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Solar panels for camping - where to buy + Advice?
« on: September 09, 2018, 07:35:39 pm »
Hi Guys,

I need some advice from the camping experts:

I want to buy a 80 / 100 watt solar panel to complete my camping setup.
It has to charge 2 x 105 Ah deep cycle batteries to provide constant power to my 40L Camp fridge and LED lights when camping.

What charge controller will I need for this setup? Can I connect the power coming from the controller directly into my dedicated power-line coming from my bakkie's main battery?
Where to buy at best prices - any suggestions? (Gauteng / Limpopo area)
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« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2018, 08:39:18 pm »
Speak to Mark at xinotech +27 (82) 320-8604‬

He does talks and installations of exactly what you looking for
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Re: Solar panels for camping - where to buy + Advice?
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2018, 11:40:50 pm »
Just asking

Why 2 105 Ah batteries?

We did a lot of bush camping with our explorer caravan and a 100 W panel kept the 80L fridge and lights and pumps in working order. Had only one 105 Ah battery in the caravan, Panel simply plugged into the van's brad harrison. 

To get an idea on prices check http://www.bushpower.co.za/
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Re: Solar panels for camping - where to buy + Advice?
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2018, 09:05:26 am »
I am looking at installing a system as well - here's what I found:-
Controller - DC/DC Charger - http://www.hcdpelectronics.co.za/index.php?page=products&product_id=24 - this allows max charging from the battery, while also allowing the solar panels to charge the Deep Cycle battery when its the only power source - no manual switch-over needed.
Battery Charger - I am using a Benton BX-2 12v/7A charger - these are about R2k - this is permanently attached as well - the controller switched this on as the primary soure when available.
Solar Panels - looking for 2 x 80w 17v max panels currently - I will buy these 2nd hand
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Re: Solar panels for camping - where to buy + Advice?
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2018, 04:02:14 pm »
Speak to 4x4direct.co.za.  They have a branch up there and will help you with good advice and service.  Their prices aint too bad either.  Personally, I think 1x 100W panel is a bit lig in die broek to keep 2 x 105Ah batteries topped up.  Good advice on the HCDP.  4x4direct have them
 

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Re: Solar panels for camping - where to buy + Advice?
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2018, 04:41:21 pm »
I got great product and service from Bushpower. I have a 160W hinged panel that plugs directy into the dedicated solar panel input line on the Ctek Dc-Dc charger. More than enough power on a good day to balance all the power my fridge and a few LED camp lights pull out of the deep cycle battery.  The panel folds into a carry bag and goes on the roof rack when not in use. www.bushpower.co.za
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« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2018, 08:02:06 am »
I also rate Bushpower highly. They have supplied me lots of stuff. Also had them do a big installation at my office. Jacque is a stand up guy.
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