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Old 01-28-2023, 08:28 AM   #1
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Dipping my toes into solar

Found a 300 watt power unit on WOOT! for $118 each, limit 3 per customer. IMO, an incredible deal with most units costing neat $1 per rated watt. Jackery 290 at Harbor Freight $279.99. Just received a folding solar 120watt panel from Amazon. My TT has a solar connection on the side panel front, have to check the connections, type and how wired in to the house battery.
WOOT! Is an Amazon subsidiary with great bargains. Im subscribed to their daily deals and have got several items at great prices, free shipping if you have Prime.
I bought two of the power stations, one for me , one for my SIL (also an avid camper and tree stand hunter). I figured great power source, especially for when he takes the kids with their phones and such.
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Old 01-28-2023, 11:53 AM   #2
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300 watts for 118 sounds like a used panel, not that there is anything wrong with that.
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Old 01-29-2023, 08:01 AM   #3
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300 watts for 118 sounds like a used panel, not that there is anything wrong with that.
While I did get a returned panel for some savings, the $118 unit is what is being commonly called a “solar generator”, the battery box power source. Brand new. Initially charged from the house power. Haven’t tested the panel yet, but Amazon stated it was returnable.

Now I have to test the Wolf Pup 16BHS’s solar connection to see how it’s wired in AND find a matching plug for it.
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Best I can tell, the solar connector on my TT is tapped into the battery 12vdc line going from the battery to the fuse panel, had over 13vdc on the meter.
Researched on Amazon and ordered the correct solar plug adapter with locking solar plugs that my solar panel has a cord for. It also has a cord with Anderson plugs, which I will use if I need to make an extension cord.
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I just got a deal on this 100 AH battery which youtuber Hobotech spoke of highly just a few days ago... might be something to add on to the solar panel?

https://drprepare.com/100ah-lifepo4-...ect-in-series/
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I just got a deal on this 100 AH battery which youtuber Hobotech spoke of highly just a few days ago... might be something to add on to the solar panel?

https://drprepare.com/100ah-lifepo4-...ect-in-series/
That is a good price at $339 for a Lithium battery with cold temp shutoff. I've not heard of the brand before.
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That is a good price at $339 for a Lithium battery with cold temp shutoff. I've not heard of the brand before.
If you check into it the battery comes from Renogy

A week ago I was able to use t he hobotech code and got the battery and the add-on output device for $369 free freight... shipped from CALIF
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