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Beginner with 45 watt solar panel kit from Harbor Freight tools for Camping

Started this discussion. Last reply by Renewable Ray Jul 15, 2012. 24 Replies

I have been reading posts all day and am still confused. Not to mention now becoming a little nervous about playing with power. In addition to the solar panel kit, I have 2  550 and 650 deep cycle…Continue

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B. Kelly commented on Marie's blog post Beginner with 45 watt solar panel kit from Harbor Freight tools for Camping
"For a 2000 watt inverter (which is 20 amps of 110V AC and upto 200 AMPS of DC).. you will want 3/0 or 4/0  (they call is 3 aught or 4 aught) wire from HomeDepot or lowes by the foot.. keep the length as short as you can.. Layout the setup and…"
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"yes you can use different batteries ie. different amp hrs.if you have 12 v and 6 v batteries, you need to hook up the 6v in series to make 12 v, thats all"
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Jul 15, 2012
Renewable Ray replied to Marie's discussion Beginner with 45 watt solar panel kit from Harbor Freight tools for Camping
"That's the best way to figure it out   LOL   Now let them recover, I don't like anything under 12 volts or 11.9 minimum. Let's see where you are at the end of the day. Man, I am so happy for you Marie. YOU DID IT!…"
Jul 15, 2012
John J. replied to Marie's discussion Beginner with 45 watt solar panel kit from Harbor Freight tools for Camping
"Hello Marie. If I may ask; do you have a laptop? I use one at camp it draws about 2.5 - 3 amps depending on what I'm doing, thats with usb speakers plugged in. Just sayin` one appliance, less clutter while camping, - multi-purpose a little…"
Jul 15, 2012
Marie replied to Marie's discussion Beginner with 45 watt solar panel kit from Harbor Freight tools for Camping
"Not sure how to figure that out. The voltage regulator says 12.3."
Jul 15, 2012
Renewable Ray replied to Marie's discussion Beginner with 45 watt solar panel kit from Harbor Freight tools for Camping
"So Marie, what is the health of that battery bank like after one movie? How many watts?"
Jul 15, 2012
Marie replied to Marie's discussion Beginner with 45 watt solar panel kit from Harbor Freight tools for Camping
"Thanks to all that have given advice. I am excited to share that I am up and running. We were able to finish one movie not sure if I should push for a second. I am ready for my next project! Would like to run 810 watt air conditioner 4 - 6 hours a…"
Jul 15, 2012
Marie replied to Marie's discussion Beginner with 45 watt solar panel kit from Harbor Freight tools for Camping
"Thanks Moe, I filed the 3/8s to fit. Finally, We are doing our test run watching a movie now. We did not have access to the smaller TV since it is at the camper 3 hrs away. ...so we are using the 46 in TV. I am hoping it will cover it for the full…"
Jul 15, 2012
Big Moe replied to Marie's discussion Beginner with 45 watt solar panel kit from Harbor Freight tools for Camping
"Hello Marie,   I buy my lugs from my local electrical shop or my local menards (like home depot and lowes) I have drilled the centers a bit when I need to custom fit them.   Moe"
Jul 15, 2012
Marie replied to Marie's discussion Beginner with 45 watt solar panel kit from Harbor Freight tools for Camping
"Thanks...I was able to get the 2awg for the batteries. I also picked up the 2 gauge welding cable. Still having a hard time find the right size ring lug for the inverter which is bigger than 3/8s. I also may have run into an issue with the…"
Jul 15, 2012
Big Moe replied to Marie's discussion Beginner with 45 watt solar panel kit from Harbor Freight tools for Camping
"Hello Marie,   I am just jumping in for a bit.  The battery connects are the easy part. Just go to your local autozone or advance auto or whatever auto parts store is in your area. They all sell battery cables. You can get some 2 awg or…"
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Beginner with 45 watt solar panel kit from Harbor Freight tools for Camping

Posted on July 14, 2012 at 8:34am 4 Comments

I have been reading posts all day and am still confused. Not to mention now becoming a little nervous about playing with power. In addition to the solar panel kit, I have 2  550 and 650 deep cycle batteries as well as a 2000/4000 modified sine wave inverter. The first problem I ran into was not being able to purchase the correct wiring for this project from the same retailer. Gotta love Harbor Freight. So I am looking for alternatives on purchasing the wiring. I am only interested in maybe…

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At 4:14pm on July 19, 2012, ditmar b said…

yes you can use different batteries ie. different amp hrs.if you have 12 v and 6 v batteries, you need to hook up the 6v in series to make 12 v, thats all

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