#148377  by gmatt
 Mon Jan 21, 2019 5:58 pm
Karmann57 wrote:
Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:48 am
gmatt wrote:
Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:34 am
An MPPT controller is needed as well? What price do they go for and which is best?
You don't have to get an MPPT controller, the small portable panels come with a PWM controller attached which will serve your purpose. I purchased an MPPT Votronic for possible future instal of a fixed panel on the roof, but the portable unit works perfectly . I have seen some larger more expensive portable panels with MPPT Controlers.
Thanks Karnann .......
 #148379  by LordCrumb
 Mon Jan 21, 2019 6:32 pm
Thanks for those replies!

The solar panel + battery sounds like the way to go then... If I was wanting to get one of those 160wat panels that you linked to, and maybe get another later on, do they both just get hooked up to the same battery?

Because my van isn't a high top roof, the panel will be easily seen by people passing by.. i would have to ensure it was secured enough that people wouldn't be tempted to steal it lol
 #148383  by Karmann57
 Mon Jan 21, 2019 7:33 pm
You can have multiple solar panels and controllers connected to one battery, but should not need to. You can also get a relay to allow the alternator to charge the second battery while driving.
https://www.burnsco.co.nz/shop/boating/ ... nse-12/24v
 #148495  by Derb
 Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:19 pm
One thing I forgot about the gas fridges - they are real quiet in comparison with an electric fridge.
 #148500  by NeilV
 Fri Jan 25, 2019 12:18 pm
Except the Samsung inverter ones... the only way I know my fridge is even working is when I open the door (on mains) or the inverter fan gears up (still to disable). The fridge itself is basically silent!
 #148512  by LordCrumb
 Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:24 pm
In regards to a battery, do I need to buy one of those large Deep Cycle batteries that are for sale at Repco or Supercheapauto? They tend to be around 300-$500+..

https://www.supercheapauto.co.nz/shop-b ... -batteries

Aside from a fridge, the only things I plan on running is a tiny 12v tv and maybe a couple of lights.. would something smaller be sufficient?
 #148515  by Derb
 Fri Jan 25, 2019 6:25 pm
Be aware - some of those tiny 12 volt TV's suck a bit of power. We had a tiny majestic unit which drew about 5 amps :o
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