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Old 06-22-2015, 06:46 PM   #1
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Solar: Roof or Portable ... why not both...

I like many have been having a internal debate with myself on my next solar upgrade ...

Put another 160 on the roof for easy use or a portable unit so i can recharge in the shade.

this guy has a craft solution:
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I have a question regarding the portable solar panel. How is it hooked up to your battery for charging? Is it as simple as clamping leads to the battery post directly from the panel?
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My 40 watt Coleman portable ( $99 on sale at Canadian Tire every couple months ) plugs into the controller that comes with it and wire from controller clamps on to positive and negative terminals on battery.
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HI Slick,
i've yet to buy my panel yet.

most vendors show portable units connecting to the battery via the 7-pin connector, vs. roof fixed units via MC20 connections



I like the idea of having all power go into the controller vs. direct to the battery
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I don't connect via the 7-pin because that is at the front of the trailer and my battery is on the rear bumper.
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My 40 watt Coleman portable ( $99 on sale at Canadian Tire every couple months ) plugs into the controller that comes with it and wire from controller clamps on to positive and negative terminals on battery.
That may be the ticket when I'm hunting in northern Maine for a week, the only problem is if the sun cooperates or not. Perhaps a small generator may be a better choice. Late November in northern Maine usually means cloud cover and snow.
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Cover your bases.
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How many of those panels would be required to charge a group 29 single 12 volt escape battery?
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I'll leave that question to the solar experts.
There are so many variables, time of year etc.
I've not yet had enough experience with these that I'm willing to leave the generator at home.
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How many of those panels would be required to charge a group 29 single 12 volt escape battery?

Charge from what state? 50% depleted is a lot different than 10%. Then there's the variable of the charge controller and the amount of sun, since the current produced varies widely depending on that. Too many variables to give a single answer.
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