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Solar Computer Fan

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mlm1965, Aug 22, 2009.

  1. mlm1965

    mlm1965 Out Of The Brooder

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    I was wondering how hard was it to hook a computer fan to the sloar panel and where do I get the parts. I am a little slow about things like this, but would like to try it on my little 4x4 house that I have now!

    Thanks for any help you can provide!
     
  2. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm Premium Member

  3. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

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    Ya, it should be pretty straight forward. Most solar panels produce about 12 volts and have just enough amps to spin a standard computer fan (most of which are 12 volts).
     
  4. Scott

    Scott Ozark Bantams

    Apr 11, 2007
    Southeast Missouri
    I'm trying to do the same thing, but need a little more power. So I'm watching on ebay for a solar panel, dc/ac inverter, and a 12v battery. I am hoping that with this I can power a fan in the summer and a ceramic or glass heat bulb in the winter. The chickens dont seem to mind the cold in winter, but during the coldest days their water freezes. Ideally, I'd like to produce just enough heat to keep the coop always above freezing in the winter, so I dont have worry about freezing water. I'm not sure if I can get it to work tho (i.e. produce enough energy to power a heat bulb in winter). Time will tell...
     
  5. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm Premium Member

    Ditch the inverter. It will cost you energy an money you can save by just useing a 12V DC bulb.
    Get this, wire it to the battery an just drop it in the waterer. It should use less than half the power that your solar cell makes so your battery should stay charged an it should keep the waterer from freezing.
     
  6. 2txmedics

    2txmedics Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2009
    Manvel Texas
    Came on this post, am lost, what are you all trying to do? I thought it was a fan for a bator...set up...since I got mine at radio shack for 8.00, and then I read heat....and winter....

    Can I ask, as Im alreadying trying to think of winter here in texas and my chickens.
     
  7. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm Premium Member

    One is wanting to put a solar fan in there coop. The other also wants a solar heater for there waterer.
     
  8. Scott

    Scott Ozark Bantams

    Apr 11, 2007
    Southeast Missouri
    Quote:I'm not sure the light would hold up under water. Would it? My hope was to keep the temp inside the coop above freezing. The inverter would allow me to use all kinds of devices... fan in summer, heat bulb in the winter, etc. You are right, however, that if that little diode light could keep the water unfrozen, it would certainly use less energy than a heat bulb. I'm just not sure you could keep that under water without it eventually failing. I dunno tho...
     
  9. 2txmedics

    2txmedics Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2009
    Manvel Texas
    ohhh, well both sound good...[​IMG] I was wondering on how much more I can cool my babies...right now they have there coop, all the way across the front of the coop...they have an opening, and that is where they roost at night...also on the sides of the coop...I have big doors to gather the eggs, the doors are the size of I would say almost a car door without the window part...does that make sense...[​IMG] and I put up chicken wire, so when its hot...I prop the doors open to air out the coop.

    There not in there in the daytime...only to lay...but at night I dont leave those doors open...for fear of predators...but am wondering about winter, etc...and there water and keeping it warm. my coop pic. is in my tag at the bottom labeled
    MY BEAUTIFUL BABIES.
     
  10. Scott

    Scott Ozark Bantams

    Apr 11, 2007
    Southeast Missouri
    Thats a nice looking rooster. White as can be...
     

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