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Solar USB 1.0

Solar USB 1.0


The Solar USB Kit, formerly known as the Altoids Solar USB Kit, is a simple DIY solar project designed to power small USB gadgets. The kit requires simple soldering skills and was designed to be used in a classroom or group setting.

Due to gadgets becoming larger, we recommend buying the updated Solar USB 2.0 version of the kit.

Currently there is one version of the kit, though you can choose to use a 4V or a more powerful 4.5V solar cell.  However the 4.5V solar cell will not fit inside an Altoids tin.  

Solar USB 1.0


Solar USB 1.0 Downloadable PDF

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Lesson Plans and Teaching Resources

As of this time there are no classroom resource for this project.