Hey everyone,I just wanted to hear some input on an idea i have been having. Would it be possible to add in a few solar cells to a quadcopters frame along with a simple recharge curcuit as seen …Continue
"That would definitely be possibly if you used something like the charging pads they have for phones and the like now a days...it would really have to be stepped up in power to achieve anything like the current chargers we have now but I could see…"
"Solar might have a place with drones though. You could build a solar power landing pad. The idea would be to have a solar power station charging batteries in the landing pad. The drone would land and charge from the solar fueled…"
"What I'm telling you is that feeding maybe 500 milliamps of solar power into a 80+ amp system is of no practical use.
A 5'x5' solar panel puts out about 2.75 watts of power in full sun. 2.75 watts @ 12v = 0.229…"
"@jake...I was talking about more of recharging the batteries with solar while they ran the aircraft....if only to increase flight times of battery powered flight by 15 or 20 minutes...I doubt there are any solar panels small enough to fit on an RC…"
"The power to weight doesn't really come into play. The amount of power you can generate from even a relatively large solar panel is completely insignificant to the power required.
Solar would fail even if it was weightless. You…"
"Thanks Eddie. After doing a little more digging i discovered the same thing. The power output to weight ratio (if you wanna call it that) just isnt good enough for this application. Hopefully, something is developed in the future and becomes cheap…"
"I'm far from an electronics expert, but the general consensus from similar threads in the past has always been that carrying the weight of the solar cells uses more power than they generate.
Although this plane seems to have…"
Hey everyone,I just wanted to hear some input on an idea i have been having. Would it be possible to add in a few solar cells to a quadcopters frame along with a simple recharge curcuit as seen here? If flying during a sunny day do you think it would provide for longer flight times? Would lipos be ok with this sort of set-up? Any thoughts would be helpfull. Thanks guys!!See More