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My DIY Portable Solar Power "Generator" (For Vans, Camping, Off-Grid, etc. – Ammo Can Style)

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July 4, 2020 at 7:05 pm

On my build, I added a switch on the positive between the panels and the controller. And also between the battery and the controller. Just in case I ever want to kill the power.

July 4, 2020 at 7:05 pm

my car inverter has only a cigarette lighter socket(male) and doesn't have the red(+ve)and black(-ve) terminal so what wd be the my best option to connect the inverter to the battery terminals?

July 4, 2020 at 7:05 pm

What number fuse are you using

July 4, 2020 at 7:05 pm

Nice setup and video thanks , how many Watts your panels 100 w ?

July 4, 2020 at 7:05 pm

Is it still setup?? I gave up on the light connection because at the beach it rust fast …lowering the power .. ..bet you got more solar now

July 4, 2020 at 7:05 pm

Thats cool Brah !! I used to fall asleep with my radio on ..so I did this and it literally jumpstarted my car from the trunk DAILY!! I couldnt imagine not doing this foreal…

July 4, 2020 at 7:05 pm

I want to get some of those batteries. It's been two years since you posted this. How long did those batteries last?

July 4, 2020 at 7:05 pm

Nice work, but most portable power stations are very affordable these days.

One can buy a small size lithium battery power station for less than $250, and there will be no danger of hurting its batteries when it's run down and can be recharged hundreds of times.

Most will allow you to connect to your solar panel that you bought.

Otherwise, thank you for this video, well done.

July 4, 2020 at 7:05 pm

This is what I needed to know. I just need to get batteries and can make my own solar set up, thanks you for the great instructions.

July 4, 2020 at 7:05 pm

Thanks for that. Nice to see an amateur going through something as if talking to other amateur…like me! I’m an older lady needing a bit of power for my allotment so this has been really useful. Cheers from England xx

July 4, 2020 at 7:05 pm

ALL very good. Thank u 4 sharing!

July 4, 2020 at 7:05 pm

Excellent video very informative has given me the courage to try it myself thanks.
Alan in the England.

July 4, 2020 at 7:05 pm

You might want to get a battery heat sensor you could just lay it near the terminals but not touching to make sure the battery is not overheating and you just buy a little sensor that's pretty cheap to connect it to. something to make sure nothing touches them to short anything out. also from what I can remember you do not put any washers between the connections on the battery. Not sure it matters on the negative.

July 4, 2020 at 7:05 pm

You are using any battery which AGM's are the best regarding bad fumes, connect them at the same time before using the other battery the older battery will make the new battery the same as it is. So it's always best to connect them at the same time and use them at the time.

July 4, 2020 at 7:05 pm

Clip off the alligator mounts that goes to the battery and put an eye connector on each it, crimp them and shrink wrap the ends like all the other connections.

July 4, 2020 at 7:05 pm

Check out DIY Solar with Will Prowse on youtube, he's awesome and very knowledgeable!!!!

July 4, 2020 at 7:05 pm

17:27 chart & explaining the % u want to have your batteries at, at different times

July 4, 2020 at 7:05 pm

well done mate . i want build same setup for my bike charging .

July 4, 2020 at 7:05 pm

What type of batteries used?
Thanks

July 4, 2020 at 7:05 pm

I’m already a subscriber of Will Prowse… he’s good, but you’re great as well, because of this DIY kit you featured in the video, it’s really simple and something i can start off with… also another reason why i subscribed, clear, to the point. Looking forward to more great content.

July 4, 2020 at 7:05 pm

thanks for this video.was really stressing about gettin a solar set-up,but u made/explained it so simply.regards from over the pond.ps-i will av to up-rate sum of the stuff as we got 220v this side!

July 4, 2020 at 7:05 pm

In case of fires man your casing you need to at least line the battery housing your using line it with high temp and fire resistance type substance and a venting port in case of battery discharging, because when battery’s go out they expend pressure, so venting properly will give you some peace of mind your power pack doesn’t turn into a catastrophic failure and abandon ship or worst doesn’t happen! * also invest in a $20 can of electrical fire extinguisher, gawd forbid one happen but the wiser to prepare with the proper extinguisher and if worst came to worst your not Fkd in an escape situation or to avoid losing your camper or entire everything!
Also keep your batteries cool! Or somewhere you’ll be glad you did…. you don’t have a dremel –_– plz look into safety preparations just for my sanity if anything…. plz

July 4, 2020 at 7:05 pm

recommend you connect the cig-socket to the LOAD part of the charge controller and NOT directly to the battery. That way the charge controller can funnel power from the panel and the battery to that socket depending upon the load in that socket.

July 4, 2020 at 7:05 pm

Whats the difference between Battery+inverter setup as oppose to Solar generator????

July 4, 2020 at 7:05 pm

Why would you use that weak cigarette plug for the inverter? Those are usually only rated for a standard cig Outlet at about 10 amps max or 120w. At 400w the inverter is using at least 33 amps.
I would use 8 AWG.

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