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  1. Strip the ends of all wires, including the Battery Holder.
    • Strip the ends of all wires, including the Battery Holder.

  2. Solder the Diode to the + (Positive) solder point on the solar cell. Note: The Diode has a black bar on it.  That side is soldered to the Red wire, and the non black bar side is soldered to the solar cell. Solder the Red wire to the other side of the diode.
    • Solder the Diode to the + (Positive) solder point on the solar cell.

    • Note: The Diode has a black bar on it. That side is soldered to the Red wire, and the non black bar side is soldered to the solar cell.

    • Solder the Red wire to the other side of the diode.

    • Cute excess Diode leg lengths.

  3. Twist the Red Solar Cell wire together with the Red wire from the Battery holder.
    • Twist the Red Solar Cell wire together with the Red wire from the Battery holder.

  4. Solder the Red wires to the Positive terminal on the USB Circuit. Solder the Red wires to the Positive terminal on the USB Circuit.
    • Solder the Red wires to the Positive terminal on the USB Circuit.

  5. Solder the loose Black wire to the Negative side of the Solar Cell.
    • Solder the loose Black wire to the Negative side of the Solar Cell.

  6. Twist the Black Solar Cell wire together with the Black wire from the Battery Holder. Solder the Black wires to the Negative terminal on the USB Circuit. Solder the Black wires to the Negative terminal on the USB Circuit.
    • Twist the Black Solar Cell wire together with the Black wire from the Battery Holder.

    • Solder the Black wires to the Negative terminal on the USB Circuit.

  7. Move the white switch back towards the Negative terminal.  (That sets the USB circuit to the "on" position.) Clip the red and white LEDs off the USB Circuit.  They're not used in this project. Clip the red and white LEDs off the USB Circuit.  They're not used in this project.
    • Move the white switch back towards the Negative terminal. (That sets the USB circuit to the "on" position.)

    • Clip the red and white LEDs off the USB Circuit. They're not used in this project.

  8. The rechargeable AAs may be dead, charge them up quickly with a wall AA charger. In a pinch, use regular AAs for a quick test.  NEVER try and solar charge regular AAs.
    • The rechargeable AAs may be dead, charge them up quickly with a wall AA charger.

    • In a pinch, use regular AAs for a quick test. NEVER try and solar charge regular AAs.

    • When in doubt, try a different USB device.

    • While an Altoids tin works well, it is metal and conductive.

    • Using a $1 Store plastic food container or cheap wooden box is always a good solution.

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