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rbm posted 01-18-2007 10:50 AM ET (US)   Profile for rbm   Send Email to rbm  

Anyone have experiences with a Sunsei Solar Charger Model SE-135, manufactured by ICP Solar

I'd like to maintain a SS 150 battery. The newer boat/battery is parked in a garage and I heard good things from this manufacturer. Supposedly this device does not require direct sunlight in order to effectively generate the voltage/amp to maintain a boat battery.

I could envision such a device as being helpful and a nice alternative to a 110v device... Your thoughts?


Peter posted 01-18-2007 11:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
Yes. It's a good product. I think the output falls off considerably if not in direct sunlight and so it won't work well in a garage. It has a 2W output in direct sunlight. Over the course of the work week it will keep my well charged battery from self discharging provided there is sunlight during the week.

I think you are better off with a 110V trickle charger if you are intending to do charging in the garage using natural light or artificial light.

davej14 posted 01-18-2007 05:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for davej14  Send Email to davej14     
If you attach a trickle charger, make sure it has good voltage control and is intended as a battery maintainer. You will damage your batteries if you just leave them attached to an el-cheapo trickle charger.

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