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Discuss Solar panels on a canal boat at UK Plumbers Forums; Hi guys, Sister is here for the holidays and looking at solar panels for her canal boat, anyone done it? recommendations etc, fixed or tilted? any input gratefully received thanks....
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    Hi guys,

    Sister is here for the holidays and looking at solar panels for her canal boat, anyone done it? recommendations etc, fixed or tilted? any input gratefully received thanks.

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    Sounds like may need "Sparky" advice on what to buy , potentially Hi DC volts and easy access ? Unless stay with low voltage Battery support gear !

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    Default Re: Solar panels on a canal boat

    how many you thinking and what for as you can get diy kits
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShaunCorbs View Post
    you can get diy kits
    Not an option for sister who once tried to pour engine oil down the dipstick tube because the oil level was low!

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    Not an option for sister who once tried to pour engine oil down the dipstick tube because the oil level was low!
    Better than a man, who couldn't start his lawn mower and thinking it low on oil poured oil down the carburettor.
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    THEY ARE VERY SIMPLE TO FIT most boats seem to use the flexible ones thet just glue down with sikafix or stixal, two wires to contoller and two wires from controller to batteries only thing to remember is it must connect to the batteries before the panel
    you get better power output from mppt controllers but they are more expensive and with panels being so cheap now if you have the roofspace its more cost efective to fit more panels
    ive fitted three two rigids on my own van and a flexible on my sons vw poptop
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    just reread the question there are some very expensive ones that track the sun other than those i would settle for flat as the boat will move and negate any advantage of pointing them at the sun unless were taking pernemantly moored boat here

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevetheplumber View Post
    just reread the question there are some very expensive ones that track the sun other than those i would settle for flat as the boat will move and negate any advantage of pointing them at the sun unless were taking pernemantly moored boat here
    She has been told by other boat owners that the ones that tilt up / down are worth the extra money, can`t see it myself as would of thought panels on a flat roof would suffice. The boat does move around from time to time roughly every couple of weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevetheplumber View Post
    THEY ARE VERY SIMPLE TO FIT most boats seem to use the flexible ones thet just glue down with sikafix or stixal, two wires to contoller and two wires from controller to batteries only thing to remember is it must connect to the batteries before the panel
    you get better power output from mppt controllers but they are more expensive and with panels being so cheap now if you have the roofspace its more cost efective to fit more panels
    ive fitted three two rigids on my own van and a flexible on my sons vw poptop
    The ones on your van Steve do you have a link and what do you power with them??
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    sorry should have said on my motor home rather than van
    On a van theres many ways to wire them either to keep your van battery topped up or you could have a seperate battery wired just for internal lights or to charge stuff tell me what you think you want to do and i can probably explain what you need
    generally you wouldnt need to top up the van battery unless it sits for long periods

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    I'm always interested in ways of powering stuff in the van so any thoughts appreciated
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    its easy enough best option would be an extra leisure battery which would be wired to a split charge relay to allow it to charge via the engine when running but isolates it when you stop this means youll never run the starter battery down a small invertor would give you 240v to power chargers etc
    you could then add solar panels and a regulator to this set up to charge the extra battery whilst your parked up
    you can power the interior lights of this either via a switch or if you use a relay triggered by the exising feed you can have them automatic via the door switches
    my experience comes from my motorhoming most things can be powered but nothing that produces heat as the load would be to much but running led lights and drill chargers is ok
    there is a trade of in so much as the more you want to use the bigger the equipment needs to be and you shouldnt take batteries down below 50%
    as most batteries are 4ah max with a 100ah battery you could charge 25 times thats without no input in practice it would be less as the invertors are not 100%efficent
    generally we try to run everything direct from 12v laptops you can get 12v chargers for and pads and phones are only 5v so you use either adapters or change lighter sockets to dual usb sockets
    the tranit ive recently got rid of had an extra battery just for the lights in the back charged from split charge so you couldnt run out the main battery

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