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kportra

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Baby Solar Ordered
« on: January 24, 2018, 04:19:16 PM »
We were planning on adding a little solar before summer comes around anyway and the potential 30% tariff helped me pull the trigger.  We have a small travel trailer and are mainly weekend (looong weekend) boondockers.  We didn't want a permanent and expensive installation.  We HATE running the generator for hours at a time.  Hubby has a CPAP and trailer seems to have phantom load (maybe radio, fridge control panel, propane sniffer).  We have 2 group 24 batteries that are fairly new but still have to charge every day with the CPAP use.

So...after much research and review reading, we went for a 100W Renology monocrystalline suitcase setup.  Comes with a 4 stage charge controller.  We can move it to follow the sun and it will store away when we actually have services.  I'm pretty excited to see how well it does.  I'm not really expecting that we will get fully charged with just 100W (depending on shade/weather etc) but it sure should help us need the generator (inverter type) fewer hours and provide more peaceful camping.

I may post my experiences with it this summer.  Is it summer yet?  Or even spring?
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Kevin Means

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Re: Baby Solar Ordered
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2018, 06:33:22 PM »
That Renogy system is pretty popular. On a sunny January day, it should put 20 amps (or so) into your batteries - as long as you keep it facing toward the sun. Depending on your usage, that could be a big help.

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Gary31

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Re: Baby Solar Ordered
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2018, 10:53:20 AM »
I have the same thing and like it. I purchase my suitcase to use in the day when we are all about and not in the camper but still want to keep our ice maker going. I look forward to shutting down the genny and having fresh ice all day for my refreshments. I also use it on the weekends to charge the battery at the storage lot without running the genny, I still fire up the genny at least monthly to exercise and keep everything topped off and working.
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Dragginourbedaround

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Re: Baby Solar Ordered
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2018, 05:04:39 PM »
We are another happy buyer. We bought it for two weeks of dry camping at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. It worked as advertised. We were able to cut our generator use to three hours a day or less. We will buy another 100 watts and give boondocking a serious try on this years eight month trip.
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kportra

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Re: Baby Solar Ordered
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2018, 12:22:35 PM »
We are another happy buyer. We bought it for two weeks of dry camping at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. It worked as advertised. We were able to cut our generator use to three hours a day or less. We will buy another 100 watts and give boondocking a serious try on this years eight month trip.

Can you hook two of these suitcase solar units together?  I think the controller on the one we got is 30 amps.  That would be AWESOME sauce.
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John Hilley

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Re: Baby Solar Ordered
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2018, 03:51:44 PM »
You could just connect both to the batteries, each with it's own controller. You could also run two through the same controller if it is large enough.
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Re: Baby Solar Ordered
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2018, 02:14:18 PM »
Can you hook two of these suitcase solar units together?  I think the controller on the one we got is 30 amps.  That would be AWESOME sauce.


Now you're getting the idea!  ;D


The only issue with portable setups is that they have to be set up and taken down each time you move.


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