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Old 10-03-2016, 10:22 AM   #31
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Assuming we are able to organize next year's Rally (Sept/Oct in Utah)..

I really hope all you that have Solar will attend and provide beneficial
information (pros/cons) to other Precept owners..

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Old 10-03-2016, 12:05 PM   #32
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Where are you thinking about having the Rally in Utah?

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Old 10-03-2016, 12:46 PM   #33
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There was a Precept rally in Indiana in September.
Not many owners on the west coast attended , including myself.
So, I made a suggestion of having one next year closer to us out here
On the west coast. As an idea I threw out Utah with its great National
Parks (Zion, Bryce, etc.). If we do I assume the Mid to late September
Might be possible option due to heat and less crowded with kids back in school
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Hi Bono,

I was just reading through this thread again and noticed I never asked if your panels are wired in series or parallel. I am assuming they are in series as that is the only reason I can think of that you would need two portable panels. Your portable panels would also need to be wired in series to up the voltage for your charge controller.

If I were a betting man I would also say that may be why your first trial in the shade didn't work out so well. Here is a pretty good test video showing the difference between series and parallel wired panels.



How is your system doing now? Any updates or changes?

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I have no idea whether the panels are wired in series or parallel.

So far, so good. 90% of our camping trips so far, were in 2-4 days range. I think I can survive 4-5 days easily without charging, but without home luxury (nespresso machine, etc. ).

For the this year I am planning only one longer camping trip, 10 days, the same shaded campground as last year. I am just considering some options - buying a generator or just renting locally once or twice. Does not make much sense to buy I think if I need the gen only once or twice a year...

Part of the failure last year what the fact that I had the inverter turned on all the time. It was stealing at least 50Ah per day I guess.
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