Hey guys, Ill fill you in on a few or the power options in the HC1, its very important to us to get this part right, so this discussion helps.
The HC1 is using a 100 watt Zamp Solar flexible solar panel
, its light
and curves with the HC1 roof, it actually pulls a lot of charging power in our testing (90%). That said, a dusty panel or little sunlight can degrade the charging potential of any panel, but i think your going to like this one. We have camped for several days, using most electronics comfortably, lights
, charging tablets and the maxx air fan, and its kept the battery charged the whole time. We are using a good quality solar charge controller with digital readout that will regulate the batteries charge. Here is a photo of the panel.
The HC1 has a 100 AMP deep cycle AGM battery, its bigger then most and can hold a good amount of power for most things, but it cant power a big AC unit or larger electric heater. We have been testing a small low power DC heater in the trailers and its keeping them comfortable at night, but if you want heat, i would suggest the Mr Heater propane
heater, works great for the cold nights. This battery is standard.
The power converter in the HC1 is a "mighty mini" and auto charges the battery when plugged in, it converts all power from AC to DC automatically. It has a fuse box built in for several AC and DC fuses, and can easily be used to upgrade to your power needs. The inverter is standard in the HC1. Here is a photo of it nestled behind the table leg.
The 600 Watt Zamp Solar inverter we are using is medical grade for CPAP machines. Its very good clean power. IT features a mountable face plate we have places conveniently by the door and bed area. It may be a bit over the top option for some people, but we feel its a great option for the person that wants it. We will also offer a smaller 200 Watt, DC plug inverter for those that just want to plug in basics, like a laptop. Also using a few DC and USB ports around the trailers interior. Here is a photo of the inverter mounted in the HC1.
The 3100 watt generator we choose is a Champion. Its a good brand with excellent customer service. This particular model is quiet and stack-able and is more then enough power to run a AC unit if your HC1 is ordered with one. If you do not have a AC unit, this might not be something you need on every trip. The HC1 is modular and designed to be customized for each trip. Sometimes you may want to travel light
and easy, sometimes with more stuff or more people, its made to customize to your needs. here is a photo of the generator we are offering.
Starting with the basics, and getting to know your usage is the best bet, Were making the HC1 built to order with a Base coming with most of the integral electrical
components. Upgrade when you need it.
Also the modular components really allow you to change or upgrade easy. For example we are working to complete a new larger Kitchenette, 3x bunk for kids, and a upright closet component that will be available soon. So HC1 customers can just pop them into there modular trailers down the road if they want a change.
Im taking the HC1 prototype out this weekend for a trip with no modular interior components at all, just a big queen size blow up bed, fits perfectly
Im hoping to float the bed down the Kern river too...
thanks for any advice, i think we have a solid power set up, but if there is something new or better we are always up for a change.