Portable Solar Panel Set Up

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Portable Solar Panel Set Up

Postby boatie1010 » Sat Oct 02, 2010 6:20 pm

We are looking at buying a portable solar panel set up for our camper van and we are astounded at the difference in prices that are available. Somewhere between $399 and $1,300 for a 12v 120w setup. Are the cheap ones OK or not. Please give us your views.
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Re: Portable Solar Panel Set Up

Postby stevo. » Sat Oct 02, 2010 6:32 pm

Are you set on the protable set up?

I'm interested in some solar stuff too, haven't got anything yet. The portable stuff might be more expensive and possibly less effective? You could get a solar panel fixed on your roof, which is what i am thinking about.

Jaycar have some stuff on their website: http://jaycar.com.au/productResults.asp?CATID=7&SUBCATID=920&keyform=CAT&SUBMIT.x=21&SUBMIT.y=4

Not saying to buy it, but it can provide some more info and ideas, prices etc
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Re: Portable Solar Panel Set Up

Postby boatie1010 » Sat Oct 02, 2010 6:48 pm

We have decided we want a portable set up. cheers
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Re: Portable Solar Panel Set Up

Postby Titch » Sat Oct 02, 2010 6:51 pm

http://www.solarsteve1950.com/pricelist.html

check here,I have used Steve and his products works for me.
He is a member here as well.
His prices are reasonable as well.
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Re: Portable Solar Panel Set Up

Postby GypsyLady » Sat Oct 02, 2010 6:52 pm

Not sure where you are boatie.....I can confidently recommend Jamie from Dynamic Solar Solutions http://www.dynamicsolarsolutions.com.au/

When it comes to all things 12 volt and solar....he is your man.
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Re: Portable Solar Panel Set Up

Postby boatie1010 » Sat Oct 02, 2010 7:51 pm

Thanks for your input, Cheers
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Re: Portable Solar Panel Set Up

Postby Komodo » Tue Oct 12, 2010 4:52 pm

I bought a 160watt folding setup off ebay from seller bit_deals ($590 with free postage) I got it for $550 pickup with make an offer

The set consists of 2 x 80 watt rich monocrystalline solar panels and a cheap regulator. The panels are great the regulator is a bit average (im looking at getting solar steves MPPT regulator to upgrade) I had to buy new "Y" cables as the included joiners were average and I also made up a 7mtr cable to go from the panels to the trailer mounted regulator and battery as the included cables were only about 4ft which ment I would either need to have the trailer in the sun or tha panels in the shade.

Having said all this in hind sight for similar money I could've gone to steve got the panels and the better regulator for similar money and a whole lot less faffing around.

I am going to add an extra 80watt panel to make my setup upto 240watt as the waeco CF-80 chews through the power :(
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Re: Portable Solar Panel Set Up

Postby Titch » Tue Oct 12, 2010 8:16 pm

Your not far from me ,so how much does the 80 pull a day.
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Re: Portable Solar Panel Set Up

Postby Komodo » Wed Oct 13, 2010 3:42 pm

The waeco is about 6-6.5amps draw (7.5amp in turbo mode) with about a 35% duty cycle.

say 6.5x12V (nom.) = 78watts x 24 =1872watts * 35% duty cycle = 655watts or 54AH over a 24 hour period

I'm going to change to an MPPT regulator before adding the 3rd panel. Im hoping the MPPT will give me the bit extra I need but I think realisitcally a 3rd panel will be needed.
I also run a 12V shower off the batteries and a 11watt CCFL as well as charging my 2 x ledlenser headlamps and my portable CCFL lantern and I'm looking to adding a water pump also.

There used to be a rule of $10 per watt average for solar. However in recent times with more importers, more manufacturers, better AUD value etc that seems to have come down to around $3-4.50 per watt including (basic) regulator. I think if you start trying for cheaper than this you run the risk of 2nd grade panels etc.
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