UPS brought my solar system today. All I had to do was hook a permanent connector to the battery terminals, run it out through the vent louver of my battery box and plug in the panel. To say I am thrilled is a major understatement!
I didn’t extend the built in legs for the solar panel because at my latitude this time of year I needed only an 11 degree tilt. So I just put a couple of boards under it.
I was very surprised to see it charging at 13.80 volts that late in the day!
Even when clouds moved over the sun and the panel was totally in overcast conditions, my meter was still showing 13.33 volts at 6:00 pm.
It came in a very nice aluminum case with foam padding to protect the panels when I’m not using them.
My only concern is the weight. The panels themselves are only 26 pounds. However, with the 12 pound case, the total weight is 38 pounds, which is a little hard for me to carry. So I guess the solution is to let Ron carry the panels in the case for me. Or use my little folding dolly.
I also plan to install my Windox Maxx vent this evening or in the morning. I got it so I could leave a window open when it rains so I can run a fan inside the Casita for ventilation in bad weather.
The only thing we won’t be able to use with the solar panels is the air conditioner. (We don’t carry a microwave when we camp.) So we need to either head to the mountains where it’s cool enough without air conditioning… or wait until the summer heat is past — to enjoy our new boondocking capabilities.
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