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RE: Black Friday at SolarBlvd

Good catch thank you. Fixed. It's not like I can complain about the deals I find here in Denver, The $175 plus shipping for the 250w panel will get me a 300w Poly locally. The only thing that makes the smaller panel less expensive is that it can be run with a $102 20 amp MPPT controller, the 300w can't. Any one of those 24v panels can be run with the Eco-w for a slightly more than a dollar a watt cost, just add wire. The MS 15a MPPT is twice the cost for all the features, you might see clipping on the larger panels but the over paneling would benefit you early on. Still not a bad cost to watt ratio for panel and controller. I don't really believe in the cost comparisons between 12v and 24v unless both fit your needs and rooftop. Still lower 12v panel prices and MUCH lower PWM controller prices bring that gap together.
JiminDenver 11/22/14 12:16pm Tech Issues
Black Friday at SolarBlvd

Got the sneak peek email from SolarBlvd.com with this years Black Friday sales. There is no link to leave now but I can give you the highlights. Mex, those 136w strips are $79 12v panels for under a buck a watt. Used 120w for $90 $15 off the 120w and 160w portables. 24v panels 225w $135 230w $138 235w $141 240w $170 250w $175 Must be nice to live close enough to pick up.
JiminDenver 11/22/14 10:46am Tech Issues
RE: Satellite question

The only easy thing I can think of would be to run the HDMI to the main TV and use a second HDMI output or the banana plugs to go to some device like a DVD player that would have a coax output for the bedroom TV.
JiminDenver 11/22/14 10:27am Tech Issues
RE: Checking 12V from outside the rig

Until I get the solar mounted I bring my batteries home, make sure they are completely charged and then put a charger on them once a month when I exercise the generator.
JiminDenver 11/22/14 08:22am Tech Issues
RE: Affordable 300w poly panels

Thank you Don. I'm trying to figure out how to sell off my mono panels now. (I'll keep the Schott poly) What controller(s)? I've listed the three mono panels each as a system with a Eco-w and cables for $500 each on CL. We shall see what happens. IF my stuff sells, I will probably get a TS-MPPT_45 or 60.
JiminDenver 11/22/14 07:58am Tech Issues
RE: Checking 12V from outside the rig

How far? It would be cheesy but I'd just extend the leads on a cheap voltmeter into the house. there would probably be voltage drop but you could gauge that to just make sure the battery was staying up. Bt the time you noticed a light not being on, your battery would be dead.
JiminDenver 11/22/14 07:27am Tech Issues
RE: Affordable 300w poly panels

Thank you Don. I'm trying to figure out how to sell off my mono panels now. (I'll keep the Schott poly)
JiminDenver 11/22/14 07:16am Tech Issues
Affordable 300w poly panels

Sure would like to replace the 245w mono's with a pair of these 300w Polys. click
JiminDenver 11/22/14 06:49am Tech Issues
RE: Did you could get one RV item as a gift ..

A winter vacation. Some place warm and sunny.
JiminDenver 11/22/14 06:11am General RVing Issues
RE: Battery Backup Light?

How bright? The HF puck lights have a magnet.
JiminDenver 11/22/14 05:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Installing Led lights in a ECON DLX

can you post a picture of them? Mine are dual clear lens and a bear to get off sometimes. They slide slightly out from center to come off and getting a grip on the lens is a pain.
JiminDenver 11/22/14 05:55am Travel Trailers
RE: If You Had Use Of One Good Hand...

Don't laugh. duck bill clips
JiminDenver 11/21/14 10:24pm Tech Issues
RE: If You Had Use Of One Good Hand...

Mex I was digging around in the tools, saw this and thought of you. It's along the same lines as the goose neck lamp. It will hold any shape you put it in. click
JiminDenver 11/21/14 08:39pm Tech Issues
RE: How to measure how much solar we need?

I don't use the panels to charge a big bank that I drain over night. I use it to power the things we do during the day. Coffee, cooking, heating water, TV/Sat, cooling the trailer, even some heating on those cold clear mornings. In the two weeks we used the two 245w systems, the controllers recorded a little over 16000 Wh.
JiminDenver 11/21/14 08:06pm Tech Issues
RE: How to measure how much solar we need?

Never have I read about an RV`r saying they got 600 amp hrs in a day I think you have a typo confusing watt hrs and amp hrs 600 amp Hrs would be way over 7000 watt Hrs...approx 8000 watt Hrs I looked, a amp hour is the same now as it was 35 years ago. use one ampere for one hour and it is one amp hour. 50a for one hour is 50 Ah. 50a for 12 hours is 600 Ah. I designed our system to be able to run a small air conditioner without draining the battery. I'm looking into options for the power that isn't being used.
JiminDenver 11/21/14 04:38pm Tech Issues
RE: How to measure how much solar we need?

What are your sun up and down times mid summer? Ours would be longer but the mountains tend to cost us some day light. Maybe available 50a would have been better than possible. The only time we can use that level of power is when running the microwave or some other high powered load so I know the 50 amp is possible/ available any time the sun is shining. (again it's only 35a or so the first and last hours) BFL reports close to the same amps tracking from his 230w/ Eco-w set up. Altitude gives me a few amps advantage but not that much. Amps times the hours of sunlight = man these big panels are sweet.
JiminDenver 11/21/14 09:21am Tech Issues
RE: Snowblowers - is bigger better?

I did some testing for the customers and the Ariens 520 did the best unless you had a large area. Smaller/ narrower for storage and handling. It can handle a foot of snow and doesn't bog down when it gets wet. The electric start is really nice first thing on a cold day even if it will start just fine with the pull starter.
JiminDenver 11/21/14 08:46am Around the Campfire
RE: Testing the new to me NON MPPT 20 amp Charge controller

There are plenty of snooty forums out there and you are right, they don't want to talk about the low end stuff. Buy big, expensive and most likely what their sponsor sells or they will run you off. Now if you want or need info on the "better" controllers, it's here. Do a search and you will find it. As far as the budget controllers not being worth anything. My inexpensive MPPT controller is as functional for me at this time as those costing 2,3 or 4 times as much. The ebay PWM controllers are as functional and the affordability factor has allowed many more to get into solar than ever before. They may not fit a mariners needs, but they fit ours.
JiminDenver 11/21/14 07:12am Tech Issues
RE: How to measure how much solar we need?

Quote: the 5-600 AH the panels can do tracking on a good summer day -------------------------------------------------------------- How does one do this w/ 700 watts of panels ? My 100 watt panels put out 5 amps max while tracking on a good day. 7 panels x 5 amps = 35 amps max. 35 amps x 8 hrs = 280 - 300 AHs per day,.....a very far cry from 5 - 600. Where did I go wrong ? Yeah, those little low watt, low voltage panels are cute, aren't they. ;) So lets run some numbers. My three panels put out 50a. (17a, 17a, 16a) A good summer day starts at 6 am and ends around 8 pm for me. tracking allows me to take advantage of all of it. That's 14 hours at a possible 50a. That is closer to 700 ah but I trimmed off some for good measure since we will only be getting 35a or so the first and last hour. Now you might improve your situation by running those 100 watt panels in pairs with a MPPT controller. ;)
JiminDenver 11/21/14 06:50am Tech Issues
RE: Chaining up a DRW 4x4??

Dang.. and here I thought 4wd virtually eliminated the need for chains. Outside of being forced to up in the mountains, I would only chain up for deep snow. The Expeditions are good for 20 inches or so on their own. The f 150 chained up on the rear axle has done 30 inches and cut through drifts that went over the hood. Kinda fun even if top speed in 4x4 low is only 20 mph. I'd hate to have to tow in slick conditions with chains on. You don't feel them in deep snow but without that cushion they make washboards seem nice.
JiminDenver 11/20/14 11:13pm Tech Issues
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