Solar Panel Fitting

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  1. lunarman

    lunarman Funster

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    I am looking into the possibility of fitting a solar panel myself. The one thing that is confusing me is the connecting of the charge regulator.

    The regulator has connections for Panel, Battery and load. The first 2 are self explanatory, my question is:

    Do I need to connect the van 12v electrics to the "load"? if so at what point should I connect it e.g. before/after habitation relays. or can I just leave the Load open terminals not connected

    Thanks

    Lunarman
     
  2. Geo

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    Load terminlas can be left unused
    you may want to wire them to a 12v cigarrett socket to charge phones torches,lap top etc etc
    it only provides power to that circuit when batts are almost full, when batts drop low that circuit is dead untill batts are full again
     
  3. Douglas

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    If you have still to fit the panel itself, think about making it movable/hinged so that you can angle it to the sun to increase its efficiency.

    Doug...
     
  4. pappajohn

    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    i concure with Geo....can be left 'idle' or if the panel is in a dark locker you could fit a lamp to this to light the panel for inspection.
    my panel has an on/off switch for this function.
     
  5. Geo

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    Befor you go concuring with me John
    you should know I was sckool concur champ 1962-1968 I still have my 108er:thumb:
    Geo
     
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    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    well mine was soaked in vinegar, boiled in oil and baked in a ramoska...

    fell to bits when i tried to thread it. :Sad:

    thought i'd try a new word.....sick of agreeing.
     
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