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Forum: D-I-Y Projects 09-30-2022, 11:45 PM
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Posted By IkemanTX
Way too large and easy to see on public land, my...

Way too large and easy to see on public land, my cameras would be seen from a hundred yards away. If I was on private, though, I would pick something like that up in a heartbeat.


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Forum: D-I-Y Projects 09-21-2022, 11:57 AM
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Posted By IkemanTX
I finally deployed my battery only packs in the...

I finally deployed my battery only packs in the field with a couple cameras this past week. I never did get around to sponge painting them, so hopefully being over a mile from the parking lot, and...
Forum: D-I-Y Projects 04-02-2022, 04:07 PM
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Posted By IkemanTX
Permanent Trail Cam Power

Well, I have left the camera on max settings in the back yard for 72 hours. We have 2 dogs that are constantly back there, and one of them is a GSP that runs continuous laps around the yard. That has...
Forum: D-I-Y Projects 03-31-2022, 04:55 PM
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Posted By IkemanTX
My typical set up is with the camera at about 12...

My typical set up is with the camera at about 12 feet up, and I will be placing the solar panel about 3 feet above that. This is just set up in the back yard to see how hard I can push the battery...
Forum: D-I-Y Projects 03-30-2022, 12:46 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,861
Posted By IkemanTX
Well. I couldn’t wait until clear skies. The...

Well. I couldn’t wait until clear skies. The storm moved mostly past, so I put one up. I have a couple cords on order specifically for these 2 solar boxes that will be sponge painted to match, so...
Forum: D-I-Y Projects 03-30-2022, 12:44 PM
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Views: 5,861
Posted By IkemanTX
Permanent Trail Cam Power

These smaller boxes are for public land where the size of a normal SLA battery isn’t conducive to concealment…


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Forum: D-I-Y Projects 03-30-2022, 09:07 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,861
Posted By IkemanTX
Permanent Trail Cam Power

They are going to be sealed with a silicon based adhesive. I had originally thought of doing a small screw in each corner, but they would have to be so small, I doubt they would have added any...
Forum: D-I-Y Projects 03-28-2022, 07:13 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,861
Posted By IkemanTX
I have been flying 5 days a week for work, so...

I have been flying 5 days a week for work, so progress is CRAWLING on this project. But, after this paint job all I have left is assembly!

...
Forum: D-I-Y Projects 03-23-2022, 03:57 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,861
Posted By IkemanTX
The 3D prints came in, with 2 minor issues that...

The 3D prints came in, with 2 minor issues that were entirely my fault. I hadn’t noticed that 2 of my design components weren’t touching the main box when I merged the objects during exporting. The...
Forum: D-I-Y Projects 03-19-2022, 10:01 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,861
Posted By IkemanTX
I haven’t had any problems with wire chewing yet....

I haven’t had any problems with wire chewing yet.
I’m guessing I could spray them down with ghost pepper oil to slow them down if it becomes a problem.


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Forum: D-I-Y Projects 03-19-2022, 09:58 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,861
Posted By IkemanTX
So, the BMS (battery management system) boards...

So, the BMS (battery management system) boards finally arrived from China, so i assembled a couple of the lithium battery only packs.

They worked like a charm.
...
Forum: D-I-Y Projects 03-05-2022, 09:21 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,861
Posted By IkemanTX
Just realized I never updated this… The...

Just realized I never updated this…

The first round of boxes had too much warping from temperature changes during the print cycle. Life got pretty busy, so the project got out on hold for a while...
Forum: D-I-Y Projects 12-26-2021, 10:41 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,861
Posted By IkemanTX
Well, a little progress… The 3D printed...

Well, a little progress…

The 3D printed boxes are in texas finally. My brother’s station with the Air Force was changed so they pieces he printed were packed away until he came through for the...
Forum: D-I-Y Projects 11-19-2021, 08:30 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,861
Posted By IkemanTX
Try number 2. It sure is nice that my brother has...

Try number 2. It sure is nice that my brother has a live stream camera on his printer so i can watch.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20211118/67e7ed670ec233015c38c903031d5967.jpg


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Forum: D-I-Y Projects 11-18-2021, 09:44 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,861
Posted By IkemanTX
A little bit of warping in the print, but the box...

A little bit of warping in the print, but the box looks to still be useable. My brother thinks he didnt get the best bed adhesion. The garage that his printer is in isn’t heated, and they had a...
Forum: D-I-Y Projects 11-18-2021, 07:31 AM
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Views: 5,861
Posted By IkemanTX
I woke up early this morning and checked the...

I woke up early this morning and checked the webcam my brother has on his printer…. I see my box!!

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20211118/941ac9c42d979783fa221ebe1bd838a8.jpg


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Forum: D-I-Y Projects 11-17-2021, 05:34 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,861
Posted By IkemanTX
Amazon has a bunch to choose from. In the...

Amazon has a bunch to choose from.
In the original project, i cut one end off and soldered it onto the 12V regulator. On the “Gen 2” version, there will be a female socket soldered into that spot,...
Forum: D-I-Y Projects 11-16-2021, 12:08 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,861
Posted By IkemanTX
Permanent Trail Cam Power

So, i have iterated a little further along on the Gen 2 solar battery path…

I resized the box after i modeled up a 10 cell AA pack for size reference and settled on a specific solar panel. I...
Forum: D-I-Y Projects 11-15-2021, 07:18 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,861
Posted By IkemanTX
Permanent Trail Cam Power

Okay… i cant decide if i am going to do a public land sized version of this instead of just the battery packs. I found a really small 1.5 watt 12 volt solar panel that would work.


I modeled up...
Forum: D-I-Y Projects 11-15-2021, 12:43 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,861
Posted By IkemanTX
Permanent Trail Cam Power

The size, mostly. This area has some seasonal flooding, so i wanted the battery mounted up where the camera is as opposed to on the ground.

Also, i was hoping to get the package small enough to...
Forum: D-I-Y Projects 11-15-2021, 11:13 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,861
Posted By IkemanTX
The regulator is more so that the solar panel...

The regulator is more so that the solar panel doesn’t fry the camera when in full sun. I know some of the cheaper solar panels can run way over on voltage in full sun days.


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Forum: D-I-Y Projects 11-15-2021, 10:19 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,861
Posted By IkemanTX
Permanent Trail Cam Power

I blew out my ankle this year just before my season started and haven’t been able to swap batteries or pull cards on any cameras.

Most cameras will be dead (or memory cards full) by now, as i run...
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