How to Charge a Redstone Energy Cell with Solar Panels

If you’ve been following our blog for a while, then you’ll know that we’ve been covering solar power for a while now. One of our favorite ways of generating electricity is with solar power panels. While it can be fun to play with the different apps that make up the ‘solar kit’, and learn about the different ways you can use solar energy to charge your phone, smartwatch, and other devices, there is a downside to having so much fun with solar power. Namely, if you run out of juice before the end of the day, you’ll have to cease all of your electronic devices and head out to the garage to recharge (and, let’s face it, it gets cold and dark quite early).

Fortunately, those dark days are behind you. Thanks to a couple of brilliant minds who came up with a way of storing the extra electricity generated during the day. Enter the Redstone Energy Cell. (If you’ve never heard of it, don’t feel bad; neither had we until recently).

What is a Redstone Energy Cell?

A Redstone Energy Cell is simply a small, round device that stores electricity, much like a battery. But whereas a battery has to be charged and will gradually lose its charge over time, a Redstone Energy Cell can be charged over and over again. Additionally, because they are able to store electricity, Redstone Energy Cells can be used to provide short-term bursts of energy when needed. (Think car ignition systems or small drones that have a limited amount of battery life).

This is particularly useful if you are living or camping in remote locations where there is no access to standard electricity supply. Storing energy in a small package like a Redstone Energy Cell is also extremely convenient if you’ve got a group of people living in a forest or other remote area and want to keep everyone entertained and energized during evening hours. (Imagine the look on the guards’ faces when they realize your group of adventurers has tricked them and turned on the lights.)

Redstone Energy Cells are also a great option for anyone who is frequently out and about during the day, whether you’re a professional or an amateur adventurer. Storing energy on the go is much easier and more convenient with Redstone Energy Cells. (We’ll discuss how to carry out this feat in just a bit).

Where Can I Buy Them?

Depending on where you live, the process of buying a Redstone Energy Cell can be a bit different. In some countries, including the UK and Canada, it is fairly easy to find these devices. Most regular supermarkets and electronic stores will have at least one option in stock (if they don’t already have a comparable product on sale).

In other countries, such as the U.S. and Australia, you may have to search a bit harder. (Though, this is changing slowly as electronic stores and supermarkets are starting to carry them too). If you want to buy one of these power storage devices online, then try heading to one of the major online retailers that also sell electronic goods. Alternatively, you could try contacting the company directly via email to see if they have any in stock at the moment or will be receiving any later on. (You can find both of these methods of purchase mentioned above).

How Do They Work?

The way that Redstone Energy Cells work is by storing electricity in the form of chemical energy (much like a battery). When the chemical energy is used up, the cell must be re-energized by receiving either more electrical current or the same current but at a higher voltage. (The higher the voltage, the more energy it will store).

This energy is also lost in the form of heat. So to keep the stored energy at a reasonable level, you need to ensure that the cell is cooled down to a certain temperature. (For more information, check out this helpful HowStuffWorks article). Basically, this means that you can’t just leave the cell anywhere; you need to position it so that it is not directly exposed to the sun. (Unless you want to waste all of your stored energy in the form of overheating – and we don’t recommend this).

The great thing about Redstone Energy Cells is that they don’t require very much maintenance. As long as they are not being exposed to extreme temperatures (both hot and cold) and have received sufficient charge to operate normally, they will perform just fine. Additionally, because they don’t have any moving parts (and therefore are less likely to break down), they will last much longer than normal batteries. (Some models even have a shelf life of up to 25 years).

Why Are They Called Redstone Energy Cells?

In 17th century England, people began using redstone ore to make decorative stones and garden ornaments that sparkled in the sunlight. However, these colorful stones were difficult to mine and work with, especially since they had to be collected one by one. (It was also hard to determine how much polish each piece needed, as they all varied in color).

In order to facilitate easy and efficient mining, these decorative stones were incorporated into buildings and structures as a way of adding a little bit of color and glam to the location. (Think: colored glass in windows or stained-glass paintings on the walls).

Due to this functional side and the fact that they were pretty, people began calling these decorative stones ‘redstone’. Even today, many people – particularly those in the UK – still call these pieces of rock ‘redstone’. So, in a way, this nickname is quite fitting.

How Can I Customize My Redstone Energy Cell?

If you’re not happy with the design of the Redstone Energy Cell, then don’t worry – you can customize it to suit your needs. Usually, this involves taking a standard model and either removing parts of it or replacing them with other materials.

The great thing about Redstone Energy Cells is that the parts that you do have access to are relatively easy to replace. If you’re looking to add some pizzazz to your device, then all you need is some hot glue or other forms of adhesive and an extra button, LED, or other small component. (This is also a great way to repair broken devices or prototypes).

If you’re looking to create a more efficient or a more environmentally conscious device, then check out these efficient solar power toys that we’ve mentioned in the past! (They also make for great party favors or gift ideas).

Do They Have Any Cons?

While there are many advantages to having a Redstone Energy Cell, there are also a few downsides. Like any other power storage device, the life expectancy of a Redstone Energy Cell is directly proportional to how much you use it. (After all, they consume energy just like any other device).

Also, because of their size, it’s a bit harder to carry around large amounts of them. Unless you want to invest in a messenger bag or other such a device, you’ll probably want to keep these items in your home or office to avoid any problems. Finally, if you’re planning on storing a significant amount of energy, then you may want to consider investing in an additional cooling system. (Just keep in mind that the more electricity you throw at it, the faster it will heat up).

Overall, if you’re looking for an easy and reliable way to store and use electricity without needing constant maintenance, then you can’t go wrong with a Redstone Energy Cell.

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