I recently learned how to use a multimeter to determine if something was broken or not. For some reason, that started a huge crazy desire in me to learn about electronics and how they work. I think I've always been interested, but never knew where to start. I found some good web pages that introduce electronics in simple terms. Here is a link to one of them.
When I first started to think about electronics, I got immediately obsessed with the idea of using solar power to power items in my home. It turns out all you need is a 12 volt battery (the kind you use in a car or boat), some solar panels, and a couple extra things to regulate the charge and to change the power into standard A/C. Wowee! That was a huge revelation! That got me even more excited, and now I am on a electronics binge while i try to learn everything I can about it.
So, I ordered about 20 bucks worth of parts, and I am currently in the process of building my own solar powered battery charger. Its a small project. It will charge 4 AA batteries. The project is on hold while I wait for a multimeter that I ordered off the internet to arrive.
Details about how to build a solar powered battery charger are soon to come. Stay tuned. We will see if it works....