Solar Powered Radio
Im trying to rig up a solar powered radio. The info on my radio is 120V 60Hz and 65 Watts. I have a small motorcycle battery I was hoping to use.
Is it as easy as connecting my radio and the solar panel to the battery?
What size/rating of a panel will I need? Is there other equipment/hardware I will need?
I really appreciate any and all help you guys can provide!!
you will need the following
A small solar panel probably without calculating in the 60W range depending on how long you want to run the radio.
A charge controller to regulate battery charging. 5A PWM should do it
An inverter Preferrably a pure sine wave with a rated capacity of 100W
A slightly larger battery somewhere in the 50H range preferrably at least a deep cycle
So to add all that up
60W panel $ 200.00
Charge controller $45.00
Inverter $ 100.00
Total $ 420.00
I do not think the radio in question uses 65 watts. It might tif it is a 50 year old tube radio.
Originally Posted by Jonesy
No modern radio consumes more that 5 watts in receive mode, and will not even come close to 65 watts average if it has a transmitter.