Solar Panel charging Batteries for Camping

Charging 12 volt batteries for camping. Guy Fanguy, Houma Louisiana.

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  1. #1 by terrytrooper at February 21st, 2008

    good video but why not have your 50watt panel on the roof so you can park anyway around. and what a lot of wires

  2. #2 by GuySolar at February 22nd, 2008

    the roof of my van has no flat surface for a solar panel. i ordered a flexable solar panel and should be in next week, i will try putting that on the roof instead of the glass panels as you see in the video.
    I do need to clean up the wire mess though.
    thanks for the input

  3. #3 by joelstrailer at February 23rd, 2008

    Cool Video, i just got a 12V 30W solar panel which i plan on using in my camper trailer. Im planning on doing the same thing that you did in your van. where did you get the charge controler that is in between the panel and the batery? Also how do you power your TV? Inverter? Sorry about all the questions im just interested and you have experience. also i agree with terrytrooper, lets see an updated video with some cord managment.

  4. #4 by minicoppergpiscool at March 8th, 2008

    wow guy this looks like it works so good i wish i could do that my van is not big enough

  5. #5 by EagleFeatherUSA at March 18th, 2008

    Great job…I want to do the same with my conversion van! Actually…I got a little confused with all the wires…could you make another video for us Solar noobs showing the wire hook-ups and what gage wires to use?
    Keep up the good work!

  6. #6 by ljpacey at March 24th, 2008

    i get the charge controlers off Ebay m8

  7. #7 by minicoppergpiscool at March 26th, 2008

    i saw u got that 12 watt flexable panel y dont u put that on the top it looks cool how much was it and where did u get it.

  8. #8 by gfanguy at March 30th, 2008

    i will try to follow up on your request as soon as i can.
    thanks for the input

  9. #9 by woggins at June 24th, 2008

    Great info, I love seeing what others are doing with solar.

    Gotta love the internets! 😉

  10. #10 by SteeleJim123 at July 16th, 2008

    its great to see that your using solar power its really a good energy source and also that is a nice van

  11. #11 by tjgame2 at September 13th, 2008

    Has anyone tried to use one of them emergency battery jumper, they have a 12 volt charge controller and 12 volt battery for very cheap.
    I have one I’m testing under a bulb and some solar cells from solar walkway lights. I’m trying to go ultra cheap.

  12. #12 by XsmashX1 at October 7th, 2008

    I just bought a 12 volt solar panel for kicks, wanted to experiment with it. The thing is I don’t know what to do with it… I’m a solar panel noob, what can I power with this panel?
    Also, how do I figure out how many watts it produces?

  13. #13 by GuySolar at October 7th, 2008

    to measure the watts you need a volt amp meter. you need to measure the current (amps) accross the leads coming out of the solar panel in the sun of course. the formula is Watts = Volts x Amps . if you get .5 amps or 500 mAmps then multiply 12 volts x .5 amps to get your watts. depending on the amps you get will be the max you can run a 12 volt item such as a fan or light or charge a 12 volt battery with it. the sunlinq i bought is a 12 watt or 800 mAmp (.8 amps).

  14. #14 by ArmyRanger10 at March 30th, 2009

    I just bought a Brunton Solarport 4.4. It can charge anything USB, Cigarette lighter, or AA and AAA batteries. Cant wait to try it out. The panels you have how would you rig something up to charge off them?

  15. #15 by gfanguy at April 1st, 2009

    i have also purchased simlar solar charging devices that can charge 5v to 12v devices. they have their own intenal battery that the solar panel is charging , then the battery in the unit is charging cell phones, mp3 players, etc. how long and how much you can charge is depending on the amperage of the battery inside the unit. my panels in this video is for charging anything that requires 12 volts only. i would need a step down transformer to charge less voltage requiring deviecs.

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  17. #17 by DECOFRANCE at May 10th, 2009

    wow the c ables are horrible:D. better make some arrangement, to prevent short circuitingXD

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