Solarpod anyone got one

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  1. lorger

    lorger Funster

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    Firstly i will start with saying i know nothing about electricity so that is why i am asking here.

    Seen this in the cc mag and wondered if anyone had one or what people think of it would it be worth the money as i think its just over £1000 so a bit more expensive than a Honda and about double the price of a Kipor :Rofl1:

    http://www.thousandsuns.com/solarpod-range/solarpod-pro

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    Gerry
     
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    looks like a self contained power pack/inverter to me.

    it uses lithium-ion battery technology at 29v so a special charger will be needed to recharge via mains or solar power.

    at just 30ah capacity it aint going to run a 1kw inverter for long at full power.

    for £1000 i'd rather buy a couple of new 110ah batteries, a decent solar panel and a 1000w inverter.
     
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    Thanks pappajohn i i said not got a clue did think it was a bit over priced for what i thought it would do:Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    I cannot see the point for a motorhomer. If you do not have mains hook-up (and you wouldn't need it if you had) the solarpod has to be charged either from a solar panel or a generator. I think it is designed for ad-hoc portable power needs, not as a device for a motorhome.
     
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    What a waste of cash...
    30ah battery and in reality only 1/2 of that to avoid battery damage..
    It's just a battery and an inverter in a shiny box....!!!!!!!!!!:Doh:
     
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    i agree, and i would seriously doubt it could handle the likes of a fridge/freezer or kettle, toaster,fan heater, these things might after power up consumne within the 1000w but power up could use half if not more e.g. 1500w startup
     
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    Thanks for the replies i kind of thought it was an overpriced useless piece of kit:Rofl1::Rofl1: just want expert advice on it.

    I wasnt going to buy one just interested to know if it was any good.:Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    It is just a battery with a kW inverter in a posh box !

    Max product value £490 inc the LiFe battery

    Max realistic value to motorhomers ?.. well as you already have leisure battery(s) about £130 for an inverter
     
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    Did anyone else see the 'alternative' to a standard generator at the Stratford Show? It was basically a small 'engine' with alternator which produced 12v power - I think it was around £599 or so.

    I can't remember the name of it/who was marketing it, but it looked very interesting and much more efficient than a standard generator as you dont' have to convert the power from 240v to 12v as you would with a normal generator, if you were only wanting to charge up your batteries and/or use stuff on 12v.
     
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    but why spend £500/£600 for something which only produces 12v.

    the same money will buy a proper generator to run 230v and 12v stuff.

    for that money I would want a genuine Honda engine as well...not a Chinese copy.

    overpriced by at least £300 in my opinion for parts and build costs.
     
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    Yes he's been selling them for a while, its essentially an alternator with a small Hyundai engine to spin it. Chris Green (Funster) built his own with a Honda engine. It brings batteries to a state of 90% charged VERY quickly. While everyone agrees they charge quickly, Opinions are split as to whether regular use might damage a leisure battery. Brilliant in an emergency. Last year at Malvern a members RV battery bank was completely dead; using Chris's charger in just 45 minutes they were charged enough to last the rest of the weekend.
     
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