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Old 09-07-2016, 08:37 AM   #29
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Here's my simple solution to keeping the batteries topped off. This along with all LED lighting helps, but doesn't do it all. I have a 2000W portable generator for when needed. We camp in Eastern forests with lots of shade. An extension cable usually gets to panel to a sunny spot. The cheap controller is not water proof. It resides in the battery box. I caught it on sale plus had a 25% off coupon. Shipped to the store it was $129.00. Pretty good deal.

It has already saved me more than the cost by preserving batteries.

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Old 09-08-2016, 07:11 AM   #30
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Reneogy 100 watt suitcase panels without controller are available from Renogy on their web site for $225 delivered and $230 from their EBay page.
Even with the extended top there is not room for the controller in my battery box, plus the box is not water resistant much less waterproof. I have the controller in a plastic waterproof ammo type box. There is room for wiring storage and so far cooling does not seem to be a problem (used in mid 90s ambient temps).

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