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Message posted by david885818/11/2015 at 7:55pm
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Probably a similar number to those who write to holiday companies complaining that, "Nobody warned us there would be fish in the sea! The children were startled!"

It takes all sorts ho hum.

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Message posted by Grampian9119/11/2015 at 8:36am
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We had a weekend away recently and having a chat to the warden and he said someone complained because he didn't warn them (it would be too windy the day after they arrived) for his tent.

MrT007, look under the label, have a feel the caps are there unless its not a standard lead acid battery.



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Message posted by JTQU19/11/2015 at 8:56am
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A Varta Professional Leisure VRLA battery I have has no caps even under the label, the ABS casing is totally welded apart from the emergency vent port.
There is no way that's electrolyte will be being topped up without drilling into it.

Message posted by MrT00719/11/2015 at 9:07am
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Mines the same as JTQU. No way in unless i drill which im not going to donas has a 3 year watranty

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Message posted by Onewheelonmywagon19/11/2015 at 10:40am
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Quote: Originally posted by david8858 on 17/11/2015Watts = volts x amps so 40watts equates to 40/12 or 3.333 amps. My maths is not good as several maths letcherures told me when I was younger

40 watt solar panel will deliver max 3.333 amps.

This may take a long time to charge a 110Ah battery!

It may trickle charge it.

Distinct lack of sun here recently so perhaps expect less amps!




Yes, it would take a long time for a 40 watt panel to charge a FLAT battery, especially during the winter months, but the amp-hrs required to counteract any ongoing discharge would be a lot less.
Typically a caravan with tracker and alarm will put a drain on the battery of about 200 milliamps ( 0.200 amps ), and a 40 watt panel will be more than enough to replace this loss. It's always worth checking whether the panel is still working.


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Message posted by sunshinetours19/11/2015 at 4:05pm
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Multi stage smart charger is our solution at home. If you have alarm I guess two batteries may be option and swap them each month maybe?

Message posted by Hairywol19/11/2015 at 7:34pm
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Just been to my van for first time since July - have had a bit of a rubbish time I'm afraid - and found the battery fully charged by the 40w standard equipment solar panel. Very pleased.

I do keep the van charged with EHU on campsites and the car charges it on tow, so it's maintaining a well-charged battery not charging up a depleted one that's been off-grid.

Never had any power problems with the motor mover.

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