solar panels

Discussion in 'Mech Tech' started by redoxide, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. Not looking to live in the van full time, but interested in sourcing decent solar panels for permanent fitment to the glass fibre top.

    would prefer lightweight flexible type , I think ! and a good power input, which would bring me to the next component, a decent deep cycle battery..

    whos got what ? whats a decent power output ,

    not looking to supply the grid, just power a JK fridge, work some LEDS and maybee a small TV and possibly a 12 v CD player ..


    PS I have a split charge system which works fine but unless you start the van up your gonna run out of power .. Ive read that you cant hook the solar ito a battery that subject to spit charge charging ? any ideas on that info ?
  2. Try a browser search initially as there is a tonne of information hidden in the forum archives. That should get you started, then take it from there with specifics...:thumbsup:
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  3. Oh and ref the battery charging, a good quality solar charge controller will ensure that current flows to the battery only when it needs it.
    Same as a 230v mains smart charger, or a voltage sensing split charge relay.
    My simple head considers the leisure battery as the heart of the system.
    Therefore it's a marine 110amp unit. Lower capacity than some, but heavy duty construction means thicker plates, more duty cycles and longer performance.
    Big capacity simply means you have more to top up! I had to chop the wheel well to fit it so its a compromise, but worth it.
    My 3 charging sources are :
    1.from the alternator, via a durite VSR
    2.from a ctek 10 amp smart charger when hooked up
    3.from 180w total flexible Global Solar panels via a mppt charge controller.

    Simple, but the best kit I could afford. Buy cheap and you may regret it.
    We can live off that, and have done.
    Hope that gets you started, there's a lot of choice and opinion out there...
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2019

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