As the title suggests, I'd like to power a Dropcam without laying new wire in our community garden (code enforcement makes wiring a headache). When I wired my Raspberry Pi to work off solar power it was easy because I was only going to be using it in sunlight and if it turned off I would simply turn it back on. With the Dropcam, though, the intent to is to keep an eye on everything at night and weekends with as minimal interruption as possible.
After using my Pi setup as a base and reading this post, I'd like to confirm with you guys that something like the following is sufficient for my needs. Is it too much? Too little? I'm in Santa Monica, Ca so there's typically plenty of sun. According to the diagrams I've seen, this area gets about 6-6.5 sun hours daily, which seems more than enough to me to power a small USB device.
Specs on the Dropcam:
Input: 50/60Hz 0.5A
Wifi: 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz (not sure if this has any influence)
12V/12aH deep cycle battery (e.g., this)
50 watt panel (e.g., this)
Charge controller (e.g., this)
Inverter (e.g., this)
Forgive me if this question has been answered. I've browsed the questions here and attempted the calculations, but it can be overwhelming for someone whose only experience with electrical products resulted in a zap or two ;)
Edit: I'm also open to any other suggestions! I'm not married to solar, so if there is a simpler, cheaper, or more viable solution feel free to share.