First assembled table with solar power
The solar array was mounted to the 4" steel pole and inserted into the table and base pedestal. Outlets were added. Now the Power Module needs to be added in order to see everything work together.Read more
First solar array is fabricated
Today the first solar array was constructed by Alex using custom designed solar panels. The first support structure was significantly over-designed and construction was very time consuming.
ShadeCharger prototype built with production components
The second generation ShadeCharger prototype was built using the initial manufactured components. The unit was mounted on the backside of a solar panel module that provided charging current for the battery.
Battery capacity and Battery Management System function were verified using mutiple heat lamps as the electrical load. These tests revealed the need to change both the charge controller and power inverter.Read more
Initial prototypes in the lab
The initial prototype of the Anytime Battery was the genesis of the ShadeCharger concepts. The initial prototype used prismatic lithium batteries and simple MPPT charge controller.Read more
First picnic table delivery
The first concrete picnic table was custom build for ShadeCharger is being delivered. It weighs more than 2000lbs, built from a custom concrete mixture, cast over a large steel rebar frame.Read more