RunRyder RC
WATCH
 1 page 891 views POST REPLY
HomeAircraftHelicopterMain Discussion › my new solar panel project
06-10-2012 02:24 AM  6 years agoPost 1
luz_husband

rrApprentice

Nancy, Kentucky

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

Our flying field does not have electricity yet so I decided to tackle a small project to make charging electrics and radios a little simpler.
I installed a 60 watt solar panel with a "sunsaver" 10 amp controller to keep a large deep cycle marine battery charged. The field only sees use on sundays so 6 days is more than enough to keep the battery at full charge for sundays activities. I have plans in the near future to install a 120 VAC inverter to give us some low power 120 VAC for powering maybe a light or radio or something with little current drain. The inverter supply voltage will be switched of course to prevent draining the battery when not being used. I tackled this project alone so that should give you an idea of it's simplicity if interested in doing the same. I will try to add some pics of the project.

Impacting the earth one heli at a time

PM  EMAIL  HOMEPAGE  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
06-10-2012 02:37 AM  6 years agoPost 2
bart2546

rrVeteran

Canal Winchester, OH - USA

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

Nice job. The club/field I joined purchased the large solar panel from Harbor Freight I believe & have a similar set up. They did wire several marine batteries together to get longer use but it works like a charm.

Regards, Brandon Bartolomucci; Team Synergy; Team Scorpion; & Team Bavarian Demon; AMA# L939231

PM  EMAIL  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
06-10-2012 02:41 AM  6 years agoPost 3
luz_husband

rrApprentice

Nancy, Kentucky

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

Our club doesn't have a lot of members yet and as we grow we will probably have AC power connected. If it doesn't hold up well enough I have another battery and an additional 40 watt panel I can install.

It will get it's first trials tomorrow, I hope it works out as expected.

Impacting the earth one heli at a time

PM  EMAIL  HOMEPAGE  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
06-10-2012 02:46 AM  6 years agoPost 4
Gyronut

rrProfessor

Martinsville In.

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

Nice job, what sort of money are we talking for a system like this..??

Rick

PM  EMAIL  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
06-10-2012 02:53 AM  6 years agoPost 5
luz_husband

rrApprentice

Nancy, Kentucky

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

To be honest, I have been gathering the parts for almost 2 years for this project and most were given as left overs from customer upgrades. The battery and conduit/fittings is all I needed to buy myself.

I have seen the solar panels with the Sunsaver controller go on ebay for less than $250 with free shipping. The Optima battery was my big expense since I bought it for my bass boat. It was a little over $200 but you can get a regular marine battery at Walmart for $79. I would say you could complete this project for under $400 if you shop around.

Impacting the earth one heli at a time

PM  EMAIL  HOMEPAGE  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
06-10-2012 03:12 AM  6 years agoPost 6
bart2546

rrVeteran

Canal Winchester, OH - USA

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

I believe that the Harbor Freight large solar set up is 100 to 150 bucks max. It includes everything to be able to trickle a charge into a battery so all you'd need to purchase is the battery and inverter in addition. I'd agree that you could get a good set up like this for around 400 bucks without much effort.

Regards, Brandon Bartolomucci; Team Synergy; Team Scorpion; & Team Bavarian Demon; AMA# L939231

PM  EMAIL  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
06-10-2012 03:47 AM  6 years agoPost 7
Michaelm0268

rrApprentice

Louisiana

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

Turn out real nice!

PM  EMAIL  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
06-10-2012 05:22 AM  6 years agoPost 8
RICHW

rrVeteran

Cupertino, CA

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

Actually, that looks like more fun than putting a heli together.

PM  EMAIL  Attn:RR  Quote
06-10-2012 01:21 PM  6 years agoPost 9
VKGT

rrElite Veteran

Sanford, NC

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

Hey, that looks like a great project! Nice work! Is it enough to sustain charging 6S batteries all day? I see solar panels all the time at Harbor Freight and always wonder how I could set something like this up. None of the fields in Vegas have power

PM  EMAIL  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
06-10-2012 10:25 PM  6 years agoPost 10
ren

rrVeteran

Houston, TX

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

What kind of set up would you looking to charge ?

Thanks

PM  EMAIL  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
06-10-2012 11:33 PM  6 years agoPost 11
Eleven_Bravo

rrVeteran

Salisbury,NC

My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

Nice solar project. I have the 45w Harbour freight kit and controller. I bought a 80 wal mart deep cycle to go with it. It is a very useful system. It keeps my rc hobby supplied with electricity. I would love to have a larger setup one day though about 300w of panels and a bank of four to six batts.

ENGAGE!!

PM  EMAIL  GALLERY  Attn:RR  Quote
WATCH
 1 page 891 views POST REPLY
HomeAircraftHelicopterMain Discussion › my new solar panel project
 Print TOPIC  Make Suggestion 

 4  Topic Subscribe

Monday, August 20 - 7:58 am - Copyright © 2000-2018 RunRyder   EMAILEnable Cookies

Login Here
 New Subscriptions 
 Buddies Online