Originally Posted by Metadifluoro
Now that we have figured out the mysterious plug situation it is time to ask the more serious question, what types (brands), panel sizes, and controllers are people with popups using? After doing some calculations on usage, it looks as though we use somewhere between 25 and 30 amp hours per day. A couple of systems we are considering are the Zamp portable 80 watt system (120 maybe), the GoPower portable 80 watt system, and a portable system from BHA Solar that is 120 watts and comes with an inverter. All three come with PWM charge controllers and most everything needed to install or get set up quickly. Any input (pun intended) would be more than welcome.
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I bought the Renogy Solar suitcase 100w. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...m_cr_pr_sims_t
Best investment I ever made. I'm not an electrician or engineer, and don't have time to learn watts, ohms, amps or other high tech stuff. Shucks, my VCR is still blinking 12:00. I tend to fix things using the 'bigger hammer' method.
But this is simple, just the way I like it. Open the suitcase, prop it facing the sun, plug it in. That's it. The cord has alligator clips for the battery terminals, and a plug connection about 10" from the clips. I leave that pigtail end clipped to the battery, and the plug end hangs just out from under the cover of the battery box. Then I just plug the line in from the solar panel when I need to recharge.
Whatever battery consumption I used overnight (usually almost 50%), is typically replenished within a few hours. Easily by lunch time, the battery is topped off. And I'm still running the cheap Group 24 Marine battery(65 AH) that the dealer threw on the unit.
The unit stows nicely when not in use, protected in a soft case.