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sleepy

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Posted: 11/23/09 10:05am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I recently installed 2 ea AMSolar 100 Watt each Photovoltic Panels.

I chose this brand for several reasons:

I like the fact that they have an output of 21.5 volts. (others are 17.5 V) As I understand it under less than ideal light conditions the panels could lose 3 or 4 volts. Once the panels are puting out less than 14V the batteries may not charge well or fully.

I like the 44 cells in each panel instead of the normal 36. I am told that this will allow me to gain more total photons to convert to power when the PV panels are mounted flat. (An important factor, since we travel constantly)

Another factor that I think is important... these PV panels are longer and narrower... this means that they will fit on a RV roof easier... between all of the other stuff that we have up there.

And... AMSolar has an excellant reputation!

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Posted: 11/23/09 10:07am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The packages came by UPS... 2 boxs with panels and another with the controller, wiring, instructions, and a refridgerator combiner box.

Would you believe the boxs for the panels were $25 each... but they were really protected.

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Posted: 11/23/09 10:11am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The back of a PV panel with the sealed box for the connections to the panel.

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Posted: 11/23/09 10:12am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi Sleepy,

I've very excited for you!

Tell us what controller--and what size of wire (big fat I hope).


Regards, Don
My ride is a 28 foot Class C, 256 watts solar, 556 amp hours of AGM in two battery banks 12 volt batteries, 3000 watt Magnum hybrid inverter, Sola Basic Autoformer, Microair Easy Start.

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The third box... contents

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Posted: 11/23/09 10:16am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

inside the PV Panel connection box

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the AMSolar supplied 10 gauge wire is round so that it can be sealed

You probably noticed... I'm working in the camper... we had inclimanant weather... again, and again.

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simple enough... I make extra notes (reminders)... for dummies like me

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Posted: 11/23/09 10:26am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am mounting the PV panels using the existing luggage rack. The luggage rack didn't have to be adapted at all... I just pulled the plugs out of the cross bars.

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I cut round foam insulation to fit the cross bar pipes and slit it for the stand-off.

The clear tubing represents the cross bar pipe...

I made stand-off brackets out of "B-line Unistrut" aluminum angle.

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You're going to LOVE that system!


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Posted: 11/23/09 10:31am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

this is how it mounts on the panels and into our "cross bars"

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Posted: 11/23/09 10:33am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This is how the panels are bolted together and wired up ready to go to the roof!

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