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    Please give me advise on what Solar System I can connect / Install for my 2015 Conqueror Companion caravan. The Solar system must supply electricity and power to the Caravan Batteries for at least 7 Days (Min 5 Days). Or is a Generator the answer (Camping in remote and nature and do not want to make noise)
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    2. National Luna 90 litre Fridge freezer that will run at about 1 Degrees Celsius 24hours (All the time) 12V - 2.5Amps average running current. 35 amphours / day average power draw.
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    Thanx in advance
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    All depends what charging system you currently have installed in your van, AFAIK the Conquerors have the HCDP MK4 power pannel? Also how many and what size batteries have you got?

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    The Conqueror’s do not make use of the HCDP system, they build their own powerpack’s. To use a solar panel on the Conqueror you will have to have a solar regulator as the powerpack does not make provision for solar panels. The smallest panel that I will look at is an 180W solar that will deliver about 7-8 Amp/h. Ideally you would want to get as much as possible back into the batteries as you never know what the weather will do.

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    Gabriel, I fitted my own system to our Companion for our trip to the Kgalagadi last year. Consists of a CTek 250 to take care of the controller, have three foldable panels of 83W each and replaced the batteries with 100AH lead crystal units. Ran all you mentioned plus a bit more and did not experience any problems. This is not a replacement system but an add on to the existing Conqueror system.
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    I've got a roof mounted Zulteck 180w/8amp polychrystalline panel and a 30amp solar regulator. I run my NL 90l and pump etc.

    2x95ah batteries and I'm good for a week depending where you park the Companion and the direction of the roof.

    Good solution at R2500 all inclusive
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    best to go with PBE, I bought their 240w system and have no problems at all. We power the 80l National Luna and the 40l Engel
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    I replaced my Companion's power panel with the HCdP panel build for the Companion. Stood for 15 days in Dec without 220V, just my HCdP panel, 2x 80W solar panels and 2x AGM 92A Raylite Ultimums. This panel has a 220V charger, 12A DC-DC charger and a solar charger.

    Have a look at http://www.hcdpelectronics.co.za/ind...&product_id=44 .

    In my mind the cheapest all-in-one solution at the right quality, and if you want service then HCdP is the way to go. To be honest, I think the Companion's panel is rather crappy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LdLL View Post
    IIn my mind the cheapest all-in-one solution at the right quality, and if you want service then HCdP is the way to go. To be honest, I think the Companion's panel is rather crappy.

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    So in essence you will pay R 6,750 for a solar controller where the CTek 250 is currently selling for nearly R 4K and you are limited to 180W instead of 250W panels. That is a set of PV's of 180W @ R13.00/Watt for free. The rest of the DB's are like for like, one with digital readout and the other not
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rooikop View Post
    So in essence you will pay R 6,750 for a solar controller where the CTek 250 is currently selling for nearly R 4K and you are limited to 180W instead of 250W panels. That is a set of PV's of 180W @ R13.00/Watt for free. The rest of the DB's are like for like, one with digital readout and the other not
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    For R2000 more than the Ctek I have a 220V charger, DC-DC charger, solar charger, 150W inverter 220V socket, sigarette lighter socket, Hella plug, geyser setup, digital Amps and Volt display. It is basicly a 3 in 1 charger all in one neat box. It works for me.

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    Thank you for your Input! Much Appreciated!

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    I recently bought the HCDP MK4 R02 with the inverter and was lucky to get it for R5000 on special.

    Now I must make time to redo the wiring for my Companion to start using it.

    Like Ldll says - its a very nice 3 in 1 model that does automatic switching between whichever power source gives it the best power

    Ctek prices has gone up way to much to recommend - yes they are good, but R4k for a D250s is a bit crazy, they used to be just over R2k....

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