I need some help with a circuit that I'm trying to build for an engineering class. We are making these solar cars to practice soldering, and most people just used solar but I want to make it better. My plan is to add rechargeable batteries to it, so that the solar panel will charge the batteries. I don't know too much about electronics components and circuits, so I need some help.
I currently have
- 1W, 6V, 167mA solar panel (I also have 2 cheap 1v panels)
- 1N4001 diodes
- 5v motor
- 4 AA 1600mAh NiMh batteries
However, I am not limited to these. I have a Radio Shack available to me.
I drew a picture of how I suppose it should look. I got a lot of the info from this article. One concern I have is, will the 6v from the solar panel destroy the batteries? Would capacitors work in place of that? Also, where would the ideal place to put the switch be?
Any help is appreciated, thank you!