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Old 05-16-2014, 10:41 AM   #43
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Just wondering, what mppt controller did you buy off Amazon?
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Old 05-16-2014, 11:55 AM   #44
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MPPT Tracer1210RN for the boat on a pair of 6V panels in series to keep my battery topped off. I took out the electrical system but like my batteries topped off. I plan to build a temp frame for it out of wood.

Renogy Tracer 4210 40 Amp MPPT Charge Controller 12/24V --Listed as Renogy, but actually a Tracer. This is what I use on my Bigfoot camper. It works well with 630 Watts of panels.

I often think I put too many panels on my roof on the sunny days, and then we have a series of days of rain and dark overcast and then I'm glad I put these up. In any event. I see 32 Amps often. It probably gets close to 40 Amps at times, but I have not blown a fuse yet. I may pull the fuse out and put in a breaker, but so far it has not been a problem.
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Old 05-16-2014, 12:29 PM   #45
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I have about settled on the 20AMP Renogy MPPT Controller for my system. At 12v input it is listed for 260W of panels and for 24V input 520w. That is more panels than I will ever have on the Scamp! I am initially planning on two 60w (120w) panels expanding to four (240w) later. But I want the ability to configure my system as I see fit down the road with possibly a few more panels. My intention is develop a portable system for use camping but also to incorporate it into my everyday life. A solar system is a lot of hardware and depreciating equipment (batteries) to be sitting around. I envision some 12v lighting, fans, etc. in the house as well as a small inverter (I already have a 150 watter) for running my CPAP machine. Maybe some type of 12v dehumidifier in the trailer, if there is such a thing (got to keep stuff you care about dry in Florida). I think we HAVE to start thinking about solar. Not just for camping but for everyday use. I am not getting any richer and need to investigate ways to save money now and certainly going forward toward retirement.
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Old 05-16-2014, 09:52 PM   #46
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Whatever you get you will be happy with it. These are fantastic products and make you feel like you get something for nothing every day.
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Tim there are grid tie inverters that allow you to hook right up to your house. They are more expensive but eventually pay for themselves. Outback is one brand that seems popular.
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Old 05-27-2014, 12:48 AM   #48
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Ok, solar panel is in, I decided I wanted to add 2 more of those "Z" clips to the front edge, just so the wind can't grab at it. Might not be needed, but can't hurt.
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Ok, once the Z clips are in I can start mounting the panel on my roof. Now I have the wire running into my bathroom, then heading into the closet and out the floor to get to the front battery box. I did mark one of the wires with blue painters tape so I can identify which ever one is positive and negative.... but how do I know which wire is positive and which is negative coming off the backside of the solar panel...they aren't labeled? Test it with a multi meter or does it matter?

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On my Renogy 100 watt panel, the male connector is positive.
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That's the one I put the blue painter tape on!
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Here is some pics of the install on my blog.
http://poseysscamper.blogspot.com/20...r-install.html



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