Hack An IKEA Solar Lamp To Charge An iPad

Hack An IKEA Solar Lamp To Charge An iPad

In the past we’ve covered how to turn the inexpensive Ikea Sunnan solar lamp into a solar display case and today we have a hack from electronics manufacturer Voltaic Systems to turn the same lamp into a solar charging station for an iPad or other power-hungry phone or tablet.

This hack is actually three mini-hacks rolled into one — Voltaic shows how to replace the low-capacity rechargeable batteries in the lamp’s battery pack with larger batteries, mod the lamp to accept additional external solar panels, and adding a modified Minty Boost charging circuit to allow devices to pull up to one amp of electricity.

When these three mini-hacks are combined you will have upgraded a novelty lamp into a robust charging station that can charge smart phones and tablets much more quickly than the tiny solar panel included on the lamp. This project will require around $US50 and is accessible for beginner electronics hobbyists who know how to solder.

Mod the IKEA Sunnan to Charge an iPad 2 [Voltaic Systems]

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