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Old 10-21-2018, 05:47 PM   #1
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Solar Panels

Hello,
I have a E-Pro 14FK with solar panel on the roof. (Two 12V in parallel.)



I would like a portable panel to use when parked in shade.
Could anyone recommend a panel and maybe provide links?


And, is there anything to consider when setting up the portable panel?

Do I need to disconnect the roof panel? Or, do I simply plug in the portable panel (or alligator clip to posts)?
Does the portable panel require any special 'brain' or programming? Or is it 'idiot proof'?



Thanks for any help!
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Old 10-21-2018, 06:53 PM   #2
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Solar Panel and Battery Connection

Also, as for battery connections.....Here is how the dealer connected the batteries. But, I saw a video that had the inverter and controller connected to positive 1 and negative 2, like the wires from the camper. Which is correct?
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Old 10-22-2018, 07:18 AM   #3
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I got this https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 before I even ordered my GeoPro. I kept it on my wishlist on my Amazon account for some time, and one day I checked, the price had fallen to 200 bucks and I ordered it. Appears well made, reviews are great, but I haven't had opportunity to use it yet. I also bought extra cables and an SAE type adaptor to plug it into port on side of our campers. The panel can be ordered with the charge controller, which I did. The charge controller is necessary to plug into port on side, as the controller for the rooftop panels is separate. The port on the side goes directly to batteries, so you need a charge controller somewhere between your portable panels and the batts.
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Old 10-22-2018, 07:59 AM   #4
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most solar setups, whether portable or fixed, will need a Controller, though it's unlikely that a single 100w panel will 'overcharge' your battery(s) on it's own, since the output is barely 5amps during even the best sunlight... I think you could easily setup a single panel, and simply attach the output wires directly to your battery posts... your battery level indicator in the RV will tell you the status of the batteries.
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Here is a good 100 watt portable for you at a decent price.
https://tinyurl.com/yd9mmjnf


And yes you should have a charge controller with a 100 watt panel.
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solar panel security

Do you secure your portable panels?
not sure if theft is an issue with them or not.
was thinking about getting some portable ones and was wondering.
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Old 10-22-2018, 03:44 PM   #7
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Hello,
I have a E-Pro 14FK with solar panel on the roof. (Two 12V in parallel.)



I would like a portable panel to use when parked in shade.
Could anyone recommend a panel and maybe provide links?


And, is there anything to consider when setting up the portable panel?

Do I need to disconnect the roof panel? Or, do I simply plug in the portable panel (or alligator clip to posts)?
Does the portable panel require any special 'brain' or programming? Or is it 'idiot proof'?



Thanks for any help!
A solar panel needs a Solar Charge Controller between it & your battery. It also needs to be setup for your battery type. IE: AGM, Flooded, Lithium, etc.

The portable solar panel will need it own Solar Charge Controller. If you don't understand what you need, call a couple of the solar companies. IE: AltE Store, Renogy, Go Power, etc.

I called Renogy before I purchased their panels from Amazon. Don't be afraid to ask questions. There is also a lot of YouTube videos on RV solar.
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Thanks everyone for the great info. It is really appreciated.
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Old 10-22-2018, 04:36 PM   #9
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Thanks everyone for the great info. It is really appreciated.
Please update when get your portable panels.
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Old 10-22-2018, 05:59 PM   #10
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Would this panel be effective?
Looking at the data, unless I am not understanding things...This would be a good option?


https://www.walmart.com/ip/170-Watts...ting/963608824
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