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woodhog

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Posted: 02/23/12 10:39am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This is neat...

This might work for boondockers with moderate power requirements?

Just throw it in the back seat and off you go...

Portable wiring to your existing system etc...


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Posted: 02/23/12 10:48am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi,

Yup, neat, and ultra expensive per watt. Solar materials costs are now under $2.50 per watt. The original solar suitcase is $1000.00 or $25.00 per watt.


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Posted: 02/24/12 03:15am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wow, I think it's neat... since this one meets medical standards it will have been tested extensively.

a $1000 seems like a big number but is really is pocket change to many... how much is your phone/internet/tv bills per month... how much was your new TV

how much was the fridge in your camper... how many hours do you use it a year?

... and it is a lot cheaper per watt than hauling it around attached to a very expensive RV... (a few people are obcessed by price without looking at real costs.) A $60,000 truck + a $45 truck camper just to haul around 200W PVSolar and a couple of AGM batteries


I can think of many uses... from military... to construction contractors... to geological expeditions,,, ski patrols... or a day on the lake fishing... (the fishfinder could cost half of that or more)


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Posted: 02/24/12 05:00am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I Like it, too.

This appears to be a medical-grade piece of equipment, along with expensive laptop & cell phone, and data-logger medical-grade connections. The case looks like a Pelican-Mobile medical case (just the hardened case would be in the $300 range).

The battery used inside the mobile medical unit appears to be the same/similar batteries we are using in our home-office UPS (uninterruptable power supply units that power our computers {and security systems} in the event of a prolonged power outage). I recall paying $120 per sealed replacement battery, alone!

If you study the geographical areas where these units are deployed (the most harsh environments on Earth, like: heavy jungle, Sahara desert region, and many other climate brutal locales), the electronic protection encasement must be formidable.

I want 3.

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Very James Bond


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Posted: 02/24/12 06:26am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Cool deal! This is making a permanent solar install a more realistic goal for me- although it won't be nearly as James Bond'ish.

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woodhog wrote:

This might work for boondockers with moderate power requirements?
Moderate? No. Extreeeeeemly light. Maybe.

This is a medical unit. Ripoff for our uses. Solar is getting extremely gimmicky these days.

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Posted: 02/24/12 09:45am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

post # 2 priced it at $1000.. $25/watt

companys have to make a profit... so the cost of componets never are the cost of the product... someone pays labor costs

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Posted: 02/24/12 09:41am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I do not mean to sound negative, but what I see there is off the shelf component parts, not especially expensive or hard to get. The only exception might be the plastic case. I have never tried to find that type of case, so have no idea as to how difficult it would be to find and at what cost.

It is well packaged, and appears solidly built. I guess I missed the $1000 cost.

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Posted: 02/24/12 09:51am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'll never understand these "solar generators" and such.
Sure they'll put out 110V power and power 'just about anything' but once that deep cycle battery is dead it's dead.

If you used 1000watt hours worth of power and killed the battery it's going to have to wait until that 1000watt hours is repaid. With the tiny solar panel that could take up to 3 days to fully recharge.

It's a sales gimmick and nothing else.


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