Product Review, Harbor Freight Solar Panel Kit

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  1. #1 by Cneumann22 at September 18th, 2009

    We purchased the same solar panels from HF. We use the solar charged batteries to light the lamp and keep my laptop charged. Works great. We bought another set of panels and battery as a backup. While one battery is in use, the other one is outside charging. Great video.

  2. #2 by Kashmir2000is at September 18th, 2009

    Love this!
    And after your done with that… 🙂 …
    Root cellar, right? ha ha Peace

  3. #3 by JosiahsBackpack at September 18th, 2009

    Aww man I was just about to buy one of these!!

  4. #4 by GoatHollow at September 18th, 2009

    So buy one Josiah. I said it was a good deal!

  5. #5 by JosiahsBackpack at September 18th, 2009

    But now I am not first….haha

    You seeing the increase in electrical costs too or just wanting to have a way of making your own power even though it is just a little bit?

  6. #6 by GoatHollow at September 18th, 2009

    Both… I also want to protect against ice storm outages , and maybe a little juice for when you know what hit’s the fan. I could tell “ACORN” I’m just being green, LOL.

  7. #7 by CMLovejoy at September 18th, 2009

    Great setup.

    I was thinking about doing a portable water generator where I would setup a dehumidifier, and plug it into a solar panel set up. Then I would take the water from the dehumidifier and filter it. Just a thought.

  8. #8 by msamour at September 18th, 2009

    That is a great idea. My dad told me he had the water from is water dehumidifier analyzed, and all they found were some protozoa that can easily be killed by treatment. The thing produces about 2 gallons of water in 4 hours in the summer when it’s really humid. Will not produce any water in the winter though, as it is usually really dry where he lives. It’s a good idea, when you live in a humid place, but don’t have access to a stable water supply.

  9. #9 by msamour at September 18th, 2009

    I was doing the math, and came to the conclusion that the Harbour freight system was a great deal. especially for someone who wants to setup a small system as a back up. It can be expanded on. For about 3000$ a person can have a system that will run almost everything in the house, only not at the same time. The hard thing is to find a fair priced pure sine wave converter. For most application it’s not even needed. Thanks for the vid. Mike, London, On.

  10. #10 by evcrawfish at September 19th, 2009

    kewlness sir. have fun and be safe.

  11. #11 by GoatHollow at September 19th, 2009

    Hmmmm, What’s the amperage draw on your dehumidifier?

  12. #12 by 3charter at September 19th, 2009

    I’ve had one of these running for almost a year…no problems. Will eventually upgrade controller and add panels. It’s a pretty good “starter” system.

  13. #13 by homeismn at September 24th, 2009

    Great Job…I loved it. Keep them coming….

  14. #14 by jknacasual at September 25th, 2009

    Good going! I am still working on my water system, but as soon as I am done with it, the next step is power back-up. One of the things that I have read up on, that you might consider, is using Forklift batteries for your system. They are already 24V or 36V and will offer a much higher storage capacity. Check around your area local and you can find some for cheap. Many will have a charger available so that you can supplement during intermittant outages. They are a pain to move though…

  15. #15 by Michigansnowpony at September 25th, 2009

    Okay, I’m totally stupid about solar power systems. So . . . patience please with the questions: Other than the batteries, is this kit complete? That is, once you add the batteries, are you good to go to plug something in? How does one tell what appliances can be run on 45 watts?
    I’m wondering if something like this would work to run a stock tank heater.

  16. #16 by GoatHollow at September 25th, 2009

    Hey Renee (Michigansnowpony),
    You can only plug something straight in that uses 12 volts. Like a laptop with a car adapter. you need an inverter, I showed a pic of mine at 2:20 on the vid. (Wal-mart $75.00). Then you have the basics to be able to plug in a lamp or even some small appliances. Gotta have the battery though. Not 45 watts th………. Not enough room I’ll just do a video this week.

  17. #17 by mrbuki77 at September 28th, 2009

    Take a look at the system I’ve put together. I started out with the same Hrbr Frght system, and have upgraded, little by little. You’ll find that these panels actually put out about 50% of the rated watts. So out of the 45watts, you get about 22watts. This system is a great set up to learn and get you started in making your own power. My goal is to simply run my kid’s playroom/ home office of the system, hence I have upgraded the panels, charge controller, battery bank and inverter. Hi from FL

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