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Old 07-06-2011, 12:04 PM   #15
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i'm with you Joe,
i think its a decent deal and a nice portable solution.
especially if you compare it with the 5-watt they also sell which is still portable but more for mounting. they are both on sale and i am leaning toward the portable case.

HF also sells the Costco version for about 40-50 bucks cheaper than Costco (i am a member at both). while its also a good option, i dont need that much portable power and also dont have the real estate to properly mount the 3-panel set up.

anyone think of any reasons why i shouldn't? other than the obvious ... its from Harbor Freight!
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Old 07-06-2011, 12:27 PM   #16
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What size controller you need is dependent upon your capacity. CW has a 8 amp one for $20
Rdk Products - Nature Power Solar Battery Charge Controllers- 8 Amp - RV Solar Power - Camping World
It says this is good for 120 watts.
I bought a 15 watt panel and controller from CW and it keeps my dual group 27 batteries fully charged while sitting and with the phantom drains of the propane/radio/tv on it still keeps it 100%. I'm hoping to get 1 amp per hour or 6 per day to allow me to go 4 days using 25 a/h per day before having to hook up again.
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Old 07-06-2011, 12:35 PM   #17
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For 43 bucks I'd get one. The ones Gina had were from a seller on ebay if I remember correctly.
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Old 07-07-2011, 01:46 PM   #18
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I found one of those briefcase models used on Kijiji. It's in a "Power Fist" box and was purchased in Canada at Princess Auto. I had a look but they don't list that product anymore.

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Old 07-07-2011, 07:35 PM   #19
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Old 07-09-2011, 07:33 PM   #20
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Thirteen watts is not very much power. I have a 54-watt set (3X18 panels, the last model Costco sold) and it works well for our usage. You should calculate your power needs, then buy accordingly.

How do you use the trailer? For a weekender, 13 watts might give enough power to stay out an extra day if you're conservative.

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Old 07-14-2011, 09:35 PM   #21
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I have that 5-watt one, mounted on the rock guard the way the U-Haul trailers had it. It seems to keep the battery topped off, but we're generally just away for a night or two.
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I just looked at the specifications on HF folding panels. Max current = 400 mWatt. That's 0.4 amps. Not much there. Might keep your battery up if aren't using it.
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What size controller you need is dependent upon your capacity. CW has a 8 amp one for $20
Rdk Products - Nature Power Solar Battery Charge Controllers- 8 Amp - RV Solar Power - Camping World
It says this is good for 120 watts.
I bought a 15 watt panel and controller from CW and it keeps my dual group 27 batteries fully charged while sitting and with the phantom drains of the propane/radio/tv on it still keeps it 100%. I'm hoping to get 1 amp per hour or 6 per day to allow me to go 4 days using 25 a/h per day before having to hook up again.
Ordered one of these Jim, we'll see how it works. I'm kind of viewing this set up as my 'learning process' set. I'll play with the panels and the controller, figure it all out, and learn a bit along the way, hopefully without hurting myself or my trailer! hehe
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Old 07-16-2011, 06:51 AM   #24
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If this is only a 15 watt panel, then you don't need a controller if your battery is any size at all. I have been usung mine on a group 24 battery with just a direct connection.
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