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Re: Campsites and "petrol generator etiquette"...

PostPosted: 15 Feb 2013, 16:36
by T'Onion
Mines on top of the LT , so can be seen from space :rofl
permanently mounted up there
can't remember if mine 100w or 80w , either way its more than up to the job , and now it charges both my leisure and starter batteries

Re: Campsites and "petrol generator etiquette"...

PostPosted: 15 Feb 2013, 16:49
by Ian Hulley
ronsrecord wrote: Any chance we could get some pics of your solar panels?


Look on the photo I posted ... it's the flat thing on top of the back of the roof. :lol:

Re: Campsites and "petrol generator etiquette"...

PostPosted: 15 Feb 2013, 16:55
by ronsrecord
:ok

Re: Campsites and "petrol generator etiquette"...

PostPosted: 15 Feb 2013, 17:05
by Ian Hulley
It's bolted through the roof and the regulator is in the front of the hightop. (Sorry I forgot to add that :oops: )

Re: Campsites and "petrol generator etiquette"...

PostPosted: 15 Feb 2013, 18:03
by ed_crouch
So it looks like I can get a mono PV 100w panel for 80 quid and a mppt charger for another sixty. It won't quite power us, but it'll make a 180ah battery last ages.

Only bugger is the weight of the panel, but I don't fancy the semi flexible ones, expensive and fragile? The silicon wafers are soooooooo brittle.

Re: Campsites and "petrol generator etiquette"...

PostPosted: 15 Feb 2013, 20:34
by Ian Hulley
Our 100w panel weighs perhaps 5 kg if that, it has it's own rigid self-spacing frame and the reg cost around £17 from Maplins.

Ian

Re: Campsites and "petrol generator etiquette"...

PostPosted: 16 Feb 2013, 14:58
by ghost123uk
It must be my panel then :(

It is a 40 watt on (iirc) and was from a reputable UK manufacturer (or so the advert said ;))

I am using it right now at the "Valentines meet" at Shirebrook. When the sun is clear, though low in the sky it is right now producing ~2 amps, but as soon as a cloud moves over the sun it drops to less than 1 amp. I know from experience that on a "normal" cloudy day it is often down to 1/10 of an amp.

Funnily enough, the other 80-90 folks here have been talking about this just an hour ago whilst watching the amps go up and down with the clouds.

So if every one elses work well on a dull day, it must be just the make of mine is not as good :(

So, what makes of panel do you folks have that you find provide useful amps even on a dull day (and what Wattage are they and can anyone quote currents for, say a sunny summers day compared to a dull spring day) ?)

Yours, jealously,
John

Re: Campsites and "petrol generator etiquette"...

PostPosted: 16 Feb 2013, 16:07
by Ian Hulley
100w generic panel as sold by most on Ebay

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our regulator ...

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just has a feed to each battery and automatically switches off when batteries are fully charged I have a volt meter separately but no ampmeter in line. I believe Emm has though ..

Ian

Re: Campsites and "petrol generator etiquette"...

PostPosted: 16 Feb 2013, 18:45
by Palomino
Are these solar panels wired through your Zig or via a separate charging circuit?

Phil

Re: Campsites and "petrol generator etiquette"...

PostPosted: 16 Feb 2013, 19:33
by Ian Hulley
Palomino wrote:Are these solar panels wired through your Zig or via a separate charging circuit?

Phil


I don't have a Zig, the regulator (shown above) regulates the solar power which charges the batteries :mrgreen:

Re: Campsites and "petrol generator etiquette"...

PostPosted: 25 Feb 2013, 17:17
by aahyoo
Just been doing some digging as I plan to invest in a 100W setup, and found these...

http://www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/170w- ... 1002729026

I'm considering getting one delivered as am in the North East..

Re: Campsites and "petrol generator etiquette"...

PostPosted: 25 Mar 2013, 21:43
by daz1973
I purchased a kit for my friend from ebay 40watt with control box for around £90 and fitted it for him , took about half a day .
He's say's its a god send , we worked out his needs with this solar calculator .
http://www.batterystuff.com/kb/tools/so ... lator.html