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Old 09-20-2013, 11:11 AM   #21
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I just went thru this Thread quickly and it looks like LED lights were mention once. The bulbs in the A Frame are 10 watt. With 2 bulbs, that 2 amps and if you use it for an hours that is a hour that an 60-80 watt solar panel needs to see good sunlight. In the A Frame the lights our are biggest draw that we use the most. With solar you look for every advantage you can get. We also use the light that you wear on your head to read in bed at night.
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Old 09-20-2013, 09:45 PM   #22
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I normally carry the Champion generator when I know there will be no power. Some places dont allow them, so the solar panel was added purchased.

DH nixxed the pole for the AFrame & we decided the tripod would work better.

When he made the solar pole mount for the truck camper, he repurposed our old satellite dish bracket and mounted on the solar panel and uses a tall pole on the side of his TC.

We discussed doing the same for the A Frame, but after looking at his system on my trailer, he felt it was better with a tripod system. So, a brief visit to Craigslist and 20- got us this used tripod that also came with a pre-HD satellite dish...who cares, I just wanted the bracket & the folding tripod was bonus! Here it is after DH mounted the bracket on the back of the solar panel. IF a second panel is ever needed, its easy enough to slide onto the pole once the bracket has been placed.

DH is in process of adding new feet to the tripod legs to help stabilize it. He had extra metal flash & going to cut to smaller size for portability. The panel pole can be raised & turned and the panel tilted to face the sun, whereever it might be.

For now, the 30W monochrystalline panel provides the trickle charge (using a charge controller) needed to maintain the AFrame battery "for our needs" (however, others might feel they need more power). One of the first changes we made in the A Frame was replacing our lights with LED lights. We never use both lights on both sides, inside, at the same time (its blinding). We normally use the softer magnetic battery operated portable puck lights for soft uplighting.

We use a portable solar charged battery pack for our smart phones and other portable accessories (Nook, IPod, speaker, light, GPS) when on the road traveling, hiking, bike riding or other when no other source of power is available.
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Old 09-27-2013, 01:34 PM   #23
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Here is a photo of the battery box showing charging connector where we can either plug in the solar panel or the A/C battery tender to recharge the trailer battery. This is a handy mod as it alleviates having to open the battery box to access the battery posts.
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Old 12-21-2013, 02:06 PM   #24
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We use a portable solar charged battery pack for our smart phones and other portable accessories (Nook, IPod, speaker, light, GPS) when on the road traveling, hiking, bike riding or other when no other source of power is available.
I would love to know which solar battery pack you got for charging small electronics. I was shopping around for one, but nothing really had good reviews. Are you happy with its performance?

And I'm glad you mentioned a tripod for your solar panel. I have been wondering what kind of mount to use for the one I recently purchased, as I didn't want to put it on the A122. How do you keep the wind from knocking over the panel though? The panel is quite the rigid sail. I have a hard enough time keeping my Sportbrella from flying away.
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As for a portable power unit .. i use a Xantrex 800 HD .. sold in Canada by Canadian tire .. with the Eliminator title ....
this can be powered up at home via 120, tethered to your cars charging system for a short ride to charge .. or be charged from a dedicated solar panel .. directly .. no controller.
We use this to power my CPAC machine, and charge other stuff .. like phones, ipods and the like. Its a very good tool .. had it for a number of years now .. and keeps on going.
The main thing you have to do with battery packs like this .. is keep them charged all the time ... i have mine plugged in 24/7 in the garage ...
it even runs a 12volt winch to bring my trailer in and out of the garage when i want to use it ... great device ..

this is the smaller unit ... but just as versatile ..
http://www.backup-power.ca/catalog/i...21/1956914.htm

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Old 12-21-2013, 03:21 PM   #26
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I am going with Jim Yu's system sitting in my breezeway waiting for my T12DDST and am going to modify handbuilder's type box with an out door box added so no water will get inside the box. Yes I am stealing ideas left and right Thank you all.
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Old 12-21-2013, 04:10 PM   #27
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Here is the portable solar kit I use for small electronics: Goal Zero 19006 Guide 10 Adventure Kit with 4 Goal Zero AA Batteries:Amazon:Sports & Outdoors

I bought my spouse one for him to take when on his long motorcycle rides and when hes off fishing and camping in his truck camper. Sent our son one as a Christmas gift this year since he is always mountain biking, camping or off competing in runs and stuff & always seems to run out off cell power since hes on the go. We'll see if this helps jim.

Yes, I am pleased with this kit. I also bought a speaker yo play my music and an LED light that works with this, as well.
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MishaFoomin, as for keeping the panels from becoming sails, it can be staked down at the feet & DH will also place a clamp on the trailer frame that the center pole of the tripod can securely slide into & I'd still be able to turn the pole to catch the sun as it travels the sky during the day.
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Here is a photo of the battery box showing charging connector where we can either plug in the solar panel or the A/C battery tender to recharge the trailer battery. This is a handy mod as it alleviates having to open the battery box to access the battery posts.
Handbuilder - I would strongly suggest you get a grommet for that hole in your battery box. When one of those wires wears through the insulation, you won't be a happy camper!
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LOL - thanks Rockfordroo, its been adressed as you describe
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