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What portable power station and solar panels are you running ?

Discussion in 'General 4Runner Talk' started by canadian.bacon, Jul 27, 2021.

  1. Jul 27, 2021 at 7:53 PM
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    canadian.bacon

    canadian.bacon [OP] H9 halogen is the best led bulb

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    Recently I started to get into off-the-grid stuff as my camping takes me more and more off the beaten path. Curious as to what others are using as their battery power. I looked into a secondary battery on the 4R, but I wanted something also portable. I almost made my own DIY deep-cycle box, but gave up as costs, at least in Canada, do not make any sense. After reading and reading, I had to decide between Jackery 300 and GoLabs 300 (https://www.amazon.ca/GOLABS-Portab...child=1&keywords=golabs&qid=1627440394&sr=8-5). I went with the GoLabs because the have LiFePo as opposed to LiIon and they were a bit cheaper. I have a feeling you pay a bit for the name with Jackery. The 500 is beyond my budget (I know this will come back and bite me one day, but that day is not today).
    Next step, solar panels. The Jackery and Go Labs only take about ~65w, so charging is slower and a 100w solar panel is more than sufficient (22v on GoLabs and 30v on Jackery).
    What setups are you guys running ? What solar panels are you recommending?
    Cheers.
     
  2. Jul 27, 2021 at 8:21 PM
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    I'm running with the Jackery 300 in conjunction to my "DIY" dual battery fabrication project:

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  3. Jul 28, 2021 at 7:18 AM
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    Not sure what your budget is exactly but Renogy and Goal Zero are some of the better names in the game for having everything you need. That said I have a EcoFlow Delta, more up an coming name but their stuff hasnt let me down yet...
    As for solar, also depends on budget. Can get an easy and cheaper solid panel and mount it wherever, or something like a Cascadia hood mounted.

    Let us know where you're headed! :cheers:
     
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  4. Jul 28, 2021 at 7:47 AM
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    21Venture

    21Venture Roof Rat

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    Ecoflow River Pro and their 160w solar panel. Works great. The app to monitor is pretty slick also.
    Have some friends with the Delta. I just don't have the room for the Delta.
     
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  5. Jul 28, 2021 at 8:30 AM
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    canadian.bacon [OP] H9 halogen is the best led bulb

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    canadian.bacon [OP] H9 halogen is the best led bulb

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    The problem is that the golabs only can take 65 watts at 22v max, so bigger is not really better in this case. The Jackery is the same, but it goes to 30v. The Bluetti seems to be able to take up to 500w (new ones). But there is also a cost involved. I also opted for the golabs because of the LiFePo battery which fairs much better in the cold, there is no need for a regulator as the battery will maintain ~12v till it’s done to about 10%. So a 100w panel is all I need, 22v max.
    This guy is pretty awesome: https://youtu.be/Vv7DXXHKi3g
    Prices in Canada are greatly inflated compared to US. Also it seems “buy once cry once” is better. I heard about Renogy and they seem to be the cheaper choice without losing quality. The Jackey 100w panel is over 400$ tax in. Blah.
     
  7. Jul 28, 2021 at 9:13 AM
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    My experience is with:
    Jackery e1000, Jackery 500, Rockpals 500w, Jackery 300w, Jackery 240w and a custom build LiFePo4 battery.
    For Solar I have folding, flexible and rigid panels. Renogy, TopSolar, ToGo and NuPower panels.

    Peronally, I like my LiFePo4 battery cause I can run it harder, and it's 100AH so i's about 1200wh. I put it in a ammo box from Academy so it has a handle and added USB ports and a solar charge controller. Coupled it with a Victron DC DC 18A charger for the vehicle and it's a beast. Thinking of dropping a LiFePo4 into the RV but i'd need another DC DC Charger because attempting to charge off the 7-pin power would likely burn up a wire, stress out the alternator, or something else bad. Plus, integrated batteries with inverters are nice but if a part fails you're in trouble. That, and the NMC batteries aren't nearly as long lived as LiFePo4.
     
  8. Aug 1, 2021 at 6:03 AM
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    I picked up an Energizer branded/licensed 240w unit on Amazon for like $250. Works great. It's LiFePo battery. Small size, too. Solar panels are next.
     
  9. Aug 1, 2021 at 6:43 AM
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    Snickel Fritz

    Snickel Fritz Do not develop this member's app

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    Browse Prowse...

    I've been waiting for an excuse to type that. :)
     
  10. Aug 1, 2021 at 8:46 AM
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    When I first started learning about Solar and Lithium, there was not a single souce of information even remotely as useful as Will. He is a really intelligent dude with a TON of science and the willingness to share it freely with us. He's the first stop in anyone's Lithium journey.
     
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    Snickel Fritz Do not develop this member's app

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    Agreed! His tear-downs alone are more valuable than anything I've come across for we consumers, before or since imho.
     
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    Alright, I get your profile quote, but what's Browse Prowse
     
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  14. Aug 4, 2021 at 7:15 AM
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    The guy's name is Will Prowse.

    I liked it, it was clever.
     
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