Solar Tracker Probe

I have a lot of solar panels of various sources. None of them are “in use” at the moment, but most of them have a dedicated project. One of my latest acquisitions has a nice set of casting defects from the ejection pins. I turn this one unit into a sensor probe and have it send positioning data to the rest of the fleet that I will inevitably eventually build.

 
 

Start

Turns out I did the thing again… the bad thing where I don’t get a “before I hacked this thing to pieces, here’s what it looked like!” picture thing… I found the original product picture so you can get a look at that.

Turns out it’s STILL ON AMAZON

I feel like lighting doesn’t stay in stock as long as some other home goods. The unit I have is at least 2 years old. The lights were junk, but somewhere I saved the barrel plugs and some decent wire lengths. I began the journey with some disassembly, originally just to replace the switch and the NiCD batteries. Upon removing the front cover I noticed that there were six ejection pin marks on the upper and lower portions of the cover. The pins were 1/4” diameter pins, and the idea struck me to drill out 4 of them and make an LDR based Solar Tracker.

 

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