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solar panel + battery + inverter (camper, boat)

  • 17-08-2010 6:59pm
    Registered Users Posts: 15

    hi everyone,

    We are building a house bus and we would like to install a solar panel to charge up the battery and use an inverter to use the electricity from the battery in the bus.

    we are interested in the Mono-crystalline solar panel, we've been reading some articles and they all say that they are better that the polycrystalline and thin film panels... has anyone got any advice on that ?

    We would like to know if any of you did build a electric system with solar panel for your boat or camper to tell us what we have to do, what we have to get to make a proper installation. I guess you don't plug a solar panel straight on a deep cycle battery so what are the steps to get a good system ?

    we would be grateful for any advice ! cheers;)


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 75 ✭✭Prabhu Deva

    try to get Nickel Iron or Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries if you can.
    lead acid are cheaper but don't last very long. unless you can get a steady supply of used car batteries

    you dont connect it up directly, even though it might work for a while it might over-charge the battery and cause it to explode. there are controllers available on ebay

    if you are running a lot of electric motors off your setup you should get a true (pure) sine wave inverter, as some motors dont like ordinary modified sine wave inverters. you can use the cheap modified sine wave inverter for stuff like light bulbs, kettle, hair dryer, computer.