to add a second solar panel to the system. It all depends on how quickly you want to charge the batteries up. I found that a single panel with a single battery took about five hours to charge. A single battery with two panels took only two hours to charge. Now there is a way to make your audio system sound better because this type of unit can be easily installed in your home and fitted to an existing system. How to use solar power

Question?

Have you ever tried something like this? Because if not then please do. Because it really makes a world of difference to the sound from your loudspeakers. There are companies such as Jeff Roland who specialize in power supplies and definitely worth a read.

Conclusion

The beauty of this system is the low cost and the fun you can have. But, when used in the home the sound from the loudspeakers really is much better. So for me, solar is the way forward!

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