solar

  1. Ricardo T

    'Plug and play' solar panels.

    So looking to boost my solar for off grid...currently have roof mounted solar and leisure battery and wanting to add to for more flexibility. Don't have too much of an idea when it comes to this tbh.....every day is a school day.....but would a portable folding solar panel assist with this? For...
  2. M

    Help with solar needed

    Hello All. I've tried looking for stuff on this, but seem to be going round in circles. I have the current twin leisure battery setup in my van, which was in when i bought it. I want to add 2 x 100W panels via a Victron 75/15 MPPT, as below. My question is, what is the correct way to do this...
  3. S

    Magnets for temporary solar-panel mounting

    Quick question for anyone using magnets as temp fix for solar panel on roof .... are they simply stuck 'through' the panel or are you using some sort of fixing? Using it on dash at the moment but would be handy to put on roof occasionally for better gain.
  4. Lord Mfwic

    Can I charge main battery from mobile solar panel?

    Hi, I won't be using my van for a few weeks so I wanted to top up the battery from my mobile solar panels. I have the magic box the solar came with and also came with crocodile clips. I believe the battery has some little box of tricks attached to it that reads the charge in and out so its not...
  5. Matrob93

    Do Solar panels make much of a difference ?

    Looking to install a solar panel and wondered if it actually makes any difference. I’ve seen many conflicting reviews about the up front cost and the actual energy it generates. Or would a portable removal solar panel before beneficial. any advise would help.
  6. Vinci

    SCA roof - Solar roof bar kits/advice/guidance, please

    I have a T6 lwb with SCA roof, with tracks in the roof channels, into which my Thule roof rack sits. Any one please know of any kits to sit in-clamp to said rails, onto which you can mount hard solar panels, permitting an air gap beneath, all whilst allowing surf/windsurfing boards to be...
  7. S

    Day Van Solar recommendations

    So what’s my best bet, this van is set up as a multi role day van, Shuttle, or stripped out for carrying stuff. Currently it has some of its Shuttle seats fitted and a Slidepod, the idea being it can changed easily to suit whatever I’m doing. The bit I’m missing is powering the cool box for...
  8. S

    Connecting solar panels up BEFORE entering the roof

    Hi, Has anyone connected their solar panels so that just a single wire enters the van roof? i.e two wires into one via connector and then through roof. Could you post photos of how you have secured the connectors please? Any issues with longevity of connectors, concerned they would corrode...
  9. S

    Solar in winter

    Hi all, Currently calculating my expected power use and therefore solar panel size. So, a difficult and variable question, but hoping to take an approximate average. What do you get out of you solar panels in winter? Cheers,
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. DarrenTT

    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.
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
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