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Jun. 17th, 2004 | 01:28 am

While I was talking to my girlfriend I ended uptrying to see if there was a way I could use a laptop under jewish shabbat rules. The rules say that you can't use electricity because someone has to work to produce it, so I asked what if one was using a solar powered laptop? She bet me that I wouldn't actually be able to produce a solar powered laptop.

I think I know how to do it, solar panels + voltage regulator + battery charger + batteries.

I ordered the high capacity and ultra bay battery for my laptop, I'm curious as to how long it'll last on one charge. I should either figure out how to mount the panels I have now, or possibly pick up some of flexible panels that I can more easily hang in my window.

Probably the biggest problem for me is trying to figure out where I can attach the panels.

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from: bolowolf
date: Jun. 17th, 2004 06:36 am (UTC)

I would love to hear how that works out. I have some friends around here who might be interested in trying to make solar power work, but they're too scared to try it out first. It would be neat just to know you could get solar power to run your laptop and what kind of differences, if any, there are with battery charge. Good luck!

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from: alienghic
date: Jun. 17th, 2004 09:26 am (UTC)

The ctsolar one seems to be the most affordable, I wonder how sturdy it is.

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from: neko_san
date: Jun. 17th, 2004 04:27 pm (UTC)

on the other hand... i have some friends who had shoes with those little flashing lights for their under-5 daughter; they had to buy some plain shoes for her to wear when visiting hyper-religious relatives so that they wouldn't complain that making the lights blink was work and thus broke shabbat. i don't know if that was from the electricity stored in the batteries or the pressing of a switch; the impression that i had was that the pressing of the switch was forbidden. i'd imagine that pressing keys on a keyboard would also be considered "work" under those rules. it all depends on which rabbi you follow...

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