Those Harbor Freight panels are not bad, but they are amorphous (sp?) panels which are not very efficient for their size and weight. There are better deals out there - I just bought a panel that is about 24" square and produces about 3 amps, so around 45 watts. Price was in the $150 range. Compare that to the HF panels which are much larger and heavier for the same price. If anyone is interested I can dig through my emails to find the source. Found out about them from Loren on the Wetwesties list. If you want the HF-style panels, I saw similar ones cheap at (of all places) Comp USA! They had two different sizes even and the prices were reasonable. Still relatively heavy and inefficient though. Maybe not a concern if you are using them for a shed, but on a bus there is only so much roof real estate available.
-David On 1/21/2011 7:24 PM, Justin Wilt wrote:
If you are referring to the small grey VW solar chargers they won't do much. After 6 years at the VW dealer I had a whole closet full of them. They used to come with every new car and were used to help keep a charge on the battery while the car sat at port. I gave most of mine away at VW club meetings and raffles. I think I have about 8 of them left. I don't think they would be too effective at charging a deep cycle battery after being sucked down. The harbor freight kits were on sale last weekend for $159 and you can find 20% coupons online. I usually a set when they go on sale, but I missed this one.On Fri, Jan 21, 2011 at 7:11 PM, singlecabboy <sealingwaxred@xxxxxxxxx <mailto:sealingwaxred@xxxxxxxxx>> wrote:I haven't found any plugs or any place to plug a solar panel or ac or heater or lights inside my "treasure chest " I'll have to look into that before Galveston. Paul Smith Transporters@The Point 8 October 7,8 and 9 ,2011 Morgan's Point Resort Texas --- On Fri, 1/21/11, kelly dosch <kellydosch@xxxxxxxxx <mailto:kellydosch@xxxxxxxxx>> wrote: > From: kelly dosch <kellydosch@xxxxxxxxx <mailto:kellydosch@xxxxxxxxx>> > Subject: [tcb] Re: Question About Dual Battery Set-Up And Solar Panels > To: tcb@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:tcb@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> > Date: Friday, January 21, 2011, 5:11 PM > > I love my refrigerator, but it is a bit power hungry. > I have done my share of primitive. > > --- On Fri, 1/21/11, chuck > <sukchew@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:sukchew@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>> wrote: > > From: chuck <sukchew@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:sukchew@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>> > Subject: [tcb] Re: Question About Dual Battery Set-Up And > Solar Panels > To: tcb@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:tcb@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> > Date: Friday, January 21, 2011, 6:00 PM > > > > > > > Why not just be prepared > to have a primitive > camp.gas lights and stove.everything else can be 12 > v. > Some of us > are not trying to take home > with us when we camp. > oleblue > > ----- Original Message > ----- > From: > kelly > dosch > To: tcb@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:tcb@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> > Sent: Friday, > January 21, 2011 3:18 > PM > Subject: [tcb] > Question About Dual > Battery Set-Up And Solar Panels > > > > > > > > Hello. I need to get a deep cycle RV > battery for my Westfalia Campmobile. I'm seeing > about a gazillion types > with vastly varying prices. ($120-$600!) Is > it really all that > complicated or can I just get the cheap Sears > Marine/RV battery? > ($120) > Also, I have noticed a lot of Westies with solar > panels. Why? If they have a campsite with > electrical hook-up the battery > can charge itself. If not, the alternator will > charge it during a short > drive. I don't get it. Why would anybody want > to drop $400 for a solar > panel? (Tell me it isn't just to > be "green".) > Thanks > for your time,... )< (- (_ (_ > `( > > > > > > > > > No virus found in this incoming message. > Checked by AVG - > www.avg.com <http://www.avg.com> > Version: 8.5.449 / Virus Database: 271.1.1/3394 - Release > Date: 01/21/11 07:34:00 > > > > -- Justin Wilt Technician Post Oak Motorcars Rolls Royce Motorcars Houston Bentley Houston 1530 West Loop South Houston TX 77095 USA +1-713-850-1530 +1-713-539-4419