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Re: Solar Power Install.

Postby Pan Rider Jack » 15 Nov 2016, 22:32

alans1100 wrote:.... Good thing is I can use it in any position as it's fully sealed.

Although fully sealed, would still think about setting it up with terminals at the top as I believe there is still a small space at the top of these gel-sealed batteries
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Re: Solar Power Install.

Postby alans1100 » 21 Nov 2016, 06:30

I came up with mounting two off cuts from some fence railing on the rear of the panel which is as far as I could get until I ran out of time. Next step is to mount on the trailer after working out which way to route the wiring as a hole or two need drilling in the trailer lid.

With the days off work I got from the doc I should get most of it done.

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Re: Solar Power Install.

Postby Pan Rider Jack » 21 Nov 2016, 14:48

alans1100 wrote: Next step is to mount on the trailer after working out which way to route the wiring as a hole or two need drilling in the trailer lid.

If not quite mounted yet, suggestion, mount using a plug n socket if possible, you would be able to remove the panel if not needed without having to plug holes etc
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Re: Solar Power Install.

Postby lancepar » 22 Nov 2016, 15:55

Pan Rider Jack wrote:
alans1100 wrote:.... Good thing is I can use it in any position as it's fully sealed.

Although fully sealed, would still think about setting it up with terminals at the top as I believe there is still a small space at the top of these gel-sealed batteries


Here you go.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VRLA_battery

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Re: Solar Power Install.

Postby alans1100 » 23 Nov 2016, 00:03

Pan Rider Jack wrote:
alans1100 wrote: Next step is to mount on the trailer after working out which way to route the wiring as a hole or two need drilling in the trailer lid.

If not quite mounted yet, suggestion, mount using a plug n socket if possible, you would be able to remove the panel if not needed without having to plug holes etc
Looking at how best to wire the connection for times when the panel isn't needed.

There are caps available to suit both female and male plug connections as an option as well as I was going to have the connectors between the panel and the lid as near as possible to the rear trailer lid hinge point.

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Re: Solar Power Install.

Postby alans1100 » 03 Jun 2017, 06:52

With cold nights and warmish days I decided it was about time to get on with this though I can only mount the panel to the trailer at this time. The electrical connection are getting done by a friend who lives in the southern suburbs of Adelaide; a road trip in the near future as soon as we get dates that suit us both as it'll be an overnighter.

Only thing I need do now is consider where the battery and charger regulator will be placed. The front centre seems logical for the battery as it would counter the weight of the panel.

The clamps I need to hold the panel in place while I drilled at least the first two holes arrived a week ago and it was just a matter of waiting for a few hours of fine weather.

I had this clamp but need a couple more so a couple of cheapies from eBay did the trick.

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First hole drilled

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and bolted. Same process for the four holes; drill a small pilot hole and follow up with the right size drill.

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Panel completely bolted to the trailer rack.

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With the trailer lid open

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Re: Solar Power Install.

Postby alans1100 » 07 Oct 2017, 04:54

I needed some expert soldering done on the wiring that connects the panel to the charge controller so on the 11th August I had a ride to a friend who lives in the city who did the work for me.

I was supplied the connectors and a coil of wire (more than I need) so I just had the connectors soldered at each end and I could cut the length needed to complete the circuit.

While I was in the city I bought some terminals to connect the wiring to the battery. Same type of connection as our bike batteries but a lot smaller and the nuts and bolts came with the battery.

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What I needed and forgot was another 15 amp inline fuse (one was supplied for the battery connection) for the load (power sockets) and some 15 amp wire for the battery to charge controller. Once I get these I can start connecting it all up.
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Re: Solar Power Install.

Postby alans1100 » 07 Oct 2017, 05:00

Removed the panel off the trailer lid and drilled the two holes for the cables to pass through. Wiring had to be under the panel and as close as possible to the hinge point.

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While I had everything handy I did a temporary connect up with just the panel and battery connected to the charge controller (fancy term for regulator) and so far it works. If work starts before I can get this finished I can still use it and tidy it all up later.

The battery (deep cycle) has been sitting around for over a year and was still in an almost full state of charge. It took about 5 mins in an ad hoc set up to fully charge the battery indicated by its respective (flashing at the time) green light. The type of battery indicator stays on all the time and the load indicator goes off unless you're using power. There is an on/off switch for the load because you can't disconnect the panel wiring unless you turn the load off.

Since I hadn't connected any power sockets and not using that circuit the load light eventual went off - looks like a self test via the on/off switch.

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The panel (though turned around) was just leaning against the bike as in the following photo.

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I need to put more sealant on and tidy it all up before I put the panel back on. Also need to get some more zip ties for the cables.

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Re: Solar Power Install.

Postby alans1100 » 15 Oct 2017, 06:36

Finally finished this off today.

The other day I made sure the panel charged the battery and before going to far I today I made sure the battery was powering the twin power socket.

With that little test out the way I could mount the regulator and I chose the rear trailer panel. I only needed to drill three holes as I took advantage of one of the bolts used for the added reflector I installed.

All the wiring connected and the regulator as mounted on the rear of the trailer. The battery can be used in any position so I chose to lay it flat. Just need to secure it in place for the rare time the trailer is actually empty.

I'm considering getting some carpet off cuts to place along the rear to hide all the wiring and bolts.

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Power socket located behind the rear wheel and low enough to keep the most of the wiring under the carpet.

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A zip tie controls the new wiring when the lid closes. Loosely secured to the OEM internal trailer lid light wire.

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Once the panel was reinstalled and all the connections made I tested the system by charging up our laptop. I have a 12 to 240 volt inverter so I plugged that in and then the laptop via it's 240 volt charger and it all works. Just need to get the laptop's car charger for permanent usage.

I found a couple of spacers and added a couple of washers/nuts when securing the panel to the trailer lid. Hardware store up here didn't have anything I could use so I used what I could find.

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External wiring secured to trailer rack. Wiring connector in the centre to allow for trips when I don't need to have the panel.

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Re: Solar Power Install.

Postby Pieter Huizinga » 16 Oct 2017, 23:10

Looking good, Alan.
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