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Old 05-23-2006, 07:07 AM   #43
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So how many amps does this 45 watt coleman put out per hour??. Sounds like it is doing a great job! The 54 watt up here may even be a shade more powerful.
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Old 05-23-2006, 08:34 AM   #44
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45 watt panels put out about 3 amps max.
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Old 05-23-2006, 08:35 AM   #45
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This guy/gal seem to have pretty good feedback.
http://stores.ebay.com/Cheap-12-Volt-Products
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Old 05-23-2006, 08:49 AM   #46
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45 watt panels put out about 3 amps max.

Live Free or Die, I drove down to Danville, NH. last August from Northern Ontario to pick up my Trillium.
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Old 05-23-2006, 09:26 AM   #47
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The panels are not real good for using as a direct power source, tho you can run small fans, charge cell phones and use a bunch of little low current draw items from them directly. (At nite.. they don't work to well for this )

They are for battery charging mostly, and when connected, your battery and onboard electrical acts as a filter.

Daytime battery use is minimal for most folks, so the panels replenish during the day, and rest at nite while you are using the juice.

It takes a LONG time to charge a dead battery with a panel because of the low current capabilities. Bigger panels help, but not by much. I trickle charge with a couple little VW 3.5 watters paralleled (7 watts) and it takes nearly a week for the battery to come up to a full charge when it's depleted pretty low.

Currently (excuse the pun) I don't come home with a low battery as I have the tow set up to charge. It always gets parked with a full charge and the little VW chargers keep it topped off.
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Old 05-23-2006, 09:47 AM   #48
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Well just got off the phone with Costco in Barrie they have 25 of the icp 54 watt set ups on their shelves at $289.00 Cdn. So I guess it is a no brainer to get these for my battery(ies)
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Old 05-23-2006, 11:24 AM   #49
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Thank you all for sharing your solar experiences!
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Old 05-23-2006, 12:54 PM   #50
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So.. During this last campout, there was a whole clan of family members camped out before we got there. They took up every site but one which we snagged. After we set up i noticed that they had their big generators going. 2 massive rv,s, 3 quads , a few tents, the big dodge diesels to tow their monstrosities. We had the very farthest spot away from the clan and THANK GOD. What a racket those generators were making. So much for a quiet campground. So i sat there like a solar snob thinking to myself how great solar is. No stinky gas, no racket, no exhaust fumes, just pure clean silence. I am actually glad it poured the whole time because we had a good excuse to leave and find a secluded spot.
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Old 05-23-2006, 02:10 PM   #51
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I guess some like or need the noise (the Dodge word gave it away )
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Old 05-24-2006, 06:55 PM   #52
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...Has anyone else come up with mounting possibilities for solar panels? ...
I have not settled on a good mounting method on my Boler for my solar panel (I currently have one 30 W unit), so for a temporary setup I built a couple of brackets which clamp on to the crossbars in the roof rack of my tow vehicle. The idea was to park in the sunniest available position within cable reach, and plug the charging cable into a jack on the trailer (or just clip the alligator clamps onto the battery posts), but so far I have only plugged in to my portable power pack and recharged it.
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I agree with Kurt, I think the roof of the tug might be a great location for the panels. If there was a quick and easy way to mount and unmount them it would be even better!

Now I don't know if to invest in solar first or a generator.
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Old 05-25-2006, 07:17 PM   #54
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So back from the sunny south with my 54 watt solar kit! Yaaaay, NOT. Nothing is compatable, the dogs. What is in it is 3 18w panels that don't connect together and wiring that doesn't go into the charge controller, and instructions for a single panel. It would be sooooo nice if companies would actually provide pictures of what you actually need to do rather than little electric diagrams. I take it that every wire needs to be cut, spliced, taped and then sealed off with those handy littly screw on connectors? I wonder if anyone here has actual pictures of the way they connected this wiring together. I mean does everything run through the controller now, the wiring from the converter to the battery, the wiring from the panels, the wiring from the battery?? They also gave me three cigarette light plugs that can connect to the little battery connectors. Can I connect these two and charge the battery from the tug?? So much to learn. Pictures of the wiring connections would be great, explanations with plus minus signs don't do me a lot of good though I do understand then, I gotta see things. me . Paddy
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Paddy, you don't have to be an elctronics genious to hook these up.

Mine came with pre terminated wires and connectors. I don't have my instructions anymore.. as a matter of fact, my testosterone levels kicked in and I didn't even use them (Sorry guyz, I'll go to my room now)

MINE came with 3 panels, each with a 2 wire pigtail, female, on marked with blue shrink tube, and one with green.

It came with a harness with 3 sets of MALE connectors (2 each) marked Green and blue as well and 1 "End" This parallels your panels together. Plug a panel into each of the pair of connectors one this 3 loopy thingy.

Take the Longer end, and plug into the long wire provided. Also matching colors. The bare wires on the end of this embilical cord then go to the + (Red) and - (Black) on your controller INPUT. Red is +, black is - .

You will then go from the + on your controller output to The + terminal on you battery. - to the negative terminal.

Go directly to your battery, don't bring your convertor into it.

If you didn't get pre terminated wires, I hestitate to give further instruction because I don't have panels in front of me to determine the + and - wire colors with a voltmeter.

I also didn't use the controller that came with mine, so pics of my set up won't help you. I have a larger and different type of controller with screw terminals.
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Paddy, you don't have to be an elctronics genious to hook these up.

Mine came with pre terminated wires and connectors. I don't have my instructions anymore.. as a matter of fact, my testosterone levels kicked in and I didn't even use them (Sorry guyz, I'll go to my room now)

MINE came with 3 panels, each with a 2 wire pigtail, female, on marked with blue shrink tube, and one with green.

It came with a harness with 3 sets of MALE connectors (2 each) marked Green and blue as well and 1 "End" This parallels your panels together. Plug a panel into each of the pair of connectors one this 3 loopy thingy.

Take the Longer end, and plug into the long wire provided. Also matching colors. The bare wires on the end of this embilical cord then go to the + (Red) and - (Black) on your controller INPUT. Red is +, black is - .

You will then go from the + on your controller output to The + terminal on you battery. - to the negative terminal.

Go directly to your battery, don't bring your convertor into it.

If you didn't get pre terminated wires, I hestitate to give further instruction because I don't have panels in front of me to determine the + and - wire colors with a voltmeter.

I also didn't use the controller that came with mine, so pics of my set up won't help you. I have a larger and different type of controller with screw terminals.
There are no colour coding of the wires in my set up whatsoever, there is no way to connect the three panels without cutting and splicing, no way whatsoever. So once all this is done can I just plug the wires from the panels to the controller and then the controller to the battery leaving the wires from the trailer already on the battery on the battery or do they need to be cut and plugged into the controller. Believe me I do not have pre terminated wires or any way to connect the three panels together. Typical Canada if you get a deal it is because someone is laughing somewhere
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