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Old 12-31-2016, 12:19 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by Starbrightsteve View Post
Power from a panel should almost always be put through the charge controller. You would not want 17 volts going to the battery for very long. The charge controller regulates the voltage and gives the battery what it needs. The exception is power from a very small panel like 5 watts.
I had forgotten this.... a pal asked me today the same question.... thanks for posting this info here. Makes sense.

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Old 12-31-2016, 12:54 AM   #32
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Thanks, Losangeles--just what I needed!!


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Old 12-31-2016, 02:25 PM   #33
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Originally Posted by Losangeles

Sarah at ETI suggested I send them a Zamp Solar Port..... ($10 on Amazon)
and for a fee they'll wire it in during build

and I just specify where I want the Zamp Solar Port.....

makes it very very easy to plug in my portable 90w solar panels, plus keeps the bugs out!

Plus we just decided to NOT get any shelves in the wardrobe, so we CAN stow the portable solar panel suitcase in the wardrobe, i think.

ETI (sarah) will send me the updated interior size of the slightly expanded wardrobe on the 2017 21'

The same wall mounted SAE connector is available from SolarSeller (Item D) for $5.00. They also have a variety of SAE connectors if you want to use them to make extensions...

I have used it with a 160 watt portable panel for 2 years with no problems...

Question are these SAE connectors/zamp solar ports are they the same. So if I have one installed they will take most all portable solar panels?

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