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Message posted by cookiekid via mobile 29/7/2020 at 5:44pm
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Hi, can anyone please advise of a good 'suitcase type solar panel' time keep our caravan battery charged whilst in storage.

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Any number of solar panel types on Amazon. I have a fixed 100W panel on our van, also a 120 W suit case type, as extra boost when no EHU unavailable. It depends how much you want to spend, but i have found them good.
The first one i bought was about 120, for a 60 W, this is now on my garage roof, linked up to my spare battery, which does keep it charged up.
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Message posted by cookiekid via mobile 30/7/2020 at 10:43am
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Yes thanku. So what min wattage would you suggest?

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We have an 80 w on out MH roof. Whilst it not a caravan it does keep both the leisure and vehicle battery topped up during the winter. It also gives us the ability to camp on cheaper sites without EHU and still run the water pump and watch TV etc.

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The more Wattage is better. you have to work out the cost, and if its cost effective. I only use solar panels for the caravan, not on the vehicle, its my choice. The caravan battery is different to a cranking battery on a vehicle.
The size of a solar panel depends how much power you need ? next month hopefully i shall be in a field for 2 weeks. We have the electrics in the van, lights, water pump, heating [wet ] if required, tv. So I have 100 watts fix3ed on the roof, then a suitcase solar, which plugs into the battery, 120Watts, It seems a lot, but on a good day sunny, gives about 10 AMPS. So if we use all the appliances and its a dull day, we have to ration what we use. Its ok saying 80W keep the battery charged. But will it keep it charged when in use. Then if there is poor sun, ,no solar power, I have used solar for 10yrs, its a learning curve, they are brilliant but not perfect.

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Hi, 2Q around solar panels. Anyone have experience of charging from them whilst inside the non-lined 'living' area of a mid-size tent - do they work with sunlight filtering though the tent material?

And if that is a non-starter, the risk of them going walkies if they are left outside an unattended tent?

I'm thinking about how to maintain charge to a leisure battery whilst for example going out & about, spending the day walking.


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