Woo Hoo! It arrived!
It's a lot heavier than I prefer, but still not as much as my genset. It went together pretty easily on the PVC stand it came with... after I:
Redrilled mounting holes (They didn't line up) and fixed a blown diode and a busted crimp in one of the panels. Which I will have to do again as our local Radio Hack only had 1v ones. I really need a 3. (I will snag one from work, but I didn't go in today)
It came with one of these:
Powermate 200 watt invertor
I already have invertors coming out of my ears, So this one can stay packaged. I might eBay it.
It also had a small 7 amp charge controller. I just used my currently installed 8 amp one. I will probably stick the new one on my gel cells since now I can use my old 15 watt brief case panel to charge them.
I wired it up.. it came with a nice harness, ez pz.. I had to make some mods to add length to the harness, and I wired in the pigtail from my old 15 watt panel so I can charge with 60 watts if I want. We'll see how it goes.
The size and weight
are a big drawback tho. I was actually suprised at how big it is, but I can handle it. It may have to ride in the car tho.
Haven't figured out a good way to lock it up. It will probably just get tossed in the trailer if I am out of sight in a less the desirable situation. My 15 watter has stayed put in the boonies and at campgrounds tho. I suspect if someone wants it, they'll get it despite locks and chains.
LEDS.. thats a subject for another thread. I'll do some pictures this weeknd.