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RE: Solar System Advice/Feedback for new Truck Camper

You can have two or two dozen batteries in your bank. Has nothing to do with how much solar you need.X2
mena661 07/29/14 08:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Flooded Batteries on Float

Your T1275's might be "stealing" some amps from your 6's. Might be why your bank doesn't "rest". Haven't gotten much camping in this year because of family get togethers but set to correct that soon. :) I'm only anal about float because we spend so much time over 100F/38C here in the summer. All the high float does is suck up water here. Maybe I can go two years without watering. :)
mena661 07/29/14 08:39pm Tech Issues
Flooded Batteries on Float

It's been mentioned that flooded batteries just keep accepting amps seemingly forever whereas AGM's will stop accepting amps when they're full. Don't know if it's true or not but I can say that my batts show zero amps going in when full and on float. SG is 1.285 with a battery temp of 93.7F/34.3C. https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-QOq3SqEXEXk/U9g9E6tDTxI/AAAAAAAAFOs/dfsQYSzIq-E/s400/Vic002.JPG https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-XfJrCJ8hMh4/U9g9E3zN3EI/AAAAAAAAFOo/IFpU-H-JOSs/s400/Vic001.JPG
mena661 07/29/14 06:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Told Ya! 6.8 A/H Lithium Battery With Charger Under $20

There's gotta be a reason I can use these. :)
mena661 07/29/14 05:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar System Advice/Feedback for new Truck Camper

You just need to place the panels where you'll have the least amount of shading problems. Also, those panels will work just fine. Get the two 140W's if they'll fit on the roof. As far as the controller, I'd get a Morningstar PWM also listed on that same website as the panels. BTW, I really like those Adventurer TC's. Nice rigs!
mena661 07/29/14 05:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar System Advice/Feedback for new Truck Camper

I would agree on temp compensation for those that live or camp in 100F/38C+ temps.
mena661 07/29/14 10:35am Tech Issues
RE: Battery or Converter Issues? Or Neither?

WFCO converters are such POS. That converter should be in boost with a quick amps taper (your batts might only be down about 5% from sitting uncharged). The bubbling and the batts being warm set off a red flag and indicate a problem IMO. They should not be much warmer than ambient temperature. I would separate all the batteries, let them sit over night NOT connected to anything and check the voltage on each one of them individually the next morning OR you can disconnect them all in the morning and check them that evening. The voltages on all of them should be equal. If one is lower than the others, there's your bad one.
mena661 07/29/14 10:26am Tech Issues
RE: Xantrex Inverter Question?

I'd go with the Go Power 600W PSW. MEX told me that weight is an important factor in inverters (heavier duty components). My Go Power 300W actually weighs more than the Xantrex SW600.
mena661 07/29/14 10:13am Tech Issues
RE: Xantrex Inverter Question?

The SW600 IS a PSW (pure, true, whatever sine wave) inverter.
mena661 07/28/14 10:15pm Tech Issues
RE: 100 watt solar panel

Northwood RV wants $1,100 to park a 100w solar panel on top of it's RVs. I'll be RVing full time next year; so, please, convince me that that solar panel is worth the money.WAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY too much money for that!
mena661 07/28/14 08:08pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar System Advice/Feedback for new Truck Camper

There is no benefit in choosing 35A controller over 20A model, when your panels are only capable of 18A.He mentioned wanting to expand in the future.
mena661 07/28/14 04:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar System Advice/Feedback for new Truck Camper

300W inverter will not run any drip coffee maker that I know. The Keurig, by reports, draws in excess of 1500W.Mine draws around there during the initial heating and ~800W to keep the temp up. The only alternatives are instant coffee or stove-top coffee maker. Switch to tea, it's healthier.We use a french press.
mena661 07/28/14 04:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar System Advice/Feedback for new Truck Camper

Coffee maker likely will draw much more than 300W. You might need a 2000W inverter for that. Others can chime in on alternatives off course.
mena661 07/28/14 03:55pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar System Advice/Feedback for new Truck Camper

Solar BLVD kitsThis.
mena661 07/27/14 02:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar System Advice/Feedback for new Truck Camper

Hearing that the Morningstar doesn't need a cooling fan makes it very attractive however so I'll be checking those out too.You can "hard wire" it too. No plug needed.
mena661 07/27/14 11:00am Tech Issues
RE: Potential RV'ers from Alaska

Why not just set the heater low?
mena661 07/26/14 12:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: HD DVR dedicated inverter

At 6lbs it's probably very good, but I need 12v. I'll mess around with this pos for awhile.It comes in 12V too.
mena661 07/26/14 11:39am Tech Issues
RE: Lithium Ion vs Lead Acid

That 80% window is the "full" rating. Similar to the 80% propane tank fill becomes the 100% usable capacity.I don't think they rate LFP batteries like that. Typically it's the full capacity (100%).
mena661 07/25/14 09:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Lithium Ion vs Lead Acid

Keep in mind you only need half the capacity as Li can be discharged 100% of rating.Most BMS's will "only" let you discharge 80-90%. Getting to 100% is tricky without permanently ruining them.
mena661 07/25/14 08:56pm Tech Issues
RE: Converter/Charger Voltage vs. Battery Voltage

Are the batteries fully charged when you read this voltage difference? If not, it is likely line loss (resistance in wires from charger to batteries). The more the amps you are pushing to the batteries, the more the line voltage drop from resistance in the wires and connections.X2
mena661 07/25/14 04:42pm Tech Issues
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