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39 Responses to How to build a basic portable solar power system -camping,boating,off grid living-

  • YouMockMe says:

    Open Question: …so this was a 3amp charge controller, so I would assume
    getting a 7, 10, or 20 amp would be fine because that is my new max? Or am
    i totally wrong and everything has to be specific?
    Thanks

  • Hugh Jaanus says:

    Why do you need a blocking diode, that is only to allow the flow of
    electricity one way. If you were using a dc motor to generate power to
    charge a battery, this would not allow the battery to turn the motor. Most
    purchased solar panels have a diode built in, if you made your own you
    might need one.

  • jonathan ebie says:

    *With the ever increasing costs of living and global warming, there should
    be better time when we stop throwing money out the window and save some by
    starting to generate our own electricity*.

  • DutchBoy2014 says:

    Nice video and nice little system. Some advice to all, If you can afford
    it ,buy Lipo4 battery. Much lighter, can be discharged safely to 20
    percent and charged 4 x faster They now make complete Lipo4 batteries in
    normal lead acid form factor with BMS built in. Spend the extra money on
    good battery instead of more panels. Add more panels later. Just my 2
    eurocents worth.

  • Akshit Kumar says:

    #Buddhanz really awesome…….
    actually i have decided to do Solar Inverter as my project..then started to
    surf the videos for better ideas
    Well i am ready with my design and decided to follow your steps to make
    it…and little bit modified
    can you suggest me the main points or any thing else?

  • Ben Parmer says:

    Hi there,

    Great video.
    Do you have a list & spec of the items that you used?
    I am looking to do the same in my garage which is 100 m away & doesn’t have
    access to any power.
    I already have a couple of small solar panels(with a built in diode) up
    there for a solar powered light and one charging my car battery 

  • Mixer Mann says:

    Thanks, I learned that I was using my solar charger all wrong until
    watching this, I had my inverter hooked up to my load section on my
    charger.

  • Clayton Carlson says:

    Thanks for taking the time to post this. Greatly appreciated! 

  • Crystal Cottage says:

    Nice setup! I have solar power at my off grid cabin, but want to build a
    smaller system similar to this one to keep in my Jeep for when I go camping
    in the mountains. Thanks for sharing!

  • arrow251 says:

    Did you say 100 AMP circuit breaker? 1500 watt inverter would be maxed out
    at about 6.8 AMPs. The normal rule is not to exceed 80 percent of capacity
    so you should be using a 5 AMP breaker.

  • wildboots says:

    The can be connected to the load too right??

  • killerzamf says:

    Easy for you over there in sunny England we probs be lucky to get 1amp on a
    major sunny day lol good video mate helped me out a lot 

  • MrSolar.com says:

    Great vid, Buddhanz1! Thanks for making it. Was especially impressed that
    your small system was able to handle a toaster because of those times
    camping when you just gotta have a piece of toast for breakfast! But
    seriously, it does demonstrate well what can be done with a small solar
    power system setup like you have there. I have a 145 watt setup for
    camping and it can power can opener, lights, radio, charge personal devices
    like phones and tablets. Runs laptop or DVD player so kids can watch movie
    in the evening. I completely replicated the DIY solar project here:
    http://youtu.be/lbkp5zr7ngI It’s been a great addition to our camping
    gear. I’ve also used it to demonstrate solar power at green fairs, etc.
    Again, thanks for the video!

  • Richy GC says:

    How to build a basic portable solar power system…:
    http://youtu.be/G8YcFNGauoY

  • Bubba says:

    Wow, that is some thin inverter cable, what is it 10awg? I can’t believe
    the manufacturer supplied those thin cables with a 1500w inverter.
    Actually, it’s hard to believe that inverter is 1500w, it’s so small. The
    other thing, your supposed to have the breaker close to the battery, not
    close to the inverter. Liked the video, short and to the point, thanks 🙂 

  • YouMockMe says:

    Open Question: …so this was a 3amp charge controller, so I would assume
    getting a 7, 10, or 20 amp would be fine because that is my new max? Or am
    i totally wrong and everything has to be specific?
    Thanks

  • Hugh Jaanus says:

    Why do you need a blocking diode, that is only to allow the flow of
    electricity one way. If you were using a dc motor to generate power to
    charge a battery, this would not allow the battery to turn the motor. Most
    purchased solar panels have a diode built in, if you made your own you
    might need one.

  • jonathan ebie says:

    *With the ever increasing costs of living and global warming, there should
    be better time when we stop throwing money out the window and save some by
    starting to generate our own electricity*.

  • DutchBoy2014 says:

    Nice video and nice little system. Some advice to all, If you can afford
    it ,buy Lipo4 battery. Much lighter, can be discharged safely to 20
    percent and charged 4 x faster They now make complete Lipo4 batteries in
    normal lead acid form factor with BMS built in. Spend the extra money on
    good battery instead of more panels. Add more panels later. Just my 2
    eurocents worth.

  • Akshit Kumar says:

    #Buddhanz really awesome…….
    actually i have decided to do Solar Inverter as my project..then started to
    surf the videos for better ideas
    Well i am ready with my design and decided to follow your steps to make
    it…and little bit modified
    can you suggest me the main points or any thing else?

  • Ben Parmer says:

    Hi there,

    Great video.
    Do you have a list & spec of the items that you used?
    I am looking to do the same in my garage which is 100 m away & doesn’t have
    access to any power.
    I already have a couple of small solar panels(with a built in diode) up
    there for a solar powered light and one charging my car battery 

  • Mixer Mann says:

    Thanks, I learned that I was using my solar charger all wrong until
    watching this, I had my inverter hooked up to my load section on my
    charger.

  • Clayton Carlson says:

    Thanks for taking the time to post this. Greatly appreciated! 

  • Crystal Cottage says:

    Nice setup! I have solar power at my off grid cabin, but want to build a
    smaller system similar to this one to keep in my Jeep for when I go camping
    in the mountains. Thanks for sharing!

  • arrow251 says:

    Did you say 100 AMP circuit breaker? 1500 watt inverter would be maxed out
    at about 6.8 AMPs. The normal rule is not to exceed 80 percent of capacity
    so you should be using a 5 AMP breaker.

  • wildboots says:

    The can be connected to the load too right??

  • killerzamf says:

    Easy for you over there in sunny England we probs be lucky to get 1amp on a
    major sunny day lol good video mate helped me out a lot 

  • MrSolar.com says:

    Great vid, Buddhanz1! Thanks for making it. Was especially impressed that
    your small system was able to handle a toaster because of those times
    camping when you just gotta have a piece of toast for breakfast! But
    seriously, it does demonstrate well what can be done with a small solar
    power system setup like you have there. I have a 145 watt setup for
    camping and it can power can opener, lights, radio, charge personal devices
    like phones and tablets. Runs laptop or DVD player so kids can watch movie
    in the evening. I completely replicated the DIY solar project here:
    http://youtu.be/lbkp5zr7ngI It’s been a great addition to our camping
    gear. I’ve also used it to demonstrate solar power at green fairs, etc.
    Again, thanks for the video!

  • Richy GC says:

    How to build a basic portable solar power system…:
    http://youtu.be/G8YcFNGauoY

  • Bubba says:

    Wow, that is some thin inverter cable, what is it 10awg? I can’t believe
    the manufacturer supplied those thin cables with a 1500w inverter.
    Actually, it’s hard to believe that inverter is 1500w, it’s so small. The
    other thing, your supposed to have the breaker close to the battery, not
    close to the inverter. Liked the video, short and to the point, thanks 🙂 

  • samgab says:

    Good stuff; Kiwi ingenuity at work. 

  • wotan237 says:

    I thought it was risky yo wire the inverter direct to the load on the CC, ,
    other vids Ive seen wire the inverter to the battery, saying that the load
    option on the charge controller is just for little things.

  • SolarBurrito says:

    great video. I want to see your boat now. You in Australia?

  • alfie torbert says:

    *With the ever increasing costs of living and global warming, there should
    be better time when we stop throwing money out the window and save some by
    starting to generate our own electricity.*

  • Rare Storm says:

    From China 1watt costs 50 cents

  • Nadeem Ahmed says:

    when you started the toaster the battery only remained 23 percent ! was
    your battery not full ? or ?

  • Wayne Osmand says:

    Thank you, made it all make sense! appreciated!

  • Dolce Mantin says:

    i have been wanting to build this kind of solar panel, good thing I watch
    your video… great job!

  • Vishva Laksshapathiarachchi says:

    Nice video and good explanation mate, how much amps is the battery putting
    out? 

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