Put on the protective eyewear. Cut three pieces of wire, and strip each wire of 1/2 inch of insulation at each end. Using the electrical pliers, attach one end of the first wire to the negative terminal on the battery. Attach the other end of the first wire to the negative terminal on the solar cell assembly.
Connect one end of the second wire to the positive battery terminal. Connect the other end of this wire to the cathode lead (which is marked with a line) on the diode, and solder this connection.
Connect one end of the third wire to the anode lead on the diode. Solder this connection. Connect the other end of the third wire to the positive terminal on the solar cell assembly.
Things You Will Need
- Protective eyewear
- Secondary cell (rechargeable) battery
- Photovoltaic (solar) cell (equal voltage to the battery)
- 1N4001 diode
- Electrical wire
- Electrical pliers
- Soldering iron
- Electronic (rosin core) solder
- A blocking diode will allow a very small current (less than one milliamp) to flow across it when it is in a reverse-bias state. While the blocking diode does not completely eliminate all current flow through the charging circuit when the solar cells are inactive, it does provide the battery sufficient protection against reverse current flow.