When I first ran across the “solar powered hand tools by Steve Lucas” site, I didn’t picture what he created in my mind. But the rig he built does look like it will work. It’s a pretty interesting project idea really. Steve describes the materials you will need to begin the project:
You will need to have a 12 volt dc or higher system, such as a Solar Panel setup with a 12 volt battery. You will also need at least one VersaPak Cordless Tool with charger from Black & Decker. It must be the kind that has a charger cradle with the power pack (transformer) wired separate from the charger. I’ve noticed that a lot of the new VersaPak Tools come with a new style charger that just plugs into the wall, we want the old style that has a cord.
He goes on to walk you through the connections needed to start benifeting from solar powered Black and Decker tools.
It might not be a good idea to start tearing through all your B&D tools just yet, but it might be cool if you want to try a useful solar experiment and want to shop a bit of eBay for the old style charger.
At any rate, it’s a good read for hardcore DIYers and hardware hackers.
Solar Powered Hand Tools [thefarm.org]