solar panel for project price

What is the Solar Panel For Project Price? They take advantage of one of nature most powerful and free resource, sunlight. They are currently one of the most popular green energy and are being used everywhere like our houses. However, those are bigger solar panels which are around 65 x 39 inches in size. There are also Mini solar panels which are much smaller and also simple to use which allow them to be used almost everywhere like our own DIY projects. Some examples of mini solar panels application are in calculators, watches, etc. Through this blog, you will learn about:

  • How do Mini Solar Panels Work?
  • Best Mini Solar Panels for DIY projects
  • Tips to get the most out of your Mini Solar Panel
  • Project ideas to get you started

With further ado, let us jump right in to our first point!

How do Mini Solar Panels work?

  • Similar to regular solar panels, they absorb sunlight as a source of energy for them to generate electricity through their Photovoltaic Cells. They transfer absorbed energy to the semiconductor which creates an electric field and delivers voltage and current which is then measured in watts (W).
  • Most mini solar panels either use a monocrystalline silicon solar panel, polycrsystalline silicon solar panel or a thin-film solar panel to generate solar power from sunlight.
  • A thin-film solar panel are made by solar cells that have light absorbing layers and much smaller than a standard silicon panel which allows it to be light.
  • Monocrystalline panels are created from a single continuous crystal structure compared to polycrystalline which are made of many fragments of silicon together to form the wafers of the panel.
    • Monocrystalline solar panels are more efficient than polycrystalline solar panels but are more expensive.

Best Mini Solar Panels

You may think that getting a mini solar panel may cause a hole in your wallet but no! Here at Seeed, our Mini solar panels range from the most expensive solar panel at only $39.90 and the cheapest at $1.95! Surprised? I am too! Here at Seeed, we offer 3 types of mini solar panels to suit your projects:

  • Portable, Efficient Mini Solar Panels
  • Thin Film Flexible Mini Solar Panel
  • Mini Solar Cloth

Solar Panel For Project Price

Portable, Efficient Mini Solar Panels

0.5W Solar Panel 55X70 ($1.95)

  • Finding for a cheap, efficient and portable mini solar panel? Well, our 0.5W Solar Panel 55X70 will be a perfect fit for you to build your outdoor project!
  • Our 0.5W Solar Panel 55×70 is not only value for money, standing at 55x70x3mm and weight of only 17g it is also portable and easy to carry around!
  • This mini solar panel is made of single-crystal material (monocrystalline) that performs high solar energy transformation efficiency at 17%.
  • Even though its really mini, with a high efficiency monocrystalline solar panel, it is able to provide enough power for your DIY projects.
  • It also has a fine resin surface which makes it waterproof and a sturdy back suitable for outdoor environments. A 2mm JST connecter is attached to the penal, which makes it perfect to team up with most of our can-use-solar-power-supply boards, like our Seeeduino microcontroller series, Lipo Rider charging boards series and XBee carrier WSN products series.
  • The typical open circuit voltage is around 5V, depending on light intensity. In bright summer days with a clear sky, the peak OC voltage can rush up to 10V.
  • Not what you are looking for? We also offer 5 similar Mini Regular Solar Panels products that differ just in size and power:
    • 3W Solar Panel 138X160 ($11.95)
    • 2.5W Solar Panel 116X160 ($9.95)
    • 2W Solar Panel 80X180 ($7.95)
    • 1.5W Solar Panel 81X137 ($5.95)
    • 1W Solar Panel 80X100 ($3.95)

For your convenience, we made a table comparing all of our regular mini solar panels so you can easily pick one that suits your project!

SizeEfficiencyVoltage at Peak PowerCurrent at Peak PowerWeightPrice
3W Solar Panel 138*160160x138x2.5mm16%5.5V540mA104g$11.95
2.5W Solar Panel 116*160160x116x2.5mm15%450mA90g$9.95
2W Solar Panel 80X180180x80x2.5mm17%360mA69g$7.95
1.5W Solar Panel 81*137137x81x2.5 mm16%270mA48g$5.95
1W Solar Panel 80*100100x80x2.5mm15.5%170mA33g$3.95
0.5W Solar Panel 55*7070x55x3mm17%100mA17g$1.95

Thin Film Flexible Mini Solar Panels

2V 1W Thin-film Flexible Solar Panel ($13.50)

  • Our Thin-film flexible mini solar panel is built on an ultra-thin backsheet which can be installed in a curve of up to 30 degrees.
  • It is packaged with durable, high light transmittance ETFE film and fast curing EVA film.
  • Utilizing the latest flexible solar cell technology we offer a new solution to your battery charging needs and you no longer require a flat surface for mounting your solar panel.
  • This allows a lot of makers to be able to build their outdoor products with the lightweight and flexible solar panel.
  • Some features of this thin film flexible solar panel are:
    • Chainable
    • Waterproof
    • Lightweight
  • We also offer a similar thin-film flexible mini solar panel which differs just in size and power:
    • 2V 0.5W Thin-film Flexible Solar Panel ($7.50)

For your convenience, we made a table comparing all of our thin film mini flexible solar panels so you can easily pick one that suits your project!

SizeVoltagePowerConversion RateWeightCell typePrice
2V 1W Thin-film Flexible Solar Panel165x38x0.5mm(with edge 195x58x0.5mm)2V1W
10%
29g
Three junction of flexible amorphous

silicon thin film solar cells
$13.50
2V 0.5W Thin-film Flexible Solar Panel186x78x0.5mm(with edge 208x78x0.5mm)0.5W18g$7.50

Mini Solar Cloth

5W CIGS Solar Cloth

  • This thin-film solar panel is made of CIGS material which is very flexible.
  • It performs 14% solar energy transformation efficiency which is much higher than that of other thin-film solar panels.
  • In addition to its high efficiency, our solar panel is build on an ultra-thin back sheet which can be rolled 360 degrees and are built with special ETFE film which is durable and high light transmittance.
  • Some features of this 5W CIGS solar cloth are:
    • Waterproof
    • Lightweight
  • We also offer 2 similar products that differ just in size and power:
    • 2.5W CIGS Solar Cloth ($18.90)
    • 1.25W CIGS Solar Cloth ($9.90)

For your convenience, we made a table comparing all of our thin film mini solar cloth so you can easily pick one that suits your project!

SizeVoltageOpen-Circuit VoltagePowerCurrentWeightPrice
5W CIGS Solar Cloth350x170x1mm5.3 V6.7V5W

950 mA
56g$39.90
2.5W CIGS Solar Cloth180x170x1mm2.6V3.1V2.5W41g$18.90
1.25W CIGS Solar Cloth180x90x1mm1.3V1.7V1.25W14g$9.90

Tips to get the most out of your Mini Solar Panel

Here are a few tips to make sure your Mini Solar Panel is functioning effectively and efficiently!

  • Keep your mini Solar panel away from water if possible as it can cause cloudy solar panels where water vapour water are present inside your solar panels
  • Avoid scratching your Solar Panel
  • Remove plastic transparent film off your Solar panel (if there is)
  • Clean surface off any residue or dust if any!

Mini Solar Panel Project Ideas

So now you got your very own solar panel, what are some things that you can do with it? Do not worry as we got you covered with some project ideas for your solar panels!

Power an Arduino in 4 Steps with your Mini Solar Panel

What do you need?

  • Any of our Regular Solar Panels, Thin Film Flexible Solar Panels or Solar Cloth
  • A Li-Pol battery
  • Solar Charger Shield V2.2
  • Seeeduino V4.2

Instructions

  • Connect the Solar panel and the Li-Pol battery in their designated places in the solar charger shield as shown in the figure below:
  • Place the solar panel under sunlight or filament bulbs and ensure that the charging (Red) light glows as shown in the figure below:
  • When the battery is fully charged, the red light will turn green.
  • You can then mount the shield on to the Seeeduino. As you power up the solar charger shield, it should power up the Seeeduino.

DIY Portable Mini Solar Panel Phone Charger

What do you need?

  • Any of our Regular Solar Panels, Thin Film Flexible Solar Panels or Solar Cloth
  • Old Phone USB charger
  • Phone charger cable
  • As this project will require soldering and mounting, you will require a:
    • 60W Soldering Iron – 110V
    • Mini Hot Glue Gun

Instructions

  • Strip your old phone USB charger and retrieve the USB charger circuit inside. The circuit needs to be a step-up or a step down regulator for it to work with the solar panel.
  • Solder charger circuit to the solar panel
  • Mount the USB charger circuit to the solar panel with a hot glue gun
    • Take note that USB port should not be protruding out and the USB circuit should not touch any other leads on the solar panel!
  • And you’re done! Just connect your phone USB wire to the USB port and plug it into your phone and it should be charging!

Summary

Still do not know what type of mini solar panels will suit your project? No worries! We have constructed a table to compare between the 3 different types of solar panels where you can identify their differences and pick the best fit mini solar panel for your project!

Power RangeTypeFlexibleWater ProofEfficiencyCost
Regular Solar Panels0.5W, 1W, 1.5W, 2W, 2.5W 3WMonocrystalline siliconNoYes1stLowest
Thin-Film Flexible Solar Panel0.5W, 1WThin FilmYesYes3rdHigh
Solar Cloth1.25W, 2.5W, 5WThin FilmYesYes2ndHighest

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