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Old 05-03-2018, 11:13 AM   #11
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You can connect the portable panel directly to the batteries either through the GoPower trailer plug adapter, or, an installed connector (I'm not sure what the "other GoPower connector" is, but it is likely a SAE 2 pole connector.

If the "other GoPower Connector" is already installed, where is it connected? If to the input of the Victron controller, you would need to bypass the portable panel's controller. If it is connected to the output side of the Victron controller or directly to the batteries, the portable panel's controller is necessary.

One other point. If you are also using the Victron battery monitor, it will not track the portable panel unless it is connected on the correct side of the shunt.
Thankyou Jon ! Yes because the portable wouldn't be something I would be using much , I want to not connect to the shunt that is in the front box . It's been a long time so I need to take a look at all my connections and see what I have . I really liked the Go Power connector on the trailer 7 pin . It was so easy and didn't need to open box . On top of the batteries I also have to remove the protection covering the batteries , that was another reason . I just had to plug into the trailer Plug , so easy . I could also add a zamp connection to the box .I want to not bypass the controller on the portable ,and I do know the portable will not be included .the other is my Victron is only for 200 watts . The Lensun 's are 180 watts . So I don't think I can add 80 more to my Victron controller . If I have this right I can have other controllers but to get a reading included everything has to be hooked to the shunt ? Boy there is so much to learn about solar even though once you get going it's simple .Pat
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Old 05-03-2018, 12:34 PM   #12
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Boy there is so much to learn about solar even though once you get going it's simple .Pat
We are so used to just using energy and now you have this miniature power plant on top of your trailer. It has to be at least a little complicated or we wouldn't have any fun figuring this all out.
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Old 05-03-2018, 02:32 PM   #13
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We are so used to just using energy and now you have this miniature power plant on top of your trailer. It has to be at least a little complicated or we wouldn't have any fun figuring this all out.
Dave went out to the trailer and I don't have the Zamp connector line or Furrion . They did also upgrade their controller . I will call Go Power on Monday and see if I can get those items except the Furrion .they were out to lunch and I need to do some errands . Pat
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Old 05-09-2018, 07:46 AM   #14
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Thanks

Thanks for all the great info. Looks like Go Power is the way to go. Keep it simple.

Still wonder if the combination of the 80 watt Go Power and existing panel on Escape will keep the fridge going during the day
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Old 05-09-2018, 09:00 AM   #15
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I have the 80W Go Power portable unit. Works great, but if I was doing it again, I would use a couple semi-flexible Lensun panels. Lighter and more compact to store.

With the one I have I rigged the wiring with MC4 connectors to either use the onboard charge controller if needed separate from the trailer, or to go straight to the charge controller in the trailer if connected to it.
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Dave went out to the trailer and I don't have the Zamp connector line or Furrion . They did also upgrade their controller . I will call Go Power on Monday and see if I can get those items except the Furrion .they were out to lunch and I need to do some errands . Pat
Update for GoPower portable . Go Power said I am fine with the trailer Plug adapter we have to hook up and actually will work better . The only negative is not running through the shunt . Who knows may not even need . Will see. Pat
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I have both a 120 Watt Portable that can be plugged into a Zamp Solar Port that I have near the battery vent and a roof mounted 160 Watt Zamp Solar panel with an inside charge controller. My portable also has a 15 foot extension that allows me to go 30 feet versus 15 feet with the same SAE connection that is UV rated for 15 years.
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