On Saturday October 30th we had our debut show with
my new electro-rock act that I've been working on with a close
friend for a couple of years. My solo project
also performed at the event. We had an 8' tall animated dark angel
and stage lights, a couple of computers and a drumkit. If I wasn't
already using my Jackery power station for other purposes, everything
but the PA could have been solar, though I hope to get a more powerful
Jackery device in the near future.
I suppose there might have been a little bit of fate playing into
that night. We tripped the breakers 3 times at the show. Not a joke.
Perhaps everyone else should have een running on batteries backed by
the sun as well. It seems like the owners of Celestial where the
event was help would really dig that. They had a grey water and all
The lighting was powered by 7.2V 2600mAh lithium-ion batteries that were
charged with solar power. The nights were super bright RGB and capable
of any color and several strobing patterns. These can be set eiter
by controls on the back, or far more intuitively using your phone over
bluetooth. Both the lighting and batteries are listed in the amazon
link at the bottom of this article.
I haven't yet tested how long the lights will run for on a single charge.
Each light took two batteries and the lighting was super bright and was
on for at least 5 hours without a hick-up. I had initially forgotten the
batteries at home, and had given the promoter the baaXAD tteries to my Ring home
security system (oops) which is also completely solar-powered, since I plug
the charger into my Jackery power-station.
I've really been enjoying having so much of my gear running off of solar power.
It will be a little more convenient when I go buy one of the $500 batteries and
put a 300 watt solar panel out my window. I’m planning on putting the solar
cell on motors and having some code that automatically positions the cell in
the best location all day long to get the maximum amount of power. I’m going
to need to have my API going where I can point a webcam at the display panel
and have it automatically converted to text.
I'm going to order a power strip today that keeps track of power usage with
a python API. That means I’m going to be adding both rust and python to my
mini app system. I wasn't originally intending to implement so many languages
so quickly, but I’ll be useful. I’m sure python people will enough using nuget
and rust people will enjoy using npm.
I'm pretty excited about this because I'm going to be optimizing my distributed
processes not only for best performance but also for minimal energy usage.
I registered Solar Powered Cloud LLC yesterday as a corporation in the state of
Arizona. I'll be talking about this a lot in a video tomorrow.