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Solar Panel for the ute

Postby stevo. » Tue Oct 19, 2010 7:30 pm

Picked up a 85W solar panel today, a fancy regulator and some roof racks.

This is just sitting in place, i haven't installed anything yet.

I'm not sure if i should mount the panel on top of the racks or in between, im leaning towards putting it in between because it will sit lower, and possibly be protected from low tree branches by the front roof rack.

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Re: Solar Panel for the ute

Postby Titch » Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:32 pm

Make sure it can get an airflow below.
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Re: Solar Panel for the ute

Postby GypsyLady » Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:41 pm

Titch wrote:Make sure it can get an airflow below.
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Why do you think it needs airflow Titch??

Thousands of caravans have them mounted directly on the roof....no airflow there.
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Re: Solar Panel for the ute

Postby stevo. » Wed Oct 20, 2010 7:13 am

I was talking to a solar tech fella a while ago and he mentioned airflow might be good, but also said people silicon the panels straight to their roof. It was suggested i could screw it to the roof, but i don't really want to drill holes in the vehicle roof! and i don't have enough silicon either! :lol:
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Re: Solar Panel for the ute

Postby GypsyLady » Wed Oct 20, 2010 8:50 am

stevo. wrote: i don't have enough silicon either! :lol:


Simple answer to that Stevo.....BUY some more.
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Re: Solar Panel for the ute

Postby stevo. » Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:10 am

but would you silcon a solar panel to your car roof? ::()
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Re: Solar Panel for the ute

Postby GypsyLady » Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:14 am

stevo. wrote:but would you silcon a solar panel to your car roof? ::()



I certainly would not screw it to the roof.....If anything I would probably mount it on a custom built roof rack....that way it can be removed if/when required.....which is what you seem to have in the attached pic.
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Re: Solar Panel for the ute

Postby stevo. » Wed Oct 20, 2010 11:46 am

yeah i thought it was strange that they suggest you screw it to the roof. I know it's an old car but gees :lol:
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Re: Solar Panel for the ute

Postby Titch » Wed Oct 20, 2010 7:29 pm

GypsyLady wrote:
Titch wrote:Make sure it can get an airflow below.
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Why do you think it needs airflow Titch??

Thousands of caravans have them mounted directly on the roof....no airflow there.



And those that have a gap below them have a better output.
The hotter Most solar panels get the less output.
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Re: Solar Panel for the ute

Postby stevo. » Mon Oct 25, 2010 7:13 am

All installed and working :armsup

The second battery is now disconnected from the front battery, so we'll see how it goes running the fridge and radio gear next weekend, unless it rains, which it is at the moment :-bang
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Re: Solar Panel for the ute

Postby stevo. » Thu Nov 04, 2010 4:51 pm

an update, i tested all this out last weekend, The fridge was running from 5am Friday til 5pm Sunday and the battery didn't go below 12.5v at night/morning, so it looks like i can park up at camp for ever, basicly until i run out of drinks :cheers
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Re: Solar Panel for the ute

Postby d b » Thu Nov 04, 2010 6:26 pm

noob question,
can you have the battery used for the fridge hooked up to the solar panel and in your car, charging off the alternator when cars running..at the same time...??

also, what size fridge do you use that it runs it succesfully
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Re: Solar Panel for the ute

Postby stevo. » Thu Nov 04, 2010 7:26 pm

yeap! I normally have the second battery charging from the front battery when the car is running, it disconnects when the car turns off. You can have the solar panel connected to the second battery at the same time via the regulator.

For testing, i have disconnected this system from the front battery, just to see if the battery would be able to run everything without the normal extra charge that you get while driving.

I have the new ARB 57litre fridge freezer.
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Re: Solar Panel for the ute

Postby seajay » Thu Nov 04, 2010 8:13 pm

Looks good Stevo and gives me some confidence as I have bought a 100w for my camper with only running 60 litre engel and led lights I should have ample power as long as the sun shines
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Re: Solar Panel for the ute

Postby stevo. » Fri Nov 05, 2010 7:03 am

yeah seajay, i installed a LED floodlight in the back of the ute aswell, i had that running for hours each night, it didn't really make much difference to power consumption.
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