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Old 12-22-2015, 02:14 AM   #11
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Hi, Jim. Put me down for two sets!
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Old 12-22-2015, 07:02 AM   #12
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Jim, I'd go for a set too. But in my quest to fill my little tool box till it won't close, I'll take 2 sets.
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Jim, do you know what gauge wire these will handle?
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Old 12-22-2015, 08:55 AM   #14
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These look like a good find, Jim. I might be interested in some different configurations (both inlets and outlets, maybe more than two pins) if they could be bundled together in one shipment - please let us know when you're ready to go ahead and need to finalize numbers. I hate "lighter" outlets, and these look like a much more reliable alternative to provide power, as well for solar and charger input connections.

The same supplier's YF connectors look very much like the Neutrik speakOn connectors that are intended for speakers (and very widely used in professional PA equipment) and sometimes used for power... as well as the much less common Neutrik powerCON connectors that are offered to reduce accidental incorrect connections.
I imagine they would ship any of these connectors together. There are likely a multitude of uses for them, I just can't think of any other than the portable solar I would need.
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Hi, Jim. Put me down for two sets!
Will do, I will put together a list.
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Jim, I'd go for a set too. But in my quest to fill my little tool box till it won't close, I'll take 2 sets.
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Jim, do you know what gauge wire these will handle?
Not positive what size wire it will take, but they are rated for 20A, so I assume 12g, but certainly could be larger. For my use, I don't see needing anything larger.
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Old 12-22-2015, 10:16 AM   #15
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The link says 12g, figure I can put a short 12g pigtail on the 10g we have for the panels. The 10g is pretty bulky to work with.
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The link says 12g, figure I can put a short 12g pigtail on the 10g we have for the panels. The 10g is pretty bulky to work with.
You never know, they might say 12g due to the 20A rating, but larger may fit. Wouldn't 12g be more than enough to go all the way to the panel anyway?
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You never know, they might say 12g due to the 20A rating, but larger may fit. Wouldn't 12g be more than enough to go all the way to the panel anyway?
Depends on the size of the portable panel and the distance you want to be able to move it. For a 100w 6 amp panel using 12g you can go 22' with a 5% loss, 33' for 10g. Shorter if you want less loss. For a 160w 10A panel, 12g will go 13'. At least that's what the chart at Wind&Sun says.

I have 30' of 2 conductor 10g from an old job site, so that's what I'll try using. Doesn't spool up very well though.

Of course many make due with 12g or 14g power cords, and probably a lot longer then recommended, and it seems to work. Haven't heard of any fires, yet.
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Old 12-23-2015, 07:41 AM   #18
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I guess it would depend on acceptable losses, and what cable one is willing to carry. Accepting some line loss for a longer cable might be beneficial if the additional charging current makes it worthwhile.

Something like cab tire cable would coil nicely, is very tough and resilient to wear, stays flexible in cold, and would last a very long time. For work, it is what all my extension cords are. Sure you pay up front, but ease of use, and longevity make it worth it.

I am curious to hear what others that use a portable solar panel find is a usable length of cable. I know I have had little trouble with 15', though could see more being required at times. I am also now wondering if it might not be better to have a couple shorter cables, so one could use one shorter one if that is all that is needed, and add another length if required.
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Old 12-23-2015, 09:11 AM   #19
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Paul B has made some really good posts about how loss between the panel(s) and the controller is much less important than loss after the controller.

So my take is, that if I want to save any weight/cost to do it with that outside connection cable and go for heavy gauge wire on anything hard wired inside the trailer.
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Klem nice install .Are those 100 watt panels ? So you didn't drill any holes in your roof ? Still trying to decide about adding solar on my roof . I have to deal with antenna on backside corner of roof too. Pat
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Starts at 221 in the Our Solar Panel Blew Off.

Our solar panel blew off!!

And here is the panel kit, very happy with the kit and performance.

Amazon.com : Renogy 200W Mono Starter Kit, 2 Piece 100W Solar Panels Plus 20' Adapter Kit : Patio, Lawn & Garden
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