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    Anybody have contact and pricing for decent size Solar panels?
    By decent I mean 160 - 180 Watt.

    I went camping the weekend and just managed from Friday - monday morning to run two fridges at 2 deg. without driving but with a 55 Watt Solar panel and two 105AH batteries. Nothing else was run on the batteries.
    The panel is OK but too small to actually make up some capacity. At the end of the weekend I had about 20% capacity left ie alarm came on.
    OK the 30l Engels are of the old type but can't be that bad.

    My friend easily managed with his 72l National luna set at 3 deg. on a 75Ah deep cycle and two 65Watt solar panels running in his Echo 4 trailer.

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    Jambo

    Have a look at www.bushpower.co.za. They have panels up to 170Watt. You can also rent first to make sure you are going to lay out cash for something that will work. Their prices for renting is very reasonable.

    I camped for 10 days in Dec with 2X 50Watt panels running only a Minus40 set to -3DegC on 2X105Ahr Delco's. Had to put the car in twice on cloudy days to assist a bit, but they did eventually work down to 20% capacity. Will also be taking some larger panels this Dec.

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    We use Solar Panels frequently for purposes of powering remote Radio Repeaters where there is no electricity. In general, we have found that two 75w Panels work well, coupled through a Solar Regulator to Deltech 1250 Batteries. The size of the Panel is still reasonable and fairly easy to transport and work with.

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    On fences we sometimes use the new 180w panels. R5500 ex and big but very powerful
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    Engel,

    What are the dimensions and specs on those panels? Sounds like the thing I'm looking for.

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    PM me Monday and will check.
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    They stopped the 180w... too big

    Biggest at the moment is 135w and I pay R7168.00 EXCL VAT. They will get the dimensions for me. With a 105AH it will go very far as it cal deliver 11amp and the average fridge only needs 3 amps to run[average]
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    I think I would still rather go with two 75W panels, much easier to lug around

    Don't forget to get a SP voltage regulator or you will fry the batteries.


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