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Old 08-02-2021, 12:12 PM   #1
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I only have one coach battery...but...I am seeing more items like this that have a 30 amp outlet. One Solar Power station boasting as having as much storage as 3 Battle Born Batteries. Technology is a wonderful thing!!!
Anyone using items such as this? You could run just your AC unit at night, if needed...it would be quiet

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It will not run AC for long, if at all.
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Forget that thing. Will not work.
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Thanks for the info. Good to know
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If you find one that has decent battery storage capacity, they can be useful. I looked at one as an addition to the solar-and-battery setup I have now, along with a couple portable panels to set out in the sun. I decided that you end up paying a rather large premium for putting it all into a little portable package, and so I'll pay half the money and get the same capabilities but in an installed set of equipment.

If I rented RV's or sometimes RV'ed and sometimes tented, I'd look more seriously at them again, as you can carry it from situation to situation. In the end, the portability is expensive.
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I have LiFePo4 for house batt, but I’m seriously considering the Bluetti eb70. Per amp hour, it cost less ($8.50/ah) than a single BattleBorn 100ah. Since I don’t really want another 170ah house battery, im thinking the Bluetti can give me another day or two of boondocking at a much lower cost than adding another battery, and I could also use it as indoor battery for power outages at home. Anybody have the Bluetti?
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Here's the thing. With a gas generator you know you have power ... like 2200w of power as long as you have gas (or propane). And you can easily go buy more gas and take it to your campsite in the desert and continue to have full power from your generator.

But what happens when you run out of battery power on your "solar generator?" Can you go buy some more power to recharge the battery? Oh, you'll use the Sun you say. How much sun do you need to recharge your "solar generator?" What if there isn't enough sun or not enough solar panels or both?

Are you going to take the solar generator to town and plug it into an electrical outlet to charge it up? Where are you getting that electrical outlet?

You don't have these issues with a gas generator. You know exactly where to buy gas and exactly how much you need.
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I have a small propane generator, but prefer not to use it.
The problem with portable solar is, you have to store away the panel when you take an excursion away from your RV. This limits charging hours. If a power station can charge quickly from the tow vehicle 12v adapter, charging problem is partially solved. Not making a case one way or the other. Just would like to hear from folks who’ve gone down this road.
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Per amp hour, it cost less ($8.50/ah) than a single BattleBorn 100ah.
Prowse has reviewed a few new 100aH Li batteries that are on Amazon for $400, and liked them. So I'm thinking that the BB price isn't going to be the standard much longer.


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The problem with portable solar is, you have to store away the panel when you take an excursion away from your RV. This limits charging hours.
When I was looking at portables, my plan was to simply set the panels on the roof next to my installed panels.
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Thought about that, but then thought a thief would see the cable coming from the roof to my sidewall port. Much the risk. Just like not being to leave the generator out even if chained to the bumper.
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Thought about that, but then thought a thief would see the cable coming from the roof to my sidewall port. Much the risk. Just like not being to leave the generator out even if chained to the bumper.
I wired in excess cabling through the roof when I installed my panels, so I could run them that way. But, yeah, solar equipment seems like it would be ripe for plucking. That's also sort of why I shied away from the portables. If someone got into my rig, they really couldn't easily take the installed stuff, but the suitcase would go quick.

I know Prowse reviewed some other Bluetti's, but I haven't seen him do the EB70. Not sure why, but I've sort of settled on him as the gold standard for reviewers, and I'd be more eager if he liked it.
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I spent a lot of time looking into this, including posting your same question on a few forums. The many, many Youtube videos make it look cheap & easy versus installing lithium batteries, an inverter, and maybe solar. However, there was a LOT more to it than just plugging my 30 A cord into the box.
It can be done, but I decided that I'll stick with using my generator for now.
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I went with the Inergy solar gen. so my wife can run her CPAP machine at night without having to listen to a noisy generator. I install two panels on the roof and wired it down through refrigerator vent.
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