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Posted by sk73 on April 25, 2006, 10:06 pm

I bought some hard experience and have no one to blame but myself.  I
went to a site called solar4power.com and bought what I thought was a
complete portable "Solar PowerPac" for $79 plus shipping. It is
pictured with solar panels everywhere in the site and is called a solar
power pack.  The only thing is that the solar panels don't come with
the system.  They're extra. Now, I have a deep cycle battery with a
built in inverter that I can charge with AC but not with solar.

It's my fault, of course.  I know more than before I did this so it's
not a total loss.

But I do have a question.  I am (obviously) new to the solar world.  I
live in southern Mississippi and am looking for something to run a
couple of floor fans, some floor lamps with flourescent bulbs, a radio,
and a miniature TV when the lights go out during the next hurricane.
Can anyone advise where  to get a 50 watt solar panel kit?



Posted by soundhaspriority on April 25, 2006, 10:49 pm

Here: http://www.icpsolar.com/
You don't buy direct; you go through dealers.

Posted by Vaughn Simon on April 25, 2006, 11:18 pm

     Solar is very expensive, even if you are planning on using it every day.
For occasional standby power, it just doesn't makes financial sense.    With
only a 50-watt panel for emergency power,( assuming 8 hours of full sunlight)
you will have to keep your average drain around 15 watts.  That means that you
can do everything you mentioned, but only for a few minutes at a time.  By the
way, expecting 8 hours of average sunshine in the days following a hurricane
would be highly optimistic.

     You could buy a Honda EU1000i (Yamaha makes a similar product) that will do
everything you mentioned plus charge your battery while it hums happily and
delicately sips gas.

     If I haven't talked you out of solar, these people are hard to beat:
http://www.sunelec.com/    They also sell generators.

Vaughn  (A guy who lives in hurricane country and has both solar and generators)

Posted by wmbjk on April 25, 2006, 11:34 pm

According to the chart on this page
http://solar4power.com/store/005-001-portable-solar-power-devices.html ,
the $79 package includes a 20W module. Perhaps there was a shipping

That unit doesn't seem like much of a bargain though, and their "no
returns" policy here http://solar4power.com/store/00store-intro.html
makes them an outfit I wouldn't deal with.

I doubt your powerpac will run much of that for any length of time.
But for small, cheap PV, this might interest you
Comments on it here http://www.kitcar.dynip.com/solarpower/photos.htm

Primer here http://www.windsun.com/Small_Systems/Home_basics1.htm


Posted by Harbin on April 26, 2006, 12:54 am

SeeYaa:) Harbin Osteen KG6URO

This is YOUR future:
The Mexican Solution:
http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/index.jsp?section=papers&code -D_18


Yep, you should have recived a panel, get on the bat phone, and
tell them to send you the panel.

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