Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
Christopher Quast

Solar panel on fishhouse What size and where is the best palce to ?

Recommended Posts

I want to add one to my house, but am unsure of what size to get for just a constant trickle charge on 2 deep cycle batteries and I would be running a fan, 3 lights and a radio off of them.

Second question is where is the best place to mount it on the house I was kinda thinking the roof, but what if it snows???

how about towards the top on the end or side, do they charge during any conditions or does it have to have sun beating directly down on it to be able to do anything for me?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

does it have to have sun beating directly down on it to be able to do anything for me?

The bigger the better, but it depends on how much you plan to use the batteries. If you're only using the shack once a week, you can get by with a smaller panel than if you want to use it three times a week. Solar panels do need to have the sun beating directly on them to get any real performance. I would get something that is positionable so the panel can be oriented towards the sun when it is available.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was thinking about putting a solor panel on to. How much do they roughly cost. I use my fish house 7 days a week will that work for me. Were is the best place to get them

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My 2 cents on solar panels. I purchased one couple of years ago and was not impressed by how it worked. It just did not keep the battery charged. It was a little on the small size also.

I got broken into that year and what they took was the solar panel -- they stole something that did not work very well. I think the solar panel led to the breakin but I can't prove that.

I am sure you can buy better panels now, just wanted to share my bad experience with the panel.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am interested in the same thing. I have a suit case style solar charger 13 watt out put on the way, I have a clam 6800. I will be using the panel for charging my phone etc when camping on the ice, I don't know if it will be powerful enough to charge spare flasher battery though.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Quick rules for mounting solar panels.

Mount them in a place that will get good sun - like the roof.

Mount them at the angle that is the same as the latitude you plan to use the house at. 45 degree north latitude means mount the panel at a 45 degree angle. Then face the panels south. That is your optimum position to gather light.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I found a solar powered rope light for my portable. It is longer than the regular battery powered type rope light set up and the solar panel is easily connected and removed so you can set it by your house or wherever during the day. Looking forward to some free light this winter!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am interested in the same thing. I have a suit case style solar charger 13 watt out put on the way, I have a clam 6800. I will be using the panel for charging my phone etc when camping on the ice, I don't know if it will be powerful enough to charge spare flasher battery though.

Why would you opt for the more expensive solar panel that is likely to be difficult to mount and transport over buying an extra flasher battery or two? Seems to me you just want to pimp you portable. To each their own...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Has anyone had much luck with a bigger panell that you could put on your perm...I would like to try to figure out a way to charge my 12 volt batteries with out bringing them home every other day.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

not at all, to be able to have free clean power. let it be ice fishing, camping, battery tenders, off the grid power etc. I think its awesome to have alternative resources, not to mention your helping the environment in a small way.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

When I was camping in Canada this summer I bought a 12v solar string light setup. It works great, comes on at dark and usually lasts about 6hrs.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this