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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-06-2012, 01:11 AM Thread Starter
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battery charger for camp off of the power grid

We are in the process of buying a camp that is off of the power grid. Most everything is run off of propane. There is a generator for the times it needs electrical power. I have heard there is a way to have a battery charger tied into the electrical system with an inverter to provide 110AC. The batteries would provide enough electricity for a few days before they would need to be recharged. Anyone do this at their camp and about how much would it cost to put in a system like this?
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Re: battery charger for camp off of the power grid

We have 2 deep cycle 12V batteries that are charged by an inexpensive 45W solar cell from Harbor Freight. The batteries are always fully charged when we get to camp and last for 3 or 4 days without much rationing of power. We connected a 1000W inverter that supplies 115v to our lights, small fans and cell phone chargers. Bought the inverter for about $100 on Amazon...the solar cell (there's 3 15W cells connected together) ran about $150 from HF. This has been in place for about 18 months and works really well. When the batteries do get depleted, we just switch over to our generator to supply all the loads and recharge the batteries. If you have any questions about it feel free to send me a message.

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Re: battery charger for camp off of the power grid

There are many ways to use solar energy .i have a whole setup of solar lights, fans, tv .i have 2 125 watt panels on roof and 9 deep cycle batteries outside in a small built box ..I have inverter runs my direct tv and 32 inch slim line uses less then a 60 watts..please also pm I have given a lot of members advice ..
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Re: battery charger for camp off of the power grid

Can we get the set-up here?? I am VERY interested in powering my new camp, off the grid. If ou prefer to PM the info on the set-up , PLEASE do!!




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Re: battery charger for camp off of the power grid

Looking at the pics of where your camp is setup RB, I think you would have plenty of sun exposure to set up a Solar panel system. You basically need the panel (mine is 45Watts total) a charge controler (that regulates the voltage and ensures the batteries don't get over charged) and an inverter to convert the 12v DC to 115v AC. We us the CF bulbs which only use about 10 or 12 watts but are equal to 75W incandesent bulbs. These bulbs amazingly throw way more light than propane lanterns! Our entire setup cost us approx. $400. That's including 2 deep cell batteries but you can start with one and add another later on. It's a pretty hefty investment upfront for the whole system but way cheaper and much more convient in the long run.

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Re: battery charger for camp off of the power grid

In WV my buddy wired wwith camper lights and wired a cig lighter to charge cell phones and we took 2 batteries over and they ran us for deer camp,he wants to set up a solar charger, hasnt got to that yet........
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Solar panels are falling in price, all youe need is a panel, charge controller, battery, and a inverter. All available at amazon. I run two 80w panels into two 4d batteries. All the power I need for lights and tv. I'd go 100w panels if doing it again.
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Re: battery charger for camp off of the power grid

I was at camp this week and have many pictures of solar setup ..pm me ill send pictures over they are from an iphone ...thanks
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