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Solar Development Kit with TI BLE (DEV-BLE-TI)

Solar Development Kit with TI BLE
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The Solar Development Kit with TI BLE extends the TI CC2650 Sensortag Bluetooth and data collection by integrating energy harvesting and flexible solar. This complete energy harvesting solution is capable of operating in dim indoor environments when using our Indoor Light panels, and outdoors using the Classic Application panels.


This development kit is designed to be fully customizable. DevPack and JTAG connectors are present for debugging and adding TI DevPack plug-in modules. All IO pins can be accessed via a 10 pin female header so that external sensors can easily be added. The current onboard sensors can be disconnected by cutting solder bridges to allow access to all 10 IO pins.


Software development can be done using Code Composer Studio and Android Studio, which are both free to use. EAGLE PCB files are also provided.


Kit Contents

  • DEV-BLE-TI circuit board assembly

  • (2) LL200-2.4-75 Indoor Solar Panel with 6” leads

  • (2) ONP1.2-37x54 Classic Application Solar Panel with 6” leads

  • 60mAh rechargeable Li-Polymer battery

  • Instructions, hardware and software files, and product documentation


Panel Specifications

Indoor Series          


1000 lux:

  • 1.899mW

  • 0.904mA

  • 2.1V

200 lux:

  • 0.289mW

  • 0.181mA

  • 1.6V

Classic Application


100% Sun

  • 70mW

  • 50.8mA

  • 1.2V

25% Sun

  • 13.7mW

  • 11.4mA

  • 1.2V


System Diagram

Indoor Solar Development Kit with TI BLE Development Kit Diagram

Board Layout

solar development kit with ti ble board layout


Use Cases - Power Source For

Wireless connectivity is now standard in modern electronics and the growing IoT and sensing industries. Many applications in this area are very low power and can run completely off a solar energy harvesting solution.

  • BLE Beacons and Tags

  • Smart Windows and Shades

  • E-Paper Displays

  • Wireless Sensors

  • Telematics

  • Wearables

  • Smart Locks

  • Field and Herd Monitoring

  • Thermostats

  • Other Low Power Electronics



Wireless Sensing Unit

  • Pre-configured to measure light level, temperature, and battery level.

  • Adjustable data rate from 0.1 – 30 seconds. 

  • CC2650 Ultra-Low Power Simplelink Multi-Standard Wireless MCU.

  • I/O pin breakout.

  • User-friendly mobile application.

  • Supports Bluetooth Low Energy, ZigBee, 6LoWPAN and ZigBee RFCE.


Energy Harvesting Unit

  • BQ25570 Nano Power Boost Charger and Buck Converter.

  • Optimized for PowerFilm Indoor Light Series solar panels. 

  • Operational down to 200 lux and below. 

  • Artificial light collection.

  • Battery charging with over/under voltage protection. Compatible with Li-ion, LiFePO4, Thin-Film, capacitors, and supercapacitors.

  • Adjustable output voltage from 2-5 volts.

  • Open-source hardware and software.


Capacitor / Super Capacitor Storage Element Operation

The Basic Solar Dev Kit sub-circuit is capable of running and operating with a capacitor as the storage element instead of a rechargeable battery. The capacitor will maintain steady power to the system while light is available. 


Charge and discharge rate will be greatly affected by the size of the capacitor. If the capacitor is completely discharged (0V) the charge rate will be slower because the harvester chip is not yet fully functional. Figures

below show charge up times vs storage capacitance size for 0V-3V and 3V-4.2V. Capacitor must be rated for 6V or greater.


Board Configuration and Customization

The Solar Development Kit with TI BLE hardware is currently configured to charge a Li-Polymer type battery with max voltage of 4.2V and the output voltage set to 3.0V. The configuration can be customized by modifying SMT resistor dividers per the BQ25570 datasheet specifications which can be found under the “Additional Resources” section below.


Resistors OV1(2), OK1(2)(3), and OUT1(2) control the output voltage, charge configuration, and power management of the BQ25570 PMIC. Use the formulas below to determine appropriate 0603 package resistor values for your desired application. 


Output Voltage: VOUT = 1.21 * (R_OUT2 + R_OUT1)/R_OUT1

Charge Termination Voltage: VBAT_OV = 1.815 * (1 + R_OV2/R_OV1)

Low Voltage Load Disconnect: VBAT_MIN = 1.21 * (1 + R_OK2/R_OK1)

Load Re-connect Hysteresis: VBAT_MIN_HYST = 1.21 * (1 + (R_OK2+R_OK3)/R_OK1)


For best results the sum of each resistor divider should be as close too but not exceeding 13Mohms. VOUT cannot exceed VBAT, VBAT_OV cannot exceed 5.5V, and VBAT_MIN cannot be less than 2V.


IV Curves


Indoor Series

LL200-2.4-75 IV Curve


Classic Application

ONP1.2-37x54 IV Curve

*No international shipments for online purchases. Continental United States only. For delivery to other locations, please order via Digi-Key or Mouser.

Where To Buy

United States

Ships Internationally

Solar Development Kit with TI BLE (DEV-BLE-TI) at Mouser Electronics


Solar Development Kit with TI BLE Spec Sheet

Solar Development Kit with TI BLE Operation Guide

Solar Development Kit with TI BLE Quick Start Guide

IC (BQ25570) Data Sheet


Download DEV-BLE-TI Software & Resources Below

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