I was having a conversation with a friend yesterday about our solar panel/dual battery set up. I found myself uttering words that I didn’t even really know I knew, things like “yeah, you need to work out what your amp draw is going to be” and something about converting something else into amp hours. So even though Matt thinks I am tuning out and Facebooking while he’s explaining the set up to me (and I’m not, I’m tuning out and playing Disco Bees), some of it is still sinking in via a kind of osmosis.
Once we get the whole shebang connected and on the ute, Matt will do a detailed post about our set up and how it came to be. Again, this is what we’ve come up with from our own research (well, Matt’s research and my Disco Bee skillz) and is intended as a guide only; your needs may vary. But we have found it pays to shop around and gets things in bits and pieces rather than just buying a package deal – we’ve come in under $1000 so we’re pretty happy with that.
Our main power draw is going to be our fridge, which is a 60L Trailblaza. Other than that, we’ll be charging phones, laptops, wifi modem and lanterns but we’ll really be aiming for minimal use to prolong the period between charges for those items. And that’s it really, we’re going pretty minimal in terms of electronics. Oh, maybe a stick blender, so I can make pumpkin soup and Mackenzie can whinge about eating it.