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  1. Re: Optimal solar panel for vehicle in long-term storage?

    It is true that a 5-10 Watt panel might not be enough to halt self discharge and maybe there is a satellite tracker that ads to this.

    The only reason I suggested this, is that there is no way a...
  2. Re: Optimal solar panel for vehicle in long-term storage?

    A small panel of 5-10 watts is al that's required.

    Then you wont even need a solar charge controller. Just couple directly to the battery.

    The amount of current it will produce will be akin to...
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    Re: Show your Two Way radio and Arial setups

    Thanks Eric.

    I forgot about the 50km radius for private commercial freqs as well as the roving freqs. ;D
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    Re: Show your Two Way radio and Arial setups

    There are different bands allocated to different industries. The Orra freqs we mention stands for Off Road Radio Association and is "mostly" associated with the offroading community and part of the...
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    Re: Show your Two Way radio and Arial setups

    Since taking up this hobby in 2002, I have had radios in all my vehicles and I have never ever experienced snapping of a radio antenna. And I have done a fair amount of bushwacking.

    You would have...
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    Re: Solar System for Home - A Victron view

    When the penny drops, in other words. ;D;D;D
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    Re: Solar System for Home ( yet another :)

    I owe you big time, thank you so much T-man! :cool:
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    Re: Solar System for Home ( yet another :)

    TTT, one more (I'm lying, there will be more) question please.

    Apologies if this was mentioned yet, I cant seem to find a definitive answer to this.

    Those Carlo and Venus johnies….

    I'm busy...
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    Re: Solar System for Home ( yet another :)

    Thanks, will try them.

    I usually go to ElectraHertz in Silverton, but I don't think they're the cheapest.
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    Re: Show your Two Way radio and Arial setups

    Centre console to the left - Kenwood UHF NX800 Digital

    Centre console in the middle - Kenwood VHF TK7360H

    Behind the back seat - Kenwood HF TK90

    Right C pillar - UHF antenna

    Left C pillar...
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    Re: Solar System for Home ( yet another :)

    I think the comprehension problems I'm having came with exactly how the wiring is supposed to be done.

    The picture cleared everything up, I think. ;D

    My confusion was with the fact that AC2 out...
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    Re: Solar System for Home ( yet another :)

    TTT you're going to get gatvol with me, sorry about that. I believe we're almost there.



    Then one more thing please.

    I have been advised by someone in the industry that the VenusGX is...
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    Re: Solar System for Home ( yet another :)

    Aggenee man! Now you've lost me again.
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    Re: Solar System for Home ( yet another :)

    Thank you TTT, just a few more points requiring clarification please.
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    Re: Impressed with China Pure Sine Wave Inverter

    Looking nice Ekkekan!

    A mobile power solution. ;D

    How many batteries and of what size do you intend fitting in there?
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    Re: Solar System for Home ( yet another :)

    Thank you sir! Just couple more questions please. ;D



    Only one db in the house. Nothing in the garage except 2 plug sockets. I considered using the one socket as a direct line to the house db,...
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    Re: Solar System for Home ( yet another :)

    Thank you TTT.

    Again, sorry for how I'm trying to make sense of it, I also must see in pictures to understand, word pictures that it is.
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    Re: Solar System for Home ( yet another :)

    TTT, Gerlach and all other Victron fans and boffins.
    I would also like some advice from you first hand experience guys that have paid the school fees.

    Looking for the right product for my needs....
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    Re: Impressed with China Pure Sine Wave Inverter

    Hahahaha so I did!

    I actually had to edit the picture by cropping it because just as I took the screenshot, a WhatsApp popped up which I did not notice. And I'd rather not share the contents...
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    Re: Impressed with China Pure Sine Wave Inverter

    Just a little feedback from my previous post.

    This is the closest I've ever gotten to VOC of the panels. ;D

    This I ascribe to my superior wiring skills. >:D;D
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    Re: Impressed with China Pure Sine Wave Inverter

    Also cannot view the attachments.

    How big are these batteries that more than 4 can fit in the computer box?

    Would love to see this setup.
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    Re: Solar decisions

    Agree absolutely. In a small mobile system like you and I use it makes no sense to go series, parallel is the way to go always.

    Provided space is not too much of an issue, the 3 x 90W is also the...
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    Re: Solar decisions

    You guys are way to worried about panels packing up or breaking.

    The only way I see this happening is if:

    - you crash or roll your vehicle (stuffed in any way an the panels will be least of...
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    Re: Solar decisions

    Yes, real world circumstances differ vastly sometimes from theoretical circumstances on paper.

    But I agree, with 3 x 90W he should be well off.
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    Re: Solar decisions

    Happiness!

    The site I was on did state the D250SE, but I supposed the 250W limit referred to the previous model D250S like I have.
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    Re: Solar decisions

    Maybe yes, maybe not. It is all about the numbers.

    How long are those lithium batteries guaranteed for and what do they cost? Batteries needs replacement at some time and then you spend that money...
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    Re: Solar decisions

    Photos of my setup.
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    Re: Solar decisions

    You have to wire in parallel with the Ctek. But judging from your original post you already know this.

    This will give you 270 Watts and a quick search revealed that the max watts the unit can...
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    Re: Solar decisions

    Also without cranking any numbers I can tell you now that a 80 Watt panel will not be nearly enough for two fridges. Even with just one fridge and battery you will only be marginally ok.

    I have 2...
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    Re: Impressed with China Pure Sine Wave Inverter

    Thanks, the initial results look very promising. I can see the Victron working its magic.

    Referring to one of your previous posts, in theory I have 110 Volt to work with. The highest I've seen the...
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    Re: Impressed with China Pure Sine Wave Inverter

    See the shade at my neighbour.
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    Re: Impressed with China Pure Sine Wave Inverter

    Who are you and how did you get onto my roof and move my panels around!!! ;)

    Many reasons.;D

    The shade from a couple of big trees approaches from the street area and my neighbor to the left of...
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    Re: Impressed with China Pure Sine Wave Inverter

    And 15min later I connected the house (and shocked myself for probably the 20th time now;D) with the only large loads being 2 household fridges and the camping fridge.
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    Re: Impressed with China Pure Sine Wave Inverter

    Ok this is at 10h00 with still the same load.
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    Re: Impressed with China Pure Sine Wave Inverter

    OK, I now have the 5 panels in serie.

    As can be seen from the photo, the two extra ones on the right has partial shade on them which should dissapear within the next 30 min.

    This is the...
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