do i need solar panels ?

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  1. landyman

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    Hi, well im sat here thinking do I need to spend money on solar panels, we have two 110 batteries, we never do any longer than two days wild camping at any one time then we head off to a site with EHU for showers and fresh water.
    All we use when off site are lights, all led, radio, and 80 litre compressor fridge , water tap with a surflow pump, im very close to buying the solar kit so any advise would be appreciated
    regards landyman (Paul)
     
  2. laser101uk

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    If it were me I would buy one, even though you have enough power for two days. Point being you would have the option stay away longer if you wanted to, or you can add to your power demands when you need to. I have a 130 watt panel and we never have to worry and we use a TV on top of the things you mentioned. I am not sure what a compressor fridge is , my fridge runs of gas.
     
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  3. PaulyP

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    I bought mine, 80w, as it was a dual charger.
    Engine batt let me down a few times when left for a couple of weeks, never had a problem since and it has sat for 3 or 4 weeks at a time.
    This weather i don't need hook up.
     
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    I put a 150w on mine and it's made a big difference :)
     
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    Mines nearly half the size if yours.











    But it does the job :LOL::LOL:
     
  6. Peter & Elaine

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    We have 280 watt and never use a hook up even in winter I think I could get away for at least 4 days with 2 110 amp batterys
     
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    Think your better with a Genny reading the earlier threads on here...........seem to be popular
     
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  8. Techno

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    The solar will reduce the amount your batteries are discharged with your normal usage and thus will improve the lifespan by reducing the discharge cycles.
     
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    Reading your personal requirements I would no.

    However, depending on what your are prepared to pay and whether you are able to install yourself, I think the benefits are well worth having. I installed my 100 watt panel including control box for approx £120 and have no regrets. If however you decide to use an installer then overall cost and suitability for your needs would be an issue.
     
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  10. Gandhi

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    Dead handy! Mine charges a stand alone battery and if the main one ever goes flat on me (which it has done several times) a quick swap around and I've got one fizzing away good for another couple of days.
     
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    We have 200W of solar, 2x110ah batteries and a 2000W inverter and can last indefinitely without hookup so I would say yes.

    I also don't own and have no intention of owning a genny ;)
     
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    why not connect to the main leisure battery ?


    @landyman
    no matter how little solar you have, it will extend the time the battery(s) lasts before it is 50% depleted.. ie flat.

    and if you have enough to supply your daily needs, that extension during summer months is infinite ...
     
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  13. StitchesnFluff

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    we have one, made a big difference. Good peace of mind when parked up at home also.
     
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    Apparently it's all about how you use it :whistle:
     
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    I'm very interested in solar panels myself it's just the expense that's putting me off at the mo, it seems to be the way forward though
     
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    Because the way I do it I'm never without a full battery. It works a treat. I've never been caught short yet - always got a full one. If I connected the solar panel to the main leisure battery and it died on me I would always be wondering if the spare was ok or not whereas I always know with 100% certainty it will be bubbling away ready to go.
     
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    Gandhi can you please remove the or motivator it puts me off my dinner.
    Thanks in anticipation.
     
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    I just upgraded from 120w too 280w, and have 2 125ah batteries and an mppt controller,
    I run a compressor fridge freezer, lights and diesel heating water system (the diesel heater glow plug and fan take quite a bit of power),and tv,
    with just the 120w panel it was great in full sun , but struggled a bit with overcast, where as 280w pulls in quite a bit even when cloudy, i love solar and think it is the way forward, quiet and efficient
    pete
     
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