Portable Solar Panels

Submitted: Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 05:07
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Hi In the BT I will have 4 x 100 amp batteries with 4 x 125 solar panels. The BT also has an Anderson plug to add a portable solar panel to make 5 panels. In the F250 there are two starting batteries and two 90 amp Gaston AGMs. There is also an Anderson plug attached to a solar regulator for attaching a portable solar panel. Anyone have any recommendations/experience for/with portable solar panels?! Thanks, tgintl/jay
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Reply By: Noosa Fox - Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 05:09

Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 05:09
I believe that about 98% of the time your 3 or 4 solar panels will produce more than enough power to run everything, and after all that talk about Battery chargers and generators, you are not thinking of extra weight in a portable solar panel are you Jay. What are you carrying the generator and battery charger around with you for, if it is not for the occasions when the rain is coming now and the sun cannot poke its head out. Brian
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Reply By: Deleted User - Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 05:10

Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 05:10
Check out the range of UniSolar portables. Roll-up & reliable. Not as much output per square meter as the Crystals we use, but very tolerant of heat (better efficiency - less drop off per degree of temp as a percentage). Also can take damage to cells and the rest keeps working. Griff
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Reply By: Deleted User - Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 05:11

Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 05:11
PS assume this is for the Effie when away from BT for extended camp-outs & not wanting a gennie to disturb the Brolgas doing a dance? Griff
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Reply By: Luvntravln - Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 05:12

Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 05:12
Yes, it is for the Effie when we leave the BT at least one month each year and go to who knows where Jackie is going to drag us where the BT can't possibly go and the Effie can barely go. tgintl/jay
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Reply By: Deleted User - Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 05:13

Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 05:13
Jay
Have a look at this site http://www.worldwideclassified.net/rvdesign/tt010.htm
for a great idea for your F250 and solar power.
Laurie
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Reply By: Luvntravln - Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 05:14

Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 05:14
Laurie Interesting settups. Lots of weight! Looking at the lighter flexible UniSolar panels. However, having said that, two 32 watt felxible panels weigh 4.28 and outputs 3.88 amps whereas 1 80 watt solid panel weighs 9.6kg and outputs 4.6 amps. I haven't looked at the price comparison; however, it seems that the flexible give you more bounch per kg! Cheers, tgintl/jay
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