What Solar Panel/controller, Dc-dc, Leisure Battery - Have You Got ?

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  1. Dellmassive

    Dellmassive 204 T32 DSG LWB SPORTLINE PV MY18 VCDS User Moderator VIP Member T6 Legend

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    What Solar Panel/s & Controller/s . . . . ?

    There is a lot of talk about Solar at the moment, and with spring not to far away i wanted to get an idea of what kit we are all using . . .

    The main components are the Panels themselves, the charge controller (whether that be stand alone or integrated into a DC-DC charger) and of course Battery's.

    so lets have it. . . . . Ill start us off.


    Power, energy and capacity
    Power in watts (W) = current in amps (A) x voltage in volts (V)
    Energy in watt hours (Wh) = power in watts (W) x time in hours (h)
    Battery capacity in amp hours (Ah) = energy in watt hours (Wh) / voltage in volts (V)

    How to Calculate Solar Panel Efficiency :: Articles :: 12V solar panels charging kits for caravans, motorhomes, boats, yachts, marine


    Here is some info & Links:

    Info for solar panels for caravans

    Thinking About A Solar Panel? Look At This.....

    My Roof Might Be Crap But The Solar Panel Is Ace

    Solar Panel Fitting To Front Hinged Roof

    How've You Installed Your Solar Panel?

    Volkswagen VW T4 or T5 Camping vans/bus install flexible solar panels guide. How many ways to install the flexible solar panels on the camper’s or caravan’s roof? | Lensun Solar Panel – Lensunsolar

    Lensun Solar Energy Store

    12V solar panels charging kits for caravans, motorhomes, boats, yachts, marine

    Renogy Official Site | All-in-one Solar Kit | Portable Solar Generator

    ACOPower Official Site | Solar Panel Kits | Portable Solar Generator | Solar Charge Controller | Solar Inverters - ACOPower.com

    Flexible Solar Panels & Solar Panels for Caravans & Motorhomes



    What Solar Panel & Controller ?


    updated - july 2019


    more info:

    Removing an old stuck down panel.





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  2. Dellmassive

    Dellmassive 204 T32 DSG LWB SPORTLINE PV MY18 VCDS User Moderator VIP Member T6 Legend

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    VAN:
    Solar Panel: Lensun® 2PCS 110W(total 220W) 12V ETFE Black Flexible Solar Panel (not fitted yet)
    Mobile Panel: 200W Lensun Folding (option:100W Renogy suitcase,100w Renogy folding)
    charge controller: Victron smartsolar 75/15 (100/20, 100/30 options + various PWM`s)
    DC-DC charger: Redarc BCDC1240LV
    EHU Charger: Victron BlueSmart 12v/15A (Temp fitting)
    battery bank: 1x75Ah stock EFB+ (option:2x 110Ah Leoch Xtreme)
    Battery Monitor: Victron BMV-712 Smart (Temp fitting)
    other: Victron Phoenix Inverter 12/800 (Temp fitting)

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    SHED:
    Solar Panel: 1x 160w RENOGY flexible (stuck on roof ) 2x 160W semi-flexible, photonic universe (stuck on roof )
    charge controller: Victron smartsolar 100/20 (75/15, 100/30 options + various PWM`s)
    DC-DC charger: None
    EHU Charger: NOCO G1500(15A)
    battery bank: 2x110Ah deep cycle Leisure
    other: Victron Phoenix Inverter 12/350,
    other: Raspberry Pi running Victron Venus system monitor + 2x USB links

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    just copy/paste/edit the list and add your own details in.

    updated - july 2019
     
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  3. andys

    andys Senior Member VIP Member T6 Legend

    Solar Panel: 1 x 250w photonic universe
    charge controller: Victron Smartsolar 75/10
    DC-DC charger: Ctek D250SA
    battery bank: 1x95Ah Varta AGM
    Standard Westfalia mains charger and battery monitoring system
    other: Votronic DC/DC trickle charger to vehicle battery (also 95Ah Varta AGM) from secondary output of solar controller; Victron 12/375 Pure sine inverter for EMTB charging
     
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  4. Taff7996

    Taff7996 Member T6 Pro

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    I have a 110w panel bolted onto the roof with a victron 75/15 controller that has built in bluetooth, so you can view the performance of your panels on a phone app, no need for a separate display.

    Roger from Solar camping solutions supplied and fitted it for me

    Solar Camper Solutions - VW California (T5 & T6) Solar Panel Kit

    Solar Panel: 1x 110w panel
    charge controller: victron 75/15
    DC-DC charger:
    battery bank:
    other:
     
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  5. andys

    andys Senior Member VIP Member T6 Legend

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    Yep me and @Dellmassive above have the same controller, you get addicted to checking the output :D This is my best so far, but the controller is holding back the performance of the panel and I’ll prob upgrade to a 100/20 if I still have the van this summer
     
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  6. Deaky

    Deaky On yer bike VCDS User Moderator VIP Member T6 Legend

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    I have the following installed

    Photonic Universe 250w panel
    Redarc 1240lv
    Victron blue solar 75/15
    Victron Bluetooth dongle
    OEM 2nd battery Varta 75ah AGM

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  7. Dilbert

    Dilbert Just travelling... VIP Member T6 Guru

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    I have the following:

    Solar Panel: Carbest (Reimo) Product number: 85329. 160W Ultra-flexible
    Solar charge controller: Victron Smartsolar MPPT 75/15
    DC-DC charger: Sterling BB1230
    Mains hook up charger: Durite Automatic (3 stage) 12V 10A
    Battery bank: 1x Varta LFD90 90Ah leisure battery
    Other: Victron Smart battery sense (Connected to Smartsolar controller via VE.Smart Network)
     
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  8. Dellmassive

    Dellmassive 204 T32 DSG LWB SPORTLINE PV MY18 VCDS User Moderator VIP Member T6 Legend

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    YES Done it !!!!

    i can now be in the 200W solar club (well mobile solar !!)

    im just loving this weather . . .

    So ive just got the new 200W mobile Lensun folding suitcase . . . (thats the 100w Renogy in the background)

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    which come with some strange Jank Epever MPPT conrtroller, which after a quick test i ditched.

    swapping it out with a tried and tested Victron 75/15 . . . .

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    charging the New AGM Xtreme battery . . . .

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    running these two as well . . . . . . (Note; these will draw 12v/3A continuos each . . . but if you run them on a small 12v inverter (240v) they will effectivly start throttling and draw 1.5/3A off the 12v battery via the inverter)

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    and after a quick dip in sun after a cloud . . . . BOOM! 218W!

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    And for those who noticed . . . . . ." how did you get 218W out of a 200W panel?????" - well spotted.

    during testing i added in the 150W panel on the shed roof too (in parallel with a couple of MC4 branch connectors), giving 350W max . . . . but delivering 218W under these conditions.

    BUT . . . the 15A going to the battery started heating up thge 10A fuse and holder next to the battery........

    So ill upgrade that lead for a 40A capacity and fuse it down to 30A . . . . . but thats for another day.
     
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  9. Ads_Essex

    Ads_Essex Local lowlife VIP Member T6 Legend

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    Funnily enough Lee I was just thinking about 12v battery and solar panel setup for the shed!
     
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  10. Dellmassive

    Dellmassive 204 T32 DSG LWB SPORTLINE PV MY18 VCDS User Moderator VIP Member T6 Legend

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    Mine powers 12v LED shed lights inside and 12v LED garden lights (love island style)

    All switched and timed by 12v wifi SONOF devices and an APP on phone.

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  11. Martin Gibson

    Martin Gibson Member VIP Member T6 Pro

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    Solar panel: Photonic Universe 300w ( still to be fitted)
    Solar controller: Victron 100/30
    Dc-Dc charger: Ablemail 12 12 30
    Mains hook up charger: Victron IP65 12/15
    Leisure battery: Xtreme 110 Agm
    Other: Votronic main battery trickle charger
     
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  12. Lowlec

    Lowlec EWKY VIP Member

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    I’ve got 3 x 330w ground mount panels in my garden,my victron 250v mppt has pulled a maximum of 1345Watts out of them to date!....it’s all about the angle and orientation!
     
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  13. Dellmassive

    Dellmassive 204 T32 DSG LWB SPORTLINE PV MY18 VCDS User Moderator VIP Member T6 Legend

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    More Power,

    i put those extra 2x150w panels on the roof. . . . . . (im getting new Black flexible Lensun panels for the Van roof)


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    Stats for nerds:

    Victron Venus web display running on Raspberry Pi:

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    And Victron VRM Portal data logging.

    This morning:

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    and last 7days:

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    Defiantly caught the solar bug . . . . . . Grid-tie inverter next to harvest the wasted solar production after the battery bank is full.
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  14. Lowlec

    Lowlec EWKY VIP Member

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    I’ve got 3 solar sites on the VRM portal,and the 4th one will be my T6 when converted and I’ve added a Venus gx for monitoring & tracking of the van too.
     
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  15. Dellmassive

    Dellmassive 204 T32 DSG LWB SPORTLINE PV MY18 VCDS User Moderator VIP Member T6 Legend

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    i used the Raspberry Pi running Venus gx software instead of the Venus gx hardware, it was much cheaper =]
     
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  16. andys

    andys Senior Member VIP Member T6 Legend

    Me too, also made my own cable as the Victron one is a rip-off
     
  17. Dellmassive

    Dellmassive 204 T32 DSG LWB SPORTLINE PV MY18 VCDS User Moderator VIP Member T6 Legend

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    Yeh... saw a YT vid on that.... think getting the right JST pin sizes was the problem... currently running 2x victron cables.... but got some bits to try my own cables.
     
  18. andys

    andys Senior Member VIP Member T6 Legend

    Same video I saw. I got the right size connectors but they still needed tiny edges shaving off with a scalpel
     
  19. Martin Gibson

    Martin Gibson Member VIP Member T6 Pro

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    Well thats the 300w panel fitted and tested with a drive up to Port Logan for some fishing. 250ish miles at 60ish mostly! Fishing was cack but the panel didnt move so all good. Still need to have a good clean up round the panel but im happy with it. Decided to use a double entry cable gland because the cables are really stiff and pretty much maufactured facing the wrong way. Cant really see it from the floor and when the roof rails and rear spoiler go on,i dont think it will be very visible. Thats the electrics done i think,next stop Exploria on the 12th August for lining,floor,headling,lights,webasto and rear quarter windows.
     
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  20. Martin Gibson

    Martin Gibson Member VIP Member T6 Pro

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    @Martin Gibson

    Solar panel: Photonic Universe 300w
    Solar controller: Victron 100/30
    Dc-Dc charger: Ablemail 12 12 30
    Mains hook up charger: Victron IP65 12/15
    Leisure battery: Xtreme 110 Agm
    Other: Votronic main battery trickle charger
     
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