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Question: Anyone want a Solar Shield?
Good idea. - 20 (50%)
Bad idea. - 1 (2.5%)
Dangerous idea (really good idea). - 4 (10%)
I really want one and would give my right kidney. - 3 (7.5%)
I really want one, but I prefer to pay cash. - 6 (15%)
I really want one, but only if it was a gift. - 2 (5%)
Don't really want, but would take it for free. - 3 (7.5%)
I would rather give my kidney than take one. - 1 (2.5%)
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What do you think about a Solar shield for Arduino?  Good idea?  Bad idea?  Would anyone actually want one?
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I didn't see a "Way too broad of a description" button! smiley-razz

What exactly does this "Solar shield" consist of?
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You mean a solar tracker or a solar shield to power Arduino?
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I think that it is a really great idea, especially for those project designed to be outdoor.

For me it could be nice to have one, however, i think that it have a strong limitation. it only it is useful for charge lipo batteries. I use 6 AA 1.2V batteries, so i think that it is not enough to charge them for my project...

Butit is a great idea!!
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Sorry, just to clarify:  I mean something that would deliver a 5 to 9 V power, maybe a watt or two watts, that would be connected just like other shields . . . slid on top.  And power your Arduino.

Next time, I WILL put a "way too broad" up there!  Great idea.
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Maybe I could make a prototype and put a picture up.  Anyone interested?
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Hi jdog

I am holding the solar charger shield from seeed in my hands. I dont want to spoil your development, just thought its relevant.  smiley-wink
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I was thinking of something a little different, a full shield.  But the Seed version looks interesting and definitely flexible.

How about this?







We put a quick beta up to see if anyone would be interested here:
http://www.dexterindustries.com/Arduino-Solar_Shield.html

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