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universe74

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Old solar panel - what do I do?
« on: May 12, 2013, 11:51:29 AM »
So the trailer I purchased has this...

http://www.universe.bookerb.com/solar.jpg

My very broad question is....what do I do with it?  Seller said all I need is two wires.  Can you experts shed some light on how I would get this working again?  Thanks.

Wavery

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Re: Old solar panel - what do I do?
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2013, 12:15:38 PM »
So the trailer I purchased has this...

http://www.universe.bookerb.com/solar.jpg

My very broad question is....what do I do with it?  Seller said all I need is two wires.  Can you experts shed some light on how I would get this working again?  Thanks.
They are usually only ~10W. They're only intended to maintain a fully charged battery while the RV is in storage. You might want to put a voltmeter across the wires coming out of the panel while it is full Sun. If it is putting out less than 15V (no load), it's pretty well useless. They are OK for what they are intended for but useless for charging the battery while camping.

You can add a 160W array for around $300. I just ran my wires down the fridge vent, then down through to the battery compartment.
« Last Edit: May 12, 2013, 12:21:13 PM by Wavery »
Wayne
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universe74

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Re: Old solar panel - what do I do?
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2013, 12:25:58 PM »
Ah ok thanks.  So I could just basically run 2 wires down to the battery over the winter without running them inside and remove when summer comes.

Wavery

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Re: Old solar panel - what do I do?
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2013, 12:30:48 PM »
Ah ok thanks.  So I could just basically run 2 wires down to the battery over the winter without running them inside and remove when summer comes.
If the panel is working at all........ what year is it? Those panels have a habit of being done between 5 & 10 years. The biggest problem is the way that they were installed. There should be a 1" to 1.5" space between the roof and the panel. Whith no space, they will over-heat and fail prematurely.
« Last Edit: May 12, 2013, 12:33:01 PM by Wavery »
Wayne
Wife, Carolyn...... 5 kids.... 19 grandkids.
1998 33' Winnebago Adventurer ('97 Ford 460 V8, F53 chassis) 33WQ -Banks PowerPak, Roadmaster Reflex Steering Stabilizer, Monroe Gas-Magnum RV Shocks
Retired GM Service Manager driving a Ford....What's the world coming too??

captsteve

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Re: Old solar panel - what do I do?
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2013, 01:58:32 PM »
From the looks of that panel, it is most likely shot. Test it for output.

I think I am seeing water intrusion on the near side of the pic. If so fuggetaboutit!
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Icemaker

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Re: Old solar panel - what do I do?
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2013, 02:34:33 PM »
fuggetaboutit!

First time I remember seeing that...like it tho..

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universe74

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Re: Old solar panel - what do I do?
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2013, 05:22:17 PM »
Looks like its bonded somehow to likely shot then.  Thanks all.

 

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