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solar panel battery chargers?

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Do's anyone have any addvice on solar powered battery chargers, for the fishhouse?

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my advice is to find some other way of charging your batteries. Sun is too low during the winter months to do much good without getting some very high end solar panels, and that's assuming you're out on a sunny day. I have a gas powered generator, but the "green" in me is looking at wind generators more recently.

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Yeah solar would be nice but you would spend alot of money to get something that would charge a deep cycle in a reasonable amount of time. A buddy tried it last year and it took most of a week to charge a half dead battery with a cheapy solar trickle charger.

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it depends on the size of the solar panel. you could charge your batteries, but it would not come cheap.

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I had two 15 watt panels on my perm but still had to charge every now and then. but last year I put one more on and that did the trick. I didn't need to bring my batt in once, and thats with watching the news at six every night. I also run rope lighting and two 13 watt flourecents for extra light when needed.I would like to try the wind charger just for the fun of it

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What about using one to charge your Vex batteries? How big would the panel unit need to be and how long would it take to charge the battery based on the given size? I've seen some small sheet type panels. Not sure if they would be enough but if it helped extend your battery charge when out for 3-4 days in Canada I'd be all for it.

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your vex chargers I think are 300mA-500mA. A 15 watt solar panel will put out up to 1 amp in full sun.on a cloudy day 1/2.I know that my charging indicater will be on right up till it gets dark. they do make smaller more portable ones that should work for what your looking for.

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