Solar panel Followup

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 20:03
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Thanks to all who are trying to help . These are the details off the Panel

Solarex

STC @ 1000 W.m -2-am 1.5cellT 25 C

Model Type VLX- 80

Max System oper Volts 600 V
Min Bipass diode IF 5 A
series Fuse 10 A

At.800 W.M -2-am 1.5 cell 49 C
Will Produce Pmax 56.8 W
I max 2.3A
P max 80.0 W
V oc 21.1 V
ISC 5.13 A
VP max 17.0 V
IP MAX 4.71 A

Also came with another box called a BP Solar GCR M 800

and a dry cell battery from First Power LFP 12150 D (12V 150 ah / 10 HR )

Is this all I need to operate the solar panel ? The GCR M 800 Box has a picture of a solar panel at one connection , this I asume is were the solar panel connects to , the other plug has a pic of a Battery , I assume the battery connects there , and there is also another connection with the symbol of a Light ?

Can I connect it to my normal car battery ? to act as a charger when the car is off ? do i relay connect it ? Not sure what the go is here

Any help would be great
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Reply By: William - Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 20:09

Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 20:09
The BP Solar GCR M 800 is the solar panel power regulator and is a goodie.

Why bother connecting it to your car battery if you have an auxilliary battery. Do not over complicate things. If you do not do it correctly you can prevent your car alternator from charging the main battery.

Don't expect to much life from the First Power battery.
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Follow Up By: William - Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 20:09

Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 20:09
What are you going to run from the solar panel?
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Follow Up By: Member Eric - Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 20:16

Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 20:16
I have no idea Willem lol . its something I know own and need to find a use for . maby fridge if its possible ? is there any other bits i need ? . I aslo found 2 other relays , but not sure what the go is with them . Can i run 12 volts direct of the Regulator ? so plug my fridge into it when I am stopped ?
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Follow Up By: William - Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 20:44

Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 20:44
Eric do you have a digital camera you can post a picture of all the goodies you have there that came with it?
Are there no instructions?
NO, you cannot run 12v direct from the regulator.
You can get regulators that allow you to run 12v direct from them, but they are more designed to run motors.
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Follow Up By: Member Eric - Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 20:49

Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 20:49
So it need to run to the dry cell battery ? and then to whatever i need to run ?
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Follow Up By: William - Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 20:57

Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 20:57
Yes Eric it needs to charge some type of battery.
They are not a 'dry cell' they are a GEL cell or starved electrolyte cell.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 22:18

Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 22:18
Hey Eric...we all know about your spelling BUT don't get me mixed up with this fella William...we are not the same breed.......
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Follow Up By: William - Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 22:25

Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 22:25
Willem that is why you are sitting there passing inane comments because you are not able to post anything of intellect or knowledge.
Do not worry Willem everybody can see you are the dunce and nobody will mix you up.
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Follow Up By: Member Eric - Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 22:26

Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 22:26
Thanks William & Willem , I havent been on as often these day & didn'r realise there was a Wlliam on line . I will have to pay more attention in the future lol

Thanks anyway for the imput guys . I will take the extra relays out anyway just incase there needed .

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Follow Up By: Member Eric - Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 22:29

Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 22:29
William , do you know what size Solar I have from the specs I gave above ? You seem to know a bit about this solar stuff, so ill keep picking your brain from time to time , till i sort it out lol
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Follow Up By: William - Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 22:35

Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 22:35
Eric it is an 80w solar panel made by Solarex, but could be a BP Solar re-branded to Solarex. BP Solar now own Solarex world wide and have done for probably over 2 years. Solarex made good panels and if my memory serves me correctly had a 25 year warranty like BP panels.
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Follow Up By: Member Eric - Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 22:41

Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 22:41
Ok so its only s small one , I thought from the size of this thing at it would have more output . its almost the width of the car
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Follow Up By: Willem - Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 22:49

Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 22:49
Yes William you literary mannerisms make you sound like the erstwhile annoyance on this forum by the handle of Oziexplorer.

Inane comments and posts are my speciality and I get great pleasure in giving idiots like you a hard time. Now that you have presented yourself as a target I shall oblige.

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Follow Up By: William - Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 22:57

Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 22:57
Willem carry on little wonker boy you are doing a great job of getting the big dunce hat for the day. You poorly educated fools can never help yourselves you are so damn inadequate. I have no idea who Oziexplorer is. Sounds like a great handle.
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Follow Up By: William - Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 23:00

Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 23:00
Eric I have 4 x 125w panels mounted on the top of my vehicle and they take up the full roof surface area plus make a sunshade for the windscreen. Keeps the vehicle beautifully cool in summer.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 23:18

Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 23:18
Geez William you are ANOTHER bloody know-it-all......you won't last here.

I like dunce hats ....keeps me head in the shade. If you aren't Oziexplorer then you must be his twin brother because you crap on just like he used to.

Goodnight wanker
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Follow Up By: William - Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 23:25

Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 23:25
Willem darling little boy you poorly educated dummies are always jealous of the well educated and knowledgeable. We know how inferior and useless you feel unable to post anything of any worth or fact. Now little Willem straight off to bed and get your mum to tuck you in as it is far to late for little kids like you to be out of bed.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 23:36

Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 23:36
eeing as you are so superior to me or us or whoever how about posting your CV for us so that we can see what Super Heroes are made of.

But you are right..it is time for bed
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Follow Up By: John - Sunday, Apr 18, 2004 at 19:21

Sunday, Apr 18, 2004 at 19:21
William
Your personal derogatory comment's towards Willem are totally uncalled for.
You appear to have a degree of technical expertise that in all circumstances would be welcome on this site, I'm sure.

But you certainly also appear to have a big mouth that is not welcome by most on this site, I'm sure.

You attacked in a totally uncalled for way a very knowlegable and well respected contributor to this forum.
This gentleman is well known to quite a lot of us on a personal basis having meet him, myself included.
Willem has contributed to my personal knowlage base and general enjoyment of this site in a way that you will never hope to achieve.

Your comments are so far of the mark that they are without question ridiculously stupid and without any doubt in my mind show what sort of an individual you really are.

If you can't contribute in a nice way, then why contribute at all, I for one won't miss you.

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Reply By: bruce - Sunday, Apr 18, 2004 at 15:36

Sunday, Apr 18, 2004 at 15:36
What sort of vehicle do you have William ? ..must be fairly big eh to have that many panels of that size on it and you must be running some stuff that requires an awful lot of power...
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