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Solar-powered wheelchair (not as bad as you think)

Donald Melanson, @donmelanson
September 1, 2006
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Australian Bob Triming wasn't satisfied with the power output of his electric wheelchair, so he did what anyone (with mad DIY skillz) would do, and rigged up an elaborate solar-power system to it -- stickin' it to the man while squeezing out an extra 30 minutes of power on sunny days. The rig consists of a pair of 20-watt solar panels that deliver the 24 volts required by the wheelchair, which, when not in use, can be detached or double as a handy umbrella. Of course no DIY project would be complete without LEDs, which Bob's got covered by tricking out the side and rear of the chair with a couple non-power-hungry lights to improve visibility. Thankfully it appears that the enhanced ride will still function just fine as a regular electric wheelchair, so you don't have to be worried about Bob getting stranded when the sun refuses to cooperate.

[Via The Raw Feed]



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