Posts Tagged ‘Power’

Charging from vehicle alternators

Monday, September 28th, 2009

 Every vehicle has an alternator, we know that it is responsible for keeping the starting battery from going flat.  But can we use the alternator to charger our motorhome house batteries too?  What is the best way to do this?   Before we look at the options, let’s look at the issues: Crank batteries differ […]

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What is a solar regulator and what is its job?

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Most people who have anything to do with solar power know that a solar regulator is necessary. Not too many of these people understand the exact function of a solar regulator or how it does what it does. For the purpose of this discussion and unless I state otherwise, I will be talking about the […]

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How Many Solar Panels Do I need?

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

We often get asked “how many solar panels do I need?”. The person asking the question normally expects me to look at the size of their caravan/motorhome then immediately offer a valid technical opinion. To offer any kind of meaningful answer a number of factors must be known:  Average daily power consumption (normally measured in […]

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Selecting Solar Panels for a Motorhome or Caravan

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

For someone wanting to equip their motorhome or caravan with solar panels to collect free power from the sun, there is an almost endless list of technical terms rumours and myths to wade through. Terms like polycrystalline, amorphous and temperature co-efficient to name just a few. Sales pitch aside, how is the average person supposed to […]

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Getting the electrics right

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

Setting up a motorhome electrical system for long term travel  Having now lived in our motorhome for over 6 years, and during that time almost constantly tweaked and tuned the electrical system, we feel that we have got it pretty much right.  So what makes a good electrical system in a motorhome?   The answer […]

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Wind Power for travellers

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

For many years there were a number of issues with most wind turbine systems that prevented them from being seriously considered by the average traveller.       The turbines we have seen did nothing to make me want one … they were: Large and heavy They required gale forced winds to have them produce […]

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Monitor your batteries for increased life

Friday, December 5th, 2008

Most caravanners and motorhomers rely on battery power to some degree or other. If you have been listening to the experts, you will know that the best way to ensure a long and productive life for your expensive deep cycle batteries is to pay close attention to how the batteries are charged and to what […]

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