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Old 12-13-2019, 06:11 PM   #1
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Solar battery charger for storage

Hi everyone

I know this thread is on the forums somewhere but canít find it.

Iím looking for a solar panel that I can hang from my ladder or place on the ground to charge my start batteries while in storage.

I have 2 8 d cranking batteries.

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Old 12-13-2019, 09:02 PM   #3
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Hi.

I did search amazon. Only found smaller voltage ones and a couple with poor reviews. Was looking for the ď one that worksĒ as a reference from my trusted forums friends.
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Old 12-14-2019, 10:33 AM   #4
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I also have two 8d 1200 cca starting batteries.

My successful solution was to install one 100w solar panel on our roof for about $150. I am not sure that a smaller panel would maintain your big batteries.

The 100w maintains the charge for both the house and start batteries, when the house battery is disconnected, in storage here in sunny California.

Actually, my goal was to maintain the house batteries which lost power even with the house battery switched off.

The chassis batteries would not be a problem on their own if I used the start battery cut off switch.

I do not do that switch because it requires that I open the battery compartment to shut it off and I am lazy.
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Here's a thread that former CC owner SMLRANGER started... Some info inside of it.

Solar charging question, again

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Here's a thread that's a bit later (more recent) than the one Smitty posted; it describes what smlranger ended up implementing. Great info.

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Here's a thread that's a bit later (more recent) than the one Smitty posted; it describes what smlranger ended up implementing. Great info.

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Thanks Dave - I remembered reading it, but missed it when taking a quick look!

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Thanks everyone

Just ordered the panel. Iím holding off on the controller in hopes I can tie into my existing controller. I have panels on the roof but coach under cover do thatís why I want to mirror the ladder mount thatís shown on the thread.

Thanks again Smitty and Dave.
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