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#1 clearly2u

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Posted 24 June 2016 - 02:35 AM

I just had my solar suitcase and had it installed with controller. What will it run on Casita? Thanks!

 



#2 John0923

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Posted 24 June 2016 - 05:30 AM

If I understand your question, a solar panel is used to charge your battery. It is not an alternative to shore power. It will not run your air conditioning for example.
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#3 flcoxjr

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Posted 24 June 2016 - 05:51 AM

The solar panel charges the battery. Lights, furnace fan, and the fantastic fan run off the battery. The AC, microwave, and 120 volt outlets will not run off the battery.

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Posted 24 June 2016 - 06:14 AM

A 100 watt portable panel that is moved every once in a while to keep it perpendicular to the sun will produce around 30 amp hours per day.  If you check the current draw of your various 12V appliances ( check the list at the bottom of this page) you can determine how much each of your appliances uses.  Combine that with the length of time you use each appliance & you come up with the amp hours you use each day.  This post describes the process of doing an energy audit.

 

As long as the panel produces more than you use, the battery will stay charged.  Use more, and the battery will lose charge, eventually requiring you recharge it from your converter (by plugging into a pedestal) or hooking up to your tow vehicle (if it provides a charge line).  


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#5 Casita Banana

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Posted 24 June 2016 - 07:54 AM

If you have enough battery storage (I have two AGM batteries) and large enough inverter (1000 watt), you can run a bit more than that. I routinely run my microwave, a drip coffee maker and pretty much everything else except the AC off my system without discharging more than 10% or so. But I also have two 100 watt solar panels.



#6 Ros M

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Posted 24 June 2016 - 08:12 AM

A 100 watt portable panel that is moved every once in a while to keep it perpendicular to the sun will produce around 30 amp hours per day.  If you check the current draw of your various 12V appliances ( check the list at the bottom of this page) you can determine how much each of your appliances uses.  Combine that with the length of time you use each appliance & you come up with the amp hours you use each day.  This post describes the process of doing an energy audit.
 
As long as the panel produces more than you use, the battery will stay charged.  Use more, and the battery will lose charge, eventually requiring you recharge it from your converter (by plugging into a pedestal) or hooking up to your tow vehicle (if it provides a charge line).  


Wow! Very good information.
I struggle understanding electrical amps, voltage, wattage, and anything dealing with electricity. I have been reading as much as I can, everywhere I can, to help me catch on to how it all works.
Definately saving this read.
Thank you
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Posted 24 June 2016 - 09:03 AM

"I don't need to know how it works; I just want it TO work"

said of computers by Anonymous


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These are the voyages of the small ship, "Grus Egg".

2011 17" Spirit Deluxe, "Grus Egg"

 

"Civilization began when we stopped eating horses and began riding them."


#8 MGD

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Posted 24 June 2016 - 09:53 AM

"I don't need to know how it works; I just want it TO work"

said of computers by Anonymous

At my place of employment, we have someone who keeps the computers, servers, phones and network working. (That would be me.)

 

In the case of a Casita, most of us need to take on that "keep it working task" ourselves, or be willing to pay someone else to do it. In the case of many of the subsystems, that means knowing HOW it works.



#9 Ros M

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Posted 24 June 2016 - 10:06 AM

"I don't need to know how it works; I just want it TO work"
said of computers by Anonymous

At my place of employment, we have someone who keeps the computers, servers, phones and network working. (That would be me.)
 
In the case of a Casita, most of us need to take on that "keep it working task" ourselves, or be willing to pay someone else to do it. In the case of many of the subsystems, that means knowing HOW it works.

I so agree!
I believe that unless you get to that point, you are never truly "off grid".





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