BBC weather forecasting has seemingly been generated at random for the last year or so. Met office is generally OK, especially if you can track it for a few days and look at the map as well as the cloud/rain/sun icons.
There’s rain forecast just North / West of C-Y-B on Saturday, so whether you stay dry or not depends on just where the edge of…[Read more]
Thanks – The reviews for that Screwfix one don’t inspire confidence:
“First unit’s LEDs lasted 6 months, the second 4 months and the third (and final) lasted 6 months”
“Stopped working after 2 months”
“the unit failed after 7 months”
I’d prefer a single fitting so that I can just mount it on the existing junction box without having to rewire a…[Read more]
I’ve got one of these:
but it is cheaply made Chinese rubbish, and rather predictably, one of the (non replaceable) LED lamps has failed after a few months.
Any recommendations for something the same, but better?
I’m looking for one with two lamps so that it can be fitted near the corner of the house and set to illuminate approximately…[Read more]
I have done two rides in NZ where I have been caught out for various reasons thinking a diary/corner shop was near; one was riding 20 miles on 500 ml of water and a gel
So you’re looking for an energy drink, rather than a ‘hydration’ drink?
The water comment was actually perfectly serious re: hydration.
If you want energy, then try fruit…[Read more]
This kinda thing
Looking at a few similar ones, it seems they are.
They seem to come with PWM controllers – If you can find one with a (genuine) MPPT controller it might be worth a premium (you should get ~ 20-30% more power from the same panel with MPPT rather than PWM. That 18V /100W panel will only give ~80W at 12V with a PWM…[Read more]
So if I need 12W to cover the fridge use, why might I only ‘get away” with a 120W panel?
Based on real world experience of 160W reliably generating 40AH/day, 120W should generate 30AH/day
You didn’t say that you switched the fridge off at night.
If you only need 16AH, then you could get away with a lower power panel (pro-rata).
(The rat…[Read more]
Your fridge will only consume 45W while the compressor is running which might be 25-30% of the time, so its average consumption will be something like 15W (or 1.25 Amps x 24 hours = 30 amp hours per day).
As a benchmark, we have 160W of solar and a good MPPT regulator. It keeps our CRX50 fridge running 24/7 from ~March to ~October in the UK. Our…[Read more]
tillydog replied to the topic First Ever Family Campervan trip – looking for tips in the forum Chat Forum 1 week ago
That’s a lot of meat in a T5. Hope the weather is good for you!
My tip is to get some packing cubes for your (fewer) clothes that you can unload straight into the (solitary?) cupboard in the van- if you try and take a hold-all each you’ll be tripping over it/them all…[Read more]
My only thought was would it do something odd if the solar panel is working and charging both batteries and the starter is charging the leisure : ie when I’m driving in the sun.
Don’t worry about it – the various chargers sort it out between themselves.
At least 3 options:
1 – Charge the vehicle battery and rely on the VSR kicking in to transfer charge to the leisure batteries.
2 – Dual output MPPT solar controller (e.g. Votronic) which will charge the leisure batteries and at the same time, trickle charge the vehicle battery.
3 – Charge the leisure battery from solar and use a separate gizmo…[Read more]
I heard AGM let you run 80% of them rather than the standard 50% of the lead acid equivalents…
I suspect that’s basically true, but the issue is getting AGMs up to 100% in the first place – they (generally) need a long time (several hours) at full charging voltage which is (generally) a bit higher than the alternator / vehicle battery runs at, i…[Read more]
Are those voltages measured with it connected to the batteries, or is that the voltage with it disconnected?
If the latter, then the panel’s dead.
If the former, it might be knackered batteries pulling the panel voltage down.
Im in Cumbria, and have had wool cavity wall injected. Works a treat, no damp.
I’m in Wales, and have had wool cavity wall injected. Just had to pay to get it out again because of damp.
I would say don’t do it.
Not sure why you want 6V, but you can get a couple of bullet-proof T105 conventional batteries for less than your budget:
There’s an AGM version, but more ££££
No lead acid batteries like being in a lower state of charge – the…[Read more]
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