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Old 02-03-2018, 08:18 AM   #21
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All your loose screws will be stuck to the top of the box now with all of those magnets
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Old 02-03-2018, 08:42 AM   #22
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In order to move the panels I need to use a wonderbar to break the magnet from the box and then put a 3/16" strip of wood between the magnet and the box, times 10.

Then they still have enough magnetic attraction to resist movement.
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Fancy! Very cool setup Leo.
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I charged the battery last night on AC and got it to float level this morning.

Now all it's doing is maintaining float.



I have the temp compensation set at -4mv/ºC/cell and it's cold outside today, so the charging voltages are higher than you'd expect.

Here's the top view of the truck. I think my window needs a cleaning.
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I did read through your entire post however I missed the beginning question you asked about drilling the panels, what was your final decision?


I would never drill through panels for many reasons. First being you'll pitentially void your panel warranty. You could create a rough / sharp chaff point for the wire, unless you installed a bushing. Not to mention your creating a lot of work for yourself, take a look at my attached picture these clips will never fall off and there listed for the intended use.
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I wouldn't drill through the panel, but the aluminum frame I certainly would. Not going to void the warranty, but I won't be able to return it because it's no longer resalable.

I used something similar to this to secure the wires to the underside of the panel.



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So a year later, how's that setup been working out for you? Do you have any stats on % of discharge vs time to float?

SWMBO made me buy a little camper trailer and I'm toying with the idea of setting up a panel or two for boondocking with it. That way she can be comfy in base camp while I go backpacking.
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No, not really. System works good though. Since I don't use it every day when I need it it has a full charge. Plus I only have 120 watts worth of panels which has never produced more than 93 watts. The one time when I really used the system it was recovered by mid morning the next day.

If you have the space get 2-300 watts worth of panels and 2 batteries for the system.
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Pretty much I expected to hear. If you were really using that setup regularly, it most likely wouldn't be enough.

I'll start small and see how it goes. A regular car battery lasts me 4 days at hunting camp before it needs a boost, so I think a good deep discharge jobby with a single portable (so I can point it sunwards) 100W panel stands a fair chance. Easy enough to double up either or both if I need to. She'll use more power than I would.
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If a regular car battery lasts 4 days you won't have any problems. I use saws, irons, heat guns and all of my 120v tools on mine. Generally I can get an 8 hour day out of it. If I have good sun while I'm working it'll extend that even farther.

I actually though she was using electricity. 4 days off a car battery isn't using squat. Even my system could easily handle that.
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Well, I pretty much only run 2-3 LED lights at camp, and a 12V vacuum. She'll probably want 15-20 other amenities.

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