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    Sticky: Re: Electrickery for camping

    My Victron is of the 600 series before Bluetooth.

    When the charge voltage remains above a certain voltage AND the charge current drops to below a certain threshold for a preset time, then the...
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    Sticky: Re: Electrickery for camping

    From what I've seen, that monitor synchronizes itself every time it gets the chance to load to full capacity.
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    Re: DC-DC Charger Comparison

    Then you must definitely feed it from the main battery/alternator.
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    Re: DC-DC Charger Comparison

    You can, but it is not ideal.
    It would be better to have the feed directly from the vehicle's starter battery/alternator.

    What charge system does the caravan have?
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    Re: Nuseal - Where to buy?

    Thanks, man.
    Yes, I had serious health issues.
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    Re: Nuseal - Where to buy?

    It appears there might be more than just one Nuseal product.

    Below is the one I used a few years ago on my NI Turbo (synthetic) tent with good results. I sprayed it on with a big garden type...
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    Re: Ritar AGM batteries - Chinese junk or not?

    Refer to the manufacturer's specs when in doubt.
    The RA 12-100 series are all of the AGM VRLA type.

    http://www.ritarpower.com/battery/Reserve%20Power%20Battery/RA%20Series/
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    Re: No of Solar Panels

    Lekker man - dis 'n GROOT taak daardie!
    (Die beste manier om iemand se bek toe te kry, is om hom werk te gee.)
    (...en dis so groot mens kan 'n boek skryf oor daardie onderwerp.)

    Gelukkig het 'n...
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    Re: No of Solar Panels

    j9x se gekwoteerde teks wemel van growwe foute. Daarom dat ek in my kommentaar gesÍ het: gebruik dit op eie risiko. Daardie teks is nie die moeite werd om te lees nie. Dit kan mense dalk net van die...
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    Re: No of Solar Panels

    Met 'n serieskakeling moet die stroom deur die 2 panele noodwendig dieselfde wees.

    Jy kry egter 'n komplikasie wat moeilik is om te verstaan wanneer jy 'n 140W paneel in serie skakel met iets soos...
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    Re: No of Solar Panels

    Dis 'n moeilike vraag om net 1 antwoord voor te kan gee.

    As die 2 panels se Im redelik dieselfde is, is serieskakeling (met MPPT) goed.

    As die 2 panels se Im taamlik verskil, sal ek hulle...
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    Re: No of Solar Panels

    Ja j9x, ek het mooi gelees.

    Jy gee die stuk deur asof dit inligting bevat wat ander sal help.
    Dan neem ek aan jy weet en verstaan wat daarin geskryf is, of hoe?
    Dalk is dit jou manier om te sÍ...
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    Re: No of Solar Panels

    Ai, ai, ai. Hierdie stuk is propvol lelike foute - te veel om te op te noem of te korrigeer.
    Gebruik op eie risiko.

    j9x, jy moet eers bietjie gaan oplees en meer leer oor batterye voor jy sulke...
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    Sticky: Re: Electrickery for camping

    Something funny there. I have had my AGM battery for over 3 years now.

    It sits in the back of the bakkie and only gets used now & then. The voltage stays at 12,8V/12,9V for weeks. About once a...
  15. Re: Why dont we see super capacitors to power stuff ?

    The only challenge I see in Dave' posting is a challenge to all of us to always keep an open mind...
    (I am not referring to all the wondrous perpetual motion designs popping up from time to time.)
    ...
  16. Thread: Ctek Chargers

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    Re: Ctek Chargers

    Cheaper is relative.

    To charge at 8A you will need a panel of around 150W, and that will cost quite a bit more than the Midas charger at R1200.
  17. Thread: Ctek Chargers

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    Re: Ctek Chargers

    The Ctek chargers are good, no mistake there.

    Another charger to consider is the (PSA008 or PSD008 ) 12V, 8A smart chargers you get from Midas Stores. A good buy with many happy 4x4Forum members...
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    Re: tent waterproofing

    Perhaps there is more than 1 Nuseal product.

    The Nuseal from Pressplay Products is really not all that expensive and is for canvas according to the manufacturer. The guys at CampCover in Cape...
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    Re: HCDP dc-dc charger

    Hmmm... difficult one.
    Who knows how the new Toyota charging algorithm works?
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    Re: No of Solar Panels

    Once you get involved in power factor correction, you learn all about the differences between kVA and kW.

    There are folks who make a living by designing and applying PF correction in industry....
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    Re: || operation of more than 1 MPPT

    You have a good chance of achieving a good end result.

    But man, if you have problems, which way will you take to resolve it?
    Nobody would want to even attempt to assist you, other than recommend...
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    Sticky: Re: Electrickery for camping

    As Tolbos said.
    Your unit has a problem.

    The float voltage for the WRND is 13,7V.
    In the case you mention it needs no "kicking in voltage", as it would charge and attempt to maintain a battery...
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    Re: Explorer down van zyls

    Of course you can. Some folks have even made it all the way through.

    Should you? Definitely not.
    Not even if someone tells he made it and it was "easy"...

    That pic above says a lot, but it...
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    Re: Foldable solar panels

    Nie nodig om slim te probeer wees nie, maar daai's nie die beste raad nie.

    My raad is on te belÍ in 'n 2e 100W paneel plus 'n solar reguleerder (wat minstens 15A kan hanteer).
  25. Re: Using a DC powered PTC element to heat water (successfully)

    There was a case reported not so long ago about a cabinet minister (Edna Molewa?) who succumbed to legionare's disease. Whether accurate or maybe something else (HIV??) - who knows?
  26. Thread: Cheers Eskom

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    Re: Cheers Eskom

    Sounds lekker, but it is not good news if you have SA's best interest at heart.

    They want to up their tariffs something awful, but it means more and more seriouly big users will start generating...
  27. Re: Using a DC powered PTC element to heat water (successfully)

    I think the gradual and slow 400W approach makes sense, and is quite a simple solution in itself.
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    Sticky: Re: Electrickery for camping

    Nothing wrong with your theory.

    Allow for the losses you mentioned and some conversion losses, and you have a winner.
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    Re: Ctek and Victron car battery chargers

    Those don't seem like typical dry joints to me?

    If there was no solder, the component leads would be able to move inside the solder holes and more importantly, it would have failed soon after...
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    Re: dual battery charger options

    When you describe it that way, something is wrong with the HCdP.
    (Not sure what you mean with the 180W?)
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    Re: dual battery charger options

    It is also important to monitor the voltage of the battery under charge.
    Should the voltage reach 13,8V or more, the charger will probably start tapering off. Should that voltage kick off high,...
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    Sticky: Re: Electrickery for camping

    Nice question.

    Tweeling that is why we use a solar controller.
    The controller does the job of "smart charging" the battery to ensure that the battery always gets the best deal out of the...
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    Re: Engel fridge repair

    Sad news that.
    Perhaps someone knows who else might be able to assist?

    What is the problem with that Engel?
  34. Thread: Renewsys

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    Re: Renewsys

    Opinion: Nothing wrong with Renewsys.
    They are a fairly big player. Unfortunately never owned or used them, so only an opinion.
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    Re: Solar power and Battery systems

    Absolutely.

    (A known baddie - ECCO panels - beware!)
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