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Old 06-19-2018, 01:33 PM
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How do your charge your deep cycle battery for camping?

I'm wondering what solutions people have come up with for off road 12V power?

Is the rear 12V power outlet adequate for charging a deep cycle marine battery?

thanks in Advance

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100W solar panel with a 20A charge controller.

My deep cycle battery is in my pop up with the solar panel on the roof. It works way beyond my expectations. I run the lights and my 12V refrigerator off of it and usually charge my phone at night.

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100W solar panel with a 20A charge controller.

My deep cycle battery is in my pop up with the solar panel on the roof. It works way beyond my expectations. I run the lights and my 12V refrigerator off of it and usually charge my phone at night.
Sounds like a great idea. Thanks!
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In full sun, the panel is rated for 5.4A. In my case, it was install and forget (well, clean the panel off once in a while to keep efficiency up).

There is a 30A controller available if you ever think you need more than 3 panels.

I got this setup.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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In full sun, the panel is rated for 5.4A. In my case, it was install and forget (well, clean the panel off once in a while to keep efficiency up).

There is a 30A controller available if you ever think you need more than 3 panels.

I got this setup.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
thanks, the prices on this stuff has really dropped in the last 10 years.
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Better yet is all the rollable/foldable solar panels now.
So no need to worry about a hard mount if you don't have the space for one.
There are a ton of makers out there, just be sure you get the amperage you need for what you are running off the batteries.
Also don't forget you can run 2/3 smaller panels vs just one huge one, this is also helpful to build up a system and see what really work or what doesn't.
The most important part is the Charge Controller.
I'd invest in one with a readout of some type to see what the current voltage is at least, voltage/amps coming from the panels is helpful too.
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Better yet is all the rollable/foldable solar panels now.
So no need to worry about a hard mount if you don't have the space for one.
There are a ton of makers out there, just be sure you get the amperage you need for what you are running off the batteries.
Also don't forget you can run 2/3 smaller panels vs just one huge one, this is also helpful to build up a system and see what really work or what doesn't.
The most important part is the Charge Controller.
I'd invest in one with a readout of some type to see what the current voltage is at least, voltage/amps coming from the panels is helpful too.
thanks!

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