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Old 12-24-2015, 09:15 AM   #31
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No reason that would not work, but again, I just am not good with the male connection on the cable from the panels. Certainly with good care nothing will likely happen, it just seems improper, and if there is a better way....

Just curious, does anyone know what the result of shorting, or grounding, the leads from solar panels would be?
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No reason that would not work, but again, I just am not good with the male connection on the cable from the panels. Certainly with good care nothing will likely happen, it just seems improper, and if there is a better way....

Just curious, does anyone know what the result of shorting, or grounding, the leads from solar panels would be?
Just shorting the leads from the panel doesn't do anything. In fact, that's how you can check the panel for it's current output. Just put an ammeter between one lead and the other and it will read the current produced by the panel. As long as the panel isn't connected to the controller, no harm will be done.

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Old 12-25-2015, 09:21 AM   #33
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Putting an ammeter in line is not the same as shorting a circuit, as it acts like a load. We use fuses on 12V lines to protect things, thus I thought that it would not be good to short or ground the leads from panel.
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Old 12-25-2015, 11:37 AM   #34
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The amount of load a high quality amp meter puts on a circuit is the same as a short - an ideal amp meter has 0 resistance. A practical one must have some in order to make a measurement, however it is usually lower than that of the wiring. If you have an inline fuse, it will not open if if is rated higher than the Isc (Short Circuit current) of the panel.

As Doug said, just connect each lead of the panel to the meter. This is the way to check that a panel meets its specifications. Again, as he pointed out, it is OK to do this with a panel, but NOT with the output of the controller. (and, not OK to do with most sources of electricity that can produce high short circuit currents, i.e. a 120v receptacle or your 12V battery!)
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Old 12-25-2015, 12:12 PM   #35
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Doug and Jon - thanks for the info. Given all that, I think I'm going to get that MinnKota that is the same as Doug's. Unless between now and the time we can order Reace decides to make a specific plug/receptacle an option.

Nothing like real world experience via positve feedback from Doug on that model.
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Old 12-25-2015, 03:18 PM   #36
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Although it is a bad idea in general to short any power source, since the resulting current would overload the wiring and damage the power source, solar panels seem to have enough internal resistance and inherently limited current delivering capability that they won't hurt themselves (and associated wiring is sized at least for rated ideal short-circuit current). A battery, in contrast, can deliver much more current than it or the wiring can safely handled.

I'm not worried about short-circuiting as far as panel damage is concerned, but exposed contacts still don't seem safe to me for the person or other object that may bridge them.
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Suitcase Connector

Older post but I was looking for a detachable bulkhead plug/conn. for use with a portable 100 W. suitcase panel with the batteries and solar controller installed under the passenger side rear dinette seat. I looked at trolling motor options as mentioned above and the power winch set up was recommended by some on other forums. The plug/connector will take an 8 ga. but not quite a 6 ga. wire. If ordered separately from Amazon they are cheaper when shipping is considered. I could not find anything in white. I will order them and see how they work. I like the fact the male and female pins are protected.
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Portable Solar Connector

I have already asked ETI if they would install the below solar connector and waiting for response. I would not see why not as it is the same type housing as the detachable power connector they already install.

I bought the 2 pin connector on Ebay.

It's funny some U.S. RV manufacturers are installing the Furrion solar port housing at the factory, but do not supply or cannot tell you where to buy the 2 pin connector needed for the solar panel connection.
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Link to Furrion Site, you can download spec sheet there.

https://www.furrion.com/store/energy...ite-p-947.html
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That looks good. Will the plug you ordered accept 10 ga. wires? I have a small winch to install on a trailer I may go with plan B on the plug I ordered. Do you have a P/N on the plug? Thanks for the info. I may go with the Furron plug.
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