Originally Posted by wildmandmc
well i'm kinda new to this also, but so far i learned that. Need more solar panels to run a TV. If lights come on but no tv then this could be the case.
Lights are 12VDC. TV's are (mostly, there are exceptions) 120VAC. Inverters have power requirements which are less than an LED lamp, so while your statement is technically correct in that it describes "A" scenario, it does not give proper context and shows a lack of understanding. (That's not an insult, we all started in the same place knowing nothing.....)
Do some Googelizing and Youtube searching.
*Learn what Volts, Amps and Watts are and their relationship.
*Learn the difference between DC and AC and how you make one from the other.
*Learn to make an energy budget by understanding and adding your consumption.
*Learn different battery chemistries and how they store energy, and more importantly how much energy and what that energy will do for you and how you need to replace it.
*Buy a multi meter and "see" all I am talking above.
You don't have to do this. A properly designed system can be operated if someone who DOES know all the above tells you which buttons to push.
But that's not enough to have a reliable, properly managed system. And it's not enough to go boon docking and making adjustments as necessary. You have to UNDERSTAND the system if you want to answers questions like:
*Gonna be cold tonight. Can I run the furnace all night?
*What kind of inverter installation do I have, what all can it power, how much can it power total at any given point in time? For how long?
*And along those lines: What should happen when I plug this in and turn it on.... And if it doesn't turn on: Why?
*If relying on solar: Gonna be cloudy...... What SOC will my battery get to today? Do I need to make adjustments tonight?
And in totality: Do have a system that meets my needs, or do I need to make adjustments in the design?
ALL these questions can be answered using simple concepts and simple math. It's all just physics.
Knowing how stuff works and being able to fix/adjust it on the fly makes you a happier camper. Otherwise it's best to buy a time share.
My opinion is, of course, worth what you paid for it.