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Old 06-07-2018, 06:40 PM   #1
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Solar panel ideas

Any recommendations for solar panels? I am looking to power a short bus. Not sure where to start as far as the best panels, inverters, charge controllers, etc. i can handle the wiring and hookuos just not sure what to look for as far as equipment. Was thinking three panels, im trying to run an AC, charge devices for four people. As well as lighting and what not obviously.

Any insight is great!
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Old 06-07-2018, 06:47 PM   #2
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I also have questions on whether the best brands are worth the money or are there cheaper units that will more than adequately do the job. There should be a sticky outlining exactly what components are needed to complete a system.
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Old 06-07-2018, 06:53 PM   #3
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I agree I’m looking for the best bang for my buck and I’m hoping some of you veterans out there can help me.
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Old 06-07-2018, 10:08 PM   #4
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It all depends on what your energy consumption is. How much power are you going to use each day? Start there.
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Old 06-07-2018, 11:07 PM   #5
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I'm finding good reviews on Trina solar 310w.
At about 170$ each
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Old 06-08-2018, 12:05 AM   #6
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The higher wattage, higher voltage grid tie panels are much cheaper (price per watt) than the smaller 12 volt panels.
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Old 06-08-2018, 06:17 AM   #7
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I bought the Renogy 200 watt kit on Amazon and using two 6v golf cart batteries wired in series for a 12v system. My entire bus is wired for 12v except the fridge which is run off a 1500 watt pure sine inverter. I have no complaints after 5 months of use.
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Old 06-12-2018, 03:23 PM   #8
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Which batteries did you get Johnny Mullet?
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Old 06-13-2018, 06:09 AM   #9
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I got a pair of these batteries............
https://www.interstatebatteries.com/...ts/gc2-ecl-utl
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Old 06-13-2018, 07:17 AM   #10
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I used the Renogy 400W complete kit. (https://amzn.to/2MfyCeX) and a pair of 200AH AGM batteries (https://amzn.to/2y7N9WX). I'm also using all DC power. I'm moving it to my new bus and am adding this 12 port fuse panel (https://amzn.to/2JChXnO).

Some things I run:

Lighting: https://amzn.to/2JpQh5Q
12v + USB ports: https://amzn.to/2sMc797
Laptop charger: https://amzn.to/2JKLt6T
Wifi router/repeater(can also support easytether android app): https://amzn.to/2y4zb8k

I've also converted some fans to run from 12v just by splicing a 12v plug in place of the wall wart on these: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Mainstays...Black/55588963

My inverter (https://amzn.to/2MgPMc2) is used for running my freezer, my electric toothbrush chargers, my bosch cordless battery charger, and running some corded power tools.

I've been using this setup for over a year and it's been awesome!

I would seriously consider buying 6v batteries in place of 12v only because they're easier to move when you need to move them. Which isn't often, but once is too often!
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