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  1. roadtripper

    How robust are portable type panels?

    I'm contemplating doing some 12v solar tinkering at home having some spare batteries but I also now own 3 camping devices that will solar input ( two power packs and fridge with battery ) so one option is to get a portable solar panel that would be useful when we start camping. My concern is...
  2. S

    Renogy Solar Panel Polarity?

    Hi all, The time has come to fit my solar, however I have a quick question if someone can help me work out the polarity of a Renogy Flexible 100w monocrystalline panel solar leads (MC4 connectors). Unfortunately download spec sheet doesn't shed any light, and without a multi-meter to hand Id...
  3. Paul22470

    For Sale 2020 T28 SWB 150PS DSG Campervan; Mint, low miles. £54K

    2020 VW Transporter T6.1, Highline Camper Van, DSG, Tailgate version with FULL VW HISTORY Start 2024 with our much loved 2020 (20 reg) VW Transporter T6.1, Highline in candy white with orange trim. This is the engine 150BHP DSG and has only covered 12,500 miles from new. It has had 2...
  4. Ploots

    Solar panel debonded

    Evening all On my way home from work this morning there was a clattering noise from the roof and off came my solar panel, I'm a little bit annoyed but I was looking to replace it anyway so it's going to be sooner than later, I've now got the joy of removing the bonding glue, My question is what...
  5. P

    Adding solar to existing set up?

    Hi, Recently got our first T6, don't know a huge amount about electrics and didn't realise the 3-pin sockets only work when on the hook-up (schoolboy, I know). Got the 12V socket working again after changing the fuse but we often camp off-grid and wouldn't mind being able to make a toastie...
  6. r00ps

    T6.1 factory aux battery split charge relay upgrade & solar panel install.

    Hi, I had the factory fitted aux battery ( under a single seat with swivel base ) fitted to my T6.1 with the intention of using it as a camper leisure battery. After getting less than impressive performance and reading about how the split charge relay is a pretty bad charging method I wanted to...
  7. AdL

    Which narrow solar panel?

    I have been away for the last week in the van. Everything worked just fine except that every couple of days I had to drive the van or take it to an EHU to charge the leisure battery. So I need a solar panel! I bought a folding panel which I was a bit enthusiastic about and bought a 200W one -...
  8. D

    Campervan electrics: Is LB dead?

    Hi all. Looking to help a friend where it looks like the leisure battery is probably about broke. It is 5 years old. Battery to battery looks like it is working. Solar panel fitted bit doesn’t look like it is working. It appears a fuse is missing under drivers seat but not sure what for or what...
  9. Saffa365

    Solar low amps

    Hi Guys Hopefully somebody can educate me . I’ve got a Renogy 100w flexible solar panel connected to the Renogy 30 dc dc charger with mppt. This charges a 95ah agm leisure battery. There is virtually no load on the battery ( few usb small shower pump and two reading lights I just don’t seem to...
  10. Pedro20001

    Connecting a solar panel to starter battery whilst leaving van for 4 weeks

    Hi all, I am going abroad for 4 weeks and have to leave the van at work, I have got a smallish solar panel with controller to trickle charge the starter battery with crocodile clips. The van has a tracker and aftermarket immobilizer fitted so wanted to try and counter any current draw. My...
  11. bgrunes

    Reverse pop top solar wiring

    Hi I have a pop top that’s for an end kitchen so the other way round compared to many. Looking for advice on fitting solar panel and the subsequent wiring run. In effect panel would be at the front of the van with wiring having to get all the way to the rear to enter possibly running along the...
  12. chappers0987

    Portable Solar Panel

    Hi all, I have recently purchased a Bluetti AC200Max Portable Power Station and I’m looking to pair it with some equally portable solar panel or panels. I’m very much a novice when it comes to anything electrical hence I was hoping you might be able recommend me some good options. I was...
  13. O

    Solar Panel dilemma ...

    A year ago I replaced my failed 120W Photonic Universe semi-flexible panel (initially fitted by Low-Life when they did the roof) with a 200W semi-flexible Photonic Universe panel. This seemed to work really well initially but, unfortunately, has also now failed! It is still under warranty and...
  14. B

    Solar Panel Playtime

    Got around to fitting 2 Renogy semi flex 100W panels on Saturday along with a nice Victron MPPT controller. I know there’s different theories around regarding the best way to install the panels but it makes a lot of sense to me to use vinyl on the paintwork first and allow air and water have...
  15. B

    Connecting Solar panels on poptop

    Looking into putting a pair of flexible solar panels on the pop top. What do folk recommend in terms of connectivity - do you hard wire through the pop top or run a fly lead through the rubber seal of the rear doors?
  16. R

    California Solar

    We have a T5.1 camper with a solar panel on the roof and find it indispensable for trips away. The trusty T5.1 will soon be replaced and it is looking likely that our new steed will be a T6.1 California. Solar is not a factory option, so how easy is it to get solar fitted to a California and...
  17. C

    Solar Panel Fail

    Hi all, Last year I took the van to a Conversion company where I had the interior carpet lined and a pop top roof fitted along with a 150w semi flex solar panel on the roof. About a month ago the solar panel failed. It was still under warranty so I went back to the installer who was willing to...
  18. T

    Solar help

    Morning all, so I have my panel fitted to the roof and I was going to run the wires for it today, I have cut the hole for my entry gland and I was originally going to cut the supplied connectors off then feed the cable through and add some new connectors inside the roof so it looks a bit neater...
  19. Paul7807

    Stealth solar panel

    Hi all finally coming to the end of my build(will post how it wet when finished) Got a quick 1 on solar. I'm booked in on Monday to have 1 fitted all I know is that it's a160w stealth panel that is stuck to the roof with all the wiring hidden under the panel so basically theyput a 30mm hole in...
  20. B

    Solar suitcase set up

    I think my last post got deleted possibly for pics of manual I used, sorry. Please could someone cast eye over proposed set up for solar suitcase and help me with the following? (total novice so please total layman's terms) Huge delay over the last year with poorly daughter and now wanting to...
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