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Amateur questions for my beach?

Discussion in 'VW California Beach Chat' started by MarkVw2017, Mar 5, 2019.

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    That's brilliant! thanks
     
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    I use one on my Dash Socket, connected to Leisure Batteries, basically for the USB sockets BUT it alarms at 11.8v so can be useful.

    Obviously at that price not a 100% accurate. Mine reads 0.1 v lower than a more expensive multimeter I have.
     
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    My perfect cable set up is a 10m and a 15m in a carry bag. Plug em together for 25m or split them. For outside nice weather or awning power. This works for me in all situations i been in. A cali pulls very little current draw. Usually your just charging the batteries. Throw your wife's hair straighteners away and all is good.
     
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    I've got a solar panel, thanks Roger at solarcampersolutions.co.uk . Now my 30 metre hookup cable reel just takes up room!
     
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    How long does it take to charge up via solar panel?
     
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    W'e've just ended up booking tickets to Latitude https://www.latitudefestival.com/?g...ZVB8wow3Xz6VJtdw0wKZErY-4oRheiuRoCNu8QAvD_BwE camping in the Family Campervan field....might see you there?!

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    As long as the sun shines.
     
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    It’s always charging in the daylight even with cloud cover. In two and a half years of running Californias I’ve never had a low reading.
    I don’t run much off the leisure batteries; fridge, supplementary heater and air conditioning unit.
     
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    In good light with 200 watts, you can expect an 80Ah battery which is half full to recharge in four hours.

    Divide watts by 14 to get max amps.

    Multiply max amps by 0.75* (direct midday sun) to get realistic amps.

    Realistic amps is the number of Ah going into your battery each hour.

    *0.1 for high cloud cover.
    *0.0 for low cloud/rain
    *0.5 mid morning or mid afternoon.
    *figures are woeful estimates
    *dirty panels have a very noticeable effect.
     
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    6. Khyam tourer, far quicker to erect than any inflatable awning.
     

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