posted on Mar, 30 2012 @ 09:11 PM
This is my small solar panel collection.
The biggest one is a ten watt panel in the upper right of the pic. There are also a few 3 watters, a 5 watt panel, and two are 6 volt-3 watt panels. I
have been collecting them for a couple of years, buying one here and there from Ebay when I happen to have an extra 10-30 dollars. I think I payed $40
for the 10 watt panel. I did a few rough calculations and I believe that I have about 40-50 watts.
I also have a 60 watt solar charge controller, not in the picture. It was a cheap Chinese one that I think I paid about $17.00 for. My inverter is a
Black and Decker 400 watt 12 volt DC to 120 volt ac. I payed $22.00 for it also from Ebay.
It isn't much but it is a start.
I put this in the survival forum because if the time is called for, I can go get the battery out of the car and run the radio, recharge the phones,
and the kids Nintendo DS's, my portable CB weather alert radio and run a small led light. Not all at once though.
I know that deep cycle batteries are the way to go. I am hoping to buy a 110 amp hour marine battery this summer. We will have to see about that
because of the current state of gasoline prices
Lj01 just wanted to share my little setup with you all and I would like to say that if you have a spare 20-30 bucks you can start your own little
project. It has already payed off a little bit when the power went out this winter.
I have some led diodes and some resistors to make my own 12 volt led lights.
I will add to this thread in due time with pics to show my setup in operation. This will include amperage and voltage readings on my voltmeter.
Feel free to add info if you would like. I have done a litle research on this topic and if you have any questions feel free to ask.
I am sorry for hitting the enter key too soon when I started this thread.
edit on 30-3-2012 by liejunkie01 because: spelling