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Old 02-28-2011   #1
 
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solar battery chargers

Does anyone know of a solar charger that can take a wall plug? I'm looking for something to take on extended trips and don't really want to buy extra lithium ion batteries for my camera if it's not necessary.

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You'll probably need to have a battery with a small inverter setup. I dont think a panel will be able to invert the DC (solar) to AC (household).

I have panels hooked to a 36ah AGM battery, with 12V and a small 150watt inverter, runs all chargers, and some tunes.

In fact, such set up is for sale as I rarely use it.....
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Is this unit/setup fairly compact? I've got to fit it in my river bag for a grand trip. How many duckets you want?
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not compact, 2* 15W panels mounted in a pelican gun case, battery and electronic fit in 50mm rocket box. It's fairly big, it does the job. If I did it again I'd use the brunton rollable panels. The 36ah battery is key, I can inflate a few boats with the battery and have enough voltage to enable a recharge with 2amp coming from my panels. If you have a big battery and small panels you cant recharge a dead battery due to resistance? Therefore, it's handy to keep a fairly accurate voltmeter if you are relying on it.

i'll dig up some pictures.
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We've got a few of the brunton panels I think they are 500ma at 12v. You need an inverter to get ac. Inverters have pretty lousy efficiency so if you need one its gonna require more battery capacity. If you dont have enough charging capacity to keep up you need an even larger battery On a trip we bring a pair of 7ah sla batteries and a 12v to usb converters The batteries are powerful enough to run our drinking pump for filtration. So far a couple of hours of daylight is sufficient to keep them charged. I need to come up with a way to charge the batteries while on the river You might Check and see if there is a charger for your batteries that runs off of 12v or USB port power
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Portable Solar Battery Charger | Portable Solar Panels | Off-Grid Solar Generators | Goal Zero - Extreme Portable Power

These are where it's at. Some of the batteries allow direct plug-ins. They also make awesome solar panels. A bit pricey, but for reliable electricity on long river trips it seems like a sweet setup. They even have lanterns and headlamps that charge from the power source.
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Those are pretty cool. I think I'm just going to buy a few extra chinese knockoff batteries from Amazon super cheap.
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I got a device on eBay for $10 that charges iPods with AA batteries. 4 AA batts = 1 iPod full charge. I like the idea of eliminating all toxic batteries from my river gear though....
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Those are some good links. Thanks.

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