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 Post subject: Solar Powered DSLR?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:57 am 
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I am a newbie when in the DSLR trapping scene, and after running one this summer I had an idea. How feasible and cost effective would it be to add a solar panel to power my trap? I work on electric fence energizers for part of my day job, and some have solar panels. If someone trades in a non working unit (usually the internals are bad but the panel is just fine!) we usually just scrap them. The panels are anywhere from 5 watt up to 30 watt. Any input is welcome on how to do this. Ideally i would like to have it set for a month between card pulls.

Here is a couple pics i got this summer that I thought were kind of cool.

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 Post subject: Re: Solar Powered DSLR?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:02 am 
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I thought a this before but I realized having a battery pack was better and last at least a few month, maybe worth it for powering the flash but bringing more complicated system open for more problem specially in remote area!


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 Post subject: Re: Solar Powered DSLR?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:04 am 
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Yes, they can be used to keep component batteries topped off. Useful for long term time lapse, cellular, or video rigs where power demands are high. As Denis mentions, they are cumbersome and add complexity.

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 Post subject: Re: Solar Powered DSLR?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:26 pm 
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Nice shots! think for most sets, you don't need solar, since you can get a couple months out of non-externally powered camera and flashes if you keep false triggers under control. But if false triggers are a risk and you can't get to the set for long periods, it could come in handy. Or if you wanna use gear that doesn't have a standby function, like some of the mirrorless cams, especially some that have electronic shutters that can sync at fast shutter speeds and would be desirable....

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 Post subject: Re: Solar Powered DSLR?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:12 pm 
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I agree .. very very cool shots ..


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:04 am 
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Nice images and idea to repurpose scrapped solar panels. Keep us posted.


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