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Jeffrey Yago, P.E., Guest Contributor

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Power Your Jobsite Cordless Tools with this DIY Solar Charging Station

Posted by Jeffrey Yago, P.E., Guest Contributor

Jan 23, 2016 4:23:00 PM

The key is to skip the inverter and power directly from 12-volt batteries.

Solar-powered charging stations for building sites are long overdue. One reason they're not dotting the shelves of your local box store is that tools have different batteries and are typically set up with their own power adaptors to go from A/C to the onboard DC battery in the tool. And as you're about to learn, from engineer Jeff Yago, " powering 120-volt AC power tools requires a 1,500 to 3,000-watt inverter and very heavy battery bank." In other words, it's just not practical. What is practical? You're about to find out, in this great article, reprintede with permisssion from Backwoods Home Magazine.—Editor

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