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"Watt" Portable Power Station and/or solar panel combo are you using?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by Black Wolf, Jun 7, 2022.

  1. Jul 14, 2022 at 10:03 AM
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    Was charging my Bluetti last night with AC power and i was suprised to see it only charged at 200 watts.
    One of its downfalls IMO is it can only charge on AC or solar power, not 12v
     
  2. Jul 14, 2022 at 10:44 AM
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    Which Bluetti do you have?
     
  3. Jul 14, 2022 at 11:09 AM
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    eb150. It has kept our cfx45 fridge running for 5 days with some power to spare. Sometimes I wonder why i have $2k (Canadian $) invested in a power bank/cooler but man is it sweet.
     
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  4. Jul 14, 2022 at 11:35 AM
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    Ah, that’s a nice unit but also explains the lower ac charging rate and lack of 12v charging. The EB150 has been discontinued and superseded by the AC200P and AC200Max. Both of these units have 400 watt AC charging with the ability for dial AC charging and also has 12v car charging. Since i just ordered the 200Max, I’ll let you know how it goes when it comes in.
     
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  5. Jul 14, 2022 at 12:16 PM
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    200 looks sweet, lots of updates for sure. Glad i got my eb150 before it was discontinued, the price point was hard to beat.
     
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  6. Jul 15, 2022 at 4:04 PM
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    Got my Renogy 100D-SS panels today. Quite impressed. Took off an hour early from work today to beat the afternoon monsoon/thundercloud BS. That didn't work out too well. Had some decent sun mixed with some clouds for 30 minutes or so and they were putting out 165 watts in parallel before the the clouds moved in. :mad:.. Renogy was started in 2010 by some LSU engineering students. These panels are made in Thailand. Not commie China. Packaged well and solidly built. The 100D's are the "compact" design but not small by any means. Hefty. I'm draining down my Bluetti and Jackery a bit now for a solar charge. Boy does that sound iffy.. ha! I'll post up more pics tomorrow when there will be Sun. I should have bought 4 on Prime Day...dag nabit

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  7. Jul 15, 2022 at 4:57 PM
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    Nice, so where are you planning to mount these?
     
  8. Jul 15, 2022 at 4:59 PM
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    At my off grid property...
     
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  9. Jul 15, 2022 at 6:02 PM
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  10. Jul 15, 2022 at 6:06 PM
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    I have several fold out panels but need some decent solid Colorado weather proof panels...Renogy has been mentioned on this thread so I checked them out. Top notch info on their site.
     
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  11. Jul 15, 2022 at 6:08 PM
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    Nice! When you order be sure to try to get the exact same ones. I switched to the black color for my second one so it looks a little better on my toolbox. Turns out it has a lower Voc. and slightly different dimensions even though everything has on Amazon said they were the same (Voc, dimensions, etc) So just keep that in mind when you go to buy another panel.
     
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  12. Jul 15, 2022 at 6:10 PM
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    After looking those up on Amazon, they’re a really good price and have very high reviews. Looks very promising. Be sure to follow up with a full review after mounting and testing them for a bit.
     
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  13. Jul 15, 2022 at 6:29 PM
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    I'm using solar power stations with LiFePo batteries and mppt voltage regulators so no issue with any panel connected. At some point I will ween off the Renogy's from my solar power stations and get a Renogy PWM controller and a Renogy LiFePo4 battery....$$$$$.. ha!
     
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    I'm going back down to my property in mid August and will to a trial test. Will give me some food for thought for when I go back again on Labor Day weekend. I've got the foldable solar panel thing down for my needs but the Renogy setup...greenhorn. Need you folks to keep inputting good setup info. My setup will be static on my property like on a camper or RV. It's all about the load requirements for my need and budget like everything else!
     
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  15. Jul 16, 2022 at 7:21 AM
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    Have been nothing but happy with my Renogy panel and MPPT solar controller, good company. They have been mounted on a vehicle now for 3 years and change so they should be very durable in a static build. Look forward to seeing the setup you come up with at your property.
     
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    Renogy has some quite decent LiFePo batteries. I'm keeping a watch out when they happen to have a battery sale.
     
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    FYI.....Bluetti is having their prime day sale. Example>>the new EB3A is only $209! I paid $249 which was a deal at the time.
     
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    Yup, Been watching them and I just ordered the Bluetti AC200Max which also uses a LiFePo battery.
     
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    Go for it man. That way I don’t have to be the only one in the dog house :rofl:
     
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    That AC200 is definitely high on the to get list.
     
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    I'm new to solar stuff as well so I started off with a Jackery 240 & their 60w suitcase panel to see how things work. It's been fun so far. Here's a photo of it plugged into the Starlink router. The Starlink router is taking 45w, and there's 51w coming in via solar. Not bad at all.

    eco flow products have also come recommended, and we got a Renogy 200w panel to use with the on-board solar in our towable. of course that panel showed up after we departed for the trip so aside from "it's pretty and it works," I have nothing useful to add. :)
    But the Jackery 240 will keep the Starlink up and online for a while. It was a fun test.

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    24 hours a day? Will you be putting solar panels also? I’m assuming as you will need something to keep it charged? What’s your budget?
     
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    No real budget limits. I just need something big enough to run it since there isnt any power at the storage site. I take my inverter generator for power when i go up there. The dryer basically heats up as needed to prevent condensation and mildew which is why it was designed for 24 hour use.
     
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    Was on a camp trip a couple wk ends ago, bluetti 150ah kept the cfx45 running for 98hours and it was still going but was at 1bar left.
    Cooler was out of direct sun And average ambient was 80deg f so cooler weather would extend the run time.
    Others were playing the ice game, i was playing the will the battery run out game.
     
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    This is a tricky question. How long do you plan to keep it unattended? If it’s 24/7 for a period of time, I think the important question is the solar recharging capability. Is ther direct sunlight for solar charging? If so, then budget for a decent dolor system as well.
     
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    Yes there is direct sunlight. I'm just not familiar with what or how big I would need to power it. This is what Renogy said. The battery is the most expensive part.

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  30. Jul 25, 2022 at 10:12 AM
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    By chance can you copy and paste those Renogy links so that I don’t have to individually type them in?
     
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