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Old 01-18-2015, 06:50 PM   #61
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It's alive and everything works. So from left to right it's USB, basic cigarette lighter 12 volt outlet, 110 volt inverter outlet, inverter remote control switch, and USB outlet as well as the solar controller. Since I like to track the sun it's good to have it in an easy to glance at location.

Glad to have stuff off the table and the table still moves side-to-side independently.

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Old 08-11-2015, 06:25 PM   #62
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OK, color me happy camper.

I didn't travel in Alaska with the solar panel mounted on the mast because I hadn't yet fabricated the stabilizer brackets and I couldn't risk it causing grief due to buffeting and rough roads.

Just made a trip down to Paine field at Everett. Tilted my rear view camera up so I could monitor it for signs of trouble and hit the highway. It's rock solid. It had lots of buffeting, bumpy roads and it stayed fine even when I took it up to 75. Even though I knew technically it should be fine, it's always nice to see real life results.

I thought when it was "down" that the output would be minimal but I was surprised at how well it worked. I'm wondering if the reflected light from the aluminum doors on the canopy and the shiny f.g. don't compensate for the low position. At any rate, I won't be using my truck alternator nearly as much now.

Several people asked about my panel on a pole including this guy who has even more aluminum on his vehicle than I do.

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Old 08-11-2015, 06:44 PM   #63
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Do you mean the guy in the jet back there?
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Wow, Ron. You're just full of surprises. That F86 in the background looks good framed by the Escape.
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Old 08-11-2015, 07:51 PM   #65
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To Myron it was that guy in the jet back there, to you it's an F-86 and of course, you're right, F-86 Sabre. Lucky guy was just heading to SoCal.

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OK, color me happy camper.

I didn't travel in Alaska with the solar panel mounted on the mast because I hadn't yet fabricated the stabilizer brackets and I couldn't risk it causing grief due to buffeting and rough roads.

Just made a trip down to Paine field at Everett. Tilted my rear view camera up so I could monitor it for signs of trouble and hit the highway. It's rock solid. It had lots of buffeting, bumpy roads and it stayed fine even when I took it up to 75. Even though I knew technically it should be fine, it's always nice to see real life results.

I thought when it was "down" that the output would be minimal but I was surprised at how well it worked. I'm wondering if the reflected light from the aluminum doors on the canopy and the shiny f.g. don't compensate for the low position. At any rate, I won't be using my truck alternator nearly as much now.

Several people asked about my panel on a pole including this guy who has even more aluminum on his vehicle than I do.

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Back to solar that is a nice setup . Pat
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Question about solar charger Blue Sky 30 or the Samlex Escape uses . Pro or cons ? Pat
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Also do you still need the Bogart volt amp meter ? Pat
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Back to solar that is a nice setup . Pat
Thanks, I'm very happy with it now that I've established that it will handle freeway speeds in the down or parked position while also charging.

I also like being able to maximize output in the raised position by tilting and swiveling it. And, if all else fails, I can lift it off, hook up an extension cord to it and use it further away if I'm parked in the shade.

I don't know about those controllers. Mine's an inexpensive ebay one and it seems to do the job quite well.

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To Myron it was that guy in the jet back there, to you it's an F-86 and of course, you're right, F-86 Sabre. Lucky guy was just heading to SoCal.

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