Germanium Diodes vs Schottky Diodes

A project log for Indoor Light Charged Power Supply

Open source, easy-to-build Power supply charged by ambient indoor light to power low power micro-controller projects and an external device.

DennisDennis 07/04/2018 at 14:220 Comments

In the comments, Martin suggested using Schottky Diodes vs Germanium.  They both have a low forward bias, and both would work.  After searching for both types of diodes, the Schottky Diodes are much more widely available and at a lower price.  The main goals of the project is to keep it as low priced as possible and make it as easy as possible for anyone to build and use in their own project, so I think it is a great idea to switch the design to use Schottky Diodes.  The details and diagram have both been updated to use Schottky Diodes.