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ocwhaler posted 04-01-2003 08:39 AM ET (US)   Profile for ocwhaler   Send Email to ocwhaler  
Has anyone had any luck or have info to share on those small solar battery chrgers that plug into the cigarette lighter adapter on a boat. I thought this might be a way to keep both batteries fully charged when not around and an outlet is not near by. Thanks!!!
TQT Whaler posted 04-01-2003 09:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for TQT Whaler  Send Email to TQT Whaler     
You may want to re-post in performance or general topic section. I am thinking of purchasing one of these as well and would like to get some feedback.
Bigshot posted 04-01-2003 01:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Problem is kids....they aint waterproof. I got one wet and the solar panel corroded and R.I.P. Great idea if you have a cover that allows sunlight to come through a windshield. I doubt putting it in a clear tupperware would help much or allow enough solar through.
JohnJ80 posted 04-02-2003 04:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ80  Send Email to JohnJ80     
I use a solar panel to charge the battery on my sailboat all the time - no problem. The one that is use is the flexible panel from, I think, unisolar. There are three sizes that provide up to 1.5A (if memory serves). They work great.

I am adding a trolling motor to my D15 and I can't have electrical power on my dock (another whole story). So, I found this device called a Stealth one charger that will charge the trolling battery off of the motor alternator - this should work great.

The people at Stealth One say that there are alot of people that use their thing for charging from a solar panel. You could probably do the same and not have a problem with it. This would be especially useful if you did it with a two battery system.

I am not exactly sure how to apply this, but I am pretty sure it would work. They also have a number of units that are not listed that they use for special applications. Give them a call.


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