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I've wanted something like this for a long time, and companies like Goal
make them real fancy and not as good IMO for $2000.00 and up.
I decided to do a lot of reading and research, to see if I could design my own Portable Solar Generator Kit and this is what I have come up with.
Here are the components.....which connect in order of appearance.....
Renogy 100W Monocrystalline Bendable Solar Panel here
Solar Charge Regulator
30A Solar Charge Autoswitch Controller Regulator - 12V 24V here
$134.00 for two
Universal Power Deep Cycle Marine 12V 35AH batteries here
Battery Bank Connections
# 4 battery cables 1 foot red and 1 foot black for connecting battery bank together
Cobra CPI-2575 2500-Watt Power Inverter here
Inverter to Batteries Cables
$57.00 for two
Cobra CPI-A40000 BC Power Inverter Battery Connection Cables
Inverter Remote Control
Cobra Inverter Remote Control - UPS - CPI-A20 here
Expanding Folding Crate on Wheels here
I wanted something light (this is under 70lbs) and portable (18" x 18" on a rolling cart) with warrantied components that I could take along on my
camping trips, to recharge my lanterns, cell phone, lap top etc. I have a digital usb hdtv tuner for my laptop which makes it a portable HDTV and I
have 5 gigabytes of survival PDF files stored on my Micro Mini SD Chip in my phone for SHTF scenarios too.
This system will fully recharge the batteries in about a day of direct sunlight (as two 12V 35ah batteries are 35 amp hours x 24 volts = 840 watt
hours / 100 watt solar panel so recharged in 8.4 hours of sunlight). As for how long I could use the system at night, if bringing the batteries down
to just a 50% charge (which prolongs battery life and cuts recharge time to just 4 hours of sunlight) & use would depend on what I am using the power
I am very confident I could recharge several AA and AAA batteries, a laptop, phone, ipod, two way radios, am/fm radio and still have direct power if I
wanted, to run appliances that don't recharge such as an air compressor or portable speakers as needed.
Once I have it completed, and can experiment with it in the field, I'll gauge a daily/nightly budget of how much sun time vs night time power I can
reasonably expect to have. I know this isn't going to run a refrigerator and what not for a log cabin for 24 hours, but I believe it will run my two
room tent camp site quite nicely!
I like to have two way radios, am/fm radios, hdtv and proper lighting just to keep everyone safe, sound, and able to watch the nightly news while
camping (if it is still being broadcast in a SHTF scenario). All in all, for under $700 dollars, I am willing to get it all and put it together, and
if there is no WWIII and I hope there isn't, both the inverter and charge regulator allow for several more solar panels and batteries to be added
later for a bigger system.
I know this isn't rocket science and I'm not reinventing the wheel or anything, but I am excited to make this $680.00 Solar Power Generator rather
than buy the above mentioned $2000.00 pre-made system.
edit on 5-3-2014 by AlchemistSwami because: shorten title