Originally Posted by bender477
SeanF , thats a nice setup you got there , how many total watts are your panels ? is the battery bank sufficient ? im planing on buying another solar kit for a total of 90Watts and a row of about 6-10 marine deep cycle gr31's and i'm wondering it it will be enough for our live in needs .
Thanks. The panels are 120 watts each, rated at 7.3amps max each (going from memory here) ....however, I've seen 35 amps going to our battery bank for short periods, when the panels are tilted correctly and there are some scattered clouds. "Edge of cloud effect" I think it's called. Anyway, it's another good reason to up-size the wiring a bit. There are tables for working out wires size for a given max amperage and wire run length.
We find the battery bank to be sufficient for our needs. I work on a PC w/flat screen 40 hours a week, along with internet. We use 12volt LED lighting (and also the Sylvania Dot-It lights with rechargeable AAA batteries...they last a long time), a 12volt Nova-Kool fridge, a small 12volt DVD player for movies, and a car stereo for kickin out the jams...the stereo is also the sound system for the DVD player.
The turbine has been helpful in the winter months, but I dont think it's been a life-saver. It does cause a humming sound in the bus, so it gets switched off at night.
We do live in the 4-corner states of the southwest, so sunshine is plentiful. If we lived elsewhere we'd probably have a backup generator or more panels.