Solar roof

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The solar roof is a covering, fitted to the existing roof of your Bird Buddy feeder. It is connected to the camera module via a USB-C cable that is safely tucked under the exterior of the feeder to prevent any weather or water damage.

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Being a source of renewable energy, the solar roof will reduce the frequency of having to additionally charge Bird Buddy via the USB-C cable, since it provides a continuous charge during daylight. The charge from the solar roof is regulated by the built-in charging circuitry to make sure the battery is well protected from overcharging and optimized when plugged into the solar charger. With the solar roof installed, your Bird Buddy should operate for at least a week before it needs to be taken inside to be fully recharged. This is merely an estimation though, as the battery life will depend on your specific set-up and notification settings. You can read more about the effects on battery life here

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Dimensions and specifications

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The solar roof features:

  • A 6in x 3in premium monocrystalline solar panel
  • An integrated USB-C cable
  • A reversible design

 

Optimal charging conditions

The efficiency of the solar roof will depend on weather conditions and your individual setup. More sun exposure will of course provide more power, so the optimal charging times are during the day, between spring and autumn before the days get shorter. The solar roof should point toward the equator, so if you live in the northern hemisphere you want to point it south, and in the southern hemisphere, you want to point it north.

Installation instructions

  1. Align the solar roof add-on with Bird Buddy's roof and press together lightly until you hear a clicking sound which indicates that the solar roof is securely mounted.
  2. Pull the rear door handle to uncover the small opening at the top and then slide the entire rear window panel out of the main body of your feeder.
  3. Remove the duster from the top of the camera module to uncover the USB-C port and insert the USB-C charging cable which is a part of the solar roof.
  4. Reattach the rear window by sliding the panel back into the grooves and you're all set!

Cleaning and maintenance

The solar roof should be cleaned when it looks like it has accumulated dirt or dust. Clean with water and a mild detergent.

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