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Old 06-13-2013, 10:52 PM   #1
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Hooking up solar

I recently bought a 45 watt solar kit. Will it hurt any thing to hook it to the battery while the battery is still hooked to my camper. The solar panel has a controller. Since the battery will be going directly to the lights and etc with out going through the converter I don't want to get spikes from the solar charger. I dry camp in Colorado and am only able to charge my battery with my generator certain hours of the day. Now my frig (on propane ) runs out of starter power about 4:00 in the morning. Thought the solar panel might give my battery a little extra charge and get me by until about 10:00 oclock. Any comments would be appreciated.
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:33 PM   #2
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I have never unhooked my battery from the camper while my 45 watt solar is connected and have been doing it this way for 2 years now with no problems. 12 volts is 12 volts and the camper system don't know the difference in my opinion.

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Old 06-14-2013, 12:11 AM   #3
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As long as your solar converter is a battery tender and not just a convertor, you should be good. The voltage should hold around 12-14 volts. Anything above that would shut off a battery tender.
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Old 06-15-2013, 02:03 AM   #4
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hooking up solar

Thanks for your responses. Better to ask than to be sorry later.
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Old 06-15-2013, 02:20 AM   #5
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I recently bought a 45 watt solar kit. Will it hurt any thing to hook it to the battery while the battery is still hooked to my camper. The solar panel has a controller. Since the battery will be going directly to the lights and etc with out going through the converter I don't want to get spikes from the solar charger. I dry camp in Colorado and am only able to charge my battery with my generator certain hours of the day. Now my frig (on propane ) runs out of starter power about 4:00 in the morning. Thought the solar panel might give my battery a little extra charge and get me by until about 10:00 oclock. Any comments would be appreciated.
You must have quite a bit of a drain or a small battery if a generator cannot keep up. A large external charger and a bigger battery may be an option also. What is your daily power consumption, or what kind of 12 volt stuff are you using and for how long?
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:03 AM   #6
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Also, how old is the battery? It may be time to get a fresh one. Definitely go for a deep cycle or a couple of golf cart batteries since you boondock it quite a bit.
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