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    Solar panels for camping

    Hi gents,

    What's the current hotness in solar setups (panels and/or regulators)?
    Brands? Sizes? Comments? Thoughts? Experiences? etc

    Ps. if you have a setup - what is it and how is it going?

    Cheers,
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    How much have you to spend, what do you intend to run & what batteries?

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    psi is on the money work backwards what you are using, how long between charges (e.g. will you be driving every day to help charge it?), what region and season are you traveling in (work out daylight hours), then you can roughly work out panel

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    I have a 80w solar blanket. Packs up to nothing and with a 100amp battery will run a 40L engle indefinitely. My 80L engle goes for 4 days before battery drains below 12V.

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    i've always wondered about these things. Isn't it better to just buy a 2000w generator? they are cheap as hell now.

    Seems to me I spend the daylight hours in the 4x4 and only need power after dark
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    Some camp sites don't allow generators.
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    Don't have anything to contribute specifically but a mate of mine has a Waeco fridge/freezer, 130AH deep cycle and a cheap arse solar panel/reg from 4wdsupacentre. It fucking amazes me. It's basically cheating as far as camping goes. Also hooks up some LED lights for under the gazebo. It's convinced me to do the same, though maybe slightly higher quality than supacentre shite. He went 4 days without an inkling of an issue.

    I've got a 2kw Honda generator and when it comes to beach doofing I'll bust it out again, but for basic fridge/lighting needs I'm a convert. Solar+deep cycle is the way to go.

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    People tend to throw noisy generators in the nearest river.

    Solar FTW, no need to go overboard on batteries etc for your basic setup.
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