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Old 08-06-2011, 04:02 AM   #1
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What solar panels to buy?

I wish to purchase a portable solar panel - not one installed on the roof. I have 2 batteries and my 27 FB is generator ready with the external plug installed.
Any suggestions?
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Old 08-06-2011, 07:58 AM   #2
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These are what I ordered.

RV Solar Kits : WeGo Solar, Wind and Microhydro for Canada

You could order 2 panels to get 200+ watts if you need extra power. 125 is all we need for our use. I'm simply making a frame to mount the panel to so it can sit on the ground.
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Old 08-06-2011, 08:22 AM   #3
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Portable solar

AM Solar is currently in the final stages of developing a quality 200 watt portable solar charging system that will be tripod mounted and have a fully integrated 15 amp MPPT charge controller.

This system will be using AM Solar's GS-100 high efficiency 100 watt panels to keep the overall size and weight at a minimum. These panels measure approx. 20" X 40" and weigh only 14.5 lbs.

I will keep the Forum advised on the availability of this new system.

This photo of the prototype was taken at 'The Rally' that recently concluded in Redmond, OR.
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Old 08-06-2011, 10:03 AM   #4
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Thanks Lew... now that's something I could live with.

Keep this Old Fart off the roof as much as possible.

Will be watching!!
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Old 08-06-2011, 10:13 AM   #5
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The thing I hate about portable units is their ability to become alive and walk away. Like Transformers.

Well, maybe not exactly, but easy to be gone, nonetheless.

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Old 08-06-2011, 09:26 PM   #6
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The thing I hate about portable units is their ability to become alive and walk away. Like Transformers.

Well, maybe not exactly, but easy to be gone, nonetheless.

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There will be a security feature included with this system that 'discourages' casual theft. The professional thief will always find a way to take what they want, regardless of security measures.
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Old 08-06-2011, 09:56 PM   #7
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I recently purchased these from CEA Solar:

http://www.shop.rvsolarnow.com/120-w...SLP120F-12.htm

Jim Mannett with CEA Solar was great to with for the purchase and delivery.

For our month long trip this summer, they worked great with my 20 ft. Flying cloud. Having the panels in an aluminum case for transport was a plus.

Another alternative.
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There will be a security feature included with this system that 'discourages' casual theft.
How about a Model T Ford coil?
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Man, you guys are *rich*...

Take a look at Harbor Freight for a cheap (albeit temporary solution)...45 watts $199.99 goes on sale all the time for $149.99...you can ALWAYS get 20% off either price...

http://www.harborfreight.com/45-watt...kit-90599.html
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Man, you guys are *rich*...

Take a look at Harbor Freight for a cheap (albeit temporary solution)...45 watts $199.99 goes on sale all the time for $149.99...you can ALWAYS get 20% off either price...

http://www.harborfreight.com/45-watt...kit-90599.html
A children's riding toy and a 2011 Mercedes four door sedan both roll ... but they aren't the same.
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A children's riding toy and a 2011 Mercedes four door sedan both roll ... but they aren't the same.
Stating the obvious is always helpful! Thanks! Most people post to forums to hear ALL their options, not just the best...if not, I'd be driving a Mercedes too. Oh, wait no I wouldn't...it wouldn't tow my 'stream. Cheers.
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First....rationalize the reasons you want/need.

Then.... find that feel good solution.

For me I never got past the rationalize/cheep...

Whatever flotes 'yer duckie....
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Stating the obvious is always helpful! Thanks! Most people post to forums to hear ALL their options, not just the best...if not, I'd be driving a Mercedes too. Oh, wait no I wouldn't...it wouldn't tow my 'stream. Cheers.
Yes, please forgive my attempt at humor. You are right ... it is always best to know your need and all the solution options available for that need. It just really "jumped out" at me that the two 100w 20"x40" panels and controller setup by AM Solar appears to be of a VERY different quality and capability compared to Harbor Freight's.
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Just back from 11 state 5800 mile odessey, got good service from 45 watt harbor freight light kit mounted on a sheet of plywood on ladder rack of TV.
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