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    DWRBoondocking with Solar :
    February 21, 2020Hi all! I am currently designing a solar/battery system for a new RV we plan to purchase. Would like to balance our solar/battery components as best we can. Power demands are not yet finalized, but in addition to a generator, it looks like we will be a...  more
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    • DWR
      DWR February 21, 2020 Note: Using Lithium batteries
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        Acroduster February 21, 2020 We manage very well ac electric cooking and food refrigeration and have power to spare with 3kwh of LiFePO4 batts and 450 watts solar. You will be fine.
    • DWR
      Acroduster February 21, 2020 Short answer to you final question. Yes. Assuming longish days and a tilt that matches optimal solar absorption, your talking pulling a kilowatt hour per hour so in 6 hours of near optimal panel absorption your batts will be back uo. Id recomend focussing...  more
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        DWR February 22, 2020 Thanks.  Yes, power management and proper battery maintenance are key.
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      John T February 21, 2020 DWR, All I can do as an engineer is work through the math to describe how to arrive at an answer, but so much depends on efficiencies and the suns intensity and angle and time I cant give you any exact numbers, but here goes: ...  more
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        DWR February 21, 2020 Thanks John - Your reply was just the input/approach I was looking for.  Not knowing our power demand yet, fudging on the 1.5 ratio seamed a good start.  Appreciate your thoughts.  Dave
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      John T February 21, 2020 You're welcome, it boils down to the old saying "Any solar is good solar and more solar is even better " lol 1200 Solar Watts and 600 Lithium Battery Amp Hours IS A BUNCH …..I get by fine (small 29 ft Class C) running ALL BUT AC with 1080 Solar Watts and ...  more
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        DWR February 22, 2020 Sounds like a nice setup John.  👍👍  Like the 2:1.  Seems about right.  What are you using for a battery monitor.  Only experience was with Victron's BMV-501.
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      Wade & Debi Norton February 22, 2020 When we designed our system we used the online usage calculators. When in AZ the calculator required two (2) 315 watt panels. When in OR the same system requires six (6) panels.

      You will need to take geographic location into account.
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        DWR February 22, 2020 Thanks Wade/Debi - Good suggestion.
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