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Posted: 11/12/21 09:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What has been your experience with battery back up with Bluetti, Jackery, Goal Zero? I am thinking of boondocking and think the quite power with solar would be good.

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Good RV solar systems take electricity out of the challenges of boondocking. But these fancy batteries by Jackery and others are expensive (about a dollar per watt) and even more so if you buy their solar charger setup as compared to RV deep cycle batteries and an RV mounted solar system.


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Those devices are convenient, but significantly over priced !

There are many videos on YouTube that will show you how to DIY the same functionality, with more storage at significantly less cost.

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Quiet power with solar is good.

Expanding your existing battery and 300+ watts on the roof would serve you better than the packaged units.


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theoldwizard1 wrote:

Those devices are convenient, but significantly over priced !


Definitely!

Your RV already has the battery. All you need is a solar panel and charge controller - both of which are dirt-cheap nowadays.

Here's a handy, inexpensive way of hooking solar panels up to just about any trailer - without making any modifications to the trailer whatsoever:

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You simply plug your trailer's hitch connector into it. Power from the charge controller (Renogy's $20 Wanderer 10A PWM model) is supplied to your RV's house batteries through the Charging wire in the hitch connector.

The $13 Harbor Freight Apache 1800 protective case case is waterproof (when the lid is closed), so this rig can be left outdoors indefinitely.

I use it with a 100 watt solar panel (around $85) connected by 50 feet of wire. This portable arrangement allows the panel to be moved around to whatever part of the campsite has strong sunlight, and allows the panel to be quickly removed and stowed.

* This post was edited 11/12/21 04:32pm by Skibane *

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Not nearly enough capacity to be useful--unless you tent. Overpriced, too.

This may help you understand: https://freecampsites.net/adding-solar/


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+4. You can do more for less $ The attractiveness of Jackedy and similar is mostly marketing imo. At least for RVs which can easily be upgraded.


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I will say this about many of the systems in the OP's post.

I've seen their adds. And I've visited their websites
They talk like they can run everything in your house in the event of a power outage... They can't. Now they might run the Fridge for one cool down cycle say 4 hours into an outage but they are no way good enough to last say 18 yours (The last power fail near me (NOTE near. as in one building east, I had power).


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Firstly, what are your power needs while boondocking?
They call it a "generator" but it generates nothing. The battery already HAS power, it is just storing the power like any battery and no battery is a generator.
Solar panels can "generate" power, then feed it into the battery for storage.
The battery has a limit of how much power it can store, termed in amp hours.

You might have a 100 amp hour lead acid battery already on RV, and you can use half of that or less if you want to take care of your battery.
With li-ion batteries you can use nearly 100% of the amp hours (same as your phone battery where you can deplete it to zero, charge back and everything is fine).
So, a 100 amp hour li-ion battery can give you nearly 100 amp hours of power, all at 12 volts, and the lead acid maybe 45a/h - where also lead acid battery's voltage drops as the battery is depleted.

You will never run your air conditioner on either of these - you need a very big bank of batteries to run a/c and that is crazy. People who full-time do it, but it makes more sense for those who have skills and needs. Run the gas generator for the a/c.

Most everything else can run off a couple of lead acid batteries or the bigger Jackereey type systems.

Boonocking requires you learn how to live off of DC power. Forget the inverter for all your household appliances. It is needed to charge your laptop, but do everything else off of the DC that you can. Cooking off of propane, and 200-330 watts of solar or more.

There is endless ways to go about it, and endless needs, everyone is different and every need can be met slightly differently and with different configurations. We cannot guess on yours.

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