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Solar Candle

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The Solar Candle harvests sunshine and gives off light in the dark.

When placed in sunshine for the day, two 30mm square photovoltaic panels will charge a rechargeble AAA battery.

At night the battery will power two LED bulbs.

A switch is included to turn the Solar Candle on and off.

A 600mAh capacity rechargeable battery is recommended.

A large capacity battery allows unused energy to be banked and carried over to the next day.

The Solar Candle is a 90 mm diameter sphere.

Pictured is a Solar Candle with the top printed in Colorfabb Translucent Orange PLA/PHA, and the bottom printed in Colorfabb Light Brown PLA/PHA.

Also pictured is a Solar Candle with the top printed in Colorfabb Translucent Yellow PLA/PHA, and the bottom printed in Colorfabb White PLA/PHA.

Both Candles were printed on a Felix 3 printer.

The cell holder and the bulb ring are fastened to the bottom shell with two M3 x 15mm bolts.

The solar panels, LEDS, and printed circuit board are obtained from a two solar garden lights.

The printed circuit board from the garden light includes a switch that should be left in the "on"postion for the Solar Candle.

A Dremel or similar rotary tool with a circular saw blade or abrasive disk can be used to cut the solar cells from the garden lights.

Also required are a single AAA battery holder, large capacity AAA battery, and a micro switch.

The switch is used to turn the Solar Candle on and off.

Slide the switch to the "on" position for charging.

No supports are required for printing.

3D printing settings

Pictured is a Solar Candle with the top printed in Colorfabb Translucent Orange PLA/PHA, and the bottom printed in Colorfabb Light Brown PLA/PHA.

Also pictured is a Solar Candle with the top printed in Colorfabb Translucent Yellow PLA/PHA, and the bottom printed in Colorfabb White PLA/PHA.

No supports are required for printing.

  • 3D file format: ZIP
  • Publication date: 2020/01/02 at 01:43

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