Solar panel power supply

10 Feb 2017

Note: This information is provided as a reference and does not imply that Juniper Systems will provide full support for the use of any specific third-party charging accessory with a Juniper Systems product.

A solar panel can be used to charge spare batteries (recommended) or to possibly directly charge the rugged handheld computer while in remote field locations. The solar panel charger should meet the specifications listed below:

Note: The solar panel can be attached directly to the rugged handheld's power port (DC jack) to charge the currently inserted battery, but fluctuations in the power supplied by solar panels (determined by time of day, clouds, etc.) can cause the handheld to turn on whenever the power fluctuates significantly. It is recommended to use our 12-32VDC Power Conditioner or operate a legacy Allegro Field PC model in Vehicle Mode (as explained in the User Guide) if directly attached to a solar panel.

Several vehicle-mounted and hand carry options are available. A few portable options are listed below:

For more information about solar power options, see Can't Get to an Outlet? Solar Charge Your Rugged Handheld

Recommended Configuration

It is preferable to use an external battery charger (travel charger) with the solar panel. The external battery charger comes with a vehicle auxiliary power outlet (cigarette lighter port) adapter, which can connect directly to the cigarette lighter attachment of the solar panel. Also, using an external battery charger allows you to carry two or more batteries and swap the batteries each morning, leaving the depleted battery to charge using the solar panel. For more information about purchasing an external battery charger, please contact our Sales Department.

Original article from 21 May 2012