Batteries / Electrical

Air Conditioner from Solar and Batteries – Test Results

Air Conditioner from Solar and Batteries

Air Conditioner from Solar and Batteries: Can you run your RV air conditioner from your battery and solar panels? The short answer is yes. We have proved that it is possible. This update includes testing data with some surprises. These surprises are not encouraging and show how hard this is and why this is so …

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Xcapers Bash Solar Data Collection

Tiffin RV 34TGA Solar Panels 700 watt

As you know, the Xcapers Bash is 100% off-grid. Many RVs have solar to recharge RV batteries, some only have generators. This represents a huge opportunity to get same-day, same-weather, day-by-day electric data from hundreds of RV battery users – with and without solar recharging. Thanks for contributing to the Xcapers Bash Solar Data Collection. …

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RV Solar Series: Inverter/charger or Inverter & Charger

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Inverter/charger or Inverter & Charger each has some benefits. Separate also has some benefits. Which is better? Which would I choose? Inverters and chargers are actually two different items. Some manufacturers have built chargers into inverters and these units, depending on their design have some advantages over separate units. However, some inverter/charger combinations are not …

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RV Solar Series: Lithium/Lead Acid Final Analysis

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This is my Lithium/Lead Acid Final Analysis where the determination isn’t necessarily all data-driven. Live style makes a big difference in the end result conclusion on the Lead/Lithium debate is going to happen. One of the biggest problems with lead-acid is that they don’t like to give up electricity without a fight. Tell this to …

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RV Solar Series: Batteries Lead or Lithium

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Battery choice is a critical part of living with an RV solar battery charger. Battery design determines success or failure. The question comes down to Batteries Lead or Lithium. The first question that the RV Solar Series needs to address pertaining to batteries is that there are two types of batteries. Batteries that created to …

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RV Solar Series: How to use the Generator with Solar

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RV Solar Series: How to use the Generator with Solar. The sun doesn’t shine every day so you can’t expect that solar is going to be your only power supply. My solar coupled with a bigger battery bank of the right kind of batteries could bridge multiple cloudy days and return to a full charge …

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Solar report:

Tiffin RV 34TGA Solar Panels 700 watt

We have gathered data on electricity used in our RV and have compiled a solar report to analyze the actual results. We still have issues of understanding what is going on, but overall we are thrilled. Yesterday was the true test and we did really well. Data to follow. Starting last spring we monitored battery …

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RV Solar Series: Design a Just – Right – System

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RV Solar Series: How to Design a Just – Right – System. A just-right size, not too small, not too costly. Sounds like Goldilocks. Just right. Start with simple and work to more complex.   Start with a battery.   Add to that a positive and negative wire that leads to a small solar collector. Connect …

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RV Solar Series: How much solar did we need?

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RV Solar Series: How much solar did we need? My answer was 600-700 watts of solar installed flat, (700 installed) to recharge our battery and live daily. Given six hours of sunshine, (winter) assuming the batteries were not overly discharged we should be good. Part of the assumption was that you can’t always count on …

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RV Solar Series: Understanding Electricity

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Electricity – 101 RV Solar Series: Understanding Electricity is not optional but is not a concern in every day modern life. What is electricity? Before you make a change to your RV electric system, you better understand at least the very basics of electricity. When you turn on a flashlight, you create a circuit.  The …

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