Help setting up portable solar panel

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  1. Solara

    Solara Read Only Funster

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    Over the years I've used quite a few rigid glass panels but have recently bought a 10 Watt Powerflex roll up panel for charging my phone when I'm away from the camper (I like to walk long distances when I've parked up)

    My question is... can anyone suggest a suitable small regulator and 12v battery for carrying in a rucksack (the solar panel will be bungeed on the outside)

    Thanks :thumb:
     
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    that seems like a sledgehammer to crack a nut. To start with covering some cells with bungee will prevent it from working properly. why not just get a dedicated solar phone charger, and velcro it to the top of your rucksack with lead running over your shoulder to the phone in your top pocket. A search of fleabay brought up loads. just find one to suit your phone
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Solar-USB...UK_Mobiles_Accessories_RL&hash=item1c16e0d48f
     
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    Have you asked the supplier you bought the panel from? They should know of compatible products shouldn't they?
     
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    I bought it 2nd hand :Wink:

    It has eyelet's in the corners so no sun block out. Also it's destined to run several gismos such as iPhone (sometimes), torch, radio etc etc so not overkill in my humble opinion

    Anyone know of a small 12 battery pack and small regulator (links if possible please)
     
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    Ask the guy you bought it off who he got it from then :BigGrin:
     
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    A 10w panel shouldn't need a regulator, however if its to charge a phone get one thats designed for the purpose. Covering any part of a solar panel will reduce its output to practically nil.

    Try powermonkey. Not the cheapest but will charge just about anything with the appropriate adaptor

    [ame]http://www.amazon.co.uk/PowerTraveller-Explorer-Solar-Charger-Device/dp/B001W031KI/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1345041670&sr=8-2[/ame]
     
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    Thanks that's good info, just to clarify things do you think my 10w panel charge a Powermonkey? this is the bit I'm finding hard to research even on Google
     
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    Hi Solara,

    Welcome to the forum.

    Any solar panel needs a regulator unless it has one built in. There are few if no 'low cost' ones that work. When you consider you can take out any item you plug in if you go over the 'protected' voltage of the item you can see how important it is to get it right. The ones we sell to the Water Industry will probably be an overkill. But typically a good place to start would be somewhere like these two, who will both give you good advice if you phone them:

    Marlec

    Wind & Sun

    Best regards

    Chris
    ps - Jim I am not sure if it is OK to put these links up so please remove them if it is a problem.
     
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