Many seemingly useless or forgotten things can be used as the core for numerous DIY projects. However, in this article, we will be focusing on DC 12 volt car batteries. This item is fairly easy and cheap to get, and can power a lot of DIY electrical projects that are not only fun as heck , but also practical and useful.
A car battery can be useful both in its dead/depleted state and active state. However, for the sake of this discussion, we will only be focusing on active and working batteries. Without further ado, here are five awesome DIY ideas that makes good use of a working DC 12 volt car battery.
You can power any 12-volt robot with an active car battery, but of course, the size of the robot must be proportionally bigger than the battery itself. After all, for robots, bigger is better, right? So it won't be a problem.
Many resources are available to start building your robot, and we have compiled some of the notable ones that will be useful for different levels of experience:
A very cool video about robot building from RoyPe'er.
After you covered the basics, your robot design should only be limited by your own imagination. Don't forget to send us a coverage of your DIY car battery-powered robot.
If a group of small kids can build an electric racing car using 2 car batteries, surely you can do it!
This Instructables article covered how they built a racing car that can reach 30-40 MPH, not bad considering how cheap the materials are.
Here are some other notable similar guides and articles that might inspire you in the project:
Interested? Another group of students even built a better electric car than Tesla back in 2014.
You can make a portable lighting for many kinds of use. Portable lighting for photography, camping, or emergency lighting comes to mind.
Here are a few examples you might use as an inspiration.
Basically, any 12-Volt light bulbs can be powered with the 12-Volt car battery.
Now, this is a cool one. You can transform your car battery into a portable solar power generator.
Solar Burrito discussed the process in great detail, complete with components, inverters, and all the supplies you need for under $150.
A few other similar projects for comparison:
Although not technically a project, you will need a way to recharge your car battery, or else it will not be usable after a while. Thus, this one will be useful for all other projects listed in this article.
Here are a few notable guides we found:
DIY projects are fun, and can be a great way to exercise your creativity.
Don't forget to share your great ideas and DIY success stories with us; we will be glad to cover it here.
Once your project is set up, we recommend going green. Can be done easily by using a small solar panelto charge the 12V battery battery (aff.)
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