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Old 08-19-2015, 06:47 PM   #1
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Solar Input Receptacle

I am installing a solar charging unit (Renogy) with panels that I can move around as needed to keep them in the sun. Does anyone know if anyone makes an external input/plug that could be mounted like my Furion 30a inputs, so I could plug and unplug the panels as necessary? Thanks for your 'input'.
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Old 08-19-2015, 07:00 PM   #2
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Furious make one. I have it. But I have no idea what the connector is to plug into it!! Very frustrating and a large part of the reason I have not finished my solar build...
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Old 08-19-2015, 07:13 PM   #3
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Thanks blue... They don't make it easy to figure that one out, do they?
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Zamp make one, but it is basically a 2-way SAE connector (half way down their portable solar page, Portable Solar). I still mounted mine in the battery compartment to give it some more protection.

It also is the type of connector found on most battery tenders so allows you to plug in a tender rather than using the 30amp shore power to keeps the batteries at float.
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Old 08-19-2015, 08:02 PM   #5
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Saw a zamp one on a Tab last weekend. I currently just clamp my zamp to battery, but will get the plug.
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I bought the Zamp, but then found there are similar ones for sale on eBay, just make sure you check the gauge of wire fitted.
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How about a 10 amp Anderson connector?
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Old 08-19-2015, 08:28 PM   #8
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I also got a look at a top of the line TAB this past weekend. It was prewired for solar with a plug similar to this one,
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Old 08-19-2015, 08:38 PM   #9
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I'm sure hoping to find something that looks as good and is as watertight as my shiny Furrions.
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Old 08-19-2015, 08:46 PM   #10
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how about using the umbilical cord?
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Not exactly what you are looking for. However this worked for me.
I used these, 6 AWG 50 AMP Battery Cable Connectors from Pico wiring Accessories.
http://www.picowiring.com/pdf/Cat-21.pdf
My charge controller is mounter under the front window. I removed the center piece of inside skin under the window and routed the cable though the inside skin (Snap Bushings) and drilled through the C-channel and floor and secured cables to the frame and put on my connector with a dust/moister cover near the tongue. Same connectors on the 60' extension cables and PV panels.
That was my solution and it does work great.

Sorry, Looks like the server is still acting up and I can't upload a photo.

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how about using the umbilical cord?
That would be convenient...but not sure how that would be accomplished with the charging unit. But me and electrical don't get along so swell.
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you'd have to fabricate a waterproof enclosure with an input for the solar panels and an output for the umbilical cord. do you have a metal box in your a-frame?
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Thanks blue... They don't make it easy to figure that one out, do they?
Yeah, it is really pissing me off! I have the flap part, but I have NO idea what the connector I need to go with it... grrrr.

I have the Zamp solar port too... But it looks tacky..
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