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    HI All.

    I've been trawling the threads but hoping someone can point me in the right direction. I'm wondering what the best solution is to use camping (fridge and few lights) and also when I'm at home (few lights, phones, 12v fan)

    Thanks a mil

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    I built a system with high lid ammo box x2 deltec 105ah batteries inverter and solar regulator to charge via solar.
    Runs my led lights, x2 tv's, hifi and wifi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vlaggies View Post
    I'm wondering what the best solution is to use camping (fridge and few lights) and also when I'm at home (few lights, phones, 12v fan)
    Two things:
    Depends on what the total loads are you want to power and for how long. This will determine the size battery bank you need.
    And with the fridge, what is it's peak startup current? This will determine what size pure sine wave inverter you will need.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_terrible_triplett View Post
    Two things:
    Depends on what the total loads are you want to power and for how long. This will determine the size battery bank you need.
    And with the fridge, what is it's peak startup current? This will determine what size pure sine wave inverter you will need.
    Perhaps one should know if it is a camping type fridge and then what size or a house type? If it is a house type one will have to measure it as we could see on another topic the same size could use 10 units a day to as little as 1.5 units. This would also indicate if an inverter is needed as a camping fridge can run from 12V unless it is one of those few camping fridge models that had 220V compressors.
    The few lights one can assume 3x0.5A max.
    The peak current to start would only be important on a house type and also how long does it run on each start as I have a bar fridge that never runs more than 7 min after starting and 12h per day. It uses the same running power as my small chest freezer but the freezer runs for like 20 hours a day. Not all 90W units are equal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vlaggies View Post
    HI All.

    I've been trawling the threads but hoping someone can point me in the right direction. I'm wondering what the best solution is to use camping (fridge and few lights) and also when I'm at home (few lights, phones, 12v fan)

    Thanks a mil
    Camping some 5 years with explorer with 200 watt flexible soler mounted on roof and 210 Ah lead crystal batties. Even with 50% cloud cover never had a problem

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    This sounds excellent!
    Any pics please.....

    Quote Originally Posted by fatbike View Post
    I built a system with high lid ammo box x2 deltec 105ah batteries inverter and solar regulator to charge via solar.
    Runs my led lights, x2 tv's, hifi and wifi.

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    Default Re: Camping d loadshedding power solution

    Thanks!

    What has been your experience in recharging the batteries with solar?
    How long does it take and how far down do you run the batteries
    - below 50%?
    Last edited by Paul Dold; 2020/01/19 at 11:56 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Dold View Post
    Thanks!

    What has been your experience in recharging the batteries with solar?
    How long does it take and how far down do you run the batteries
    - below 50%?
    I have 2x 80w panels in good sunlight batteries is fully charged midday.
    I only run 2x tv's, hifi, wifi and some led lights.
    I have run my fridge as well but did not test the set up.
    Batteries never go below 12.4 but still testing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vlaggies View Post
    HI All.

    I've been trawling the threads but hoping someone can point me in the right direction. I'm wondering what the best solution is to use camping (fridge and few lights) and also when I'm at home (few lights, phones, 12v fan)

    Thanks a mil
    None of these devices need 220V so do NOT get in an inverter UPS!
    Search for 'mini UPS' for a far cheaper, last longer, more efficient, much better alternative..

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    Morning fatbike.

    What are the extra cables on the power out side? I assume on the input side the two sets going in is form the WRND and a volt meter and on the output side one set goes to the inverter, What else is wired on the output side?

    Regards,
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    Quote Originally Posted by dfdekock View Post
    Morning fatbike.

    What are the extra cables on the power out side? I assume on the input side the two sets going in is form the WRND and a volt meter and on the output side one set goes to the inverter, What else is wired on the output side?

    Regards,
    Danie
    Hi I have a hella plug for my led lights

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatbike View Post
    Hi I have a hella plug for my led lights
    Thanks!
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