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Old 05-05-2012, 09:01 AM   #15
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Thanks for the update!

Please keep us informed about the quality and how it handles additional loading.

Are the rear mounted controllers waterproof and be left in the rain?

Close up pictures would be great!

Looking forward to your next installment....................Rob

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Old 05-06-2012, 09:47 AM   #16
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This link to CEA Solar explains lots of stuff you have been questioning and also has pics. Right now the panel is generating even though the temp is 28 degrees and the panels are covered with frozen droplets of last evenings rain. It is reported to be built to live through all types of weather including 1" hail (I don't think I'll test that capability though!). The controller should withstand a dunking (as in falling in a river) if dried out for two days as directed (another test I'll not put it through).

At this latitude the sun circles the horizon rather than bisects the sky, so I'm thinking of making a giant lazy susan so I can change the exposure to face the sun better throughout the 24 hour day...or not, depending on how I feel! So far I'm really pleased with this thing.

130 watt folding portable RV solar battery charger - Professional Series

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Old 05-07-2012, 04:14 AM   #17
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There is not a question about whether they work just the cost per watt is way high.
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Old 05-07-2012, 02:36 PM   #18
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So far so good. I spent another 5 minutes setting them up once I got to my destination and am still experimenting with the capabilities. I had the inverter on all day with my computer plugged in and was still reading 12.6 off my batteries even though it got a little cloudy in the afternoon. I'll try a bit more load tomorrow while at work to see if they stay charged. Since I'm in Alaska the literature doesn't really help for setting up to the Land of the Midnight Sun so will be playing around with them the next few weeks. So far I'm very pleased.

PS - mine is the small one on the ground.
So how much was the setup? I am looking at dry camping all summer and my chassis battery keeps going dead so I need something.
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Old 05-10-2012, 12:49 AM   #19
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The Pro 130 watt costs $860 and the 20' extension cord is an additional $50.

I chose not to cobble together a unit from a bunch of non-warranty sources. You get what you pay for.

To quote my father...it only takes 10% more to go first class.
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Old 05-17-2012, 10:51 AM   #20
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Looks like they have 2 versions of the portable systems. The 130 watt like Vicap bought is the Pro for $860 and they have a 130 Watt Economy for $645
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Old 06-03-2012, 08:22 PM   #21
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Okay, I've been set-up for a month now and am so pleased with the results. The final part of my plan has come to fruition - bought my dream sewing machine - and am now happily sewing using only solar power. All of my electronics are charging during the sunlight hours, I can watch DVDs without worrying about draining my batteries, and I can sew to my heart's content. I love it when a plan comes together!!! I definitely recommend this unit, or at least some kind of solar power. It is as cheap as you can get!

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