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    Solar battery charger completed

    The final results are in, ok here are the pictures. Sorry some are sidways. I never seem to get this right.

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    I didn’t cement any of the joints. No real need to, but if you do I would recommend not cementing the T joints, that way you can adjust the angle to the sun for different times of the year.

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    Ok I guess I just need to turn the camera

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    As as soon as I’m sure everything is AOK I’ll replace the plastic tie wraps with ss ones. I don’t imagine the black plastic will last too long in the sun.
    Rv is stored in central FL. Lots of sun here.
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    Re: Solar connector

    Looks good.

    What is the output of the panel? Getting the amps you need?

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    Re: Solar connector

    Quote Originally Posted by Oregon_Camper View Post
    Looks good.

    What is the output of the panel? Getting the amps you need?
    Panel has a max out put of 45 Watts, controller is rated up to 45 watts. Battery was at 12.7 volts before hook up, and 13.6 volts after hook up. Panel was putting out 20.5 volts unloaded max is 32 volts. Sun was not at full strength. All seems well. I’ll be keeping an eye on it for a while.
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    Re: Solar connector

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    The 2 way flat red/black plug with wires can be found at most all auto parts stores. Usually sold in a male/female pair.

    On edit: The round metal plug and sockets of this type are referred to as "bullet connectors" in the auto parts industry.
    If you have a marine store locally you can get those connectors in 10 or 12 gauge wire.
    Typically the auto store versions are 16 gauge, as are the amazon linked connector.

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    Re: Solar connector

    These are also sometimes known as 12V SAE connectors. Be very careful if you change the polarity of the male/female contacts for some specific reason. You can inadvertently get into a lot of trouble.

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    Re: Solar connector

    I would think you have thought of this, but you probably want to get something like small tent stakes on the crossbeams nearest the ground to keep the wind from blowing the panel over.

    Also. leaving the solar panel on the ground anywhere other people can get into, makes it a target for theft. This is an argument for roof placement, even for temporary installations like yours.
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    Re: Solar connector

    Thank you I also needed to add that plug to my new to me heartland Sundance.
    My father in law and me took my two 100watt renogy panels and made our own suitcase.
    The legs and witing (minus controller) store inside of them when folded up


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