[Soekris] Sanity check a solar/battery setup

Jim Thompson jim at netgate.com
Mon Oct 17 21:34:06 UTC 2005

On Oct 17, 2005, at 11:16 AM, Zac Morris wrote:

> WOW, thanks for the great info.
> I didn't realize the solar output was quite so variable.  I was  
> assuming that the tech had kind of "averaged" itself out a bit, as  
> a lot of the info when I purchased the panel was about it outputing  
> a fix wattage based on a minimum amount of necessary light...

then you wouldn't see the large "solar collector" projects that aim  
to increase the light falling on a given cell.

> I live in Durham, NC., and the vehicle will be parked in a driveway  
> that gets full sun all day.
> It sounds like the variables are going to be quite large so I'm  
> just going to have to "wait and see".
> I did mention that if the unit drops the battery to less then 11v  
> it turns itself off, will that amount of reduction (which would  
> then be immediately charged by the next solar charging cycle)  
> greatly effect the lifespan of the battery?

1) No.
2) you can always buy "deep cycle" batteries that stand up to the  
abuse of deep discarges
3) this is wandering a long way from Soekris.

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