[tcb] Re: Question About Dual Battery Set-Up And Solar Panels

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.


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.
They come with a charge controller and two 5w fluorescent lights. The charge controller has a USB port and 12,9,6 and 3v plugs. There are alot of people using these and plenty of Youtube videos.

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
    > Subject: [tcb] Re: Question About Dual Battery Set-Up And Solar
    > 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,...  )< (- (_ (_
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