DIY Solar Projects

How to Put the Sun to Work in Your Home
Author: Eric Smith
Publisher: Cool Springs Press
ISBN: 1589236033
Category: House & Home
Page: 160
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Advances in solar technology have made many DIY-friendly products available to consumers, several of which will be hitting the market for the first time in 2011. These include solar water heaters, solar battery charging stations, solar powered lights, photovoltaic shingles that provide supplementary electricity, solar heat pumps, and solar panel kits that generate primary home electrical service. Among the step-by-step projects is a solar water heating system you can build and install yourself for under $1000; simple thermosyphon solar heat collectors for barns and outbuildings; or "heat grabbers" that you can fabricate for $50 in materials and position below a south-facing window to provide auxiliary winter heat.

DIY Solar Projects - Updated Edition

Small Projects to Whole-home Systems: Tap Into the Sun
Author: Eric Smith
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 1591866642
Category: House & Home
Page: 192
View: 7964
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Learn how to make your own solar-powered appliances and additions to your home with this updated edition of DIY Solar Projects! Put the sun to work in your home with the new, expanded edition of the popular 2011 title DIY Solar Projects. Like the original, this edition offers small-scale, achievable solar projects that homeowners can build and install themselves. From cooking in solar ovens to mounting solar panels on your roof, this book teaches how to take advantage of solar energy. It's all possible with relatively small investments and minimal DIY building experience. You'll learn how to make: - Tool trailer with available AC-power (directly from the sun) - Solar systems for marine crafts - Solar-powered security light - Solar water heater - Solar hot-air collector window mount - Solar lumber kiln - Solar battery charging station - And more! With clear instructions, tips, and step-by-step color photos for each project, this book takes the intimidation out of DIY solar builds. For those with more ambitious solar power plans, this updated edition contains information on outfitting your home with solar electricity collection systems and integrating them into your primary power supply system. Excitement about home solar energy is exploding, and DIY Solar Projects: Updated Edition sheds light on how you can get involved immediately. This book also offers an extensive resource guide with links to tax-reducing, subsidy, and support programs on both a national and state-by-state level. With high energy costs and an environment that demands cleaner fuel sources, now is the time to introduce new, cost-saving solar projects into your home.

DIY Solar Power

How to Power Everything from the Sun
Author: Micah Toll
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780989906715
Category:
Page: 135
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Are you a hands on person? Do you prefer making things yourself? Are you ready to power everything - from your devices to your home - with solar energy? If so, then this book is for you! We'll cover everything you need to know about solar power. From understanding all of the components that go into solar powered projects to choosing the right solar panels and even building your own solar panels, this book teaches you everything you need to know about custom solar powered systems and creations. Learn about topics from small scale solar powered projects like portable phone chargers all the way up to large off-grid and grid-tied home solar power systems, and even mobile solar power for RVs and other vehicles and boats.

Solar Power Your Home For Dummies


Author: Rik DeGunther
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470873656
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 408
View: 4723
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The bestselling alternative energy reference book in NorthAmerica—now in an updated edition Want to take advantage of solar power in your home? Whetheryou’re looking to save on your energy costs by adding a fewsolar components or you want to build a solar-powered house fromthe ground up, Solar Power For Dummies, 2nd Edition takesthe mystery out of this energy source and shows you how to put itto work for you! This new edition gives you hands-on tips and techniques formaking your home more energy-efficient though solar power—andhelping the planet at the same time. Plus, you’ll get all thelatest information on changes to federal, state, and localregulations, laws, and tax incentives that seek to make solar-poweradoption more feasible. Expanded coverage of the technology that underpins full-scalesolar-power systems for the home New small- and mid-sized solar products, projects, andapplications Rik DeGunther is a design engineer who started his own energyconsulting firm Featuring ten of the easiest and cheapest DIY solar projects,Solar Power For Dummies, 2nd Edition is the fun and easy wayto meet your energy needs with this clean power source!

DIY Solar Power Bank Charger

Generate Your Own Power: (Solar Power, Power Generation)
Author: Prepper Sam
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781983957024
Category:
Page: 28
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Getting Your FREE Bonus Download this book, read it to the end and see "BONUS: Your FREE Gift" chapter after the conclusion. DIY Solar Power Bank Charger Generate Your Own Power With electric bills going through the roof, there are a lot of reasons to seek alternative means of electricity. This book focuses on the most clear cut solution to this age old problem. It's clear cut because its staring us right in the face every time we go outside! Of course, I'm talking about the sun. And this DIY guide allows you to take full advantage of it through the use of a solar power bank charger that can be relied upon for all of your energy needs for a long time to come. Many have already purchased readymade solar bank chargers for exorbitant fees from online distributors, hoping the investment will pay itself back in the long run. But even so, you don't have to fork out your hard-earned money at all, when you can just make it yourself! Outlined in easy to understand methods and strategies this book can show just about any budding DIY solar enthusiast how they can make solar power a reality in their own home. This book highlights all the steps of solar power production, from tackling the very concept of solar power, all the way down to what type of solar cells should be used in a solar panel. The projects that are presented in this guide provide step by step detail, on how to assembly and use a wide variety of solar power bank chargers. Whatever it is that you are looking for, this book has you covered. Follow along with us as we build you a future free of your energy woes! Read further to find out how you can: Harness the power of the sun Make your own Solar Powered Device Use Less Electricity Save Money And More! Download your E book "DIY Solar Power Bank Charger: Generate Your Own Power" by scrolling up and clicking "Buy Now with 1-Click" button!

DIY Solar Bank Charger Collection

How to Use Solar Power: (Power Generation, Off Grid Power)
Author: Prepper Sam
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781986139717
Category:
Page: 52
View: 6412
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Getting Your FREE Bonus Download this book, read it to the end and see "BONUS: Your FREE Gift" chapter after the conclusion. DIY Solar Bank Charger Collection: How to Use Solar Power Book 1. DIY Solar Power Bank Charger: Generate Your Own Power With electric bills going through the roof, there are a lot of reasons to seek alternative means of electricity. This book focuses on the most clear cut solution to this age old problem. It's clear cut because its staring us right in the face every time we go outside! Of course, I'm talking about the sun. And this DIY guide allows you to take full advantage of it through the use of a solar power bank charger that can be relied upon for all of your energy needs for a long time to come. Many have already purchased readymade solar bank chargers for exorbitant fees from online distributors, hoping the investment will pay itself back in the long run. But even so, you don't have to fork out your hard-earned money at all, when you can just make it yourself! Outlined in easy to understand methods and strategies this book can show just about any budding DIY solar enthusiast how they can make solar power a reality in their own home. This book highlights all the steps of solar power production, from tackling the very concept of solar power, all the way down to what type of solar cells should be used in a solar panel. The projects that are presented in this guide provide step by step detail, on how to assembly and use a wide variety of solar power bank chargers. Whatever it is that you are looking for, this book has you covered. Follow along with us as we build you a future free of your energy woes! Read further to find out how you can: Harness the power of the sun Make your own Solar Powered Device Use Less Electricity Save Money And More! Book 2. DIY Solar Bank Charger: Build Your Own Mini Power System Welcome to DIY Solar Bank Charger: Build Your Own Mini Power System, a DIY book specifically meant to teach you how a Solar Bank Charger works and how you can build your own. Navigating the information surrounding Solar Power can feel like a foggy mess and one of the many clusters of foggy information out there is on how you actually build the Solar Bank Charger that connects your solar power to your power grid. This book is designed to bring the knowledge of how it works, how you should design yours, and a basic build of how to build one of your own. In the first chapter, we will go over what a Solar Bank Charger is along with a few other details, such as: Why you may or may not want to have a Solar Bank Charger Whether a Solar Bank Charger or a Solar Battery Charger is more appropriate for your situation How having an electrical grid that consumes more receives more benefit by running off a Solar Bank Charger The second and third chapter revolves around electricity and the batteries themselves. Inside of these chapters, you'll learn some basic electrical mathematics and how to connect batteries via serial and/or parallel methodologies. We'll also cover the two primary types of batteries in use by most that set up Solar Power Grids and a little tip on whether resistance is something you need to calculate for. In the final chapter, we'll be building the Solar Bank Charger itself and this includes: A General guide on how Controllers work and how to hook most of them up A construction guide on building your bank and how to store them A few tips and tricks on how to maintain your Solar Bank Charger to make your life easier This book is meant to fully but only cover Solar Bank Chargers, how they work, and how you can build your own.

Sun Tracking and Solar Renewable Energy Harvesting

Solar Energy Harvesting, Trough, Pinpointing and Heliostat Solar Collecting Systems
Author: Gerro Prinsloo,Robert Dobson
Publisher: Gerro Prinsloo
ISBN: N.A
Category: Computers
Page: 489
View: 4320
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Free to download eBook on Practical Solar Tracking Design, Solar Tracking, Sun Tracking, Sun Tracker, Solar Tracker, Follow Sun, Sun Position calculation (Azimuth, Elevation, Zenith), Sun following, Sunrise, Sunset, Moon-phase, Moonrise, Moonset calculators. In harnessing power from the sun through a solar tracker or solar tracking system, renewable energy system developers require automatic solar tracking software and solar position algorithms. On-axis sun tracking system such as the altitude-azimuth dual axis or multi-axis solar tracker systems use a sun tracking algorithm or ray tracing sensors or software to ensure the sun's passage through the sky is traced with high precision in automated solar tracker applications, right through summer solstice, solar equinox and winter solstice. Eco Friendly and Environmentally Sustainable Micro Combined Solar Heat and Power (m-CHP, m-CCHP, m-CHCP) with Microgrid Storage and Layered Smartgrid Control towards Supplying Off-Grid Rural Villages in developing BRICS countries such as Africa, India, China and Brazil. Off-grid rural villages and isolated islands areas require mCHP and trigeneration solar power plants and associated isolated smart microgrid solutions to serve the community energy needs. This article describes the development progress for such a system, also referred to as solar polygeneration. The system includes a sun tracker mechanism wherin a parabolic dish or lenses are guided by a light sensitive mechanique in a way that the solar receiver is always at right angle to the solar radiation. Solar thermal energy is then either converted into electrical energy through a free piston Stirling, or stored in a thermal storage container. The project includes the thermodynamic modeling of the plant in Matlab Simulink as well as the development of an intelligent control approach that includes smart microgrid distribution and optimization. The book includes aspects in the simulation and optimization of stand-alone hybrid renewable energy systems and co-generation in isolated or islanded microgrids. It focusses on the stepwise development of a hybrid solar driven micro combined cooling heating and power (mCCHP) compact trigeneration polygeneration and thermal energy storage (TES) system with intelligent weather prediction, weak-ahead scheduling (time horizon), and look-ahead dispatch on integrated smart microgrid distribution principles. The solar harvesting and solar thermodynamic system includes an automatic sun tracking platform based on a PLC controlled mechatronic sun tracking system that follows the sun progressing across the sky. An intelligent energy management and adaptive learning control optimization approach is proposed for autonomous off-grid remote power applications, both for thermodynamic optimization and smart micro-grid optimization for distributed energy resources (DER). The correct resolution of this load-following multi objective optimization problem is a complex task because of the high number and multi-dimensional variables, the cross-correlation and interdependency between the energy streams as well as the non-linearity in the performance of some of the system components. Exergy-based control approaches for smartgrid topologies are considered in terms of the intelligence behind the safe and reliable operation of a microgrid in an automated system that can manage energy flow in electrical as well as thermal energy systems. The standalone micro-grid solution would be suitable for a rural village, intelligent building, district energy system, campus power, shopping mall centre, isolated network, eco estate or remote island application setting where self-generation and decentralized energy system concepts play a role. Discrete digital simulation models for the thermodynamic and active demand side management systems with digital smartgrid control unit to optimize the system energy management is currently under development. Parametric simulation models for this trigeneration system (polygeneration, poligeneration, quadgeneration) are developed on the Matlab Simulink and TrnSys platforms. In terms of model predictive coding strategies, the automation controller will perform multi-objective cost optimization for energy management on a microgrid level by managing the generation and storage of electrical, heat and cooling energies in layers. Each layer has its own set of smart microgrid priorities associated with user demand side cycle predictions. Mixed Integer Linear Programming and Neural network algorithms are being modeled to perform Multi Objective Control optimization as potential optimization and adaptive learning techniques.

Solar Rooftop DIY: The Homeowner's Guide to Installing Your Own Photovoltaic Energy System (Countryman Know How)


Author: Mike Sullivan
Publisher: The Countryman Press
ISBN: 1581575335
Category: House & Home
Page: 256
View: 5419
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The do-it-yourself guide for converting your home to solar power Solar energy is clean, efficient, sustainable—and expensive. Or is it? Many homeowners simply assume that the cost of solar panels is out of their reach, but in reality, the technology is quickly becoming attainable for the middle class. Rather than leasing panels from one of those home solar startups (and letting them reap the financial benefits), why not join the thousands who are doing it themselves? In Solar Rooftop DIY, sustainable energy expert Mike Sullivan offers five design plans—ranging from a few simple panels to a complex, roof-covering array—for building a rooftop PV energy system for any home. Each plan has clear and detailed step-by-step photographs showing the installation process. Many of them require no additional labor—just a few days' commitment for the average weekend warrior. With energy costs only set to increase in the future, now is the time to make the switch to solar and start selling power back to the grid.

Careers in Renewable Energy, updated 2nd edition

Your World, Your Future
Author: Gregory McNamee
Publisher: PixyJack Press
ISBN: 1936555522
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 192
View: 9142
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Numerous job opportunities can be found in the fast-growing field of renewable energy. Grab this handy book and discover how clean energy can be a part of your future, whether you are new to the workforce or retooling your career. Career Sectors include: Solar & Wind Energy, Geothermal Energy, Hydropower, Bioenergy, Green Building & Energy Management, Hydrogen Energy & Fuel Cells, Green Transportation, and Energy Education & Economics. Job Areas include: Technical / Engineering, Project Management / Consulting, Research & Development, Sales & Marketing, and the Trades. Helpful resources include: Training & Workshops, Universities & Trade Schools, Professional Associations / Technical Societies, Reference Web Sites, and Government Energy Programs.

DIY Projects for the Self-Sufficient Homeowner

25 Ways to Build a Self-Reliant Lifestyle
Author: Betsy Matheson
Publisher: Creative Publishing International
ISBN: 1589235673
Category: House & Home
Page: 160
View: 6466
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"Step-by-step, how-to projects for home rain collection, solar panels, food storage, solar energy systems, eco-friendly improvements, bee keeping, and more"--Provided by publisher.

DIY Solar Heater

Build and Use a Solar Air Heater for Less Than You Think: (Energy Independence, Lower Bills & Off Grid Living)
Author: Michael Smart
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781541109841
Category:
Page: 24
View: 7872
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Getting Your FREE Bonus Download this book, read it to the end and see "BONUS: Your FREE Gift" chapter after the conclusion. DIY Solar Heater Build and Use a Solar Air Heater for Less than You Think If you are in need of a new way to maintain heat this winter, you shouldn't look any further than solar power heating. In order to avoid an electric or gas bill that goes through the roof, a solar power heater could end up saving you a lot of money. Utilizing the power of the sun to heat your home is one of the best things that you could ever do. This book teaches you like never before how you can free yourself from those overbearing utility companies and be completely independent from the grid. Learn like never before how you can find an alternative means of heating, and how you can build your own DIY solar panel. This book takes you from the ground level, explaining every detail of how you can employ solar power to heat your home. Along with conveying a basic understanding of the mechanics behind solar heating, this book also provides the details for several specific solar heating projects, giving you step by step instructions how to create them. These projects include window box heaters, portable solar air heaters, and even a solar water heater. This is a no nonsense guide that gets right down to the nuts and bolts of solar power heating! Buy this book to find out more! Learn how to: Create an alternate source of energy Heat your home more efficiently Survive the cold winter Be free from your utilities And much more! Download your E book "DIY Solar Heater: Build and Use a Solar Air Heater for Less than You Think" by scrolling up and clicking "Buy Now with 1-Click" button!

DIY: How to Make a Solar Oven

Do It Yourself Solar Cooker Science Fair Ideas for Kids, Cheap and Easy Projects for Adults, Campers, the Survivalist, Frugal Living, and Just about Anyone
Author: Sharon Buydens
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781515302049
Category:
Page: 96
View: 800
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Sharon Buydens first served on the Board of Directors as Secretary and newsletter editor for the El Paso Solar Energy Association (www.espea.org) starting in 1989 (under her previous name). After learning about passive solar home design, and teaching workshops, attending events, promoting solar on Earth Day committees, she designed and built a passive solar straw bale house in Nebraska. Upon returning to El Paso in 1999 she became EPSEA's Project Manager for three bi-national and EPA grants to install solar water distillers in border colonias, and was first female EPSEA President in 2001. Today Sharon writes books and teaches others about the many practical aspects of solar energy.

Urban Homesteading

Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living
Author: Rachel Kaplan,K. Ruby Blume
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1626368503
Category: House & Home
Page: 304
View: 2416
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The urban homesteading movement is spreading rapidly across the nation. Urban Homesteading is the perfect "back-to-the-land" guide for urbanites who want to reduce their impact on the environment. Full of practical information, as well as inspiring stories from people already living the urban homesteading life, this colorful guide is an approachable guide to learning to live more ecologically in the city. The book embraces the core concepts of localization (providing our basic needs close to where we live), self-reliance (re-learning that food comes from the ground, not the grocery store; learning to do things ourselves), and sustainability (giving back at least as much as we take). Readers will find concise how-to information that they can immediately set into practice, from making solar cookers to growing tomatoes in a barrel to raising chickens in small spaces to maintaining mental serenity in the fast-paced city environment. Full of beautiful full-color photographs and illustrations, and plenty of step-by-step instructions, this is a must-have handbook for city folk with a passion for the simple life.

DIY Satellite Platforms


Author: Sandy Antunes
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
ISBN: 1449310605
Category: Science
Page: 69
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Want to build your own satellite and launch it into space? It’s easier than you may think. The first in a series of four books, this do-it-yourself guide shows you the essential steps needed to design a base picosatellite platform—complete with a solar-powered computer-controlled assembly—tough enough to withstand a rocket launch and survive in orbit for three months. Whether you want to conduct scientific experiments, run engineering tests, or present an orbital art project, you’ll select basic components such as an antenna, radio transmitter, solar cells, battery, power bus, processor, sensors, and an extremely small picosatellite chassis. This entertaining series takes you through the entire process—from planning to launch. Prototype and fabricate printed circuit boards to handle your payload Choose a prefab satellite kit, complete with solar cells, power system, and on-board computer Calculate your power budget—how much you need vs. what the solar cells collect Select between the Arduino or BasicX-24 onboard processors, and determine how to use the radio transmitter and sensors Learn your launch options, including the providers and cost required Use milestones to keep your project schedule in motion

Solar Age


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Solar energy
Page: N.A
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Homesteading Crafts

DIY Projects to Be Free from Water and Electricity Systems and Woodworking All Homesteaders Need to Do
Author: Good Books
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781981736812
Category:
Page: 252
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Homesteading Crafts: DIY Projects To Be Free From Water And Electricity Systems And Woodworking All Homesteaders Need To Do Do you wake up every morning dreading the daily gauntlet of work and the monotony of life? You may feel that you have no option as you have so many commitments which need to be honored. Fortunately this is not the case! You can change your life and the first step revolves round eliminating your debts. This book will guide you through how to achieve this and to prepare yourself for the homestead lifestyle. Are you in pain everyday but not sure what to do about it? Have you exhausted all the traditional medications provided by your doctor? Then you are in the same position as many others. Whether you are looking to become fully self sufficient or simply to have more control over your life choices; this book will show you how it is possible. You can achieve your dreams much quicker than you think but you need to commit today! This means adjusting the way you look at life and getting tough with your finances. The result will be worthwhile! This book provides you with: Book 1: DIY Mini Shed: Illustrated Tutorial On Building Small But Roomy Shed In Only $40! Book 2: Fence Building: Nice Looking DIY Fench Building Projects That Won't Make You Broke Book 3: No Debts Living: DIY Wood Fired Hot Tub Book 4: Off-Grid Living: Learn To Cool Down And Stay Comfortable Without Air Conditioner Book 5: How To Dig A Well: Reach Water Self-Sufficiency While Homesteading With Step-by-Step Guide On Well Drilling Book 6: Self-Watering Garden: 10 DIY Self-Watering Garden Systems To Keep Your Plants Fresh Despite The Weather Book 7: Off-Grid Internet: Set Up Your Own Internet Connection + 5 Ways To Stay Connected Without Electricity Book 8: Solar Power: Start For Beginners: How To Setup Your Personal Solar Power System And Supply Your Home With Electricity Book 9: DIY Solar Charger For Electric Car: Learn To Install Own Solar Panel Charger To Power Your Car Download your E book "Homesteading Crafts: DIY Projects To Be Free From Water And Electricity Systems And Woodworking All Homesteaders Need To Do" by scrolling up and clicking "Buy Now with 1-Click" button!

Diy How to Build a Solar Water Distiller

Do It Yourself Make a Solar Still for Distilling Water Without Electricity Or Water Pressure
Author: Sharon Buydens
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781517216689
Category:
Page: 128
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Build a solar water distiller yourself to purify water without electricity or water pressure.

Practical Projects for Self-Sufficiency

DIY Projects to Get Your Self-Reliant Lifestyle Started
Author: Chris Peterson,Philip Schmidt
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 1591865956
Category: Gardening
Page: 160
View: 8022
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In Practical Projects for Self-Sufficiency you'll find 30 well-selected projects to help you develop and grow your self-reliant lifestyle. This book shows you how with beautiful photos and complete plans with construction drawings. Projects are organised

iPhone 3G


Author: Giesbert Damaschke
Publisher: Pearson Deutschland GmbH
ISBN: 9783827242976
Category:
Page: 182
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Hacking Electronics: An Illustrated DIY Guide for Makers and Hobbyists


Author: Simon Monk
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
ISBN: 0071802371
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 304
View: 1125
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Bring your electronic inventions to life! "This full-color book is impressive...there are some really fun projects!" -GeekDad, Wired.com Who needs an electrical engineering degree? This intuitive guide shows how to wire, disassemble, tweak, and re-purpose everyday devices quickly and easily. Packed with full-color illustrations, photos, and diagrams, Hacking Electronics teaches by doing--each topic features fun, easy-to-follow projects. Discover how to hack sensors, accelerometers, remote controllers, ultrasonic rangefinders, motors, stereo equipment, microphones, and FM transmitters. The final chapter contains useful information on getting the most out of cheap or free bench and software tools. Safely solder, join wires, and connect switches Identify components and read schematic diagrams Understand the how and why of electronics theory Work with transistors, LEDs, and laser diode modules Power your devices with a/c supplies, batteries, or solar panels Get up and running on Arduino boards and pre-made modules Use sensors to detect everything from noxious gas to acceleration Build and modify audio amps, microphones, and transmitters Fix gadgets and scavenge useful parts from dead equipment