Originally Posted by lewster
Actually, with the proper solar panels, solar charge controller and system design, you don't even need full sun for a solar charging system to charge the batteries.
Yes, you read that right! Many of the systems that I install show significant charging amperage to the batteries in minimal daylight conditions. If there is sufficient sunlight (enough to cast a shadow on the ground) many of our systems will work. I have clients that have sent me screen shots of their systems producing charge amperage even in the rain!!!!
Yup, I concur, we have been extensively boondocking and we never run out of power, even with the crapo lead acid batteries. I think next year I want to move to lithium ion that AM Solar sells. But right now, our solar seems to be generating the power we use during the day. I've been really happy about this whole system.
Although I'm sad that the 135W has been discontinued, I thought about adding a 4th panel. GRRRR.