Solar charger

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Re: Solar charger

Postby Derek Bullock » Sun Aug 16, 2009 8:16 pm

I bought it when I was living at Wagga Wagga from the local battery place.

I just did a search and there is one on eBay right now for $850 buy price. It's the same as mine. http://cgi.ebay.com.au/PROJECTA-BRIEFCA ... 286.c0.m14
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Re: Solar charger

Postby Komodo » Mon Aug 17, 2009 11:21 am

I love that setup - neat and simple.

Good to hear its power output is that high actually derek!
Its got me rethinking my solar setup...
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Re: Solar charger

Postby Redback » Mon Aug 24, 2009 3:16 pm

Too me it sounds like you only need a small panel, we have a 20watt panel dimentions are 30cm x 30cm, it charges our battery in the camper, we have also used it for charging the camera and laptop, works very well, we don't use a lot of power so this is ideal for us.

It was $115 of the net, they are a tad dearer now I just noticed, but this is what we have.

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http://www.solaronline.com.au/20w-sx20u-bp-solar-panel.html

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Re: Solar charger

Postby cokebottle » Tue Oct 20, 2009 4:31 pm

cokebottle wrote:I saw in Kmart that they have a portable solar panel setup for $119, might be worth a look, I did not notice what the wattage was..l


I bought one of these panels from Kmart before i went away last week, I went to Jaycar & bought a 6Ah lead acid ($27)battery & hooked up the solar panel to it, I charged it for two days in patchy sunlight & was fully charged when i took it away, just as well because we had very little sunlight & I did not bother to setup the charger in the rain.

Ended up using the battery to run a 12v fluoro when our gas lamp glass got smashed :--? , still had plenty of charge when we came home too.

The Kmart solar panel comes with a voltage regulator, battery clips, cigarette lighter plugs & sockets, folds away in a compact carry case ;)

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Re: Solar charger

Postby Titch » Tue Oct 20, 2009 6:23 pm

Maybe a touch of track.
In my working day I replace little sealed batteries as part of our routine.
They are 12 volt, 7.5 amp hour and are usually 2 years old.
When looked after these things last years. charged witl small charger or solar.
Want some ? let me know and I will collect a few.
No cost as long as I do not have to deliver.
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Re: Solar charger

Postby GypsyLady » Tue Oct 20, 2009 6:42 pm

titch wrote:
They are 12 volt, 7.5 amp hour and are usually 2 years old.
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These are great litlle batteries. I used to have a supplier in a similar circumstance....the batteries would be replaced after 2 years and were usually thrown away. They are great for running lights and I even used one to run the shower.

Charge them up on a smart charger and they last for a long time.

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Re: Solar charger

Postby Komodo » Tue Oct 27, 2009 3:19 pm

Titch - these batteries from UPS equipment?
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Re: Solar charger

Postby Titch » Tue Oct 27, 2009 5:08 pm

Komodo wrote:Titch - these batteries from UPS equipment?


Same type,used as a backup to electrical egress.
Constantly charged to 13.8 volts.
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Re: Solar charger

Postby HGMonaro » Wed Oct 28, 2009 1:42 pm

titch wrote:In my working day I replace little sealed batteries as part of our routine.
They are 12 volt, 7.5 amp hour and are usually 2 years old.


what physical dimensions are these little fellows?

Want some ? let me know and I will collect a few.
No cost as long as I do not have to deliver.
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Would be interested if they fit into my sons Quad bike.
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Re: Solar charger

Postby GypsyLady » Wed Oct 28, 2009 2:21 pm

HGMonaro wrote:

Would be interested if they fit into my sons Quad bike.


They are pretty small maybe 15cm x 8cm at a guess without actually measuring one
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Re: Solar charger

Postby Titch » Wed Oct 28, 2009 4:08 pm

150mm wide, 90 high,65 deep.
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Re: Solar charger

Postby itchyvet » Wed Oct 28, 2009 6:01 pm

It would seem to me, for the purposes the lady states, the most simple and cost efficient way for her to go, would be to buy a small INVERTER that plugs into her cigarette lighter converting 12 volts to 240 volts, thus allowing her to utilise the chargers that came/come with the appliance she wishes to charge. Such inverters can be bought for around $80 - 90 at any auto/camping suplier/BFC stores Australia wide.
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Re: Solar charger

Postby HGMonaro » Wed Oct 28, 2009 9:26 pm

titch wrote:150mm wide, 90 high,65 deep.
Titch


bugger... the one that came out of it is 110x70x100 (WxDxH) and there's no room for something bigger!

Reckon I could find a use for a couple anyway, I'll PM you for more details!

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