Crud, We got started in solar, because our power company can not keep the power on. There may not be a single cloud in the sky and our power goes off here in the U.S. with a minimum of 4 hours and lately it is about 12 hours. It became a emergency tool for us and believe me that a generator and fuel would had been more expensive to operate so far. The better solar panels will last for 30 years or better and you can expect the charge controllers and inverters to last 15 plus years. We run lights, fridge and fans on a daily basis with our small solar system and we still do not use enough power to come close enough to the capacity. A ice maker and pre- heater for our water heater will be next.
Damn,Where do you live? California or somethin'? I'd be asking for rebates if they cut my power off for that long. I'm in Colorado. Not too many problems YET.
I use solar on an RV so that I can dry camp in free desert & mtn locations. So far I have 2500$ invested (640w, 4x 6v AGM, 2kw PSW) and have dry camped in free sites for about 140 nights over 3 winters so @ 20$/night I'm ahead now
I am new to the site, if I am in the wrong place sorry. I am trying to hook up my Dc to Dc charger. It says to hook up to ignition switch. WHat is the best way to do this. I have a 2015 ram crew cab.
For the DC-DC charger, you will need an 18 to 16 AWG Copper signal cable to use as your ignition wire connected from the D+ slot on the DC-DC output side. We recommend having a mechanic or electrician/installer to properly connect your ignition wire from the D+ slot on the DC-DC output side to the ignition line of your vehicle.