More power to you! Kings Vista 2015

A new summer at our idyllic getaway.  In a previous post I talked about solar power.  This year, given the lower cost of solar panels, we decided to add a couple of hundred watts to our existing system.  I ordered these two-100W panels from Windy Nation at a cost of about $225.  Very cheap compared to former prices.  Somehow I managed to wrestle this box with the panels on top of our RV.

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Hmmmm…..ok, what do I do now?

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OK, I guess the first thing to do would be to lay them out and find a good location……This might work?

20150531_095816Well, I don’t like that little shadow on there…that can kill a panel’s power, but the sun is still low, maybe it won’t matter, during the middle of these summer days.  I can give it a natural tilt there, to let the rain run off.  I will look around a bit.

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There….I feel so much more organized now, and will put one at the front and the other back there behind that mess of tools and stuff.

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OK…Handy Bob told me he had made room inside this junction box to add more panels, later if I wanted.  Smart guy.  It looks like the positive wires go on the left side and the negative on the right…..I can do this.

(At this time, I did go down and disconnect the controller to the batteries.  I don’t need to be shorting anything including my own shorts.)

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Well, with a little drilling and holding my tongue just right, the panels are now connected in the junction box.  (I carefully drilled the holes and will caulk later)

Back down, I held my breath and re-connected the power to the batteries……20150531_144106

YES!!!  The Trimetric says 25.4A, with climbing voltage!!  I haven’t seen THOSE numbers before!

As a follow-up today, my first full day with the additional panels was a mostly sunny day, and I started the morning at around 87%, and by noon, I had completely charged batteries….14.8V!!!!  Thank you, once again, Handy Bob, for sharing all your knowledge and encouraging me along the way.   Also….at 5:30 PM, I had the TV going, charging my phone etc., and was STILL getting positive charge.  I am one happy camper!

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About Jerry LeFever

LeFever, aka King, is a very strange individual, and this blog started all about boondocking, which we do in the summer, but I have had to put in a couple of other posts, just for fun. Maybe I need to separate them and make two blogs. No matter. I am old, just went back to work (from home, YES!) and should be able to work even in our summer digs off the grid. Life is good.
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One Response to More power to you! Kings Vista 2015

  1. Texas Heat says:

    You the man Lynn. Quite a project you undertook and accomplished. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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