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Solar set up. Help, what do you guys think of this?
« on: April 26, 2016, 07:46:54 PM »
What do you guys think of this kit?


and possibly two of these batteries for that kit?


I think all we will need is the 200 AH, wont be using a ton of power. Will the 200 watt panels be enough to power the batteries quickly enough? Is this a good price, anybody have experience with Renogy panels? Anything else, let me know, Thanks!


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Re: Solar set up. Help, what do you guys think of this?
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2016, 09:09:35 PM »
I would do an energy audit to be sure of my usage. Are you just going to be running 12 volt only or will you use some 120?  And usage always seems to creep up when it is available. You don't want to discharge your batteries more than 50%  on a regular basis, so that 200 amp hours is really only 100.

Most panels are going for under $1.00 a watt, but that is a nice kit. I would check Arizona Wind and Sun for their prices. They were the cheapest I could find five years ago. 
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Re: Solar set up. Help, what do you guys think of this?
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2016, 11:10:00 PM »
Jim is correct. Before buying a solar kit or solar setup of any kind, you should determine how much power you typically consume in a 24 hour period. Depending on where you are, a solar charging cycle can be less than 2 hours in the winter, or nearly six hours. Do you plan on flat-mounting your panels or tilting them? In the winter, it makes a big difference on panel output. Two 100 watt panels will put out about 10 -12 amps per hour (total) best case scenario on a clear, sunny day when tilted toward the sun. Is that enough power to meet your needs? That's why knowing your consumption is so important.

Renogy sells good quality rigid panels. I don't think you'll be disappointed as long as you know what to expect out of them. Just be aware that buying a solar "kit" can, in the future, limit your ability to expand your system unless you spend more money to replace components that may be operating at their limits.

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Re: Solar set up. Help, what do you guys think of this?
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2016, 11:31:16 AM »
I've run the Renogy panels on two different campers. They work great. On the first camper I went with the Renogy 30A controller that came with the kit, on my current camper I decided to go with a more expensive controller from Windy Nation with some more user adjustable settings. In hindsight, the factory set Renogy controller was a better controller than this user adjustable one. Adding some adjustability removed some automation.

You won't be disappointed with that kit as long as it is enough for your power needs. The mounting brackets are worthless, you'll want to make your own, but other than that, it is a set it and forget it kit and does exactly what it needs to do to keep your batteries charged.

There are cheaper ways to get 200ah than the batteries you have listed. I personally run 2 6v golf cart batteries for half the price of the ones you listed, but that is a debatable topic and everyone has their own opinions.
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