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Old 05-05-2015, 03:10 PM   #1
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2015 Roo 23IKSS Solar Panel Question

Does anyone use the solar panels that hook up to the new Roo's and are they worth it? Also where do you get them from

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Old 05-05-2015, 03:40 PM   #2
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Wicked, I can't comment on how good it works because I cant afford to get one, But I can tell you its a really cool design and pretty compact. I looked and they are for sale in different places, Amazon was about the cheapest I found.

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Old 05-05-2015, 04:20 PM   #3
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Those Zamps are pretty cool because they are literally plug-n-play. I have heard nothing but good things about them EXCEPT price. I am sure you can put together something cheaper but I really like those. It is on my list down the road a few years.

The biggest thing is sizing it correctly to how quickly you deplete your battery.
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Old 05-05-2015, 05:10 PM   #4
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Same idea. Cheaper product. Great to have ...

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Another option...

We have a "semi" portable set up at the moment. We use two 100W Renogy flexible panels and their 30A controller.

Purchased them on Amazon when they were $198/pc. They are a bit higher now but go one sale periodically.

Currently, we just plug the panels into the controller (using Renogy's cables) and hook the controller up to the battery using clips.

Then we set the panels wherever we like. Usually, I just place them on top of the bunkend as they only weigh 3lbs and they lay up there out of the way nicely. I've also just laid them on my truck's tonneau cover.

One of the reasons we went with this set up, is it gave us the ability to use the system as a portable while we figured out our needs (usage, capacity, etc). And now that we have a few trips under our belts with this set up, we are confident enough in our usage (and the system's performance) that I will be permanently mounting them to the roof as soon as I have time to work out the install.

But our current system is really quick and easy to set up (maybe why I haven't done the roof install as yet). Both panels fit into one thin box and that box slides under the sofa for storage and travel.

In the meantime, I might go ahead and install 12v SAE connectors to the side of the battery box to ease of set up and to cleanup the install a bit. I think these might be what Zamp uses as well but I have never seen a pic of their connector.

Whatever you do, you'll love having solar. Its great to have your batteries topped up each day and not have "power anxiety". Of course YMMV, due to power usage and system size.

Good luck!
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Is there a way to plug the renology into the roo charging port?

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Portable solar kits

This is my question exactly. We are considering an 80-100 watt system to charge 1 battery. If we get a second battery do we need another panel. I have sleep apnea and want to be able to have power in more remote places. What amp controller would be adequate? If the system is not Zamp will it still be compatible with the plug for solar ready? We would love to have the Zamp system but it is cost prohibitive.
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I *think* what we would need is called a SAE matching plug to connect the renology to the charging plug. I am a complete novice at solar though so hopefully the experts can chime in. I see some of those plugs for under 20 so would be a nice option if that is all we need along with a sub-200 renology.
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Our IKSS did not come with the Zamp solar option, but I have heard only the Zamp panels will work. (I'm not sure why, but I would imagine you could figure some mod to make it work with other panels). I have set up my own semi-portable system, where I put my two panels on the roof, run through a Renolgy charge controller, a monitor, and to the battery. Has worked great so far, and it allows me to move my panels if the roof is shaded.

Lablover--- the max amperage of the panels determines what charge controller you need. The number (and type) of batteries depends on what your energy requirements are. Not sure how much electricity your CPAP requires, but you should be able to determine how much it would take to run the CPAP for 8 hrs and determine what size battery bank you need. Remember, in almost all cases, solar is only used as a battery charger, so if you have enough power in your batteries to run a device for 8 hrs one night and it is cloudy the next day, you will be out of luck the next night.
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I have 2 6 volt batteries & use CPAP. I wired in a 12 volt plug back by my bed for this. I can get about 3 days before having to charge the batteries on the Roo. I also have an AGM 12 volt battery that I use. I can get 3 days on that as well before having to charge. That is just using the CPAP without being able to run the humidifier, but it is better than going without.

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