Solar Electricity for BlackBerry Storm

Solar Electricity for BlackBerry Storm in Uganda
I think Uganda uses 220, however truthfully I am not positive because the electronic devices I have work both ways. The electricity went off about 24 hours ago and just came back on, it was a good experience for me, I got to play with my two solar panels.

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Ishaka, Uganda
East Africa
Thursday, May 7, 2009

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Solar Panel in window of Park House Hotel in Ishaka, Uganda

I have two solar panels, I have never used them, I have been carrying them for just this type of occasion.
“Did they work?”
“No.”

However, maybe I learned enough today to whereby the next time the electricity goes off I will be prepared. I am rather lazy, or possibly I am effective, I do not cloud up my brain with extra information, I learn when there is a need. The acuteness of a problem motivates me to apply myself and learn, therefore today the subject was Solar Panels.



The goal is to create a 12 Volt off the electrical grid system, this panel has 10 AA 1.2 volt batteries and the output I hope is 12 Volts.

This is the solar panel, my friend Hot Springs Freak Chris purchased for me when was in Africa last time. I think the system cost less than 75 dollars because I gave him strict guidelines, a backpacker would be crazy to pay more than 75 dollars for these toys. I cannot find a brand name on the solar panel; the company does not seem to what a free plug from users like me.



10 AA Battery Pack, Cigarette Lighter Adapter, and the BlackBerry Storm, this appears to be a good combination. The probably today was the Batteries were not already charged; therefore, it would not power the BlackBerry in real time. I need to leave this in the window to charge for a day or two to be prepared.

Problems:

1. There is no LED light or any notification that the solar panel was working. Luckily, there is a light on the cord of the auto adapter cord of the BlackBerry that proved there was electricity.

2. I cannot charge the 10 pack of batteries directly from normal on the grid power; it appears this requires me to use solar.

3. I have no way of knowing when the battery pack is fully charged.

4. I should have had two or three BlackBerry batteries; I only have one and should have found a way to charge outside the BlackBerry Storm.

Solutions:

1. It appears I need to buy voltage meter to test this equipment.

2. Pay 2000 for roundtrip ticket to the USA, get two BlackBerry batteries and come back.

Notes:

1. The solar panel without battery storage is close to worthless.

2. When it rains, the electricity tends to go off; there is almost no sun today.

3. I need to study and make a charging system for the 10 pack of AA batteries; Solar is truly ineffective in compared to normal electricity.

4. I also should be able to charge this 10 pack of batteries from an automobile cigarette lighter or all the power of a motorcycle.

5. The Battery of a BlackBerry Storm with heavy use last about 5-10 hours, and a Computer last about two hours.

6. I may be able to charge my BlackBerry from the USB port of the computer, however may be tricky.

I hope that BlackBerry sells a ready out of the package solar system for less than 100 US Dollars.

Blackberry, - Mobile Office, - Computer, - Electricity

Solar Electricity for BlackBerry Storm in Uganda

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