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pianotuna

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Hi,

Sealed Marine is a poor choice imho.


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At least get a 27 assuming it will fit.


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Posted: 03/10/12 08:58pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Would a 27 make that much of a difference? What else could I use? Two 6 volts will not fit. I might be able to squeeze a 27.

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briantroy wrote:

Would a 27 make that much of a difference? What else could I use? Two 6 volts will not fit. I might be able to squeeze a 27.
IMO, no it won't make that much difference. Get the LED lights, that will make a difference. Check out this thread for suggestions, My LEDs. The small solar system will at least keep your battery charged between trips and will contribute SOME charging while you're camping (not much on the overcast/foggy days on the beach). You really need solar PLUS more battery capacity to make a real difference. And a deep cycle battery would be the best but there aren't really any in group 24/27 size.


EDIT: HERE is a battery I would recommend for deep cycle use that is not a 6V. Can you make this fit? AND I would still get the small solar system with this.


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24 vs 27 is 85 Ah vs 115Ah so 35% more capacity.

For me LED lights had the effect of doubling the battery size. And they stay bright as the voltage drops off. So yes LEDs will also help. You don't have to do them all, just the two most used will make a big difference.

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smkettner wrote:

24 vs 27 is 85 Ah vs 115Ah so 35% more capacity.

For me LED lights had the effect of doubling the battery size. And they stay bright as the voltage drops off. So yes LEDs will also help. You don't have to do them all, just the two most used will make a big difference.
If he's partying all night, more than likely there are more than two lights on.

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The light I currently use is a 2 bulb fluorescent hand held light like the kind a mechanic hangs on the hood while working. I use this on an extension cord to light the campground.

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Don't get too small a solar panel, you may not get the battery fully charged and end up still replacing your new battery every three years. The rule of thumb is 50 to 160 watts of solar power per 100 AH of battery. Your group 24 will likely be 75 or 80 AH so you should have at least 40 watts of solar panel. One of those tiny 15 watt panels are next to useless.

On edit: I hadn't read Pianotuna's posts before I posted my comments so:


You can take what Pianotuna says to the bank. He has a lot of real life RV solar experience. I guessed 40 watts he says 30 so go with that. Although if the price is right bigger is always better in my mind.

* This post was edited 03/11/12 01:31pm by Canadian Rainbirds *

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I fail to see why its a big deal to simply install a new battery every 3 years?

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15 watt panel will charge a battery, but very slowly. Optima battery would be the one for you to get in your use. Completely sealed, very tough, can even be installed inside you party van. Their deep cycle battery should work for you, and a 15 watt or bigger solar panel may cure your problems. You should get a charge controller, even with a small 15 watt panel, as it will cook a battery in time. The only problem with Optima batteries, is, they are expensive, and don't have the same power as 2 - 6 volt deep cycle, but there is no upkeep.


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