Solar set up on a budget

  • Solar set up on a budget

    Posted by Specter on October 18, 2022 at 3:19 am

    Looking for ideas on a bug out solar set up with and without a solar generator. Something that can be packed up and put in a truck. And that can be added to to increase the wattage over time. At this point money is tight and I’m sure I’m not the only one. I know very little about solar but I know some. I’m trying to find something that will power lights and some other minor things like changing tool batteries. And in time add to it to power a 3 foot tall mini fridge and a radio posable a TV and video player and more lights so the start up kit has to be able to be added to. I have no idea where to look for full kits that is long term reliable on that dise nit cost a arm and leg. Any help with this will be greatly appreciated…

    yosef61 replied 1 year ago 7 Members · 8 Replies
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  • RedFlyerRebecca

    Member
    October 22, 2022 at 2:12 am

    I don’t have any real knowledge when it comes to solar, but a bunch of my skoolie acquaintances do. Most of them have reference Will Prowse as a good source. His evaluation videos on YT about different systems and interconnectivity are really thorough. The best part, he has info for just about any budget and situation. https://www.mobile-solarpower.com/

  • AutumnDawn

    Member
    December 2, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    I will second Will Prowse and raise David Poz at https://www.youtube.com/@DavidPozEnergy. We’ve learned a lot from both.

  • MartHale7

    Member
    December 4, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    I would would suggest looking at people who live in RVs / Tiny homes / house boats on youtube. Many are there, and the suggestions above I highly agree with Will Proze David Poz both are excellent.

  • AutumnDawn

    Member
    December 11, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    Have you looked at a Steven Harris battery bank kept in your truck box? Here’s an example: https://permies.com/t/32071/Mobile-battery-bank-vehicle

    I don’t see why you couldn’t add a couple solar panels to the kit.

    • RedFlyerRebecca

      Member
      January 1, 2023 at 3:56 pm

      I have my skoolie bus set up that way. When my bus is running, it charges my house battery & powers the rest of the bus. The only thing I can’t do is run my ac through it. It doesn’t take much time to charge the battery. I will eventually add more batteries to my system. I can charge them in very little time.

  • gods-child

    Member
    February 5, 2023 at 11:40 am

    i have come across a youtube playlist that is on this topic of portable solar that you and others may find beneficial

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjwDksg5jYtIVvJ_9HhrjgWUgUd1XoO7y

  • yosef61

    Member
    February 25, 2023 at 1:02 pm

    I have solar generator from 4 patriots, it’s the 1800 and now they have a 2000 that you can add 4 more cells to. Can be charged by solar or plug it into the wall. Also have the 8 lbs one

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