Post by mightyspuds on Apr 25, 2010 16:45:24 GMT -8
Will have 320 watts total... (4) 950 amp AGM Batteries,(2) 10 amp charge controllers,1000 dollars total.I will lay out costs as installed.
Took (2) 20 foot pieces of angle iron for 32 bucks.Got to steel place at 1150,they close at 12.And finished welding at sundown.BIL wanted to keep at his place and bring up Friday so he could grind welds,paint,etc as he is a perfectionist,I just wanted it workable and so rushed him,and got it home same day.Panels will go down both sides,walkway in middle starts at 8 inches and goes to 12 inches in front,lumber rack is uneven,go figure!
Post by mightyspuds on May 2, 2010 18:47:04 GMT -8
Got most of holes drilled,at least the really tough ones,they had to go thru both rack and angle on passenger side,drivers side angle sits lower so just drilled angle iron holes.Starting wire preps.Had to find 4 large screws for passenger side as longer,got em.
So 2 separate systems,2 panels each to 2 batteries per system,left and right.Batteries go in the trays in outside shell openings towards the back,fit like they were made for em,cool! .
Back to work,should get em done today.Pics to follow. ---------------------------- Not yet finished but a preview....
These are the Left sided system panels mounted.... Click to enlarge pics
Wires in place but I will get some cover plastic tubing tomorrow to clean up the install
Left side battery,will be 2 on each side,sure fit in the spot nice!Eventually will tie a switch into batts so they may all 4 be connected,will be better when using unverter to have 4 batts online.
Should be able to finish it up tomorrow if things stay quiet on the homefront.
Post by mightyspuds on May 15, 2010 14:33:53 GMT -8
Fuse Block and 10 Amp Morningstar Charge Controller. No Rocket science here....You hook the Positive wires from Batteries and Panels to a fuse,from there to the Pos. Batt or Panel spot on controller,all is labeled.Run Negative wires from Batts and Panels to spot on charge controller.
Cost used for Power Panel-20 dollars.
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2 batteries in the side drawer.Oops,one cable too long,need to change that.Batts sit far back for good weight distribution.
Batt used,50 dollars.Each Batt cable 8 dollars,made to size at local Auto Parts store.
Will repeat on other side of truck,2 panels to 2 batteries.
Panels show 19.7 volts at charge controller,batteries show 12.7 volts.
Post by mightyspuds on Jun 10, 2010 7:20:42 GMT -8
Here are the batteries with an angle aluminum tray holder I put in place with scrap material.
Also note the 300 watt inverter.It merely clamps to the battery terminals,is self fused.You can put whatever size inverter you want,but with just 2 batteries I think 1000 watt would be plenty.Follow manufacturers instructions for cable connections and fusing to batteries for your inverter.Im thinking a 2000 watt inverter and the four batteries hooked together will be just about right eventually.
Truth in advertising....I dont have top battery hold downs and on an offroad excursion,downhill,hit a little bump and front battery came a few inches out of tray.Get them securely tied down.
What can I do with this? Let me ask you,how many times have you said "If I only had a 120 volt Duck Lamp in my truck"? Many times I'm sure! Now you can have that and more! Just run the extension cord from side drawer from inverter into rear window and 120 volts on the fly.
I can now do things like powering my netbook,charging phones,anything less than 300 watts Im good.When I get a 1000-2000 watt inverter in there I will be able to run a lot of things,anywhere my truck can go.Like electric chainsaw,power tools offgrid,jump my own truck if truck batteries get low....including even house lights,tv,etc in power outages.Which I do with a battery/inverter backup system at home now,but thats another story.....
To answer a question,just went on a 2000 mile road trip,up to 70 MPH on freeway,one week offroad in mud and system held up just fine.Cap is HEAVY metal and well secured.
Post by mightyspuds on Sept 1, 2010 17:44:11 GMT -8
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Hello Spuds. Nice set up, but I would want to caution you on a couple of things here. First of all the cheapo morning star charge controllers almost cost me my first bank of 4 batteries years ago. When they go out, they can let your panels overcharge and therefore "cook" your batteries. Also, inverters and charge controllers are very susceptible to "shock" like hitting rocks etc. May want to remount the inverter and charge controllers on something like foam ! Just make sure it doesn't get hot and catch fire !
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