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A project log for Tiny Solar Energy Module (TSEM)

A 1 square inch PCB module with 2 tiny solar cells, a highly efficient Li-Ion charger and with 3.3V and 1.8V output

Jasper SikkenJasper Sikken 07/07/2018 at 19:012 Comments

This module can be SMD soldered onto to a PCB, but it could also be placed on 0.1" male pin headers and plugged into a bread board. I had some concern about the strength because the PCB is just 0.6mm thick and so I tested it. 

Aftter soldering I plugged the board many times onto a bread board. After 20 times it still felt rigid and so I conclude it is strong enough for most users. 

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Jasper Sikken wrote 07/07/2018 at 21:38 point

You are right, but for some people low height is important and they will choose for smt soldering. I am glad both is possible.

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K.C. Lee wrote 07/07/2018 at 21:18 point

It is more useful to have headers because when you mount this onto an existing board using the SMT pads, the area under cannot be used for components.  With headers, this board can be lifted above the tallest components on the main board.

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