Lin wrote:I'd like to be able to charge a battery so I can use the power later to maybe power a portable stereo or lantern. Any ideas how I would go about that?
stevo. wrote:Lin wrote:I'd like to be able to charge a battery so I can use the power later to maybe power a portable stereo or lantern. Any ideas how I would go about that?
I don't know much about solar / power / batteries, but .....
Does your solar panel have some kind of regulator? so when your stuff has been fully charged it stops charging?
I have a Ritar RT1270 battery which is pretty small, cost $40 from a boat shop, they probably have similar ones at BCF. I use it in the tinnie to run the GPS and fish finder. They have run those things for 2 days straight and haven't effected the power much.
You could buy something like that and connect the solar panel to it, it could be permantly set up at camp so it charges all day.
It kind of all depends on how much power you require, if you start running radios all day and lights at night your solar panel will not put in enough power to keep up with the accessories you're using and your battery may run low after a few days, BUT, if you're only there for a few days or a week you'll probably get away with it, and the solar panel will slowly charge the battery, and before you go camping next time, just charge the battery again.
I'm sure others here know more than me about power stuff, more beer
GypsyLady wrote:You can also buy the little batteries in Battery World and BCF.
They are often used for emergency lighting when the power goes out hence the need to change them every 2 years.
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