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Old 07-28-2012, 03:52 PM   #1
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Tow Vehicle power to solar controller?

My solar controller will charge two separate batteries, monitoring them separately, optimizing voltage for each to their battery type (there is a type selector for each channel). As long as I can properly isolate the panels from the 12V T.V. source (if that's needed) is there any reason I can't just connect T.V. power to the 12V solar panel input on my solar charger like it's a 12V solar panel and then get intelligent charging of my batteries from the T.V. instead of whatever the T.V. voltage happens to be??
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It seems like it would work as long as you didn't exceed the current capacity of the controller. To protect it, you could install a circuit breaker in series with the TV input (like a 10 amp breaker for a 10 amp maximum controller).

I'm no EE, though. Maybe there would be an excessive voltage drop across the controller.
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