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Old 08-19-2016, 02:39 PM   #1
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Solar Panels

I am looking into a solar panel for my chassis batteries when in storage. I am trying to keep it simple and want to place a solar panel on the dashboard and run the wires behind the stairs to the batteries. I was looking for any input on what size and type of solar panel I will need to accomplish this.

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Old 08-20-2016, 05:32 AM   #2
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Kev,

If you do a google search using "car battery solar trickle charger", you will find a bunch of premade solar chargers designed to do just what you want. The prices look very reasonable. I'm thinking one of these would save you a bunch of trouble designing your own system.

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https://www.google.com/search?q=car+...rickle+charger

Here's a bunch on Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_n...rickle+charger
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Old 08-20-2016, 05:43 AM   #3
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Someday your windshield may be your battery charger.

This fully transparent solar cell could make every window and screen a power source (updated) | ExtremeTech

This thread regarding panels behind glass is probably worth reading in regards to what size you may need.

http://forum.solar-electric.com/disc...e-behind-glass

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Old 08-20-2016, 06:28 PM   #4
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Thanks Ken looks like some good options.
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Kev,
I purchased a 15w Battery Tender. It comes with a quick disconnect that I connected to the house batteries and run the cord in the door and lay it on the dash when in storage. Seems to be working and it takes just a few minutes to connect and disconnect. For the chassis battery, I used a Battery Tender 5w with alligator clips. you can purchase extension cables if you need them.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 08-22-2016, 11:09 PM   #6
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I purchased a 15w Battery Tender. It comes with a quick disconnect that I connected to the house batteries and run the cord in the door and lay it on the dash when in storage. Seems to be working and it takes just a few minutes to connect and disconnect. For the chassis battery, I used a Battery Tender 5w with alligator clips. you can purchase extension cables if you need them.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Thanks I have a bunch of them for my motorcycles. When the coach is in the driveway I have it connected to the coach. I was looking more for something to keep the batteries charged when in storage with no available power.
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Thanks I have a bunch of them for my motorcycles. When the coach is in the driveway I have it connected to the coach. I was looking more for something to keep the batteries charged when in storage with no available power.
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Check my post again and check the links. They are solar panels made by Battery Tender.
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Check my post again and check the links. They are solar panels made by Battery Tender.
Ok got it thanks.

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