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Posted: 27.07.2020  ·  #1
Considering getting a suitcase type solar panel for use during the summer months to top up the leisure batteries and wondered if anyone could recommend a make?

Looking for around 100 Watt and would probably use it at the touring in the trees sites where I am not allowed to use the RV generator.

My previous Swift had a 100 watt on the roof which was fine in summer but useless in winter.

The other alternative is to go for 300 Watt fixed panels on the roof, but maybe in the future.

Thank you in advance.


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Posted: 28.07.2020  ·  #2
I'll be upgrading from my suitcase to a larger roof panel in the next few weeks, and will then be selling my 80 watt Dokio suitcase with charge controller. Great piece of kit, very efficient. Let me know if you might be interested. Cheers.


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Posted: 28.07.2020  ·  #3
Thanks Tony.

Did it do the job okay?


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Posted: 28.07.2020  ·  #4
Very much so. It was our first serious test of the set-up, Ardmore the week before last. Positioned outside around ten each morning, moved occasionally to get the best of the sun, then stored each evening. The weather was patchy, charging peaked around 14.1, and (like right now in Sneem) usually settled around 13.5.
We were six full days and nights off-grid, no engine at any time. The only concessions we made were to be sparing with the lights, and only watch the Cello camper tv for three hours or so each night.
The lowest overnight voltage all week showing on the charge controller readout was 12.5, which is 90% charge apparently.
Well pleased with the whole set-up, the only reason for the upgrade is so that we won't have to store it each time if we go off on a sunny for a few hours in an unknown area. The suitcase comes with the charge controller (with two USB sockets for phones etc) plus a strong black canvas carry bag. Let me know if you'd like some pics, cheers for now, Tony


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