solar

  1. Joseph

    Cable access holes through roof......

    Hey all, forum newb. Recently got a T6 for a MTB/Camping/Daily beast. Just added roof bars last week and thinking about mounting a roof tent and Solar panel up there, wondering on what the suggestions are regarding getting cables through the roof skin into the vehicle.... this is the...
  2. G

    solar panel via cigarette dash socket

    Hello...I have read posts regarding changing alligator clips to cigarette lighter sockets to run foldable solar panel. I am looking at Lensun 100 watt foldable and would like to run it via dash 12volt sockets. have you all had long term success with this, or do alligator clips direct to battery...
  3. K

    Solar Panel Values / Sterling Charger doubts [RESOLVED]

    Last week I had a 160W flexible panel fitted to the van with a Victron 100/20 Smart Solar Charger and I've just been looking at a weeks history on the Victron App. It's a wet cloudy October so far and I'm in south Central Scotland so not expecting to see 160W worth of power but just wondering if...
  4. Captain Rick

    Solar Panel selection

    I want to fix a solar panel to the roof of my 2016 Caravelle to complement the 120aH AGM leisure battery which is connected to a Ctek D250SE. Ctek say the max power can be 200watts with no more than 23VOC. I would like a permanent installation and thought that a 200watt semi-flexible panel...
  5. M

    Is my solar setup faulty?

    Hi All, First post, so please be kind! :) We have a 150W solar panel with an MPPT controller, and a 110ah leisure battery (all fitted by a camper converter, both brand new). Based on a couple of short trips without electric hookup, I don’t think the panel / MPPT are charging the leisure...
  6. D

    100w solar panel enough for a fridge?

    Hi all, quick question ref a 100w solar panel that I’m having installed. I’ve also asked for a dometic fridge to be installed. Would the 100w panel be enough to keep the leisure battery topped up and keep the fridge going? Especially over winter.
  7. phoenixfc7

    Main battery dead despite ctek and solar

    Main battery is completely flat, I am perplexed as I have a ctek and a solar panel so how has it run flat? I’m going to try jump start it tomorrow. Set up is 140 solar with Victron MPPT15/75 a ctek 250se and a agm leisure battery. I thought the starter battery would be charged first. Any ideas...
  8. AussieMick

    Too hot to park van in sun for solar..

    Having done a lengthy trip to central Australia I have noticed a few things about my solar setup. I have a 150w panel permanently mounted on my roof and a 150w blanket. My battery is a 120ah agm deep cycle. My fridge is a 80 litre dometic. In temperatures up to 25c I can park in the sun and...
  9. J

    ETFE solar panel supplier

    Wanting to run a couple of solar panels on my new van, I had a cheaper ebay one on my last van 150w which did the job but wanted to double up on input. So looking for about 300watts, also after EFTE panels because they have an all black surround so blend in with my black roof. Anyone used or...
  10. D

    Is my leisure battery on its way out , victron mppt

    Hi after reading lots on here i had the 150w panel and victron smart solar mppt 75/15 installed After a weekend away and thinking the battery was fully charged, it appears to be draining really quick, it seems to be constantly in bulk and charges to a decent level but drops to a really low level...
  11. O

    Which monitor for 160W solar?

    Hi, Im just putting together a wiring system for my new T6 LWB conversion. Was probably going to put in a CTEK 250SE (with a 160W solar panel) as it seems to be well recommended but wasn't sure what monitor to use on the system. Didn't want to spend the earth and don't care about bluetooth...
  12. Alanmh

    Separate DC-DC and Solar MPPT chargers

    Ok, so, I am thinking of adding a new solar panel (once I have got a new AGM leisure battery) and chances are it will have a Voc too high for the CTEK DC-DC charger and will need a separate Solar MPPT charger. I know lots of others have done this, and despite searching, I cannot find if how it...
  13. J

    Fitting rigid solar panels to pop top roof??

    Just wondering what opinions people have when fitting the rigid solar panels to pop top roofs, ie screwing the feet down with large washers or plates on the underside or just bonding the feet down with adhesive???
  14. OllieGBR

    No charge from Solar panel

    So, van has returned from its kitchen fit. All electrics now hooked up and every thing is working well, (so impressed with the Victron kit) except that I can't get my generated power to the battery. Kicking out 100W, the BVM reports no influx of juice. There's a plethora of settings in both the...
  15. S

    Dash Mounted Solar Panel

    I am thinking about buying a dash mounted solar panel that plugs into the 12 v socket to trickle charge the starter battery. Can i use either of the two sockets fitted as standard on the dash? Does it have to be unplugged when the engine is running? I've just hard wired my dashcam and i'm...
  16. F

    Is my solar panel cooked???

    I've recently noticed a lack of charging of my leisure battery from solar. Putting it down to the current Scottish weather. However, today its in full sun and not doing anything. Solar input across the ctek250se is 1.1V with the CTEK in rest mode. No solar light coming on. If I switch on the...
  17. Yetibeard

    Help -Solar Panels for awning/van - What to do?

    Hi, I've been reading a LOT of threads about solar panels and I'm still not sure on what would suit me best. If I describe my setup I'd appreciate any advice! The solar panels will be used for off grid camping. (off grid = no EHU! but probably still on a site) I have a leisure battery with...
  18. S

    Sold California Roof Panel for Solar Panel

    Hi All, I have a metal powder coated panel which bolts directly onto the California roof for a solar panel (see photo). Ideal if you don’t want to stick a panel directly to the roof. I purchased the panel from a company in Switzerland where it wasn’t clear this wasn’t the right product for my...
  19. OllieGBR

    Victron setup with solar and DC DC charger

    I bought my kit from a very helpful Travelvots last year, now that I've come to the connection and install I've forgotten all of his wise words. Is anyone willing to share their solar install and battery charging setup? I have the MPPT 75/15 smart solar charge controller, Orion-Tr Smart...
  20. Bryn23

    Reducing Solar Panel VOC

    I've been looking at upgrading my 180watt solar ever since i upgraded from the Votronic 30/20/250 triple charger to the 60/40/430 triple charger. While i'm waiting for the faulty 60/40/430 to be replaced, i though i'd explore upgrading the panels while im waiting. The VOC limit on the new...
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