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RE: RG921 LED conversion

I am running similar ones in my cargo trailer - the natural white lights it up nice. These: Flat panel 48 LED, "bright white" These don't require sticking them to the upper side of the fixture, which wouldn't have work on my lights, since the heat shield (aka reflector) is concave. I have a reflector and have the panels just sticking to the edges of it. I think it helps some with heat having air behind it. I do get much more even light with cob style bulbs. The panels tend to act more like spot lights with my fixtures, they are clear with a focusing lens on the bottom and the fall off to the sides is pretty dramatic.
JiminDenver 11/27/14 09:53am Travel Trailers
RE: Roll Up Solar Panels / Ogre MPPT Controller

I can get you wholesale cleaning for those. ;)
JiminDenver 11/27/14 09:44am Tech Issues
RE: Solar - Upgrade or replace outright?

Take your time, there is the basic info needed to slap something up and the nuances that will make it best for you. Choose one component that doesn't interact well with a number of other things and you may limit yourself. I was lucky to be able to use my cheap systems portable. I had solar while I learned and have a much better idea of what the optimum panels, controller and batteries will be. Enough power to provide for our wants in good weather and at least our needs other times. A controller that can handle the voltages of the panel, can deal with the batteries charging requirements and have the features needed to allow the system to be hands off while in storage. All that's left is what batteries and where, I have until spring to work it all out.
JiminDenver 11/27/14 09:28am Tech Issues
RE: Morningstar MPPT 60 Modbus Error

I'll be interested in how you work it out.
JiminDenver 11/26/14 04:30pm Tech Issues
RE: "Now, Do I Look Like I've Got The Word Stupid......?"

Ya know, they have lasers that will remove tattoos now. ;)
JiminDenver 11/26/14 12:59pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar - Upgrade or replace outright?

I would start from scratch in concept as if nothing were up there. Look at your need, space, batteries, and conditions. Then check out the various options including using what you have or replacing it all. That way you get what is best for you with or without existing gear.
JiminDenver 11/26/14 07:47am Tech Issues
RE: 300 KW solar panels

I'll take one if I can have it for $50.
JiminDenver 11/25/14 10:37am Tech Issues
RE: Roll Up Solar Panels / Ogre MPPT Controller

Once JiminDenver nails some panels to his roof he will need a new hobby! Buying and selling solar stuff every few months only works well if you have portables. :) Now listen, I'm already having a hard enough time mounting the gear and losing the early and late power. I'll probably keep a portable just to take advantage of those times. Plus the systems are getting a good enough response that if I find more cheap panels, I'll just make some more and sell those too. :)
JiminDenver 11/25/14 09:58am Tech Issues
RE: Roll Up Solar Panels / Ogre MPPT Controller

BTW Poly panels and mono panels do not mix well as the Voc never matches up. All of my mono's get higher voltage in bright light and considerably lower when the clouds roll in daily. I haven't been impressed with the responses from the seller of the 300w panels. The specs don't show well on the ad and no brand is given, just that they are made with Trina components. He avoided the questions in his response so I have switch my attention to 280w polys for $212. Still too big for the Eco-w but I didn't intend to use them after mounting.
JiminDenver 11/25/14 09:06am Tech Issues
RE: Roll Up Solar Panels / Ogre MPPT Controller

I had my panels on 50 ft cables so that they could be kept out of the shadows.
JiminDenver 11/25/14 08:00am Tech Issues
RE: Rockin' out (I guess)........how much is too much?

The answer is easy. Put yourself in the other guys shoes. Would you want to listen to his choice of music or TV program for long periods of time or the birds singing in the trees? There has to be a balance of tolerance and consideration to be around others. We avoid campgrounds because we don't enjoy being squeezed into a noisy sardine can. Even boondocking noise carries a long way when you don't have any white noise to block it out. People talking, music, TV all can be heard from quite the distance, a generator is a hum on the wind and will be a half mile or more away.
JiminDenver 11/25/14 07:35am General RVing Issues
RE: Roll Up Solar Panels / Ogre MPPT Controller

Hi Mex, Sunelec still has the 136 watt Uni-solar flexible panels. $76 for 136 watts I believe Solar Blvd has them for $79 right now, if that works better for anyone. They will have them for that price Black Friday.
JiminDenver 11/25/14 07:00am Tech Issues
RE: RV Sayings

If it wont matter in 30 minutes, it doesn't matter now.
JiminDenver 11/24/14 11:01pm Beginning RVing
RE: Roll Up Solar Panels / Ogre MPPT Controller

I don't know why you want mono and MPPT for a small solar set. Other than me figuring out how to budget for it, what's the downside to mono panels feeding a MPPT controller? I thought a MPPT controller effectively gained you 20-30% more amp hours per day from a given panel area? Which if so, means you buy 20-30% less panels and have a 20-30% smaller sized portable panel setup to find storage room for. IAW, 100 watts of mono and MPPT will provide what it takes 120-130 watts of poly and PWM to equal. I've tested mono and poly side by side. a 230w poly at sea level can do nearly as well as a 245w mono at 10,000 ft, not to mention the monos fall on their face with the lightest clouds. We see a lot of clouds so I'm selling my three mono panels as systems on CL. One is sold and will pay for a nice big set of polys. Not too sure about the 300w panels, somethings fishy there.
JiminDenver 11/24/14 09:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Generator Question

I don't own one but is it possible the vent on the gas cap is closed?
JiminDenver 11/23/14 11:07pm Tech Issues
RE: How to measure how much solar we need?

My LEDs were bought off of ebay for $3.29 each a few years back. The same panels can be had for under $2 now. Were I to do it again I would use all cob style because they go in and out like a regular bulb. Change your mind with a panel and it can be a bear getting it out without trashing it or the fixture. This was my thread click A much larger thread click A search here or in the do it yourself forum will yield many results.
JiminDenver 11/23/14 11:46am Tech Issues
RE: How to measure how much solar we need?

That's why one of my concepts is cover the roof and fill the battery bay from the start. As long as there is room, some of us will always wonder just how much more we could do if we filled it.
JiminDenver 11/23/14 11:02am Tech Issues
RE: More lack of control in Chinese goods

A customer of mine had the same issues in the 80s. Had a item built in China only to find out the plant never stopped making them. They just started selling them under a new name.
JiminDenver 11/23/14 09:02am General RVing Issues
RE: Shaving?

I've used a Mach 3 for as long as they have been out. Buying the blades is a killer so I try to get the huge cards of them from Sams so that I only have to think about it once a year or so.
JiminDenver 11/23/14 08:56am Around the Campfire
RE: How to measure how much solar we need?

Now if someone comes up on us out in the middle of no where and sees a steam turbine on a wood stove, they are going to think we are moon shiners.
JiminDenver 11/23/14 07:43am Tech Issues
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