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Old 07-18-2011, 12:32 PM
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This is what I use. I am happy with the panel. I need to build a better charge controller than the one they provide.
http://www.sierraexpeditions.com/ind..._detail&p=2249
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This is what I use. I am happy with the panel. I need to build a better charge controller than the one they provide.
http://www.sierraexpeditions.com/ind..._detail&p=2249
John, any feedback on how that's working? I was researching solar setups the other night, I'm sorta leaning towards a rigid panel though as I can incorporate that into a roof rack.


Also I just bought a new charger, a CTEK 7002. Will be using on both truck batteries, both camper batteries, motorcycles, and whatever else I can find that needs a chargin'.
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that's a lot of money for a solar panel if you don't need a foldable one... Why not do something like this:

http://www.google.com/products/catal...A&ved=0CAwQrRI

or:

http://www.pvpower.com/trina-185w-so...stalline-.aspx

and one of these:

http://www.pvpower.com/phocos-cxn20-...ve-ground.aspx


Especially if it's going on a pop up top or something. 190-250w and much less cashola.
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John, any feedback on how that's working? I was researching solar setups the other night, I'm sorta leaning towards a rigid panel though as I can incorporate that into a roof rack.


Also I just bought a new charger, a CTEK 7002. Will be using on both truck batteries, both camper batteries, motorcycles, and whatever else I can find that needs a chargin'.
I am incredibly happy with it. I like that I can park the truck for a few days with the refrigerator running and not have to waste gas charging the batteries. It also is useful as an emergency battery charger. (I have experimented with this and typically I can fully charge a near dead battery in about 8-10 hours of full summer sun). One other advantage I like about the fold up panel is I can put it on any truck in a matter of minutes.
On the flip side I think I will likely end up going with a smaller permanent hard panel mounted on a RTT or Roof rack for more daily use.
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Well the other night I was looking at some of the Goal 0 stuff from Expedition Offroad. http://expeditionoffroad.com/expedit...ry_solar_power in a thread over on Expo he was mentioned a fairly turnkey setup for $650, 60 watts of solar on a roof rack. would be this post here: http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...272#post870272

Edit: I'm thinking those Goal Zero 30x panels could drop into a roof rack quite nicely. http://www.solarchargeroutlet.com/p2...lar-Panel.html
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There was a solar panel comparison in Overland Journal a few issues back. The GoalZero stuff did OK. Honestly the review was not great as they reviewed so many different types and sizes it was not real useful IMO.

A pair of GoalZero boulder 30's should work great as a hard mount on a camper or roof rack though. I've though about the same.
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You get what you pay for in solar panels.

I'm picking up a near new 1000is quiet generator for $500. That'll solve my backup problems and give me plenty of power
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A Woodland Fairy loses it wings every time someone buys a generator.
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Same thing happens when you drive you 10 mpg cruiser in the woods not to mention yer noisy ass dirt bike.

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Same thing happens when you drive you 10 mpg cruiser in the woods not to mention yer noisy ass dirt bike.

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Woodland Fairy has lost a few wings from large pistol bullets too I hear!
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