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Solar Power Install.

Postby alans1100 » 11 Nov 2016, 02:57

I've bitten the proverbial bullet and ordered an 80watt solar panel/10amp regulator kit (includes wiring) and a 20AH 12 volt deep cycle battery last night which will be installed in/on the trailer.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/111835370788?

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/272151917935?

The only requirement is to be able to recharge the laptop battery while away from home and maybe phone camera etc. and maybe a LED light or two.

The panel dimensions (830 x 670mm) are similar in size to the rack (825 x 675mm) on the back of my trailer and should be fairly easy to mount though with what will be needed will have to wait until the panel is in place. The panel weighs 8kg and the battery is 6.5kg which should off set the weight from the Cooler and contents when that's on the front of the trailer.

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Re: Solar Power Install.

Postby mbrST1100 » 11 Nov 2016, 16:46

Can the panel be tilted, to optimize its angle towards the sun?
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Re: Solar Power Install.

Postby BB08 MCN » 11 Nov 2016, 20:12

I have a setup for powering my decking lights and lighting in my shed, cannot remember the wattage of the panel, but it uses a 12v 12ah battery and powering 6 x 6w led lights it lasts about 4hours, 2 lights( in shed) over 12 hours. mine just takes about 3 days to recharge when fully flat.

Pic shows size physically, panel on left fence, 2 x 6w lights in shed, 4 x 6w lights on deck,

edit: just checked its a 30w panel, still charges (about 20%) when in daylight but out of direct sun.

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Re: Solar Power Install.

Postby alans1100 » 11 Nov 2016, 23:55

mbrST1100 wrote:Can the panel be tilted, to optimize its angle towards the sun?
Rather than complicate the mounting I can simply raise the trailer lid and get a similar result.

Unless I play a DVD then the laptop battery will only need every four or five days
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Re: Solar Power Install.

Postby alans1100 » 15 Nov 2016, 02:49

The Battery arrived this morning and quite heavy (6.5 kg) for its size. Good thing is I can use it in any position as it's fully sealed.

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As I was typing this the panel arrived and I placed it on trailer to see how it would look.

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And the charge controller

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Re: Solar Power Install.

Postby alans1100 » 15 Nov 2016, 02:52

BB08 MCN wrote:I have a setup for powering my decking lights and lighting in my shed, cannot remember the wattage of the panel, but it uses a 12v 12ah battery and powering 6 x 6w led lights it lasts about 4hours, 2 lights( in shed) over 12 hours. mine just takes about 3 days to recharge when fully flat.

Pic shows size physically, panel on left fence, 2 x 6w lights in shed, 4 x 6w lights on deck,
You might get a better result with the panel on the roof. Sun appears to come from the left of picture so put panel on that side of roof.
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Re: Solar Power Install.

Postby BB08 MCN » 15 Nov 2016, 10:17

Nice set up Alan, will also be useful if you ever need to jump-start the bike in an emergency.

My photo was taken at the end of the day, the sun comes up in the morning from the right, the panel is in full sun for 6-9 hours during the day depending on the seasons, and i did'nt want to (possibly) compromise the waterproof covering on the shed. Its now been working for over a year now and does just fine for lighting duty.
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Re: Solar Power Install.

Postby alans1100 » 15 Nov 2016, 11:21

BB08 MCN wrote:Nice set up Alan, will also be useful if you ever need to jump-start the bike in an emergency.
That's the way I'd like to install it but I may have to rotate the panel 90 degrees to suit the 4 holes on the panel. That will mean a couple of pieces fence rail cut to suit (have done).

Nice idea about the jump start though usually I've had to jump start the car from the bike in the past.
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Re: Solar Power Install.

Postby BB08 MCN » 15 Nov 2016, 11:26

[GRINNING FACE WITH SMILING EYES]. Like it... just shows how good the Pans are. I don't think rotating it will do any harm, all they need is sun on them. Bit like us really.[SMILING FACE WITH OPEN MOUTH AND TIGHTLY-CLOSED EYES]

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Re: Solar Power Install.

Postby mbrST1100 » 15 Nov 2016, 16:01

alans1100 wrote:The Battery arrived this morning and quite heavy (6.5 kg) for its size. Good thing is I can use it in any position as it's fully sealed.

Would indicate a high density, thus good storage capacity.
Got a Hawker for my start/boost-loader, which is heavy as pure lead... :o

...and I placed it on trailer to see how it would look.

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