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Post by mike on Wed 05 Oct 2011, 8:43 am

I have no idea how useful this would prove but having it in one unit looks handy.



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Post by Helen on Wed 05 Oct 2011, 9:59 am

Doe's look handy but you can get all sorts with solar panels attached already...... we have camping Lamps that run off solar and battery as a back up and also a free loader to charge the phone. I do like how you can make it yourself instead of it costing a small fortune.
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Post by Tow Itch on Wed 05 Oct 2011, 1:39 pm

The world of solar cells has moved on.
2W briefcase panel for £10 as against $30 for his slightly less powerful cells.
Do we detect a possible project of solar cells batteries and inverters and a movement away from EHUs?
Gas for the heat, the only drawback is how to power the fan?
Forced evaporation air con instead?

Kevin.
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Post by mike on Wed 05 Oct 2011, 1:46 pm

Tow Itch wrote: The world of solar cells has moved on.
2W briefcase panel for £10 as against $30 for his slightly less powerful cells.
Do we detect a possible project of solar cells batteries and inverters and a movement away from EHUs?
Gas for the heat, the only drawback is how to power the fan?
Forced evaporation air con instead?

Kevin.

Cant move away from EHU need to plug my hair straighteners in lol! or is it the polisher for the top of my head Very Happy
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Post by beverley1232010 on Tue 25 Oct 2011, 10:45 am

does any one use solar panels, we are thinking of looking into it so we can use the cl sites instead of using the larger more expensive sites, (living on a budget). i think there definitely worth a bit of research.

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Post by mike on Tue 25 Oct 2011, 2:21 pm

beverley1232010 wrote:does any one use solar panels, we are thinking of looking into it so we can use the cl sites instead of using the larger more expensive sites, (living on a budget). i think there definitely worth a bit of research.

Bev

Seen them used and the odd bit ive picked up is dont skimp on the power of them.

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Post by beverley1232010 on Tue 25 Oct 2011, 4:10 pm

thanks Mike, we will check them out before we buy,

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Post by vessey44 on Thu 26 Jan 2012, 12:34 am

I use a small solar panel on my van to keep the battery charged while running the coolbox. Ideal for conditioning leisure batteries but i find the honda briefcase generator a much easier option for power if theres no EHU
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Post by HIDEHI on Mon 24 Sep 2012, 1:05 am

beverley1232010 wrote:does any one use solar panels, we are thinking of looking into it so we can use the cl sites instead of using the larger more expensive sites, (living on a budget). i think there definitely worth a bit of research.

Bev

wE USED A 13W CASE TYPE SOLAR Charger with the last caravan we had, it kept our 110ah batery toped up for over 3 weeks on raly.

Been doing some resurch and found this:: [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

granted it is on a motorhome test not a dandy, but we are thinking of geting a 80w solar geny to run a 12v coolbox in our dandy discovery.
And run a 12v light, and the waterpump.
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Post by HIDEHI on Sat 29 Sep 2012, 11:50 am

Doing more resurch into running on solar power , in our dandy, as we like the Rallies and meets on the cheap lol.

Found a guy who camps in tent useing solar power to run 99% of his gear the other 1% is run on gas cooking lol.

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Post by fearful wizard on Sat 29 Sep 2012, 5:04 pm

I have been given two solar panel that im going to use, must make a case for them. Pete. Very Happy






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Post by HIDEHI on Sat 29 Sep 2012, 5:21 pm

they look ok, what wat per panel ??. seems more guys are looking into and sorting this 12v on solar lark .
I find it verry interesting.
A while ago we had a caravan and went to rallies and meets with that and a 13w solar panel cast type from maplin, to keep the bat charged up for a week or so .
But could not run a tv, the other guys there said get a biger panel say 60w then you will be ok.
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Post by fearful wizard on Sat 29 Sep 2012, 5:55 pm

15 watt per panel so will parallel link them.
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Post by HIDEHI on Sat 29 Sep 2012, 11:00 pm

Good 30 total then should work great to top up battery, have you any other use in dandy for them you are thinking of
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Post by Suffolk20 on Sat 29 Sep 2012, 11:51 pm

beverley1232010 wrote:does any one use solar panels, we are thinking of looking into it so we can use the cl sites instead of using the larger more expensive sites, (living on a budget). i think there definitely worth a bit of research.

Bev

We use 13Watt breifcase charger from Maplins. Does seem to keep battery charged, but we don't make big demands from the battery. Mainly 8watt tube and water pump.
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Post by fearful wizard on Sun 30 Sep 2012, 4:47 pm

Dont know much about solar panels, but the person who gave them to me said to parrallel so it would still be 15 watt output.
Any advice appreciated. Pete Smile
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Post by Suffolk20 on Sun 30 Sep 2012, 9:36 pm

If they are 12V panels you should parallel them, if you series them you will double the voltage.
In parallel you will double the amperage which is what is required.
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Post by fearful wizard on Mon 01 Oct 2012, 9:15 am

Thanks for the info suffolk 20.Pete Smile
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Post by Caz1960 on Mon 01 Oct 2012, 10:15 am

Suffolk20 wrote:If they are 12V panels you should parallel them, if you series them you will double the voltage.
In parallel you will double the amperage which is what is required.

sorry to be so simple but what do you mean by parallel them ? scratch wonder if you can give in very simplest terms that a numpty like me could understand Solar power 115684958
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Post by mike on Mon 01 Oct 2012, 11:12 am

Haven't read this but it should explain using battery's [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] which may be of more use to you at some stage Very Happy
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Post by Suffolk20 on Mon 01 Oct 2012, 9:03 pm

Caz1960 wrote:
Suffolk20 wrote:If they are 12V panels you should parallel them, if you series them you will double the voltage.
In parallel you will double the amperage which is what is required.

sorry to be so simple but what do you mean by parallel them ? scratch wonder if you can give in very simplest terms that a numpty like me could understand Solar power 115684958

When you "parallel them" you join + to + and - to -

When in series you join + to - . Imagine a torch with one battery going in behind the other, this is in series and the voltage adds up by 1.5 volts for each cell that you add.

The parallel version is all the cells standing on the table side by side. Tops joined to tops bottoms joined to bottoms and the voltage is still 1.5

Hope that helps.
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Post by Caz1960 on Wed 03 Oct 2012, 1:24 pm

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Post by Caz1960 on Wed 03 Oct 2012, 1:26 pm

mike wrote:Haven't read this but it should explain using battery's [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] which may be of more use to you at some stage Very Happy

thanks Mike i have saved the info in my Dandy file very helpfull Solar power 115684958 Solar power 115684958
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Post by HIDEHI on Wed 03 Oct 2012, 11:04 pm

hi another way in get a solar power regulator from maplin, like the 1 they sell with the 13w case charger.
And that has a fiting to batery, and a couple of conections that you can fit the solar panels to.
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Post by HIDEHI on Mon 29 Oct 2012, 11:30 am


N49HA in catalogue
Solar Battery Box
• Perfect system for keeping all batteries dry when used outdoors• Houses all batteries up to 110Ah• Includes 1 input and 1 output sockets plus battery test meter
Free delivery

ONLY £62.99

maplin solar box, sorry pic will not upload, we are going to put this box into the front locker on draw bar, as part of the new 12v system.
Also purchased the Halfords 40ltr coolbox with 240 and 12v and on wheels, this will be run off 12v solar power at meets without EHU, and on 240 when on EHU pitches.
Up to now the solar panel will be via amizon 100w folded kit in its own carry case £259 but been told that may come cheaper in jan sales lol.

Going into hospital today ready for operation biopsi on throat tomorrow.
but you guys help me keep looking at the bright side or is it the DANDY SIDE LOL

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