dSolar


#1

I have installed the dexter.ev3b file into my ev3 for education software. I would like to have students keep a running log of how much energy the solar panel is putting out over time. I am not altogether sure where to find the energy consumption sensor block.

Is it the energy meter block that I should use?


#2

Hello istrait,

There is no way to monitor the input with the dSolar.

The manual for the dSolar and its setup and use is here: http://www.dexterindustries.com/manual/lego-mindstorms-sensors/dsolar/

The dSolar provides power to the EV3, but does not provide a monitor for how much power it’s supplying to the EV3.

If you want to monitor this, you might think about a few ways you could do it, including putting a voltmeter in parallel with the dSolar circuit.


#3

OK… I assumed there was a block as there was one for the NXt on this page

Gonna go start playing now…


#4

Sorry for any confusion!

The block we developed for the old NXT should measure voltage, but that’s not a really great proxy for energy unless you know the amperage consumption. There’s not a great way to do that with the NXT or EV3.