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How much solar do I need?
#31
(12-07-2015, 01:31 PM)TooManyDogs Wrote: I finally hooked up the Renogy 100W portable kit (10A pmw controller) to a group 31 SuperStart battery from O'Reilly (I opted for a marine battery from there vs WM because it's manufactured be EastPenn rather than JCI). I plan on mainly using this to power a 45qt Whytner frig. I have a little powerpack, which I can plug in wherever power is available, to recharge my cell phone. I'm only getting between 2 and 3 amps today (checking between 11am and 1pm) on a relatively clear winter day in TN. I opted for the portable kit since I'm not on the road yet and not in my permanent vehicle. I'll probably have to add another 100W panel if/when I full-time.

I guess it shouldn't be too hard to wire in another 100W panel to the 2-(50)W portable kit?

IIRC the system you have is rated at about 5.7 amps on the panel and the controller is 10 amps max.  So putting another 100w panel in parallel with the controller & panel you currently have would be over 10 amps of input.  You would be at risk of letting out the magic smoke from the controller...
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#32
(12-07-2015, 01:31 PM)TooManyDogs Wrote: I finally hooked up the Renogy 100W portable kit (10A pmw controller) to a group 31 SuperStart battery from O'Reilly (I opted for a marine battery from there vs WM because it's manufactured be EastPenn rather than JCI). I plan on mainly using this to power a 45qt Whytner frig. I have a little powerpack, which I can plug in wherever power is available, to recharge my cell phone. I'm only getting between 2 and 3 amps today (checking between 11am and 1pm) on a relatively clear winter day in TN. I opted for the portable kit since I'm not on the road yet and not in my permanent vehicle. I'll probably have to add another 100W panel if/when I full-time.

I guess it shouldn't be too hard to wire in another 100W panel to the 2-(50)W portable kit?

All you will need is a MC4


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#33
Two more things to save up for. Smile Thanks for the info!
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#34
(12-07-2015, 02:49 PM)TooManyDogs Wrote: Two more things to save up for. Smile  Thanks for the info!

$7 to be able to uncouple the wires.
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#35
I got a set of those and found i didn't need to use them. I am planning to put them on the free tarp at the RTR.
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#36
Why don't you need them? Can you just uncouple them by hand, or use some other tool? Use different connectors?
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#37
Yes i am able to uncouple them by hand. If i squeeze the tabs the pressure from the o-ring seal pops them apart.
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#38
x2, I can uncouple mine by hand too. I always thought it was funny people saying you need a special tool. highdesertranger
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#39
That did not work for me.
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#40
Okay. I can too. Money saved! Smile
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