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Homemade solar power for cellular trail cam

Posted: Sat Sep 21, 2019 12:43 pm
by PTern
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Here is how I power my cellular trail cams. If you're good with a soldering iron and fabricating sheet metal, this easy power for your cam. The 'brain' is a single circuit board with a solar controller and lithium charger with battery protection, all in one. The board holds three 18650 lithium batteries and outputs approximately 12 volts. The regulator in the camera box brings 12 volt down to a rock solid 6 volts to power most cameras. I locate these with open southern sky and never had one go dead. I have no affiliation with amazon but here are some links;








Re: Homemade solar power for cellular trail cam

Posted: Sun Sep 22, 2019 7:06 am
by RKEPPLE
Hi,

I'm interested in more detail about your solar setup, but the links to Amazon (which I presume have more info on the components) are missing or not showing up on my computer. Can you try providing them again? Thanks

Re: Homemade solar power for cellular trail cam

Posted: Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:27 am
by PTern
I'm not sure why the links are not showing up for you. Here are the Amazon part numbers. You can search them on Amazon and get to them that way. Again, I have no affiliation with Amazon.

B07F1V6ZDS

B07SGJSLDL

B01M9B6RQI

B01G6EB5U2

Re: Homemade solar power for cellular trail cam

Posted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:00 am
by Camoman1964
I have used this setup also for the last 3 months and so far has worked perfectly buy my camera is a 12 volt camera so no need for the regulator and I used a 10 watt panel and it has kept the batteries full and when I stop by to check battery status the done LED is always on. That little Chinese board works pretty good.