Hello. I am very new to electronics so please forgive me. I have an Arduino Uno and can make an led blink, but it is time to move on. I read about the ESP32 being able to use wi-fi so as a php developer I just have to send something to a database. I like the idea of weather data to begin with so I have spent most of today going in circles reading about how to hook one up to a solar panel.
The Thing Plus board looked good, but removing LEDs and such to get the deep sleep power consumption to a reasonable amount looked fiddly. So now I am looking at the firebeetle board, but when I saw on Google images someone with a solar panel in their schematic for this board on a weather station, they ran the solar panel and the battery through a lipo solar charger board then on to the ESP32. I thought the board was able to take input through VCC for a solar panel, or would that just power the board rather than keep the battery topped up?
I thought it wise to understand how it works before buying the wrong parts. Many thanks for any advice.