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#1 2020-08-02 15:24:47

kenbw2
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Solar upgrade! Got 200W on my roof

My old 100W panel was being quite intermittent, so I went solar shopping. Decided to get 200W to prepare for the darker months.

Found one that fits beautifully on our vans' roof.

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Putting out more than twice as much as my old one ever did!

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2000 Citroen Dispatch 1.9TD XUD9 Camper Conversion + full time home
1999 Citroen Dispatch 1.9D DW8 Disassembled Camper Conversion
1996 Peugeot 806 1.9TD XUD9 Spare vehicle
1998 Citroen Synergie 1.9TD XUD9 Snapped timing belt

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#2 2020-08-02 23:02:38

Casper
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Re: Solar upgrade! Got 200W on my roof

What solar charger is that? I am just using a cheap £10 Chinese one just now but when fully set up im looking for a MPPT but the price of the Epever ones are making my toes curl.

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#3 2020-08-03 23:30:20

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Re: Solar upgrade! Got 200W on my roof

Yea the prices are eyewatering aren't they. I did get a slightly cheaper one for £60 as I was thinking of going 24V. This is the link to the one I bought but it;s changed to a bluetooth one: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B013TYIIT8

For what it's worth, for just 12V setups (ie not two panels in series) the cheap PWM controllers are fine

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kF_cVEYxj3E&t=1010s


2000 Citroen Dispatch 1.9TD XUD9 Camper Conversion + full time home
1999 Citroen Dispatch 1.9D DW8 Disassembled Camper Conversion
1996 Peugeot 806 1.9TD XUD9 Spare vehicle
1998 Citroen Synergie 1.9TD XUD9 Snapped timing belt

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#4 2020-08-04 14:19:04

Casper
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Re: Solar upgrade! Got 200W on my roof

kenbw2 wrote:

Yea the prices are eyewatering aren't they. I did get a slightly cheaper one for £60 as I was thinking of going 24V. This is the link to the one I bought but it;s changed to a bluetooth one: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B013TYIIT8

For what it's worth, for just 12V setups (ie not two panels in series) the cheap PWM controllers are fine

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kF_cVEYxj3E&t=1010s

Cheers but rather have a LCD Display. Funny as i do have the cheap one the guy in the video is getting excited about and yes, good results but.... I have a 300watt panel and thinking  of running a small aldi desktop fridge through an inverter and these MPPT are meant to get up to 30% more out your panel. Ill runn the cheap one just now till i find something. Was doing work in teh van today and its chucking it down but the panel is still taking an an amp big_smile

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#5 2020-08-04 16:30:09

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Re: Solar upgrade! Got 200W on my roof

This one was the next best one I was looking at. It's a huge case for some reason but if that doesn't bother you it seems good: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Renogy-Rover-I … B07GYVQWV2


2000 Citroen Dispatch 1.9TD XUD9 Camper Conversion + full time home
1999 Citroen Dispatch 1.9D DW8 Disassembled Camper Conversion
1996 Peugeot 806 1.9TD XUD9 Spare vehicle
1998 Citroen Synergie 1.9TD XUD9 Snapped timing belt

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#6 2020-08-04 21:02:32

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Re: Solar upgrade! Got 200W on my roof

kenbw2 wrote:

This one was the next best one I was looking at. It's a huge case for some reason but if that doesn't bother you it seems good: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Renogy-Rover-I … B07GYVQWV2

No the size dont bother me thanks. Im having a bug cupboard for all my electrics.  Plenty room in my bus mate

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#7 2020-08-09 17:34:58

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Re: Solar upgrade! Got 200W on my roof

When i was chatting to you about the controller i also put a bid in on one in ebay and only just won it.  Epever MPPT and has a wireless adaptor so i can change settings from sitting on my ass in the awning. big_smile  Today i moved my panel to the back as it looked stupid up front and hanging over the sides.

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I also ordered a smaller 100w panel to put in the gap up front to give me 400w. Should be enough big_smile

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#8 2021-04-05 23:18:00

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Re: Solar upgrade! Got 200W on my roof

That's an awesome setup Ken, I've very interested if I think I can repair the under side.... once I eventally attack it with a hammer, MOT not till December Lol, if it get's past another MOT without me having to weld too much then I'll consider a setup like this, there may even be a mobile version of Starlink by that point... proper digital nomad life! :-P

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#9 2021-04-06 20:12:03

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Re: Solar upgrade! Got 200W on my roof

Stu-D wrote:

That's an awesome setup Ken, I've very interested if I think I can repair the under side.... once I eventally attack it with a hammer, MOT not till December Lol, if it get's past another MOT without me having to weld too much then I'll consider a setup like this, there may even be a mobile version of Starlink by that point... proper digital nomad life! :-P

If worried about the MOT this could be solid. Make one good van and another for spares for little money.

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#10 2021-04-07 14:11:47

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Re: Solar upgrade! Got 200W on my roof

I'm amazed to find I'm being completely self sufficient on solar these days. I switched my alternator charging off weeks ago to see how long I could last.

Forever, until winter by the looks of things!


2000 Citroen Dispatch 1.9TD XUD9 Camper Conversion + full time home
1999 Citroen Dispatch 1.9D DW8 Disassembled Camper Conversion
1996 Peugeot 806 1.9TD XUD9 Spare vehicle
1998 Citroen Synergie 1.9TD XUD9 Snapped timing belt

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#11 2021-04-07 14:57:15

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Re: Solar upgrade! Got 200W on my roof

kenbw2 wrote:

I'm amazed to find I'm being completely self sufficient on solar these days. I switched my alternator charging off weeks ago to see how long I could last.

Forever, until winter by the looks of things!

What capacity batterys do you have?

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#12 2021-04-07 15:31:02

kenbw2
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Re: Solar upgrade! Got 200W on my roof

A 75Ah LiFePO4 one for the 'house' electrics

Limiting factor me isn't really storage, it's generating as much as I use. Glad this panel is serving me well

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2000 Citroen Dispatch 1.9TD XUD9 Camper Conversion + full time home
1999 Citroen Dispatch 1.9D DW8 Disassembled Camper Conversion
1996 Peugeot 806 1.9TD XUD9 Spare vehicle
1998 Citroen Synergie 1.9TD XUD9 Snapped timing belt

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#13 2021-04-08 17:05:37

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Re: Solar upgrade! Got 200W on my roof

kenbw2 wrote:

A 75Ah LiFePO4 one for the 'house' electrics

Limiting factor me isn't really storage, it's generating as much as I use. Glad this panel is serving me well

Interesting choice. What was your main driver for going LiFePO4?

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#14 2021-04-08 22:32:27

kenbw2
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Re: Solar upgrade! Got 200W on my roof

tee_cee wrote:

Interesting choice. What was your main driver for going LiFePO4?

The cold mainly. Winter is when I get the least solar and use the most electric. It's also something Lead Acid struggles with - you lose like 20% capacity in winter.

The other benefit was they accept a higher charge rate. Lack of solar meant I was idling a lot, so I hoped to reduce that with a battery that would charge in less time.


2000 Citroen Dispatch 1.9TD XUD9 Camper Conversion + full time home
1999 Citroen Dispatch 1.9D DW8 Disassembled Camper Conversion
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1998 Citroen Synergie 1.9TD XUD9 Snapped timing belt

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