Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
 
Old 15 January 2012, 13:44   #1
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Sussex
Boat name: Aintree
Make: Redbay Stormforce
Length: 7m +
Engine: Twin 150's
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 255
Solar Charger

I am looking to get a solar battery charger to keep power up while boat sits on the trailer. Any recommendations on which one to buy? And are they any good?
__________________

__________________
redthunder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15 January 2012, 13:52   #2
RIBnet supporter
 
jambo's Avatar
 
Country: UK - Scotland
Town: Girvan & Tayvallich
Boat name: Breawatch
Make: Ribcraft
Length: 5m +
Engine: Mercury 150 F/stroke
MMSI: ex directory!!
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 5,785
RIBase
Hi I bought a 10w one of Ebay for the boat while on swing mooring and it has work fine.
__________________
jambo
'Carpe Diem'
Member of the ebay Blue RIB cover club
Member of SABS ( Scottish West Division)
jambo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15 January 2012, 13:55   #3
Member
 
Leapy's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Sheepy Parva
Boat name: Sadly Sold
Length: no boat
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 1,728
Quote:
Originally Posted by redthunder View Post
I am looking to get a solar battery charger to keep power up while boat sits on the trailer. Any recommendations on which one to buy? And are they any good?
I think there's answer if you're a little clearer on what you want to achieve.

Will an auto bilge pump run? Is there any other electrical drain? If the answer to either of these is yes, then solar charging will be of very limited benefit unless you're happy spending a lot.

On a good day, budget chargers can just about overcome the natural drain of a lead acid battery assuming there's no other source of drain like the pump. What they won't do, unless you're into serious spend and large surface areas, is provide a strong positive charge to a depleted battery.
__________________
Leapy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15 January 2012, 14:24   #4
Member
 
hadd's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Manchester
Boat name: "mr Jingles"
Make: Ribcraft
Length: 5m +
Engine: 130 Etec
MMSI: 235074968
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 1,388
RIBase
Quote:
Originally Posted by redthunder View Post
I am looking to get a solar battery charger to keep power up while boat sits on the trailer. Any recommendations on which one to buy? And are they any good?
://www.maplin.co.uk/solar-powered-12v-1.5w-battery-trickle-charger-98358 Try this one
__________________
hadd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15 January 2012, 16:58   #5
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Sussex
Boat name: Aintree
Make: Redbay Stormforce
Length: 7m +
Engine: Twin 150's
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 255
Its on a trailer and would be just to keep the batteries up to starting. No bilge pump or anything else running.
__________________
redthunder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15 January 2012, 17:13   #6
RIBnet admin team
 
Nos4r2's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: The wilds of Wiltshire
Boat name: WhiteNoise/Dominator
Make: Ballistic 7.8/SR5.4
Length: 7m +
Engine: Opti 225/Yam 85
MMSI: 235090687/235055163
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 12,645
RIBase
I just bought one of these:-

10W SOLAR BATTERY SAVER + REGULATOR CABLE 12V PLUG & SOCKET 10 WATT | eBay

Not tried it yet,but it may be a bit OTT as the only drain is the tracker hence buying one with a regulator.
__________________
Need spares,consoles,consumables,hire,training or even a new boat?

Please click HERE and HERE and support our Trade Members.

Join up as a Trade member or Supporter HERE
Nos4r2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15 January 2012, 17:41   #7
Member
 
hadd's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Manchester
Boat name: "mr Jingles"
Make: Ribcraft
Length: 5m +
Engine: 130 Etec
MMSI: 235074968
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 1,388
RIBase
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nos4r2 View Post
I just bought one of these:-

10W SOLAR BATTERY SAVER + REGULATOR CABLE 12V PLUG & SOCKET 10 WATT | eBay

Not tried it yet,but it may be a bit OTT as the only drain is the tracker hence buying one with a regulator.
I've got one of them in the shed my father gave it to me when he got rid of his caravan he said it kept a 110amp battery charged no problem, i've not tried it yet to see if it works ,i might give it a go
__________________
hadd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15 January 2012, 18:14   #8
RIBnet supporter
 
jambo's Avatar
 
Country: UK - Scotland
Town: Girvan & Tayvallich
Boat name: Breawatch
Make: Ribcraft
Length: 5m +
Engine: Mercury 150 F/stroke
MMSI: ex directory!!
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 5,785
RIBase
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nos4r2 View Post
I just bought one of these:-

10W SOLAR BATTERY SAVER + REGULATOR CABLE 12V PLUG & SOCKET 10 WATT | eBay

Not tried it yet,but it may be a bit OTT as the only drain is the tracker hence buying one with a regulator.
Thats the one I have and it works fine keeps the battery up in relation to natural drain and helps if the is a demand from the pump. Better than nothing at all
__________________
jambo
'Carpe Diem'
Member of the ebay Blue RIB cover club
Member of SABS ( Scottish West Division)
jambo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15 January 2012, 19:39   #9
RIBnet admin team
 
Nos4r2's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: The wilds of Wiltshire
Boat name: WhiteNoise/Dominator
Make: Ballistic 7.8/SR5.4
Length: 7m +
Engine: Opti 225/Yam 85
MMSI: 235090687/235055163
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 12,645
RIBase
Quote:
Originally Posted by jambo View Post
Thats the one I have and it works fine keeps the battery up in relation to natural drain and helps if the is a demand from the pump. Better than nothing at all
Have you got the regulator as well? This one is for 2x110ah.
__________________
Need spares,consoles,consumables,hire,training or even a new boat?

Please click HERE and HERE and support our Trade Members.

Join up as a Trade member or Supporter HERE
Nos4r2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16 January 2012, 00:30   #10
Member
 
Leapy's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Sheepy Parva
Boat name: Sadly Sold
Length: no boat
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 1,728
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nos4r2 View Post
I just bought one of these:-

10W SOLAR BATTERY SAVER + REGULATOR CABLE 12V PLUG & SOCKET 10 WATT | eBay

Not tried it yet,but it may be a bit OTT as the only drain is the tracker hence buying one with a regulator.
That'll do a job if there's only the milli-amp drain for the (Xenun?) tracker plus natural drainage.

Intersting claims in their eBay item description though...rated at 10W but produces up to 3 amps in the sales pitch later revised to 0.595amp (max) in the technical data...Hmmm.

There's others in eBay though that claim to work indoors too. Even better
__________________

__________________
Leapy is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 23:27.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.