New Solar Panel Report

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  1. Munchie

    Munchie Funster Life Member

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    Hi, just back from a week away at a non hook up site with our new solar panels. Rather than report how many amps I was getting I have kept a log of our usage and weather conditions. Hope it is of use. :BigGrin:

    Day 1

    Weather:- 1/2 and 1/2 sun and cloud.
    Battery:- condition at 0900 100% on regulator and fully charged on van panel.
    Usage
    Tele:- 4 hours
    Lights:- 2 hours.

    Day 2

    Weather:- Rain all day
    Battery:- condition at 0900 100% on regulator and fully charged on van panel.
    Usage
    Tele:- 5 hours
    Lights:- 4 hours.
    Laptop:- 1 hour
    Tom Tom recharged:- 2 hours

    Day 3

    Weather:- Rain all day
    Battery:- condition at 0900 100% on regulator and fully charged on van panel.
    Usage
    Tele:- 4 hours
    Lights:- 2 hours.
    Laptop:- 1 hour.
    Phone charged:- 3 hours

    Day 4


    Weather:- Rained till 1400 then sunny.
    Battery:- condition at 0900 100% on regulator and fully charged on van panel.
    Usage
    Tele:- 5 hours
    Lights:- 2 hours.
    Laptop:- 2 hour.

    Day 5


    Weather:- Sun and cloud
    Battery:- condition at 0900 100% on regulator and fully charged on van panel.
    Usage
    Tele:- 5 hours
    Lights:- 3 hours.
    Laptop:- 1 hour.


    Day 6


    Weather:- Rain all day
    Battery:- condition at 0900 100% on regulator and fully charged on van panel.
    Usage
    Tele:- 5 hours
    Lights:- 2 hours.
    Laptop:- 1 hour.
    Phone charged:- 3 hours
    Phone charged:- 2 hours


    Givens.
    Water pump as required for two people sowers washing up etc
    Electronics for fridge and gas alarm etc

    Setup.
    Two x 120 batteries
    Two x 80 solar panels.

    As you can see the weather was the pits yet batteries remained fully charged.

    Am I chuffed? You betcha, best money we've spent on the motorhome. Be interesting to see how they do when the days are much shorter.

    Many thanks to Mark of C.L.S. :thumb:

    BTW all equipment is 12v no invertors were used.
     
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  2. bobandjanie

    bobandjanie Funster Life Member

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    Hi Ken, it will be nice to park next door now, without that gennie running.:Wink::BigGrin:

    I must say we are happy with ours, we have not had electric since it was fitted.:BigGrin: But we still take the Kiper with us, I should say it will be out in the winter.:Doh: Short dark wet days and the Heating and TV ON.:Smile:

    I was going to say, you two watch too much TV, but as you had. :rain::rain::rain::rain::rain::rain::rain: That's OK.:Wink::Laughing::Laughing:

    You should have come to :sin: Sunny Sufolk. Bob :thumb:
     
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    Hi Ken & Steph
    Wow that's pretty amazing what size solar panel did you have fitted?
     
  4. Munchie

    Munchie Funster Life Member

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    2 x 80's Yep I couldn't believe it considering the weather was the pits. But both regulator for the panels and the motorhome panel showed batteries fully charged each morning. :Eeek:
     
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    Good to see the panels worked out well for you Ken.

    Graham
     
  6. Munchie

    Munchie Funster Life Member

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    In no small part due to advice from yourself, Bryan and Mark at Stratford George. :thumb:

    I think the LED lights played a big part as well. :BigGrin:
     
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    Impressive report Ken:thumb:

    I am going to get one 80 watt hopefully this year.
     
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    Glad it worked out for you Ken
    I have got Mark looking into some rain panels for us:Doh:
    Geo
     
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    :Rofl1::Laughing::Rofl1::Laughing::Wink:
     
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    Hi Ken

    how many lesiure batteries is your set up charging and what size are they?
    Did you install yourself and where did you get set up from.

    Sounds really good and would love to do the same
     
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    solar panels

    We have got to look at an alternative to electric hook up its such a bind, We were very restricted in france we had to keep finding sites for hook up. We would have rather tried out the aires but the electric is only for an hour and its just not long enough. Our disabled daughter has a lot of items that have to be charged plus a mobility scooter not sure if pannels could do that, are they very expensive.
     
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    Hi Ken, I can almost see the smile you wore when you wrote that:Smile: I know the feeling, our battery/panel combination allows us to be off hookup almost indefinitely in the summer months. Its a nice checking the batteries at midday to see they are back up to 100%:thumb:
     
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    Hi 2 x 120 batteries. All lights are LED which I think is a big factor. Mark from C.L.S. fitted them for us and gave us a good price in comparison to what was on offer at the shows. :thumb:
     
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    Does your panel have just the three lights (could be in trouble/not sure where you're at/could be some charge in it) - or do you have an accurate state of charge meter that shows how many Ah remaining.

    Solar certainly beats generators any day.
     
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    100% was the battery condition reading from the solar panel regulator. Van panel gives 4 lights 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and fully charged.
     
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    Not meaning to upset the apple cart here, but are you sure those figures are right?
    100% battery power at 9am in the morning after an evening of lights and TV?

    There can't possibly have been enough light to charge your batteries back up by 9am in the UK surely
     
  17. Tony Lee

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    That's why I asked about State of Charge meters. Anything that makes assumptions based on battery voltage is always going to be wildly optimistic when charging and pessimistic when discharging.

    Still, can't knock the system even if that is true because it has done the job the owner asked of it.
     
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    Munchie Funster Life Member

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    I can only say that I took the readings each day as said, bear in mind all lights are LED so having the main cieling light on and a couple to read by for an hour in bed is next to nothing. I also think the fact that I don't use any invertor is a major factor. :Smile:
     
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    I bet your reading the instruction on how the solar panel works and LED Bulb.:Rofl1::Rofl1:

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    Had saved the money for a panel but been hit by surprise with a new fuel pump £345, 3 new batteries (the were renewed under a year ago from Phoenix but the worshop insist their DEAD??) and my bike broke down at speed so wrecked a rear tyre and now in bits and needing a new tie bars (but the labour):shout::Doh::cry:

    If a sell a car maybe I might still have enough for a panel?:RollEyes:


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    Glad yours are a great success:thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
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    Hi, Bill &Kath, would it not be possible to charge the equipment whilst you are driving? I'm sure someone on here can advise- any suggestions? Iwould think an inverter run off your vehicle battery maybe?
    Hope this helps a bit, regards, Dave:thumb:
     
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