Introduction

Due to excessive use or damage, the efficiency of the solar panel will slowly decrease over time. Once that time has come, this guide will aid you on replacing a damaged or inefficient solar panel using the existing power cord.

  1. Open the case by pulling the back tab  toward you in a downward motion.
    • Open the case by pulling the back tab toward you in a downward motion.

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  2. Unscrew the two Phillips #2 5mm screws that hold the power cord in place.
    • Unscrew the two Phillips #2 5mm screws that hold the power cord in place.

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    • Use the flat-end of the spudger to pry off the clamp which holds the cord down.

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    • Use the soldering iron to melt down the solder on each terminal by holding the tip of the iron against the solder until it becomes liquefied.

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    • Gently pull the leads free from the terminals. If they do not easily separate from the terminals, repeat Step 4.

    • Now any solar panel of appropriate Voltage rating can be used to charge the device by soldering the wire leads to the new panel. Try to find a panel with similar specifications to avoid overloading the battery.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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