Fired the solar up-what next?

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  1. ultima

    ultima Funster

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    Just fitted a 80w panel and cheap PWM controller and pleased with results-was getting around 5 a and fully charged batteries (2x110a) comfortably.Now I wont be using the van for a bit so do I pull fuse out to panel to stop it charging or just leave it connected permanently?
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    Leave it.
     
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    Leave it connected it will keep your batteries topped up when not in use as long as they are in the sun.
     
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    If you add a Battery Master from Van Bitz it will keep the vehicle battery charged up as well.
     
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    5 amps is pretty good from an 80 watt panel.

    Second the Battery Master recommendation - your vehicle battery will discharge gradually and on a modern M/H there's always something taking a tiny amount of juice.
     
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    Would say 5 amps is "very" good for an 80watt panel. ;)
     
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    May fit a better (MPPT) dual battery regulator later to replace the cheap PWM.The 5 amps was only when in direct sun-not all day.
     
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    Job done, now just enjoy it !!
    Mitch.
     
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