Solar Power Station

Submitted: Friday, May 30, 2008 at 20:42
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Anyone got any experience with the "Solar Power Station" advertised in the inside back page of the current Supercheap Auto Stocktake Sale catalogue? Current 28/5-13/6/08.

Blurb says it includes 12W foldable solar panel, 17Ah lead acid rechargeable battery, 2 x LED work lights, Assorted mobile phone adaptors, 3V, 6V, 9V or 12V output points, and voltage indicators - $199 save $100.

Looks like it might be handy for running light's etc - but probably not good enough for a fridge.
Paul B Kalgoorlie

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Reply By: Member - Barnray (NSW) - Friday, May 30, 2008 at 21:01

Friday, May 30, 2008 at 21:01
Most fridges use between 40w and 60w and more, the station you are looking at is more for charging torch batteries.barnray
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Reply By: Member -Outback Mac C (VIC) - Friday, May 30, 2008 at 21:02

Friday, May 30, 2008 at 21:02
Read that one in the dogologue to and put it in my check out list this weekend. Interested to hear of any one who has bought one,
Mac
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Reply By: Mainey (wa) - Friday, May 30, 2008 at 21:54

Friday, May 30, 2008 at 21:54
Paul,
my personal opinion is it's far too small in capacity and just something extra to carry that will be in the way, remember it's a 12v battery and the terminals have to be protected from shorting out !

Do you really need two new lights of the (probably low) quality supplied ?
Do you really need the phone adaptors ?

Why not consider buying and connecting one 'quality' ($60) 12v LED light to an existing battery, they use <1ah which is next to nothing and will save $140.
I think one 'quality' LED light will be far more efficient than 2 x cheap lights.

Mainey . . .
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Reply By: oldtrack123 - Friday, May 30, 2008 at 21:55

Friday, May 30, 2008 at 21:55
Hi
12w solar will probably give max of 6 to 8ahs of input per GOOD day.
Battery should not be discharged below 50% ie 8amphrs .
Charge efficiency means bat would be recharged by about 5 to 6ahs per GOOD day max ,giving you12 t 14 ahs per day you could use.
divide light watts by 12 to get amps then you will be able to see how many hrs you could get before the baterry is dowln to 50%.
Forget about anything more than lights or phone chargingh
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Reply By: Member - Paul B (WA) - Tuesday, Jun 03, 2008 at 23:42

Tuesday, Jun 03, 2008 at 23:42
Went & checked it out - I suspect all replies are valid and that it is only of use for lights, but I must say I was impressed with the elegance of it. It is a very well put together little package that would probably be an ideal solution to that of running lights without the need for a generator.

It's just a bit of a shame that having gone to the trouble of making it so well, that its utility is so limited. Thanks for all your posts.
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