This is a Customizer version of the self contained Solar Charge Box. Build your own renewable power storage for low power devices. Use Customizer to pick the parts in your charge box! Even customize each of the four power switches in this project! Connect this to your own solar panel, and a solar charge controller for off grid charging. This project was designed to help all of humanity. Please make one for yourself, and then make another one to give away to someone that would benefit from it.
Update history can be viewed in the Notes section below.
If you build one, please let me know! If you want additional components added, please let me know! If you need help, please let me know! This Customizer project will continue to improve over time. Feedback is welcomed.
Be sure to add this Solar Controller Holder to this project!
Protect your battery by adding this Battery Terminal Guard cover to your Solar Charge Box! It will prevent electrical shock or short circuits on the battery terminals. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1696615
The original (outdated) Solar Charge Box ver1 can be found at this link: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:924112
This charge box project requires:
- 2 circuit breakers (old APC ups)
- 4 rocker switches
- a 12v / 12Ah battery
- USB port (round)
- 12v DC accessory socket (round)
- a small plastic toolbox
- 14-16 gauge wire
- wire terminal ends
- electrical tape or heat shrink tube
- soldering iron & solder (optional)
The OpenScad file is included, but this is the Customizer version. Click on the Open in Customizer button!
The USB & ACCESSORY Plug were sourced at Amazon.ca/.com Search for Marine USB and you will easily find the parts.
This customizer project contains several pre-built common switches to select from. These switches can be sourced from Amazon, Walmart automotive, and also old PC power supplies switches.
Two customizable switch profiles are included to allow you to custom design the Rectangle & Round switches for your project to match any parts you have on hand! Each of the four switches are individually selectable and customizable. Explore the options!
Also, each rectangular or round customizable switch is easily repositionable & rotated on the face of the box. Just use the sliders!
A wiring diagram is provided to assist with the wiring of this box. Please do not take any short cuts. This box stores enough power to cause electrical shock or fire hazard. Please be careful, be safe.
By following the wiring diagram in this project, it is possible to charge this box from your vehicle' 12V accessory socket using a power cable with two 12v accessory plugs.
Print in PLA or ABS for a strong durable power module.
Use 16 gauge wire
Use terminal connections to make wiring simple.
The 10A / 15A circuit breakers can be found in old APC battery backup UPS devices.
- Changes to the project page.
- Fixed notes and text for easy reading and clarification.
Jan 4, 2017
- Changes to the drop down switch library lists in customizer
- added measurements to drop down switch lists
- re-ordered the switch drop down lists to locate Customizable profiles to the top of the list
- expanded size range for Customizable round switch.
Jan 3, 2017
- Cleaned up the top face section borders.
- Cleaned up positioning for pre-built switches.
- Cleaned up positioning of USB and DC port parts.
- Cleaned up positioning of circuit breakers.
- Added customizable round switch option.
- Added slider for vertical positioning of USB and DC accessory parts.
- Improved range of positioning for user customized switches.
- Set all customized switches to ORANGE colour for ease of identification.
- Fixed customized switch centering so that they rotate correctly.