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Submitted: Saturday, Apr 16, 2005 at 22:10
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Jimbo, picked up a 64 unisolar for $220 ,good buy or ??? what regulator u using/recomend ////
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Reply By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Saturday, Apr 16, 2005 at 22:30

Saturday, Apr 16, 2005 at 22:30
Sounds incredible.....is that 64 watts or vintage 1964
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Follow Up By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Saturday, Apr 16, 2005 at 22:39

Saturday, Apr 16, 2005 at 22:39
I still reckon he's a receiver of stolen goods LOL.
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Saturday, Apr 16, 2005 at 22:53

Saturday, Apr 16, 2005 at 22:53
lol....maybe he liked them so much he brought the company and got staff discount.
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Follow Up By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Saturday, Apr 16, 2005 at 23:01

Saturday, Apr 16, 2005 at 23:01
Ray,

That would have to be to "Rodney Adler" staff discount to get one at that price.
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Reply By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Saturday, Apr 16, 2005 at 22:37

Saturday, Apr 16, 2005 at 22:37
Did you steal it or, more probably are you the receiver of stolen goods?

If by some unbelievable circumstances this deal is legitimate, let me know and I'll buy another. No, I'll by 500 of them and do a little trading.

In fact I'll buy a few thousand. Flog 'em off at $400 each and I'll be retired before I hit 44.

Yeah, I reckon it was a fair buy. Half your luck.

My regulator is a Morningstar 10 amp job. Works well, very basic but does not let any drain back into the panel like the cheapie I first tried. Battery is always full so I like it.

Cheers,

Jim.
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Follow Up By: TheUndertaker - Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 06:19

Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 06:19
Not stolen ,only 1 available, was advertised in weekend shopper under camping , as the saying goes "the early bird catches the worm".
Is 64watt unisolar ,production date June 2001 ,has 2x ally bars fitted to attach to roof rack,,
what sort of $ for regulator ??
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Follow Up By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 06:52

Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 06:52
Sorry, forgot that bit, mine was $110.

Also make sure you get the thickest cable available, mine is 8mm, $2/m. And get plenty. I got 10, not enough, should have got 20, lets you find the sun better.
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Reply By: Moggs - Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 12:48

Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 12:48
Award Caravan Accessories at Fern Tree Gully currently have the Unisolar 64 on special for $550 down from $699. Got some good specials on Kyocera panels as well.
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Follow Up By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 12:55

Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 12:55
Moggs,

I got mine from there for $540. Far and away the cheapest I could find. Not quite $220 though.

Rod at Award was going to get an amp measuring device in that simply clamps over the leads to let you know the amps being produced for about $25. Do you know if he;s got them yet.

Cheers,

Jim.
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 15:38

Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 15:38
Jimbo,

I would have thought the clampover device wouldn't work for DC amps, but I stand to be erected.
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Follow Up By: Moggs - Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 15:45

Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 15:45
That is an excellent price Jimbo, not quite $220 but excellent anyway :)

Not sure about the clamp on amp meter. I was down there today - only thing I learn't was that they don't have any Anderson Plugs in stock. Drove around 1/2 of Melbourne looking for one to no avail - Jayco at Dandenong...Battery World at Wantirna South - nothing bloody open!

BTW, was after some longer cable for my panels (hence the visit to Award today). They sell a twin 6mm core cable at $3.50pm that they recommend for cabling the panels. Where did you get your cable from?
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Follow Up By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 16:10

Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 16:10
Bonz,

He reckoned he had one for his own use but was chasing stock of them to sell. I'll call him tomorrow. I'll let you know.

Moggs,

I got my cabling from Award, I thought it was twin core 8mm, but maybe it's 6mm. I only paid $2pm, but that was at the same time I bought the panel and regulator.

Cheers,

Jim.
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 16:21

Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 16:21
Bonz, I know what you're getting at but the clamp meters work on DC these days, not quite sure on the theory. Both DSE and Jaycar sell AC/DC clamp meters...not for $25 though.
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 16:38

Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 16:38
Geoff, It appears they use the hall effect, no doubt you studied that.
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 17:18

Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 17:18
The Hall effect is about transverse voltages measured from one side of a conductor to the other and the magnetic field it produces, a DC clampon wuld be handy
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Follow Up By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 17:30

Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 17:30
Ray, Geoff,

Stop showing off.

You'll give me a simplex (I'm only a simple man, I couldn't possibly get a complex).

Cheers,

Jim.
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Follow Up By: Moggs - Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 20:09

Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 20:09
Jim,

It must be the 6mm twin cable then as that is the largest they stock. hey reckon that is what they cable all the caravans with so it should be right for the job.

BTW, are you getting away with the family over the ANZAC ong weekend?
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Follow Up By: ThePunter - Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 13:55

Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 13:55
I can't find Award Caravan Accessories in thev phone book. Arwe they in Ferntree Gully Rd?
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Follow Up By: TheUndertaker - Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 17:37

Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 17:37
Moggs, I live Brisvegas ,ferntree a bit far ,lol , get my cable from springers 12v shop , 10mm sq =perfect fit into 50amp andersons,,cable at $3.50 per mt ,get andersons thru a mechanic mate ,trade price $8.40 EA , not $19. retail.
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Follow Up By: Moggs - Thursday, Apr 21, 2005 at 21:47

Thursday, Apr 21, 2005 at 21:47
Jim,

I was back at Award Caravan Accessories today and they have DC clamp on amp meters and volt meters in stock now - $19.95 each.

BTW, went to Battery World at Wantirna today and saw Chris about extending my solar panel cable. He wasn't sure if the twin core 25 amp cable would do a 10 meter run ok so he spent time chopping 10 meters off a reel, loading it up with a light, connecting it to a battery and testing the voltage drop - which ended up being 1 volt over 1 meters - so he suggested I buy another cable. Got some Anderson plugs and some of the new Anderson plug rubber dust boots made by Narva from him though. He's a good bloke, once again spending considerable time to make sure what he was selling was up to the task.

Ended up getting 10 mtrs twin core 6mm 50amp cable from Award @$3.50 p/m. It has a 0.2 volt drop over the run is ok I guess.
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Follow Up By: Moggs - Thursday, Apr 21, 2005 at 21:48

Thursday, Apr 21, 2005 at 21:48
ThePunter,

Try: http://www.awardcaravanaccessories.com.au/
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Reply By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Thursday, Apr 21, 2005 at 22:22

Thursday, Apr 21, 2005 at 22:22
Thanks Kerry,

I've got to get one of those meters and we need to do a trip soon.

Cheers,

Jim
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Follow Up By: Moggs - Friday, Apr 22, 2005 at 08:04

Friday, Apr 22, 2005 at 08:04
No wories, I was pleasantly surprised that they were only $19.95.

Yep re: the trip. Did you receive the MM the other day?
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