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Old 01-29-2013, 10:54 AM   #11
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So, this is built into the portable unit itself, and just needs to be connected to the battery via a quick connect of some type? If so, it sure does sound like a good setup. They really don't describe how it is built, or set up, very well. Their controllers have PDF files on how they work, too bad these units didn't.

edit: I just looked at the page again, and at the top, not under the description, is a photo showing how the controller is mounted.
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:08 AM   #12
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Connected to the battery using alligator clips or ring terminal adapter (accessory) shown on the web page. Schematic came with the collectors but I do not have access to the manual as I am out of state. E-mail the company under "contact us" for a e version of the manual.
http://shop.rvsolarnow.com/130-Watt-...SLP130P-12.htm
At the bottom of the page you can "click to enlarge" to seem the components. Click twice for large view.
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Old 01-30-2013, 03:18 PM   #13
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I did contact CEA Solar, and got a link to the user manual, as well as a PDF for the digital controller should one want to upgrade from economy to pro. The fellow I was in contact with said that 95% of Casita and Scamp owners just went with the 80W Economy model.

In my looking about I did find a couple other suppliers. ZAMP seems to be a fairly popular brand. EEZ RV has an interesting 100W unit that has a hard plastic shell incorporated into the build. None of these offer the digital charge controller that gives you amp production in real time, total amps produced since connected. battery voltage and battery percentage of fill levels. The Pro CEA model also has a motion sensor alarm.
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I was interested in the 80W Zamp fold-up kit way back but I was never able to find reviews of anyone who had used it or the 40W Zamp for anything, much less an RV. I would still be interested in that one even though it costs a little more than a Grape 100 with MPPT controller bought separately. I can find sellers but not reviewers except the sellers.
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Hi, Crappy-tire has a solar panels on sale for 99.99 dollars. It's portable so there is no junk on your roof. 40 watt @ 2.3 Amp. looks like a good battery maintainer even a charger.? Page 11 in this weeks flyer. Sale starts this Fri.
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Yeah, regular $250. Could buy two, and make your own fold out 80W portable unit. They call it folding, but it looks like that is just the stand.
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