Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-16-2011, 12:21 PM   #1
1 Rivet Member
 
Barryamo's Avatar
 
1968 22' Safari
Seattle , Washington
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 7
Send a message via Skype™ to Barryamo
Charging batteries for the winter from Solar panel

Hello!

I have a 60 W panel that I have connected to a charge controller. I would like to charge my battery (removed from my trailer) for the winter.

The charge controller:
Sunforce 12v 7 AMP
cut out: 14.2
cut in: 13v

Battery:
Workaholic Brand
31-MHD
CCA950


My question is - do I need to use a " Battery Minder" or will this solar system do the same thing? I would like to use this to save $ and not have to buy an additional piece of equipment.

Thank You!

Barry
__________________

__________________
Barryamo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2011, 02:58 PM   #2
NA

 
2003 25' Classic
Zanadude , WNY
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 9,000
Images: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by Barryamo View Post
Hello!

I have a 60 W panel that I have connected to a charge controller. I would like to charge my battery (removed from my trailer) for the winter.

The charge controller:
Sunforce 12v 7 AMP
cut out: 14.2
cut in: 13v

Battery:
Workaholic Brand
31-MHD
CCA950


My question is - do I need to use a " Battery Minder" or will this solar system do the same thing? I would like to use this to save $ and not have to buy an additional piece of equipment.

Thank You!

Barry

Barry,

You mean there IS Sun in Seattle in Winter?

Probably about as much as we have here in WNY.

I use BM's on boat and car batt's for storage, minuscule cost other than initial investment, -$-45ea,(1 6v, 1 12v), plus the confidence that they are being properly charged.

All batt's get removed and stored indoors.

Bob
__________________

__________________
ROBERT CROSS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2011, 06:02 PM   #3
1 Rivet Member
 
1978 29' Ambassador
Albuquerque , New Mexico
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 19
Images: 2
Your solar panel and charge controller are perfect - you don't need the battery minder.
If your Workaholic battery is a wet cell, make sure it is topped up with distilled water and don't let them freeze.
Place your panel facing due south and tilt it up to ~47 degrees (your latitude).
Even Seattle will have enough photons to do the trick if there's no load on it.
__________________
mojofilter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2011, 09:02 PM   #4
NA

 
2003 25' Classic
Zanadude , WNY
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 9,000
Images: 1
Wink Sunless in Seattle....

Maybe....maybe not.

Seattle only averages 58 sunny days a year. That's seventh-least in the U.S. of cities that report official climate data, and as you might expect, other Pacific Northwest cities dot the list.
But I bet you can't guess the least-sunny place in the U.S.

With just 48 sunny days a year, it's Elkins, West Virginia, just edging out Astoria, Oregon which has 50.

As for the rest of Seattle's days, we average 226 cloudy days (4th most in the U.S.) and 81 partly cloudy days. Of all those days, we get 155 days of rain a year (we've had 97 so far this year.)
__________________
ROBERT CROSS is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Motorhomes, and Charging Batteries.... Keyair General Motorhome Topics 18 10-15-2011 08:21 AM
Solar Panel Question marvinr Generators & Solar Power 2 09-20-2011 04:06 PM
Solar what batteries betsy Generators & Solar Power 8 05-02-2011 09:02 AM
Roof mount Brackets for Solar Panel Bo2020 Generators & Solar Power 2 04-11-2011 01:20 PM
Solar Panel Prices Dropping tbro Generators & Solar Power 11 03-30-2011 08:21 PM




Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

RV & Travel Trailer Communities

Our RV & Travel Trailer sites encompasses virtually all types of Recreational Vehicles, from brand-specific to general RV communities.

» More about our RV Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:01 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.

Airstream News Delivered to your Email!

Stay up-to-date with Airstream news in your inbox!

unsusbcribe at anytime with one click

Close [X]