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Old 09-07-2016, 09:37 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.

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...YiEaAjuP8P8HAQ
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Old 09-08-2016, 08:11 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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Old 11-20-2016, 04:04 PM   #31
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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).
Michael - Where do you put the plastic ammo box with the controller? Inside the cover with your propane tanks or just outside while using the suitcase panels?
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Old 11-21-2016, 06:44 AM   #32
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Michael - Where do you put the plastic ammo box with the controller? Inside the cover with your propane tanks or just outside while using the suitcase panels?
On top of battery box when in use. Not the ideal spot security wise.
On my todo list is to mount it inside the trailer somehow.
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Old 12-23-2016, 06:17 AM   #33
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I received my Renogy 100-Watt suitcase a few days ago, which I "pre-ordered" during the Black Friday sale. Yesterday the latest email promotion arrived for either a 100-Watt or 200-Watt suitcase. Naturally, I would have purchased the 200-Watt unit if it had been an option last month. Oh well!
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Old 12-23-2016, 01:18 PM   #34
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You certain can make your own portable. I thought about doing that but I couldn't find any legs to purchase that I could attach to the panels. If you find some legs please post the URL to the source. If you want join the portables to your on board you would need to plug the portables into the same wiring as the roof top's solar controller so only one controller is monitoring the panels. Verify the onboard controller can hand the extra panels.

I have the Zamp 200 currently but will be adding 200w (AMSolar kit) to the roof. I'm going to remove the Zamp controller off the back of the panels and plug into a side port the installer will provide to join the roof and Zamp panels to the Blue Sky controller so it controls both the roof and portable.

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I have a couple of 100w amsolar panels I'll be installing soon. Any concerns about tying in different panels "brands" like Reno by or Zamp into the same controller (Victron mttp 30)? I'm considering an additional 200 portable with a port to the controller as you described.
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Old 12-23-2016, 01:25 PM   #35
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I have a couple of 100w amsolar panels I'll be installing soon. Any concerns about tying in different panels "brands" like Reno by or Zamp into the same controller (Victron mttp 30)? I'm considering an additional 200 portable with a port to the controller as you described.
The only concern I am aware of is to make sure that the output voltage of the panels is within 1V of each other. The closer the better for maximum amperage output of the combined panels.

I have a Renogy 100 watt panel on the roof and a 160 watt Zamp suitcase. IIRC, they were .9 different in voltage. They play very well with each other, in parallel.
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I would call ZAMP. i think I saw a Tube video that suggested ZAMP panels have a reverse polarity. Any if you mix with another brand, you need to buy a special adapter.
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I would call ZAMP. i think I saw a Tube video that suggested ZAMP panels have a reverse polarity. Any if you mix with another brand, you need to buy a special adapter.
Well, I've never heard that and mine are not reversed. The suitcase is made up of two 80 watt Bosch Monocrystalline panels in parallel.
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Old 12-23-2016, 03:20 PM   #38
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Go to U-Tube Video titled: What you Need to Know About ZAMP Solar Plugs
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Old 06-29-2017, 09:58 AM   #39
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Interested in portable solar probably 200 but here in canada, it seems the zamp cost around $1700.00. Anyone in canada purchased the zamp 200 at a better price?
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Old 06-29-2017, 10:26 AM   #41
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The new AS's come with a plug for the Zamp. I disconnected it and installed the quick disconnect for GoPower since we have had a GoPower 80W portable folding solar panel for last 4 years. I'm not sure about Zamp or Renogy, but if I were purchasing new, I would consider the Zamp to be compatible with the plug that AS is supplying standard. Seems the Zamp units cost a bit more, but I am not sure if there is any difference between GoPower or Zamp.
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I have been using Renogy products for 2 years now and they are excellent. Their customer service cannot be beat. I have 2 of their 50w panels and their Rover MPPT controller and couldn't be happier.
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