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Anon
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using wind power

hi any one tried using wind turbines fitted on to your van for getting power ?? i just got a new leisure battery and am working my way [ very slowly ] to have some off grid power for next year .
thoughts ??
guy

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Wed 18 Sep 2013 @ 21:17 Edit this messageQuote this messagePMQuote this message
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Wind power

Hi guy,I think these wind turbines for vans are just to charge your leisure battery.They would be a lot cheaper than running the engine to charge the battery.That is if you were parked up for some time.Cheers+Beers,Jim.

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Wed 18 Sep 2013 @ 21:30 Edit this messageQuote this messagePMQuote this message
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solar is more reliable (yes even in sunny England!) The small turbines are very inefficient and you will rarely be in a good spot with decent wind. They also cost a packet and require you to put them up at every stop. a nice big 150 or 300W solar array on the roof will generate all the time, even when you aren't using the van, so you never need to worry about charging the battery again. maplin have some good offers on at the moment.
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Oh yeah, as Jim pointed out, they are just to charge the battery. You need the battery to smooth the delivery out.

If your leisure battery is 110Ah, and you look at a solar array that outputs (assuming 8 hours sunlight) 70Ah per day (150W), then you can recharge your battery fully in just under 2 days. You are unlikely to use 110Ah in 2 days so a 150W - 300W panel should be sufficient depending on how much you watch telly
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cheers old son mines a 95 ah and yea im going with solar just not gonna rush hey the thing with the wind power was i thought i could stick some poles on the back and drive them into the wind LLLOOOOOLLLLL ..



ONLY JOKING .....................but its an idea init

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Hadn't really thought about solar chargers as they used to be very expensive and err... Rubbish.
But after reading this thread I had a little peek on eBay and maplins and was surprised how cheap they are now.
I was thinking, as the van is laid up on the drive at the moment would one of the very cheap solar chargers keep the battery topped up and stop the slow constant drain of time?

Are they any good? I don't need to charge a battery I'm draining or using, just trying to stop the battery losing charge whilst the van is laid up.
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Solar Panel

If anyone's interested,I've got one that I bought from a car boot.I paid a tenner so it's yours for the same price plus postage (about £7.00).
Just tried it out in the sun & it was showing +14 volts.
In the house under electric light it was +6 volts.It measures about 16" x 11" x 2".

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ive got a trickle charger on the go but im looking at getting a 150 watter lol.that way i can get of grig and not worry .

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BLUE I will take that solar panel off you.
PM me
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Gethin wrote:
BLUE I will take that solar panel off you.
PM me

Sold to the man in the red suit!

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re wind power

I agree about the solar - haven't got round to putting on the beddy yet but we did have 3 on a canal boat we had a few years ago - full set up - 3 110 panels charge regulator etc came in at less than 500 quid and we were running the boat on an electric motor and they were keeping the batteries up to full whack

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im just looking to run my lights , radio ,laptop !!! we had a nice trip the last 2 nights found a couple of great outa the way car parks and got some work on the van done lol

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im just looking to run my lights , radio ,laptop !!! we had a nice trip the last 2 nights found a couple of great outa the way car parks and got some work on the van done ready for the winter put all new rubber round the frame and along the top .....................ITS GOTTA BE DONE hasnt it the cold stuff on its way lol

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