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28 May ’12 - 9:55 pm
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Nice! Well done!

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29 May ’12 - 10:02 am
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thanks guys

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29 May ’12 - 10:19 am
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so yesterday I had to hook up the solar panels, only thing I didn't like about these panels was there wasn't a lot of options for mounting them together except for the 2 sets of holes

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So I went and picked up some bolts, a hinge and some screw plates. I also bought a switch

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I used the screw plates to mount the panels together

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I stood them up to see how well the angle was with them leaned up against the handle

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I needed to mount the hinge so I drilled out the frame for mounting

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and bolted down the hinge

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I decided to mount the 12 volt plug in the side to make it more professional looking, so I drilled out a hole

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and popped in the outlet

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much better looking and water tight

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I bought a switch to kill the radio from the battery when not in use. Like all of today's electronics, the radio will still drain the battery even when shut off

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I drilled out a hole and mounted the switch

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and ran the wires down below

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I grabbed the current wiring set up, the bundle on the right with the red, yellow and blue is the power feed

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ran the red and power side of the switch together and tied the negative side in with the yellow and blue bundle

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already to rock and roll

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29 May ’12 - 10:33 am
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next I drilled out a hole to feed the battery from the controller

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ran some wires

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and hooked them up to the output side of the charger, paying attention to the negative and positive terminals

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I pulled in the slack to clean it up a little

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next I had to wire up the panels

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I ran the wiring under the wire bracket

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and made sure to pay attention to the positive and negative again

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got both sides hooked up

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I had to wire them in parallel so I drilled out a hole in the frame to run the wires from one panel to another

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stripped the wires

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and connected all positives and all negatives together and ran out a single feed

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I decided to hard wire the 12 volt terminal to the battery since the inverter already clamps to the posts, so I cut off the clamps

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and wired everything up, at this point we were live except for the panels going to the charge controller

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I mounted the panels to the bracket built into the handle

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the handle collapses allowing the panels to lay flat

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and standing

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I decided I didn't like it mounted there because the bracket was kind of flimsy and I could just see it breaking, so I drilled out the handle which was more sturdy

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and remounted the panels, I also liked that they stood up higher which allowed the panels bottom to rest right on the box and not just the edge

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I hooked up the panels to the charge controller and we were producing energy

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it is all complete

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let's rock

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31 May ’12 - 6:50 pm
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holy crap, this one is 1800 bucks without a solar panel, you can add the solar panel for 2300, I do like the face plate they have though

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