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When solar panel is well exposed to sunlight, about 9 volt dc available from the panel can be used to recharge

a 4.8 volt /600 mAh rated Ni-Cd batterypack. Here red LED (D2) functions as a charging process indicator with the help of resistor R1. Resistor R2 regulates the charging current flow to near 150mA. Assuming a 4-5 hour sunlit day, the solar panel (150mA current set by the charge controller resistor R2) will pump about 600 750 mAh into the battery pack. When power switch S1 is turned on, dc supply from the Ni-Cd battery pack is extended to the white LED (D3). Resistor R3 determines the LED current. Capacitor C1 works as a buffer. Note: After construction, slightly change the values of R1,R2 and R3 up/down by trial&error method, if necessary.

Solar Lantern Circuit Schematic