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Old 02-27-2016, 10:14 AM   #1
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Smile Hello from Indiana Questions about solar charger

Picking up my new Microlite within a month, and I'm excited to think of the adventures ahead.

The first trip we've planned includes a national park, where we'll try out the solar panel. Yes we'll follow the manuals, but does anyone have any tips? We'd like to think the solar power converter can take the place of an electric hookup, but that may be dreaming.
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Old 02-27-2016, 05:21 PM   #2
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Did you buy the Zamp solar setup?
All it will do is recharge the battery.
Which means running only in 12v.
No outlets, no a/c and no microwave.
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Old 02-27-2016, 05:47 PM   #3
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How many watts of solar do you have? I have 200 watts and 2 six volt batteries. It has been plenty for my wife and I on a 13 day camping trip. We run the water pump, fridge (on propane), lights, fan, leak detectors, CD player, and daily charging of phones and laptop.

Your solar panel will be more productive if you can keep it aimed at the sun.
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Old 02-28-2016, 08:02 AM   #4
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So, I've looked for the Solar charger wattage, and the only thing I find is a note "40 watt". Any advice?
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A 40watt panel may be just enough to keep your battery up if you have your fridge on propane (control panel needs 12v to run) and you use minimum lights. You will also need lots of sun. If you get an overcast day you may not be able to get the battery's fully charged again with just 40 watts. If you use the furnace or take showers every day you will not be able to recharge the batterie fully.
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The manufacturers never tell you that their solar systems are intended for maintaining battery charge when in storage. A 100 watt panel would probably be adequate if you were conservative with the electric use.
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