I'm working on a project that includes an ESP8266 (requires 3.3v input (250 mA peak)) and a HC-SR04 (requires 5v 20 mA peak). I'm making it battery/solar powered.
I'm trying to keep costs down as well as make a system that works reliably and has good longevity.
I'll be waking the device every 15 minutes and keeping it in deep sleep at the other times.
Originally I was going to use a battery source over 6v, like a 6 cell AA rechargeable battery pack, a 10v or so solar panel, and a breadboard type voltage regulator that conveniently provides 3.3v and 5v on the same board. This seems to waste a decent amount of power though.
Right now I'm looking into using a 2 AA rechargeable NiMH batteries, a 5v solar panel, a 3.3v step up voltage booster, and a 5v step up voltage booster. 5v step up voltage boosters are everywhere and cheap because of their uses for portable cell phone chargers. 3.3v step up voltage boosters on the other hand are more expensive and harder to find.
Looking for any advice or affirmation that I'm on the right path. Thanks!