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  1. sixgun

    sixgun Guest

    I have 3 different solar panels (1x6.5w) (2x1.8w)
    Is there an adapter which would allow me to plug all 3 into my Eliminator
    Power pack at once?

    Thanks all.
     
  2. sixgun

    sixgun Guest

    Thanks for the help Eric.
    Yes, the Eliminator is a power pack. Cigarette plug, car booster etc. I use
    it to power a compact fluorescent bulb while camping. (I get 8 hours of use
    vs. 4.5 hours with a 60 watt bulb) Much better than noisy propane or smelly
    oil lamps.
    I hope to join the 3 solar panels into a single source to increase charging
    power while up at the lake.
    http://www.canadiantire.ca/assortme...4443249994&assortment=primary&fromSearch=true

    Take care.
    Kevin.
     
  3. So it's got something like 270 watt-hours of capacity.

    or 10 watts peak. Charge time is going to be on the order of a week.
    Alternately, use your light for less than an hour a night...

    If these are all rated at 12V, just hook everything in parallel and
    you are all set. If they all have cigarette-lighter sockets, you can
    get socket-doublers from many places (truck stops, Radio Shack,
    probably Canadian Tire) that'll allow you to plug more than one thing
    into your socket at a time, which should work fine.

    In an ideal world, you'd do a proper load characterization, power
    budget, battery sizing, inverter and charge controller selection, and
    install the appropriate (number of) panels. However, this seems like
    a decent lash-up for fiddling with solar power, and the additional
    outlay to put your panels in parallel is near zero, so you should be
    fine.
     
  4. sixgun

    sixgun Guest

    Eric, Lake Rotoiti looks like paradise. (Thanks to google)
    Every year the wife and I go some place different here in B.C. If you get
    bored:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157594200311936/

    This year it'll be Nimpo Lake. The 14 hour drive is a bit of a killer in a
    single day but the rewards are well worth it.

    I really like the idea of microhydro, I've seen some small generators that
    can be placed in a stream to produce power.

    I don't think I'll ever get enough power from the system I use to keep us
    well lit for too long but for some evenings it'll be nice to have clean
    lighting for a good game of chess.

    I do like the idea of running the lamp from the truck, the invertors has an
    alarm to warn of low battery so I think it'll be a better way to go.

    You really know your stuff, most of it left my head spinning but I got the
    gist of it.
    You've been a big help.
    Thanks and take care,
    Kevin.
     
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