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Battery charge question
« on: April 07, 2018, 09:18:26 AM »
Has anyone here have any experience charging batteries while camping in remote areas?  Thinking of getting a solar powered charger and I was told I need at least 10 watt to be able to charge a battery and that it would take a good 10 hours to charge the battery fully.  Am i way off on this thinking?  Any suggestions? 
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Re: Battery charge question
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2018, 01:03:10 PM »
No experience with solar charging but that's your only option in remote areas with no power.

Do you have a 24 system?  One option would be to have extra batteries on hand so you can charge a set during the day while your fishing!

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Re: Battery charge question
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2018, 01:29:02 PM »
Thank you Joe
not a 24 system
I think I will take your advice and by another battery that will give me 3.  I can leave one at camp charging via solar charge all day
and bring 2 with me for the day.

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Re: Battery charge question
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2018, 02:27:51 PM »
Take into consideration that many camping areas are well covered with trees, which will severely limit how efficient your solar charger will be. You might be better off to leave the solar charger on your boat and charge the unused battery while you're on the lake, where you'll get maximum exposure to the sun and maximum charging potential.

Here's a 10 Watt charger that might work for you, with really good reviews: http://amzn.to/2H8vqSk

If you want something more powerful, and you have a bigger budget, this one is 100 Watts! http://amzn.to/2GM3vEm

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Re: Battery charge question
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2018, 04:18:13 PM »
I didn't think about the trees.  On boat would be better.
I might go with something in between the 10w and 100w.
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Re: Battery charge question
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2018, 09:25:47 AM »
I didn't think about the trees.  On boat would be better.
I might go with something in between the 10w and 100w.
thanks Curt

You're welcome @LANSKY

I looked a little further and found very little between 10 and 100 watts, except for this one, at 20 watts. http://amzn.to/2EwVMbo

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Re: Battery charge question
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2018, 06:52:15 PM »
Probably getting this one a little more than I wanted to spend but from what I have read this will easily do what I need it to do.

http://amzn.to/2GPJocH
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Re: Battery charge question
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2018, 09:11:18 PM »
Probably getting this one a little more than I wanted to spend but from what I have read this will easily do what I need it to do.

http://amzn.to/2GPJocH

Looks good! Now if only we can get some sunshine so you can try it out!

Let us know how it works out.  :thumbup:

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Re: Battery charge question
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2018, 09:14:43 AM »
Thanks will do!  Cant wait to try it out.

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Re: Battery charge question
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2018, 06:38:30 PM »
      Got the solar panel in today and hooked a battery up to the controller, it powered up and gave a readout on the battery. Plugged the panel into the controller and it immediately started charging.  I only tested for an hour and a half but it did juice up the battery about 20% with partly cloudy skies.  It also has a USB port right in the controller to charge phones, IPADs ect.  So far I am glad I purchased it however I need to use it more and see how it goes.

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Re: Battery charge question
« Reply #10 on: April 19, 2018, 09:46:46 AM »
It still should charge even if it's cloudy.  Sounds like it will work out for you :thumbup:

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Re: Battery charge question
« Reply #11 on: April 19, 2018, 10:46:01 AM »
Thanks I think so too, cant wait to get out camping and fishing!   :yes:

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Re: Battery charge question
« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2018, 11:35:15 AM »
@LANSKY Sounds like you picked the right one. I hope it works well for you!