Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Advantages of multiple solar power sources GadgetMe

I have come to embrace having  multiple sources of Off-Grid power sources.

I mainly use solar power to charge storage batteries as backup power sources.

I utilize 4 sources.
The first is the solar system that is installed on the trailer, it utilizes 3 - 130 watt solar panels, 4- 6 volt deep cycle batteries, a large charge controller (50amp)  a 1250 watt 12 volt to 110 volt inverter with remote switch.
 a couple of loose solar panels that can be placed in areas away from the batteries to take advantage of shady spots to keep the trailer cool and still charge the batteries with them in a sunny area.

The second system is 2-140 watt solar panels mounted on the luggage rack of the Suburban charging a group 31 battery, and a 1000 watt inverter for 110 volt power.

A sub system of the suburban is a 1000 watt inverter that operates from the truck charging system, acting much like a gas powered generator. (although with a huge 496 cu in motor  :)
Another sub system of the Truck is a 2500 watt inverter that will power the whole trailer including the microwave ( but not the AC.) That runs with the truck alternator.

The third system is the Sea Nymph aluminum boat that can hold 2 more 140 watt solar panels, charging 2- 12 volt marine batteries typically used when fishing for trolling, but also can be used when not fishing.

These systems make the use of electrical power almost limitless, in the trailer, all systems can be used whenever needed, including enough power to run the furnace during cold weather.
The suburban makes power available for mobile applications such as pumping water, cutting wood, using power tools, running Tiki bars lights :) Stereo systems, televisions, for party nights.
Tiki Bar in Arizona Desert using suburban solar power

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