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Solar Charging for Second Battery

Discussion in 'Camping Australia' started by Kombi Dad, Jan 4, 2016.

  1. Kombi Dad

    Kombi Dad Well-Known Member

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  2. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Many thanks Ian, lots of folks will benefit from the info. here.
    Definitely Sticky material.
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
  3. bazzamagoo

    bazzamagoo Active Member

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    Looking at doing this eventually. Been looking at the flexible panels if I go for a roof mount (less visible) or the foldable/portables. Will give this a read.

    Thanks Ian
     
  4. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    I think it's an easy choice....... roof mounted and park your bus in full sun, or park the bus in the shade, and place the portable panels out in the sun...o_O

    Just a thought on what I'd do if I was going this path...........:rolleyes:
     
  5. Kombi Dad

    Kombi Dad Well-Known Member

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    Agree with Grant. My experience with flat mount is that they are not as efficient as ones angled to the sun. I experimented with my panels and took readings. Flat mount they gave about 50% output as compared angled to the sun. If roof mounted you could double the capacity and get the same result. I opted to park in the shade. If I go away from the camp site and the panels are out I chain them to the trailer that I tow. It stops them being too portable. Note later panels seem to work much better when flat mounted than the ones I use which are about 8 years old.

    Ian
     
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